Young Chuang becomes the first Taiwanese female doctor in traditional Chinese medicine through self-study. The name Chuang Shu-chi might not ring a bell for people in Western countries, but she is a household name in Japan and Taiwan. Without the benefit of a formal medical education, Taipei-born Chuang became the first accredited female doctor in traditional Chinese medicine in Taiwan. When she made the decision to study medicine in Japan in , Chuang could not speak or read Japanese at all. Seven years later, however, she received a Ph.