PKU president left red-faced by ‘illiterate’ blunder

The president of Peking University, one of China’s most revered institutions of tertiary education, made a fool of himself last week at an otherwise exhilarating ceremony to mark its 120th anniversary. Lin Jianhua became a national laughing-stock when he fumbled and mispronounced hong hu, the classical Chinese equivalent of “swan,” as hong hao in a televised speech in front of a packed […]