Education: China's Yen

Whatever eventually happens to Basic English, Basic Chinese is a sensational success. Since 1930 it has enabled 46,000,000 Chinese, who otherwise might have stayed illiterate, to read & write. The man who put Basic Chinese across, lithe and lively James ("Jimmy") Yang Ch'u Yen lit momentarily last week in New York, Providence, Washington. Jimmy Yen moves fast: at 49 he has fomented an almost incredible cultural revolution, and hopes he has just begun.

Jimmy Yen is organizing postwar plans for China. To many a Chinese he is more important than generals or cabinet ministers....

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