Obituary: Zhou Haiying, 1929 – 2011

Zhou Haiying [update – Chinese: 周海婴] was born in Shanghai on September 27, 1929 as the only child  of Xu Guangping (许广平) and Lu Xun (魯迅, real name Zhou Shuren / 周树人), probably the (internationally) best-known vernacular-Chinese writer of the 20th century.

Zhou Haiying was a cadre and a politician – vice director at the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television’s (SARFT) policy and regulations department, member of the CPPCC, and a member of the CCP. He studied at Peking University’s (北京大学) physics department in the early 1950s (from 1952).  He is said to have been a wireless / radio expert (无线电专家),  and – in his spare time –  a passionate photographer.

Zhou had suffered from vasculitis since May last year and had been hospitalized all the time since then. He died in Beijing on Thursday, April 7, 2011. He is survived by his wife Ma Xinyun (马新云). Their children, a son and a daughter, live in Taiwan and Japan respectively.

A farewell ceremony is scheduled at Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetary on Monday.


China’s Orwell, Jeffrey Wasserstrom / Time, Dec 7, 2009
Seminar on 6-4 held in Beijing, May 24, 2009


One Comment to “Obituary: Zhou Haiying, 1929 – 2011”

  1. Thank you for the tribute. I am grateful that the legacy of Lu Xün lives on through his work, his son’s fortitude and grandchildren. ” Hope is like….pathways over the land ” (Lu Xün in “My Old Home”).

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