Lin Yutang and his view of recognition

Yangyang Long*

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This chapter concerns Lin Yutang's life and works, and his view of recognition. It discusses his challenge to cultural reductionism that leads to the oriental/occidental binary, and his pursuit of a recognition of China as an equal member of the world of republic of letters in the modern world. This chapter demonstrates Lin's insight on the spiritual unity of the modern world, and his argument that the culture of the modern world has a common heritage of human race. This shared heritage of mankind, this chapter concludes, for Lin enables the possibility of unity (and a potential syncretism) of oppositional sides of dichotomies, and this unity is, in essence, the basis of Lin's view of recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Works of Lin Yutang
Subtitle of host publicationTranslation and Recognition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781000925074
ISBN (Print)9781032549576
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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