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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lin (林).
Lin Yutang

Lin Yutang, photographed by
Carl Van Vechten, 1939
Traditional Chinese 林語堂
Simplified Chinese 林语堂

Lin Yutang (Chinese: 林语堂; pinyin: Lín Yǔtáng; October 10, 1895 – March 26, 1976) was a Chinese writer, translator, linguist and inventor. His informal but polished style in both Chinese and English made him one of the most influential writers of his generation, and his compilations and translations of classic Chinese texts into English were bestsellers in the West.


Lin was born in the town of Banzai, Pinghe, Zhangzhou, Fujian. This mountainous region made a deep impression on his consciousness, and thereafter he would constantly consider himself a child of the mountains (in one of his books he commented that his idea of hell was a city apartment). His father was a Christian minister. His journey of faith from Christianity to Taoism and Buddhism, and back to Christianity in his later life was recorded in his book From Pagan to Christian (1959).

Academic career and Shanghai intellectual world

Lin studied for his bachelor’s degree at Saint John’s University in Shanghai, then received a half-scholarship to continue study for a doctoral degree at Harvard University. He later wrote that in the Widener Library he first found himself and first came alive, but he never saw a Harvard-Yale game.[1] He left Harvard early however, moving to work with the Chinese Labor Corps in France and eventually to Germany, where he completed his requirements for a doctoral degree in Chinese philology at the University of Leipzig. From 1923 to 1926 he taught English literature at Peking University.

Enthusiastic about the success of the Northern Expedition, he briefly served in the new Nationalist government, but soon turned to teaching and writing. He found himself in the wake of the New Culture Movement which criticized China’s tradition as feudal and harmful. Instead of accepting this charge, however, Lin immersed himself in the Confucian texts and literary culture which his Christian upbringing and English language education had denied him. His magazine Lun Yu (Analects) attracted essays and readership, and Lin maintained friendship and debate with Hu Shi, Lu Xun, key figures in the Shanghai literary scene of the 1930s. He was a key figure in introducing the Western concept of humor, which he felt China had lacked. In 1933, however, Lu Xun attacked the journal Analects for being apolitical and dismissed Lin’s elegant xiaopin wen 小品文, or small essay as “bric a brac for the bourgeoisie.”.[2]

Lin’s writings in Chinese were critical of the Nationalist government, to the point that he feared for his life. Many of his essays from this time were later collected in With Love and Irony (1940). In 1933, he met Pearl Buck in Shanghai, and she introduced him and his writings to her publisher, Richard Walsh, head of John Day publishers, who published Lin’s works for many years.[3]

Lin’s relation with Christianity changed over the years. His father, of course, was a second generation Christian, but at Tsinghua, Lin asked himself what it meant to be a Christian in China. Being a Christian meant acceptance of Western science and progress, but Lin became angry that being a Christian also meant losing touch with China’s culture and his own personal identity. On his return from study abroad, Lin renewed his respect for his father, yet he plunged into study of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, and did not identify himself as Christian.[4]

Career after leaving China

After 1935 Lin lived mainly in the United States, where he became known as a “wise and witty” popularizer of Chinese philosophy and way of life. Lin’s first best sellers were My Country and My People (simplified Chinese: 吾国与吾民; traditional Chinese: 吾國與吾民) (1935) and The Importance of Living (simplified Chinese: 生活的艺术; traditional Chinese: 生活的藝術) (1937), written in English in a charming style. Others include Between Tears and Laughter (啼笑皆非) (1943), The Importance of Understanding (1960, a book of translated Chinese literary passages and short pieces), The Chinese Theory of Art (1967). The novels Moment in Peking (simplified Chinese: 京华烟云; traditional Chinese: 京華煙雲) (1939), A Leaf in the Storm (1940), and The Vermilion Gate (simplified Chinese: 朱门; traditional Chinese: 朱門) (1953) were well received epics of China in turmoil, while Chinatown Family (1948) presented the lives of Chinese Americans in New York. Partly to avoid controversial contemporary issues, Lin in 1947 published The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo, which presented the struggle between Su Dongpo and Wang Anshi as parallel to the struggle between Chinese liberals and totalitarian communists.

Lin’s political writings in English sold fewer copies than his cultural works and were more controversial. Between Tears and Laughter (1943) broke with the genial tone of his earlier English writings to criticize Western racism and imperialism. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lin traveled in China and wrote favorably of the war effort and Chiang Kai-shek in Vigil of a Nation (1944). American China Hands such as Edgar Snow criticized these works.[5]

Mechanics had been a long time avocation. Since Chinese is a character-based rather than an alphabet-based language, with many thousands of separate characters, it was difficult to employ modern printing technologies. Many doubted that a Chinese typewriter could be invented. Lin, however, worked on this problem for decades and eventually came up with a workable typewriter which was brought to market in the middle of the war with Japan. The Mingkwai “Clear and Quick” Chinese-language typewriter played a pivotal role in the Cold War Machine Translation research.[6] Lin also invented and patented several lesser inventions, such as a toothbrush which dispensed toothpaste.

In the mid-1950s, he served briefly and unhappily as president (or chancellor) of the Nanyang University which was newly created in Singapore specifically for Chinese studies as parallel to the English-oriented University of Singapore. He did not, however, choose to continue in that role when the faculty resisted his plans for structural reform and Nanyang (South Seas) University became a focus of the struggle for control of Singapore between the Communist-directed left and the liberal, social democratic right. He felt he was too old for the conflict.

After he returned to New York in the late 1950s, Lin renewed his interest in Christianity. His wife was a devout believer, and Lin admired her serenity and humility. After attending services with her at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church for several months, he joined the church and announced his return to the faith.[4] His 1959 book From Pagan to Christian explained this move, which many of his readers found surprising.

With his facility for both Chinese and English idiom, Lin presided over the compilation of an outstanding Chinese-English dictionary, Lin Yutang’s Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage (simplified Chinese: 林语堂当代汉英词典; traditional Chinese: 林語堂當代漢英詞典) (1972), which contains a massive English index to definitions of Chinese terms. The work was undertaken at the newly founded Chinese University of Hong Kong.

His many works represent an attempt to bridge the cultural gap between the East and the West. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1940 and 1950.[7]

Dr. Lin was buried at his home in Yangmingshan, Taipei, Taiwan. His home has been turned into a museum, which is operated by Taipei-based Soochow University. The town of Lin’s birth, Banzai, has also preserved the original Lin home and turned it into a museum.

Lin’s reputation and scholarship on Lin

Although his major books have remained in print, Lin is a thinker whose place in modern Chinese intellectual history has been overlooked until recently.[8] Lin themed conventions have been organized in Taiwan and Lin’s native Fujian, and in December 2011, the International Conference on the Cross-cultural Legacy of Lin Yutang in China and America was held at City University of Hong Kong, with professional and private scholars from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, the United States, Germany and Slovakia. The organizer of the conference was Dr. Qian Suoqiao, whose book, Liberal Cosmopolitan: Lin Yutang and Middling Chinese Modernity (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2010) was the first (and still only) full length academic study of Lin in any language.[9] Jing Tsu’s Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010) gives a detailed account of Lin Yutang’s typewriter and its role in the context of late 19th century script reform, Chinese national language reform in the early twentieth century, and the fascinating story of his typewriting keyboard and Machine Translation research during the Cold War.


His wife, Liao TsuiFeng (廖翠鳳), was an author, who, along with her daughter Lin Hsiang Ju, wrote three cookery books which popularized Chinese cuisine in the English speaking world. Dr. Lin wrote introductions which explained the historical background and relevance for American life.

His first daughter Adet Lin (林鳳如; also known as Lin Rusi 林如斯) (1923–1971) was an author who also used the pseudonym Tan Yun.

His second daughter Lin TaiYi (林太乙) (1926–2003) was also known as Anor Lin in her earliest writing, and had the Chinese name 玉如. She was an author and the general editor of Chinese Reader’s Digest from 1965 until her retirement in 1988. She also wrote a biography of her father in Chinese (林語堂傳), which shows some signs of her father’s literary flair.

His third daughter Lin HsiangJu (林相如) (1931-), was referred to as MeiMei in childhood. She was co-author of cookbooks with her mother, and was a biochemist at Queen Mary hospital in Hong Kong.

The daughters all had names containing the character 如 (Ju): Adet 鳳如, Anor 玉如, and HsiangJu 相如.

Works in Chinese or published in China to 1935

(courtesy Lin Yutang House [3])

  • (1928) Jian Fu Collection (Shangha: Bei Hsin Book Company)
  • (1930) Letters of a Chinese Amazon and Wartime Essays (Shanghai: Kaiming
  • (1930) Kaiming English Books (Three Volumes) (Shanghai: Kaiming)
  • (1930) English Literature Reader (Two Volumes) (Shanghai: Kaiming)
  • (1930) Kaiming English Grammar (Two Volumes) (Shanghai: Kaiming)
  • (1931) Reading in Modern Journalistic Prose (Shanghai: Oriental Book)
  • (1933) A Collection of Essays on Linguistics (Shanghai: Kaiming Book)
  • (1934) Da Huang Ji (Shanghai: Living)
  • (1934) My Words First Volume (Sing Su Ji) (Shanghai Times)
  • (1935) Kaiming English Materials (Three Volumes) co-written by Lin Yutang and Lin you-ho (Shanghai: Oriental Book Co.)
  • (1935) The Little Critic: Essays Satires and Sketches on China First Series: 1930-1932 (Shanghai: Oriental Book Co.)
  • (1935) The Little Critic: Essays Satires and Sketches on China Second Series: 1933-1935 (Shanghai: Oriental Book Co.)
  • (1935) Confucius Saw Nancy and Essays about Nothing (Shanghai: Oriental)
  • (1936) My Words Second Volume (Pi Jing Ji) (Shanghai Times)

Works in English

  • (1935) My Country and My People, Reynal & Hitchcock, Inc., (A John Day Book)
  • (1936) A History of the Press and Public Opinion in China, Kelly and Walsh
  • (1937) The Importance of Living, Reynal & Hitchcock, Inc., (A John Day Book)
  • (1938) The Wisdom of Confucius, Random House, The Modern Library
  • (1939) Moment in Peking, The John Day Book Company
  • (1940) With Love & Irony, A John Day Book Company
  • (1941) A Leaf in the Storm, A John Day Book Company
  • (1942) The Wisdom of China and India, Random House
  • (1943) Between Tears & Laughter, A John Day Book Company
  • (1944) The Vigil of a Nation, A John Day Book Company
  • (1945) Between Tears and Laughter, written during World War II, as a bitter plea for the west to change its perspective of the world order. Published in London by Dorothy Crisp & Co Ltd.
  • (1947) The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo, A John Day Book Company
  • (1948) Chinatown Family, A John Day Book Company
  • (1948) The Wisdom of Laotse, Random House
  • (1950) On the Wisdom of America, A John Day Book Company
  • (1951) Widow, Nun and Courtesan: Three Novelettes From the Chinese Translated and Adapted by Lin Yutang, A John Day Book Company
  • (1952) Famous Chinese Short Stories, retold by Lin Yutang, The John Day Book Company, reprinted 1952, Washington Square Press
  • (1953) The Vermilion Gate, A John Day Book Company
  • (1955) Looking Beyond, Prentice Hall (Published in England as The Unexpected island, Heinemann)
  • (1957) Lady Wu, World Publishing Company
  • (1958) The Secret Name, Farrar, Straus and Cudahy
  • (1959) The Chinese Way of Life, World Publishing Company
  • (1959) From Pagan to Christian, World Publishing Company
  • (1960) Imperial Peking: Seven Centuries of China, Crown Publishers
  • (1960) The Importance of Understanding, World Publishing Company
  • (1961) The Red Peony, World Publishing Company
  • (1962) The Pleasure of a Nonconformist, World Publishing Company
  • (1963) Juniper Loa, World Publishing Company
  • (1964) The Flight of Innocents, G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • (1973) Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage, Hong Kong Chinese University

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this pressed who knows why: Bill O’Reilly’s CBS Colleague Says Buenos Aires Was Not A ‘Combat Situation’ After Falklands War

Buenos Aires was neither a “war zone” nor a “combat situation” after Argentina surrendered to Britain in the Falklands War, says one of Bill O’Reilly’s former colleagues at CBS who was with him in the capital at the time.

“It was an ‘expense account zone,’” writes Eric Jon Engberg, a retired CBS correspondent, in a Facebook post. “We — meaning the American networks — were all in the same, modern hotel and we never saw any troops, casualties or weapons.”

On Thursday, left-leaning Mother Jones magazine accused the Fox News host of lying about having “reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falklands” and “survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands War.”

Since then, O’Reilly has been on a tear against the “left-wing media,” calling the report “garbage” and Mother Jones editor David Corn, who broke the story along with reporter Daniel Schulman, a “despicable guttersnipe.”

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Bizantine. Christ (portion of a Deesis mosaic) 13th century Hagia Sophia Istanbul

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Soviet Communism in the 1960s (Full Documentary)

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Saint of the Day for Saturday, February 21st, 2015 : St. Severian

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St. Severian

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this pressed: Ukraine PM says cease fire non-existent, Putin on a larger mission

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said Saturday that his country is not on the verge of collapse, and that Russian-backed separatists continue to attack Ukrainian soldiers despite a recent cease fire agreement.

“We are very far from a collapse,” Yatsenyuk told Fox News. “You know why? We don’t have a cease fire … because a cease fire means that no-one shoots. Cease fire means that Russian-led terrorists do not make any kind of ongoing shellings, that they do not kill Ukrainian soldiers and innocent people.”

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A year after fleeing Ukraine, Yanukovich speaks of return

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who fled to Russia a year ago after being toppled by months of street protests, said he was ready to return to Ukraine if the opportunity arose.

The pro-Russian leader was overthrown by the “Maidan” uprising in Kiev against his decision to back away from a deal that would have taken the country towards integration with Europe and instead tighten economic ties with Russia, Ukraine’s old Soviet master.

Just weeks after his departure, Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula, a base for Russia’s Black Sea fleet, and pro-Russian separatists seized key buildings in the east of the country leading to a conflict in which more than 5,000 people have been killed.

Interpol has put Yanukovich on the international wanted list at the behest of Kiev authorities on charges of embezzlement and financial wrongdoing. But Russia is likely to turn down any request to extradite him, Interfax news agency said last month, citing a source familiar with the situation.

Yanukovich, who has denied any involvement in corruption, said in a TV interview aired on Saturday he regretted that he could not return to his country.

via A year after fleeing Ukraine, Yanukovich speaks of return.

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Prague spring 1968 – Warsaw Pact tanks in Praha Yarlyk Yarlyk

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this pressed for your informantion: Flash – European left seeks balance between austerity and responsibility – France 24

1 February 2015 – 22H05

European left seeks balance between austerity and responsibility


© AFP / by Michaela Cancela-Kieffer | French Prime minister Manuel Valls answers journalists’ questions during the PES leaders meeting in Madrid, on February 21, 2015


Leaders of embattled mainstream European left parties met in Madrid on Saturday seeking to regain lost ground as they tried to strike a balance between “suicidal austerity” and financial “responsibility” at a time when debt-racked Greece is trying to renegotiate a bailout deal.

The heads of socialist and social democratic parties, threatened by extreme-right parties on the one hand and radical leftists like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain on the other, tried to strike a tone of compromise particularly with relation to the economy in a bid to make gains in polls.

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USA TODAY: Family of missing Syria-bound girl begs her to come home


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USA TODAY: Homeless man dies in sub-zero temperatures


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USA TODAY: Check out this photo from A look at New York below zero


A look at New York below zero


NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 20: Ice floes are viewed along the Hudson River in Manhattan on a frigidly cold day February 20, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the East Coast and Western United States is experiencing unusually cold weather with temperatures in the teens and the wind chill factor making it feel well below zero. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 538768791 ORIG FILE ID: 463966424

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Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

February 21

1595   The Jesuit poet Robert Southwell is hanged for “treason” being a Catholic.
1631   Michael Romanov, son of the Patriarch of Moscow, is elected Russian Tsar.
1744   The British blockade of Toulon is broken by 27 French and Spanish warships attacking 29 British ships.
1775   As troubles with Great Britain increase, colonists in Massachusetts vote to buy military equipment for 15,000 men.
1797   Trinidad, West Indies surrenders to the British.
1828   The first issue of the Cherokee Phoenix is printed, both in English and in the newly invented Cherokee alphabet.
1849   In the Second Sikh War, Sir Hugh Gough’s well placed guns win a victory over a Sikh force twice the size of his at Gujerat on the Chenab River, assuring British control of the Punjab for years to come.
1862   The Texas Rangers win a Confederate victory in the Battle of Val Verde, New Mexico.
1878   The world’s first telephone book is issued by the New Haven Connecticut Telephone Company containing the names of its 50 subscribers.
1885   The Washington Monument is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1905   The Mukden campaign of the Russo-Japanese War, begins.
1916   The battle of Verdun begins with an unprecedented German artillery barrage of the French lines.
1940   The Germans begin construction of a concentration camp at Auschwitz.
1944   Hideki Tojo becomes chief of staff of the Japanese army.
1949   Nicaragua and Costa Rica sign a friendship treaty ending hostilities over their borders.
1951   The U. S. Eighth Army launches Operation Killer, a counterattack to push Chinese forces north of the Han River in Korea.
1956   A grand jury in Montgomery, Alabama indicts 115 in a Negro bus boycott.
1960   Havana places all Cuban industry under direct control of the government.
1965   El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcom X) is assassinated in front of 400 people.
1972   Richard Nixon arrives in Beijing, China, becoming the first U.S. president to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the U.S.
1974   A report claims that the use of defoliants by the U.S. has scarred Vietnam for a century.
Born on February 21
1794   Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Mexican Revolutionary.
1801   John Henry Newman, English theologian and writer.
1821   Charles Scribner, founded the publishing firm which became Charles Scribner’s Sons and also founded Scribner’s magazine.
1893   Andés Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist.
1907   W.H. Auden, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (The Age of Anxiety).
1920   Robert S. Johnson, American World War II fighter ace who shot down 27 German planes.
1927   Erma Bombeck, author and humorist (The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank).

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today’s image: African-American Poet Phillis Wheatley

African-American Poet Phillis Wheatley

Only a child of about eight when she was kidnapped and brought to America as a slave, Phillis Wheatley was given the name of her Boston master, tailor John Wheatley. With his wife Susanna, John Wheatley treated the young girl kindly, providing an education that included the classical languages and literature. Phillis Wheatley’s poetry was published for the first time in 1767. She traveled to England in 1773, where her book Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral was hailed as the first published by an African American. Although she received her freedom soon after, Wheatley’s last years saw only misery and she died in 1784. Her work, lost and forgotten until the publication of a new edition in 1834, was used by abolitionists to prove that blacks were not intellectually inferior to whites.

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today’s holiday: Vanuatu Father Walter Lini Day (2015)

Vanuatu Father Walter Lini Day (2015)

A former Anglican priest, Father Walter Lini became the first prime minister of the newly independent country of Vanuatu in 1980. Despite those who remember him for his authoritarian ways, Lini is honored on February 21 as the father of Vanuatu’s independence. To mark the 25th anniversary of the country’s independence, the 2005 celebration of Lini Day included a special remembrance service at the Tagabe Anglican Church with President Kalkot Matas Kelekele attending. Prime minister Ham Lini, Walter Lini’s brother, presided over a ceremony in which a wreath was placed on the late priest’s grave. More… Discuss

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women. Louisa May Alcott

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) Discuss

today’s birthday: Robert Mugabe (1924)

Robert Mugabe (1924)

Mugabe has served as the head of the government of Zimbabwe since 1980, after rising to prominence in the 1970s as leader of a Marxist-inspired guerrilla war against the government of Rhodesia. Though he remains a hero to some for his role in the independence movement, his administration now faces accusations of corruption, suppression of political opposition, mishandling of land reform, and human rights abuses. What 2005 movie was banned by his office amid claims that it is CIA propaganda? More… Discus

this day in the yesteryear: The Communist Manifesto Is Published (1848)

The Communist Manifesto Is Published (1848)

Commissioned by the Communist League and written by theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the Communist Manifesto is one of the most influential political tracts in history. It calls on the proletariat to overthrow the capitalists, abolish private property, and take over the means of production. It also advocates for a progressive income tax system and universal free public education. After predicting an eventual classless society, the document ends with what famous statement? More… Discuss

New Dr. Seuss Book to Hit Shelves in 2015

New Dr. Seuss Book to Hit Shelves in 2015

What Pet Should I Get, a new book by Dr. Seuss (AKA Theodor Geisel), is scheduled for a July 2015 release, 25 years after his last book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, was published. The new Seuss book is comprised of material that Geisel’s wife found shortly after his death in 1991 and then rediscovered in 2013. His art director dates these sketches back to the late 1950s or early ’60s, noting that they depict the same siblings as the 1960 Seussian smash One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. More… Discuss



Cricket is a sport played by two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped grass field, in the center of which is a flat strip of ground 66 feet (20.1 m) long, called a “pitch.” At each end of the pitch stands a wicket—or arrangement of wooden stumps—and a batsman whose goal is to protect it from the opposing bowler’s ball and, if he can, exchange places with his teammate at the other end of the pitch, thereby scoring a run. What are possible explanations for the origin of the name “cricket”? More… Discuss

word: mountebank


Definition: (noun) A hawker of quack medicines who attracts customers with stories, jokes, or tricks.
Synonyms: charlatan
Usage: Walking down the street, they saw a mountebank beguiling his audience with tales of miracles achieved through his remedies. Discuss.

From VOA : Shipping Firms, Dockworkers End US Ports Dispute


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