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Media mogul’s name lives on in the city

At least 15 buildings and schools in Shanghai are named “Yifu” after Run Run Shaw’s Chinese first name, as the philanthropist made generous donations to support education in the city.

Yifu buildings can be found at seven local universities, including Fudan, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Tongji and East China Normal, serving as teaching buildings, libraries and cultural centers. There are also seven schools, including a kindergarten and a vocational school, named after him.

Most of the buildings and schools were built in the 1990s with one of the  earliest erected in 1989 at Fudan University.

Shaw also funded the renovation of the Tianchan Peking Opera Center Yifu Theater, on Fuzhou Road, in 1990. It was named after him in 1994.

Shaw studied in Shanghai when he was a teenager. His father owned a pigment company and theater in the city.

Shaw began funding schools and hospitals on the Chinese mainland in 1985 and his total donations have been estimated at more than HK$4.5 billion (US$580 million).

In 2008, Shaw was awarded a lifelong philanthropist award by the Ministry of Civil Affairs for his many generous contributions to the nation’s education and medical services.



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