Annping Chin

Annping Chin (Chinese: 金安平; pinyin: Jīn Ānpíng; born 1950 in Taiwan) is a senior lecturer of history at Yale.[1] Her fields of study include Confucianism, Taoism, and the Chinese intellectual tradition. Before Yale, she was on the faculty at Wesleyan University.

Chin studied mathematics at Michigan State University and received her Ph.D. in Chinese thought from Columbia University. She lives in West Haven, Connecticut with her husband, Jonathan Spence. She has two children, writer Mei Chin and video game designer Yar Woo.

She was born in Taiwan in 1950 in a Manchu family from Liaoning. In 1962, she and her family moved to the U.S and had lived there ever since.[2]


Chin has written or translated six books:[3]

She also co-authored, with her husband Jonathan Spence, Chinese Century: A Photographic History of the Last Hundred Years (Random House, 1996).


  1. ^ Yale web site
  2. ^ Gan, Xiuxia (2010). 乘風草堂散文精選. Xiu Wei Press. p. 275. ISBN 9789862214954.
  3. ^ Amazon Author Page for Annping Chin