Fondly called "Mulaohu" (Mother Tiger) by her students

Fiercely passionate about demystifying the Chinese language for her students in the US and teaching in innovative ways that promoted cultural insight as well as technical skill, Mrs. Lin prepared a generation of path breakers and thought leaders in China Studies and an array of other fields as China and the US established diplomatic relations in 1979. She achieved this by defying social, cultural, and professional barriers; taking educated, expansive risks; and pursuing audacious aspirations.


Former students, colleagues, friends & other supporters

Our “tiger community” includes former students and colleagues who studied and worked with Mrs. Lin from 1966 – 1986, a seminal time in China-U.S. relations. We represent a diverse array of sectors and academic fields, from business, journalism, and law to such academic fields as anthropology, art history, language teaching, literature, history, and political science. Some of us devoted our career to China Studies or China-US relations. Some of us did not.

Our community is diverse in background and views. The Helen T. Lin Initiative is not aligned with any government, political party, or partisan organization.


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We offer opportunities for intellectual exchange, networking, retrospective reflection, and forward leaning inquiry related to China, China-US relations, and China Studies in the rigorous, mischievous spirit of Mrs. Lin.

We encourage lively exchange, thoughtful discourse, and meaningful reflection and do not endorse any particular views, positions, or policies voiced by members of the Tiger Community or participants in our talks, forums or other channels of online sharing of ideas and experiences.

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Help us imagine and create the next phase of the Helen T. Lin Legacy Initiative!


We are holding two Vision sessions this summer to lay the foundation for a durable, sustainable, consequential way to extend Helen Lin’s legacy.

Registration for these sessions is by email invitation only, and at this time participation is limited to members of our Tiger Community, including Helen Lin's students, colleagues, and family.  

Upcoming Tiger Event

June 18, 2021, 12:00:00 AM

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The Impact of China’s 2009 Health Reforms and How Well Did It Serve the Pandemic Response


Vivian K. Lin, Executive Associate Dean, Professor of Practice (Public Health), LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong


Heng Leng Chee, Former Associate Professor, Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia and former Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

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