Lin, Yutang

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Lin, Yutang

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  • Lin Yutang

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  • Lin Hele
  • Lin Yu Tang

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1895/10/10 - 1976/03/26


Lin Yutang, a Chinese national, was Head of UNESCO’s Arts and Letters Division from 1948-1949. Lin was born 10 October 1895, in Changchow, China. He pursued his higher education at St. John’s University in Shanghai; Harvard University, USA; Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany; and, Leipzig University, Germany. He earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, St. John’s University (1916); Master of Arts, Harvard University (1922); and Doctorate in Linguistics, Leipzig University (1923).

Lin began his career as an English teacher at Tsinghua University, Peking, from 1916-1919. During this time, he also proposed methods to improve the Chinese indexing system and served on the Preparatory Committee for Standardizing the National Language. Upon returning to China after his studies, Lin became an English Professor at Peking National University from 1923-1926. In 1925, he also served on the Chinese Roman Phonetic Transcription Research Committee. Between 1926 and 1927, Lin moved several times, occupying academic posts and then a post as secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After this period, Lin continued to hold academic positions, but focused mainly on his writing as well as pursuing his invention of a Chinese character-based typewriter. In 1928, he published the English textbooks 'Kaiming English Books'. He began to write for the English-language 'The China Critic Weekly' and was Editor-in-chief of 'Academia Sinica' from 1929-1934. In 1930, he co-founded the Chinese branch of P.E.N. International in Shanghai. Lin founded or co-founded the journals 'Analects Fortnightly,' 'World of Mankind,' 'Cosmic Wind,' and 'Western Winds' in the period 1932-1935. Following the publication of his book 'My Country and My People' in 1935, Lin moved to the United States. His numerous publications from this period, included: 'The Importance of Living' (1937), 'Moment in Peking' (1939) and 'The Wisdom of China and India' (1942).

Lin began his brief career at UNESCO July 28, 1948. He resigned for May 15, 1949. He continued to move between Europe, China and the United States as he pursued his writing and served in various academic positions. Among Lin’s works from this period, he published 'Lin Yutang's Chinese-English dictionary of modern usage' in 1972. Lin died on March 26, 1976 in Hong Kong.


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Head, Arts and Letters Division, 1948-1949

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Name note: Canadian Rules for Archival Description rule 22.26F used. However, entry in UNESDOC is Lin Yutang.


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Created by AWT 01/04/2011. Name rule added 22/09/2011 by AWT.




Lin Yutang. (1955). “Lanterns, gongs and fireworks: A Chinese philosopher recalls his boyhood.” The UNESCO Courier VIII (12) p.27-29.

Lin Yutang. (2011). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from Accessed 22 March 2011.

Lin Yutang. (2011). Wikipedia. Available from Accessed 22 March 2011.

The Lin Yutang House. (2011). About Lin Yutang. Available from Accessed 22 March 2011.

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