Professor Lung Yingtai 龍應台 is a celebrated Taiwanese writer, cultural critic and historical activist. Having written 30 books, she enjoys a large readership across the Chinese world. After receiving her doctorate in English Literature from Kansas State University, Professor Lung taught in several universities, including City University of New York, Tamkang University, and the University of Heidelberg.
In her political life, Professor Lung was Director of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Taipei (1999-2003) and then Taiwan’s first Minister of Culture (2012-2014). In 2008, she was appointed the inaugural “Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities” by The University of Hong Kong.
In 1985, she published her first collection of essays, Wild Fire, critiquing political, social and cultural issues faced by the Taiwanese people at that time. The book went through twenty-four printings within three weeks. Her latest work, Forever and Ever: Letters to Mei-Jun (2018), reflects on kinship, the impermanence of life and cross-generational discourse.