Happy 50th, Pinyin! Happy 102nd, Creator!

A recent article in The Guardian features the founder and creator of the Pinyin system we’ve all come to know and love . Pinyin turns 50 this month, but incredibly, the creator of Pinyin, Zhōu Yǒuguāng 周有光, is still alive and kicking (well, writing at least) at the age of 102. The article includes a bit of history of Romanization systems for Chinese, some of Zhou’s life story, and best of all, a video of Zhou himself telling a little bit of his story.

Zhou Xiansheng, on behalf of all of us laowai who are learning Chinese: fēicháng gǎnxiè!

For more reading on Romanization systems of Chinese, the best resource I’ve found is here.

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