1900–1985 (Age 85)
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

The Life of SHI YUN

When SHI YUN WU was born about 1900, in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, his father, ZI LIN WU, was 23 and his mother, LIU SHI, was 20. He had at least 1 son with YU SHI. He died about 1985, in his hometown, at the age of 85.

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1901 · Late Qing Reform

Age 1

The Late Qing Reform, also referred to as the era of "New Policies," involved a series of changes to education, economy, military, politics, and cultural norms of the time. The goal of these reforms was to help the Qing Dynasty maintain power after having been subject to several invasions.  The Administration Office was established in April of 1901 to help manage the execution of these reforms. The effectiveness of these reforms was debated, with many believing that the laws served more as a demonstration.

Age 11

Chinese Revolution. Yuan Shih-k'ai is recalled from retirement to take command of army to put down the revolution. He negotiates with the revolutionaries, with the hope of being instituted as the head of a new government, but is disappointed when Sun Yat-sen is appointed president of the new republic.

Age 45

Civil War begins. Nationalists versus Communists.

Name Meaning

1 Chinese 吴: from the name of the ancient state of Wu in what is now Jiangsu province. In the 13th century bc , the state of Zhou was ruled by Tai Wang , who had three sons: Tai Bo, Zhong Yong, and Ji Li. The eldest sons, Tai Bo and Zhong Yong, believing that their father wished the youngest son, Ji Li, to inherit the reins of power, left the Zhou homeland with a group of followers and traveled southeastward to east-central China, where they established the state of Wu. Their descendants eventually adopted Wu as their surname. Ji Li stayed on to rule the Zhou and became the father of the famed virtuous duke Wu Wang, to whom those named Zhou ( see Chow ) trace their ancestry. Thus, the surnames Wu and Zhou are traced to the same ancestor, Tai Wang.2 Chinese 胡: Cantonese variant of Hu .3 Chinese 武: from the name of Ji Wu, a son of Ping Wang ( 770–719 bc ), the first king of the Eastern Zhou dynasty. His descendants adopted the given name Wu as their surname.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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