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Woo Tsin-hang

Born in Wujing (武進), Jiangsu during the Qing Dynasty, Woo Tsin-hang (吳敬恆 pinyin wu2 jing4 heng2) (March 25, 1865 - October 30, 1953), born Wu Tiao (朓 tiao3), courtesy name Chih-hui (稚暉 zhi4 hui1), was a Chinese-born Taiwanese linguist and philosopher who coordinated the creation of Chu-yin, the ancillary phonetic symbols of Mandarin Chinese.

In 1905, before the establishment of the Republic of China, he met Sun Yat-sen in Europe, then he joined the United Allegiance Society, or Tong Meng Hui (同盟會). He also became the first Academic Scholar of the Humanity Division (人文組院士) of the Academia Sinica[?] (中央研究院), and a representative in the National People's Delegate Conferences (國民大會). He immigrated to Taiwan and was the teacher of Chiang Ching-kuo. He died in Taipei at the age of 88.

He was also respected for his various styles of calligraphy, which is evident in the design of chu-yin, all of its symbols have the strokes and essence of calligraphy.

His publications can be found in The Collection of the Works of Mr. Wu Chih-hui (《吳稚暉先生集》).


"Woo Tsin-hang," used in the Academia Sinica's Western publications, is his name pronounced in the Jiangsu dialect. His name is spelled Wu Ching-heng in Wade-Giles, and Wu Jingheng in pinyin.

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