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Chinese Character: Powerful, Mighty (雄)

According to “Shuo Wen Jie Zi,” Xu Shen’s text Explaining Simple and Analyzing Compound Characters, the original meaning of the character 雄 was “the father of little birds,” or male birds. The left side of […]

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Pulling Up Seedlings To Help Them Grow (拔苗助長)

The idiom “pulling up seedlings to help them grow” originated from “Gong Sun Chou Shang (公孫丑上),” an article by Meng Zi(1) (also known as Mencius) who was one of the great philosophers in Chinese history. […]

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Chinese Character: Heal (治)

The character 治 (zhì) can be traced back to the time of Dayu (大禹) (2200-2100 B.C.), or the Great Yu, and how he managed the ancient floods. In Shui Jing Zhu (水經註) (Commentary on the Waterways) […]

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Chinese Character: Light, Bright (光)

The Chinese character for “light” or “bright,” 光 (guāng), is composed of two other characters: At the top is 火 (huǒ), fire, and below is 儿 (er or ér), which means son or child and […]

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Chinese Character: Brush Pen 筆 (Bǐ)

The Chinese character 筆 (bǐ) originally referred to a brush pen made of animal hair and a bamboo shaft. The upper part of the character is the bamboo radical  (竹); the lower part 聿 is […]

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Chinese Character: Meaning (意)

The character 意 (yì) translates as “meaning” or “idea.” It is most often combined with the character 思 (sī) for the word “meaning;” however, it can also mean a wish, desire, or intention. The upper […]