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Mon 15th Jul

The Queue

The queue or 辫子 bianzi was the 'pigtail' that all Chinese men were forced to wear during the Qing dynasty. It was a hated symbol of subjugation under Manchu rule and you see it in films about China during this time. Not wearing the queue was considered treason and received the death penalty. The hair was plaited and never cut and so became very long. As well as the queue Chinese men had to shave off the hair from the front half of the head.
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On this day

1907 Qiu Jin died 1907 (112 years ago)

Proverb

嫁祸
Jià huò yú rén [jia huo yu ren]
marry disaster foremost person
A person in misfortune blames someone else
Spread blame onto others
Sun 14th Jul

The Queue

The queue or 辫子 bianzi was the 'pigtail' that all Chinese men were forced to wear during the Qing dynasty. It was a hated symbol of subjugation under Manchu rule and you see it in films about China during this time. Not wearing the queue was considered treason and received the death penalty. The hair was plaited and never cut and so became very long. As well as the queue Chinese men had to shave off the hair from the front half of the head.
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Proverb

Tiān xià wū yā bān hēi [tian xia wu ya yi ban hei]
world black crow one kind black
Crows everywhere are all black
Bad people are all the same. You find bad people everywhere
Sat 13th Jul

The Queue

The queue or 辫子 bianzi was the 'pigtail' that all Chinese men were forced to wear during the Qing dynasty. It was a hated symbol of subjugation under Manchu rule and you see it in films about China during this time. Not wearing the queue was considered treason and received the death penalty. The hair was plaited and never cut and so became very long. As well as the queue Chinese men had to shave off the hair from the front half of the head.
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Proverb

昔比
Jīn fēi xī bǐ [jin fei xi bi]
modern wrong ancient compare
The present cannot be compared with the past
The past is not always a good predictor of the future. Things change
Fri 12th Jul

The Queue

The queue or 辫子 bianzi was the 'pigtail' that all Chinese men were forced to wear during the Qing dynasty. It was a hated symbol of subjugation under Manchu rule and you see it in films about China during this time. Not wearing the queue was considered treason and received the death penalty. The hair was plaited and never cut and so became very long. As well as the queue Chinese men had to shave off the hair from the front half of the head.
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Proverb

Zuǒ yòu wéi nán [zuo you wei nan]
left right pride difficult
Both alternatives are difficult
In a dilemma
Be in a pickle
Thu 11th Jul

The Queue

The queue or 辫子 bianzi was the 'pigtail' that all Chinese men were forced to wear during the Qing dynasty. It was a hated symbol of subjugation under Manchu rule and you see it in films about China during this time. Not wearing the queue was considered treason and received the death penalty. The hair was plaited and never cut and so became very long. As well as the queue Chinese men had to shave off the hair from the front half of the head.
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Proverb

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Rén è rén tiān bù pà, rén shàn rén tiān bù qī [ren e ren pa tian bu pa, ren shan ren qi tian bu qi]
person evil person fear heaven no fear, person good person cheat heaven no deceive
Evil people are dreaded by other people not by heaven; good people may be cheated by people but not by heaven
Even though evil works may go unpunished on earth, good works do not go unnoticed in heaven. Reward for good may not be immediately received.
Wed 10th Jul

Martial arts

The martial arts are one of China's most familiar cultural exports. They are well represented in many action films from China and Hong Kong. Some forms of martial art were further developed in Japan and are now known by the Japanese names: karate, judo and taekwando. The most widespread and gentler form is Taichi or more correctly Taijiquan, the system of movements builds muscle tone and improves posture and breathing. Many Chinese use Tai Chi as their daily morning exercise.
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Proverb

Shǒu kǒu rú píng [shou kou ru ping]
guard mouth like bottle
To keep mouth shut, like a bottle
To avoid giving the game away; to not breathe a word
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Tiananmen Square, NPC
Great Hall of the People, Beijing where the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China convenes. January 18, 2003 Photo by Allen Timothy Chang, available under a Creative Commons license .

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