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.

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

June 18, 2021, 12:00:00 AM

China’s rapid economic growth over the past 40 years was accompanied by emerging health problems such as non-communicable diseases, an ageing population, and rising expectations about health. Difficulties with health financing, healthcare delivery, and public health made health service reform urgent.

In 2009, China embarked upon comprehensive reform of the health system after decades of community complaints about difficulties in access to and cost of health care. Ten years later the effectiveness of the new health system was tested by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This talk will consider the achievements and shortfalls of the health reform and consider how well the health system was prepared for COVID-19, if not the next health challenge.

Vivian Lin will provide a history of health policy and reform in China, highlighting SARS and what led to the 2009 reforms. Involved with the 10-year review of the reforms conducted at the request of the Chinese government, Vivian will share data from that review to discuss the impact of the reforms over the 2009-19 decade. The final portion of her presentation will look back and also look forward, reflecting on COVID and implications for the future.

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