US native Richard Sears has spent much of his life researching ancient Chinese characters, earning the nickname “Uncle Hanzi”. Photo: Handout

Meet US expatriate ‘Uncle Hanzi’, devoted custodian of Chinese characters

Richard Sears has spent 15 years tending to a website on Chinese etymology that includes ancient formats for nearly 9,000 characters

Topic |   China education

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US native Richard Sears has spent much of his life researching ancient Chinese characters, earning the nickname “Uncle Hanzi”. Photo: Handout
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Alice Yan

Alice Yan

Alice Yan is a Shanghai-based social and medical news reporter. She started her journalism career in 2003 and has degrees in economics and public administration. Her Twitter account is @TingYanalice