In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months that overlap by one month, it is time to announce the January–February 2020 topic challenge.
Based on the number of votes, the first topic challenge of the year 2020 will be
Lin Yutang (林语堂)
What's a topic challenge?
Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. And of course it goes without saying that questions on other works are more than welcome during June too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.
How can I take part?
By getting hold of one of the works of Lin Yutang and asking good questions about these works. These questions should be tagged with lin-yutang; if the book discussed in the question was written in Chinese, the question should also be tagged with chinese-literature. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.
Below is the original presentation of this topic challenge, which contains several reading suggestions:
Lin Yutang (1895 – 1976) was born in China but after 1935 he lived mostly in the United States. He died in Taiwan, where his home was turned into a museum: the Lin Yutang house. After his death, The New York Times wrote wrote:
Lin Yutang, poet, novelist, historian and philosopher, had no peer as an interpreter to Western minds of the customs, aspirations, fears and thoughts of his people and their country, China, the great and tragic land.
After leaving China, he published many books in English, including the following:
- My Country and My People (1935/1936),
- Moment in Peking (1939)
- A Leaf in the Storm (1941; sequel to Moment in Peking)
- The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo (1947)
- Chinatown Family (1948)
- On the Wisdom of America (1950)
- Lady Wu (1957)
- The Chinese Way of Life (1959)
- The Pleasure of a Nonconformist (1962)
- Vote here for the next topic challenge (February–March), or propose your own!