Lin Yutang (lĭn yüˈtängˈ) [key], 1895–1976, Chinese-American writer, translator, and editor, b. Lunqi, Fujian, educated in China and at Harvard, Ph.D. Univ. of Leipzig, 1923. Lin spent most of his life in the United States and wrote most of his many works in English. His nonfictional books include My Country and My People (1935); A Leaf in the Storm (1941), about war-torn China; Between Tears and Laughter (1943), and The Pleasures of a Nonconformist (1962). Among his novels are Chinatown Family (1948) and The Flight of the Innocents (1965). He translated and edited The Chinese Theory of Art (1968).
See his Memoirs of an Octogenarian (1980).