Hsiung Yin-Tso

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The following summary has been excerpted from the site http://www.beautifulchineseart.com

Hsiung Yin-Tso was born in 1906 in Hubei Province, China. He was the fifth of six brothers. Hsiung’s grandfather was a judge in the Imperial Court during the Quin Dynasty.

Hsiung was admitted to the prestigious Beijing University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Law. He subsequently earned a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

After graduating from Beijing University, Hsiung entered China’s Foreign Service and was posted as Vice Consul in San Francisco, California from 1929 to 1935. Hsiung was also the Acting General Consul in San Francisco in 1935. He was later transferred to the Military Council (Generalissimo’s Headquarters) in Chongqing from 1937 to 1939. He was then assigned and stationed in Rangoon, Burma as Political and Military Observer with the rank of Colonel and appointed as Chinese Army Liaison Officer to Allied Forces under US Army General Joseph Stilwell and British General Harold Alexander in Burma and India during the Burma Campaign.

Subsequently, Hsiung was assigned Chief of Latin-American Affairs Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was promoted to Chief of U.S. Affairs Section, concurrently Assistant Director and Acting Director of the American Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After World War II, Hsiung was assigned as Consul General in Toronto, Canada from 1945 to 1950. During his tenure in Canada, Hsiung established a legal precedent in international law on sovereign immunity from taxation of state owned consular premises (Yin Tso Hsiung v.s. Toronto, 4 D.L.R. 209 Canada, Ontario High Court May 25, 1950.)

Hsiung was then promoted to the rank of Major General and appointed by the President of the Republic of China as the Chief Secretary to the Advisory Committee on Strategy of the Presidency, Free China (Taiwan), 1956 to 1962.

During his time in Taiwan, he became interested in traditional Chinese painting (guohua國畫) and studied under Professor Huang Junbi, Head of the Art Department of the National Taiwan Normal University.

His knowledge and experience eventually led him to write a book, “Red China’s Cultural Revolution” (New York: Vantage Press, 1968), about Chairman Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution and the reasons and consequences of it.

Hsiung retired from civil service in 1962 and began teaching as a Professor at San Francisco State University and began writing poetry and painting. He taught Chinese painting and poetry at various Universities including San Francisco State University. He was also tutored in art by the Chinese artist Zhang Daqian (1899 – 1983).

In 1978, Hsiung published his second book “Palindrome Poems of Four Seasons”. A palindrome is a word, phrase or other sequence of units that can be read the same way in either direction. Chinese palindromes are called word-unit palindromes and treats each word as a unit. An example is “Fall leaves after leaves fall”. In 1982, as a gift dedicated to their Golden Anniversary, Hsiung Yin Tso translated into English the 200 Palindromes of Four Seasons for Myra Chan, his American-Chinese born wife.

In the 1987, Hsiung returned to the People’s Republic of China and became an Honory Professor at the Shen Dong Normal University teaching art and poetry. In 1988, Hsiung’s art was on Permanent Exhibition at the Beijing Museum of Art.

Hsuing is survived by 4 of his 5 children, Millicent Tam, Bonnie Lee, Alex Hsiung and Patricia Hsiung.Please see this site for more information: http://www.beautifulchineseart.com/#!biography

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