A New Journey

Fan Lin

Hello! My name is LIN Fan (林帆). ‘LIN’ is family name, so I go by ‘Fan’. I am currently based in China.

From a telecom network engineer to a software product manager, then to an independent writer, from a Silicon Valley professional to a global traveller, from China to US then back to China, my life has been guided by an unquenchable passion for meaning.

My new journey started in May 2016, an 8-months long travel to 15 countries in Europe and the Asian Pacific region, with a bicycle in tow for the first 5 months. By the end of the trip, I determined to return to China and put the profound inspiration from Mother Nature into a meaningful cause. Now I am devoting myself to research, writing, education and facilitation on sustainability practices at individual and society levels, particularly sustainable development happening in China.

Fan on West Highland Way, Scotland. Sep 22, 2016, Day 7.

Why Chinese stories in English? As the world’s most populated country and biggest polluter, China’s participation and contribution is critical to resolving humanities’ ecological crisis of this century. A societal transformation into Ecological Civilization has set in motion in China, driven by initiatives by citizens, organizations and governments. Chinese lessons and experiences in sustainable development are worth studying, their effort and contribution worth recognition, by fellow Chinese as well as by people outside China. However, not many in-depth and independent reports about China’s sustainable development are available in English, for many reasons. Few Chinese in the fields write in English as a profession. On the other hand, we cannot rely on mainstream western journalism as a primary source of information in this case. To interpret Chinese stories in a complete local context, it takes Chinese language proficiency, intimate connections with the people, the culture and the land, and empathy with the country’s difficulties and failures, all of which I feel are often understandably lacking in mainstream western media.

Join me! My individual effort is merely a tiny drop of water to a vast land. I welcome wide collaboration with people who share my vision and commitment. I am interested in contact regarding research, writing, consulting and education services related to sustainability projects in China.  My complete profile is available here on LinkedIn.

“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world—we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.” – Joanna Macy, American Ecologist, Eco-philosopher