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.



Engage the "Tiger Community" and broader world

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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Community Discussion on Ukraine

September 25, 2022, 12:00:00 AM

Over the past months, many in our community have expressed interest and concern over the invasion of Ukraine – both the humanitarian crisis engendered and the geopolitical implications. September’s Tiger Talk will be a Zoom roundtable discussion of what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine might portend for China and Taiwan? What lessons might the CCP be taking from the Western response to Russian aggression, and Russia’s struggles on the battlefield?

No foreign policy experience necessary, but we encourage those of us who have studied and/or practice history and political science to share your insights and expertise.  Community members who are keen to hear/share analyses and assessments of what the war in Ukraine might portend to the future of “world order,” “European security posture,” “nationalism” or other knotty and intractable issues facing our times, portentous questions, please join us and participate as your most opinionated self. Geekdom will be prized.

To ensure that everyone can speak openly and safely and that divergent views will be exchanges, we will not be recording this. Likewise, we will not be encouraging participation by anyone who is not already a member (or frequent guest) of our community.

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