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Youguang Zhou (1906–2017)

Youguang Zhou was born on January 13, 1906 in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China as Zhou Yaoping. He was married to Zhang Yunhe. He died on January 14, 2017 in Beijing, China. See full bio »


(age 111) in Beijing, China

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Fry's Planet Word Himself - Father of Pinyin


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Himself - Father of Pinyin
- Spreading the Word (2011) ... Himself - Father of Pinyin

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Ordinary people no longer believe in the Communist Party anymore. The vast majority of Chinese intellectuals advocate democracy.


He created the Pinyin writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet. He and a Communist party committee spent three years developing the system in the 1950s. It changed the way the Chinese language was taught around the world, and helped increase literacy in China. See more »

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