Annping Chin - Senior Lecturer, History, Yale University
Annping Chin was born in Taiwan in 1950, to a mainland Chinese family that had moved there in 1948. She came with her family to Richmond, Virginia in 1962. She studied mathematics at Michigan State University and received her Ph.D. in Chinese Thought from Columbia University. She has written four books: Children of China: Voices from Recent Years (Knopf, 1989), based on interviews with Chinese children living in the People’s Republic of China; Tai Chen on Mencius (Yale University Press, 1990), a study of eighteenth century Chinese intellectual history; Four Sisters of Hofei (Scribner, 2002), a history of China’s last century through the lives of four highly educated and accomplished women; and The Authentic Confucius: A Life of Thought and Politics (Scribner, 2007). She has also co-authored, with Jonathan Spence, Chinese Century: A Photographic History of the Last Hundred Years (Random House, 1996). Her translation of Confucius’ Analects with commentaries for Penguin Classics was published in September of 2014, and she is currently working on a book, The Life of the Analects, with Princeton University Press. Most recently, she has also been studying the excavated texts from the Warring States period (481-221 B.C.) and the diary of her grandfather, the historian Jin Yufu.
She will be retiring from the History Department at Yale University this academic year.