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Chinese Idiom: Propriety Suggests Reciprocity (禮尚往來)

The Chinese idiom 禮尚往來 (lǐ shàng wǎng lái) states that “propriety, or courtesy, suggests reciprocity.” Originating from a passage in “Li Ji” (禮記), or “Classic of Rites,” one of the Five Classics of Confucianism, the […]

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Chinese Character: Courage, Bravery (勇)

The character 勇 (yǒng) refers to the concepts of bravery, courage, and valour. It is composed of two parts: the character 甬 (yǒng) on top, from which 勇 (yǒng) receives its pronunciation, and the radical […]

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Chinese Character: Dream (夢)

夢 (mèng), the Chinese character for “dream,” is made up of four parts and is ideographic. The two upper parts, (艹) and ( 罒 ), together resemble the shape of an eyebrow above the eye […]

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Chinese Character for Fortune, Fate, Luck: Yùn (運)

The Chinese character 運 (yùn) is a pictophonetic character—one formed by combining a component that indicates the meaning with a component that indicates the sound. 運 has multiple meanings. It means to move, transport, or […]

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Chinese Character For Forbearance: Ren (忍)

The Chinese character 忍 (rěn) is a pictophonetic character—one formed by combining a component that indicates the meaning with a component that indicates the sound. 忍 means to forbear, endure, or tolerate. It also contains […]

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Chinese Character for Harmony: Hé 和

Portraying the traditional Chinese ideal of harmonious balance between nature and humankind  The Chinese character 和 (hé) stands for harmony or peace and is also a conjunction in Chinese that is equivalent to “and” in […]

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Chinese Characters for Music: Yīn Yuè 音樂

Conveying the special significance of music, literally ‘the sound of happiness’ The Chinese characters 音樂 (yīn yuè) stand for music. 音 is the character for sound, while 樂 refers to music itself as well as […]