James Ming Nien Chien, MSW ’69

A 2006 Hong Kong Council of Social Services Bulletin describes James Ming Nien Chien (MSW ’69), MPA, ScD, MBE, as “a legend in the local and international drug rehabilitation field.” A training officer in the Sino-American Parachute Commandoes during World War II, Chien’s military career ended abruptly when he broke his leg while on occupation duty in Japan. Fortunately, he found a military counselor who pointed him toward the newly emerging field of social work. Having observed the harmful effects of opium-smoking in China, Chien dedicated the rest of his career to substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation, developing specialized employment services, as well as programs for women and youth. His most unforgettable accomplishment was breaking down an underground drug network with help from an ex-addict and former gang leader. Chien was awarded the MBE in 1986.

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