Yang Mu was born in 1940 in the small coastal city of Huilan in east Taiwan as Ching-hsien Wang. He received his BA in English from Tunghai University in Taiwan, his MFA from the University of Iowa, and his PhD in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at many universities in North America, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, but he spent most of his academic career at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has also served in important administrative positions, including the founding dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Dong Hwa University in his hometown of Hualian and the founding director of the Institute of Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica, the premiere national research institution in Taiwan. He currently holds an endowed chair at Dong Hwa.

Yang Mu has been writing poetry continuously for sixty years. The longevity of his career is matched by his extraordinary creativity, which has exerted a transformative influence on Taiwanese poetry in general from the 1950s to the present. His poetry assimilates the best that the Chinese and the Western traditions have to offer, deftly blending classicism and surrealism, romanticism and modernism. His poetry may be lyrical or dramatic, contemplative or defiant, elegiac or erotic. In an age when poetry is indisputably considered to be minority literature, Yang Mu enjoys enduring popularity among readers of several generations. His accomplishments beyond the realm of poetry are demonstrable in prose, literary criticism, scholarship on classical Chinese poetry, comparative literature, and editing, as well as the translation of poetry.

Yang Mu has been married to Ying-ying Hsia for thirty-five years; they have a son, Bruce.────Michelle Yeh


Acknowledgement of Yang-Mu Digital Archive

Yang Mu Digital Archive is a project organized by the digital team from the National Chung Hsing University Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (RCHSS). Since its completion in October, 2014, the archive presents Yang Mu’s life and poetic development with the technique of Timeline JS and contains detailed foreign translations and related research sources, showing the panorama of Yang Mu’s works and international influences. The archive not only aims to become one of the essential literature databases in Taiwan, but also pursues to highlight the presence of Taiwan Literature.

In the timeline, readers can see significant events and bibliography of Yang Mu’s published works detailed in chronological order with photographs. Images of manuscripts are given directly from Yang Mu so readers may observe the evolution of Yang Mu’s artistic creation. Videos display not only singings and readings of Yang Mu’s poems, but also interviews about Yang Mu with other writers and scholars. The archive is translated into English for international readers’ convenience. We welcome you to share Yang Mu Digital Archive.

The RCHSS digital team is led by Professor Chiu Kuei-fen, featuring Dr. Chen Yu-yi from the Department of Management Information Systems and the assistants Wang Hsiao-yu, Wu Ming-lun, and Tsai Yi-lin. The team would like to express their gratitude to Yang Mu for authorizing and providing exclusive materials to enrich this archive. The team would also like to acknowledge the efforts the writer Hsieh Wan-lin makes, such as assessing materials, arranging the database, and, most importantly, managing the copyright issues. The English translation was revised and proof-read by Dr. Lin Chih-Wei.

Special thanks go to Ms. Hsia Ying-ying (Yang Mu’s wife), Professor Nils Göran David Malmqvist, Professor Tseng Chen-chen of National Dong Hwa University and her graduate student Chen Yu-wen. The list continues with Fisfisa Media, Ms. Wang Jue, Professor Michelle Yeh, Dr. Susanne Hornfeck, Mr. Lawrence R. Smith, the owners who authorized us to use their texts, images and videos, and those who helped throughout the course of this project.

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