Updates : 2021-05-28
Dr. Peng is of Hakka decent from Hsinchu. After graduating from his studies in Japan, he continued his degree for another 4 years, serving as a military doctor for Japanese soldiers sustaining injuries of war. After the Japanese handed over sovereignty to Taiwan, he was ordered by his father to return to his homeland for an arranged marriage. It was then when he started his career in Taiwan; first as a surgeon at Taijing Hospital, then as the Chief of Medicine at Taiyang Mining.
Not only was Dr. Peng a skilled surgeon, he was also a charitable person. Over the years, he built a strong relationship with the local communities, and many residents would often relate charming anecdotes about him. Dr. Peng has done extensive research on pneumoconiosis, and realized the disease was indeed incurable, and that the best he could do was to alleviate the symptoms. He then became an advocate to improve the working conditions of the miners.
References: Onsite interview, 《Jiufen - an oral history by Tai-Yang's Jiang Liangwang》, 《A Collection of Oral Accounts on the History of Jiufen》