Hans Kisling studied Spanish and Chinese at the universities of Nijmegen, Amsterdam and Leiden, and Management Science at several institutions of higher education.
He is also a forming artist, a materdidact, (i.e. tutored by Emma Kisling, his sensitive, artistic mother). He had several extensive and impressive expositions of sens/sino/junk-art in The Netherlands: Franeker, Doorn, Leeuwarden, Enschede. Owing to his very innovative ideas he was nominated for the Dutch National Millennium Award in 2000.
During his study Chinese he discovered his personal 'philosopher's stone': the answer to his cosmopolitan urge/vocation namely the immeasurable forest of universal images and associations in the Chinese script. With the aid of western and Chinese/Japanese sources he analyzed about 7000 characters, molded the result in a unique didactical form, thus creating the lexicon China-Y.