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John DeFrancis passed away. Many of you may not know who he was, but if you've ever studied the Chinese language, even a little, then chances are you owe a great deal to Professor DeFrancis: adventurer, linguist, and philanthropist. Here is his obituary, and one of his articles: Prospects for Chinese Writing Reform (really, this is fascinating). Below is an old interview with the professor, which is loaded with so much more history and turmoil than what that brief discussion indicates. Agree or disagree with his methods and ideas, he was a good, strong, and brilliant man.

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creativitygone.blogspot.com
Jan. 10th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I have never heard of Mr. DeFrancis but I'm very sorry to hear of his passing. It's always a sad day when the world loses a brilliant mind.

Mishel
(Anonymous)
Jan. 11th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Such an incredible man. Though I never used Prof. Defrancis' books for my own Chinese language study, it's fascinating to read how he was involved in the very beginnings of such education here in the states, especially at times when such involvement with China could be pernicious towards one's career. Thanks for posting this Ms. Liu. Prof. Defrancis' life is a good reminder for those who take up Chinese studies of the dedication, effort, and dilligence which such a field demands.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 11th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)

Thanks for posting this. I had not heard this news.
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