Professor Yang Mu graciously accepted an invitation by Prof. Tu Weiming and visited IAHS in May 2013. During that time, he lectured on “Heading Towards a Single Poem” and discussed with the members of the World Ethics Institute about the future of humanities.


Yang Mu was born in 1940 in Hualien, Taiwan. In 1963, he graduated from Tunghai University, and continued on to receive a Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa in 1966 and a Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1971. He was a professor at the University of Washington (1971-2006), and was a visiting professor at   National Taiwan University (1975-76, 1983-84), Princeton (1987-79), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1991-1994), Donghua University  (1996-2001) where he was also the Director of the Institute of Literature, and the Academica Sinica (2002-2006). He has received  numerous awards like the Wu San-lien Prize in Literature (1990), the National Arts and Letters Prize (2000), the World Chinese Literature Prize (Luala Lumpur 2007), and the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature (2013). Prof. Yang has published over sixty works that include prose, plays, critiques, translations, and editions. His poetry has been translated into English, German, French, Japanese, Swedish, and Dutch.