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Zhang Youyi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zhang Youyi (1898 – 1989) (also spelled Chang Yu-i), was the first wife of the Chinese poet Xu Zhimo. Zhang was famous in her own right as a banker and educator.

In 1912, when Zhang Youyi was the age of 12, she found an advertisement in the "Shanghai Shenbao" about a girls' school located in Suzhou. It was called the Teachers' College Preparatory School and was only a school for girls. She brought up the idea of attending the school to her parents, and they agreed - due to the low cost of the school. Zhang Youyi and her First Sister both entered the school after completing an entrance exam. As Zhang Youyi was prepared for marriage in 1915, her parents urged her to quit her schooling and return home to prepare for her future. Zhang Youyi did in fact, attend school after her engagement, but two months before her wedding, she left the school.

Later in 1922, Zhang Youyi settled in Berlin and attended the Pestalozzi Furberhaus, which was a school that was based on the studies of a Swiss educator. Zhang Youyi took intensive German for a few months, than finally began the school. She started off at the level of kindergarten teachers because it required the least amount of language skill.

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Xu Zhimo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Xu Zhimo (Chinese: 徐志摩; pinyin: Xú Zhìmó; Wade–Giles: Hsü Chih-mo, January 15, 1897 – November 19, 1931) was an early 20th century Chinese poet. He was given the name of Zhangxu (章垿) and the courtesy name of Yousen (槱森). He later changed his courtesy name to Zhimo (志摩).[1]

One of the most renowned romantic poets of 20th century Chinese literature, he is known for his promotion of modern Chinese poetry, and has made tremendous contributions to modern Chinese literature.

To commemorate Xu Zhimo, in July 2008, a stone of white Beijing marble was installed at the Backs of King's College, Cambridge (near the bridge over the River Cam); on it are inscribed the first two and last two lines from Xu's best-known poem (simplified Chinese: 再别康桥; traditional Chinese: 再別康橋; pinyin: Zài Bié Kāngqiáo; literally "again (or "once more") leave Cambridge", variously translated as "On Leaving Cambridge", "Saying Goodbye to Cambridge Again", "Goodbye Again, Cambridge", "Leaving the Revisited Cambridge" etc).

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Lin Huiyin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lin Huiyin (Chinese: 林徽因, born 林徽音; pinyin: Lín Huīyīn; known as Phyllis Lin or Lin Whei-yin when in the United States; 10 June 1904 – 1 April 1955) was a noted 20th century Chinese architect and writer. She is said to be the first female architect in China. Her niece is Maya Lin.[2]

Lin was born in Hangzhou though her family was from Minhou, Fujian. She was the daughter of Lin Changmin (林長民) (16 September 1876 - Xinmin, Liaoning, 24 December 1925) and He Xuehuan (何雪媛) (1882–1972). Raised in a wealthy family, she received the best education a woman could obtain at the time. She pursued her degrees both in England and the United States. She attended St Mary's College in London, where she became acquainted with the well known Chinese poet Xu Zhimo. Their relationship is commonly referred to in a romantic anecdote. However, according to Lin, she had never fallen in love with Xu. Her husband, Liang Sicheng, whom she had known since childhood, was the son of the influential reformer, Liang Qichao.

In April 1924, the sixty-four-year old Indian poet Tagore visited China, Lin Huiyin and Xu Zhimo worked together to do the interpretation work for Tagore, during which Lin Huiyin distinguished herself with her fluent English and also won the admiration of the great poet.[3]

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REN JIAN SI YUE TIAN 人間四月天 EP01

the romantic story of a famous poet named XU Zhimuo in the early 20th century with three different women
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