Weekly Word

[Weekly Word] The niceties of social niceties

This week, we cover a concept that is both ubiquitous and very deep-reaching, especially in Chinese society, where it began. Without at least gaining a proper understanding of what it’s about, it will be difficult and awkward if not impossible to navigate through East Asian society. This week’s Word is “face”, translated into classical Chinese as 面 (miàn). Continue reading

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Daily Word (17 November 2014)

Yin yang (陰陽 / 阴阳) | yīn yáng | (Pinyin) Definition (in Chinese philosophy and religion) two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine (yin) and one positive, bright, and masculine (yang) whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things Etymology Chinese “shady side [and] sunny side”, semantically “shady side of a hill [and] sunny side of a hill” 陰: Radical阝(fù,“hill”; … Continue reading