Pu Ren, the fourth brother of Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China, passed away at the age of 97 on April 10 in Beijing.
According to Daily Sunshine, Pu Ren was born in the Prince Chun Mansion in Shichahai, Beijing in 1918.
Pu Ren served three terms as a delegate to the Municipal Political Consultative Conference of Beijing, and was also a researcher of Chinese history at the Beijing Research Institute.
In his youth, Pu Ren had received education in Chinese classics and traditional art. After that, he established Jingye Primary School, a public primary school in the Prince Chun Mansion in 1947 with support from his father.
In 1957, Pu Ren donated the school and the property to the government of China, but he still continued teaching at several other primary schools until his retirement at the age of 70.
“To become a self-reliant person” was what Pu Ren’s demanded of himself and of his students.
Following the communist revolution, Pu Ren sold his residence, the Prince Chun Mansion, to the government. He also donated a massive amount of books to the country and set up the Youzhi Scholarship to aid needy children.
All five of the Pu Ren’s offspring are members of the Communist Party. One of Pu Ren’s sons told reporters that Pu Ren supported his children in their decision to join the party as he considered it as a “positive move.”
By Lucy Liu
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