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Chinese historian Yu Yingshi passed away at the age of 91, under the tutelage of Qian Mu and former vice president of CUHK

2021-08-05T03:11:00.085Z

The famous historian Yu Yingshi (2021) passed away in his sleep in his American apartment at the age of 91. Taiwan's Academia Sinica announced the news of Yu's death this morning, describing it as "the death of a generation of historians." Yu Yingshi studied under



The famous historian Yu Yingshi (2021) passed away in his sleep in his American apartment at the age of 91.

Taiwan's Academia Sinica announced the news of Yu's death this morning, describing it as "the death of a generation of historians."


Yu Yingshi studied under Qian Mu, a master of Chinese studies, and is known as the "Master of Chinese Historiography."

He entered New Asia College in 1950 and was the first graduate of New Asia College.

He served as the Dean of New Asia College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the 1970s and concurrently served as the Vice President of the University.

Although he claims to have only a "distant interest" in politics, he often publishes articles on current affairs and culture.


Yu Yingshi claims to have only a "distant interest" in politics, but often posts articles on current politics and culture.

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Yu Yingshi is an influential historian in the world.

He conducted in-depth research on the history of Chinese thought, politics, and culture, connecting ancient and modern times, which is rare in the academic world today.

He also cares about the society and upholds the values ​​of freedom and democracy. After winning the first Tang Award Sinology Award in 2014, he commissioned the Institute of History and Language of the Chinese Academy of History to set up the "Mr. Yu Yingshi Humanities Research Award" to encourage young scholars to invest in the field of humanities research.

Yu Yingshi was a member of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

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The first graduate of Xinya College under the tutelage of the master of Chinese studies

Based on the information from the exhibition hall of CUHK and the Academia Sinica, Yu Yingshi was born in Tianjin, China in 1930, under the tutelage of Qian Mu, a master of Chinese studies.

Later, he went to the United States to study under Yang Liansheng. In 1962, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University and was hired as a professor of Chinese history at Harvard University seven years later.

Yu served as the dean of New Asia College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1973 and concurrently served as the vice president of the university. He returned to teach at Harvard two years later; Yu was elected as an academician of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan in 1974 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by CUHK in 1978.

Yu Yingshi is knowledgeable. In addition to specializing in Chinese history, he is also good at interpreting traditional Chinese thought with modern academic methods. He is one of the most influential Chinese intellectuals in the contemporary era, and he has been praised by Western academic circles as the master of Chinese historiography in the 21st century.

Have a relationship with Hong Kong once described the unique nature of Hong Kong worth revealing

Academician Yu is an honorary professor of Princeton University, and has served as an associate professor at the University of Michigan and a professor at Harvard University.

He has been awarded a number of academic honors at home and abroad in his lifetime, including the Executive Yuan Cultural Award in 1991, the American Philosophical Society (American Philosophical Society) academician in 2004, and the 2006 Nobel Prize in the Fields of Social Sciences and Humanities from the Library of Congress. "Kluge" Humanities and Social Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award (John W. Kluge Prize), is the first Chinese winner.

He published "The Memoirs of Yu Yingshi" a few years ago, describing what he saw and heard when he was young in school and his mental process of establishing academic thoughts.

He once described Hong Kong in the last century in his memoirs, "The unique nature of this small world is worthy of being revealed. This is actually a community formed by Chinese liberal intellectuals, living and active in the most free society. "

Taiwan’s Academia Sinica announced that the famous historian Yu Yingshi (2021) died in his sleep in his American apartment at the age of 91.

(Screenshot of the Academia Sinica website in Taiwan)

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