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Paul T.K. Lin Papers

Paul Lin Ta-kuang (林達光) (March 14, 1920 – July 4, 2004) was a Canadian-Chinese political scientist and peace activist.

He left America for China in 1949, and he became close to Sun Yatsen’s widow Soong Ching-ling and to premier Zhou Enlai. After his return to Canada in 1964 he was one of the few experts on contemporary China with direct experience and extensive contacts with the Mainland. He founded and directed the McGill’s Center for East Asian Studies (1965-1982) and served as a liaison for the first diplomatic contacts between Canada and China, as well as between the US and China.

His wife Eileen donated his personal papers, including an extensive correspondence in English with Soong Ching-ling, to the HKUST Library. They are being catalogued and will soon be available to researchers. Selected papers, and the whole correspondence with Soong Ching-ling, are being digitized and will soon be available online.

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last modified 14 February 2017