At 105, Celebrated Chinese Linguist Now A Dissident

NPR’s Louisa Lim talks to Zhou Youguang about the changes he has witnessed and those he still hopes to see. Born in 1906, Zhou became friends with Einstein while living in the US, and “father of pinyin” after...

Ma Ying-jeou Deletes Simplified Characters

Simplified Chinese characters have been erased from the Taiwanese Tourist Bureau’s website on the instructions of President Ma Ying-jeou. Other government agencies are ordered, and private businesses encouraged, to follow...

Father of Hanyu Pinyin Turns Sweet 106

Zhou Youguang, father of pinyin, celebrated his 106th birthday (January 13th) with two cakes, one shaped like a typewriter and the other like a copy of his latest book. Among the enormous changes he has witnessed since his...

A Spirit of Enduring Optimism

For last week’s National Day celebrations, the The New York Times published an interview with 103-year-old who gives a firsthand account of the past 60 years of CCP rule: Zhou Youguang was a child of 6 when a revolution...

After 50 Years, Pinyin Still Rules

From Shanghai Daily: Hanyu Pinyin, the Chinese phonetic system, celebrates its 50th anniversary today. About one billion Chinese have used it to learn Mandarin since the first edition of pinyin was issued in 1958. “Pinyin...

Has Google Pinyin Been Stolen From A Competitor? – China Herald blog

From China Herald blog: A debate is emerging on the internet whether Google has for its newly released pinyin input system stolen the vocabulary of its competitor Sogou. When the US search engine would have committed such a gross infringement of the intellectual property of a competitor, even though it would have been done by […]



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