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WHO WAS MRS. LIN
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.
WHO WE ARE
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.
WHAT WE DO
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
Where are you in the World of California?
December 3, 2023 at 1:00:00 AM
The students in ChorSwang Ngin’s undergraduate anthropology class at California State University, Los Angeles, will give a presentation based on their ethnographic fieldwork/participant observation research method on their experience as Angelinos at their university. They will write about themselves through an analysis of their ethnicity and their culture. They will examine the dominant values of their university, and report on their activities on campus, including a banned book event, and a teach-in on Gaza. They will also focus on the Anthropocene and their suggestions to mitigate the climate crisis.
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