Tsinoy Culture

When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (3)

Idioms, expressions Hokkien pronunciation Literal translation Meaning 嘴尖舌利 tsui tsiam tsi lai pointed mouth, sharp tongue a very talkative person 嘴笑目笑 tsui tsio bak tsio laughing mouth and eyes expression of  happiness as shown in one’s smiling face 三尖六角 san tsiam lak kak three sharp edges and six angles describes something with irregular shape as …

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Relative Finder: Breast pocket patch

A relative-finding quest can trigger chain reactions which sometimes go on and on. Our family had a reunion with long-lost China relatives in 2010. The reunion’s itinerary included meeting family friends with the same Chinese surname Chan (曾 Zeng). That meeting sparked yet another successful search for a friend’s family. While scouring letters and photographs …

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Lions of Mingsheng Wenyang

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest, January 19-February 1, 2016. | The lion dance is fast becoming an integral part of Manila’s cultural landscape. At the forefront of the revitalized lion dance scene is a new generation of Tsinoy sports associations, which uphold the values of authentic tradition, professionalism and inclusivity. In this issue, …

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Architecture of the Manila Chinese Cemetery

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest | November 1-14, 2016 | vol. 29 | No. 11 | The vast necropolis in the north of Manila’s Sta. Cruz district, consisting of the North, La Loma and Chinese cemeteries, is a veritable museum to the evolution of Western and Chinese architectural styles and their adaptation and …

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The case of Chieng Liang-un: Buddhist, laborer, undocumented

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest, September 20-October 3, 2016 | vol. 29, No. 8 issue | Originally titled “Buddhist, Laborer, Undocumented: The Case of Chieng Liang-un in Leyte, 1891.” | The case of Chieng Liang-un is contained in one of the Chinos bundles (SDS 13044) at the National Archives of the Philippines. His …

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When words fail, use idioms…Hokkien style (27)

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino DigestSeptember 6-19, 2016 | vol. 29 | No. 7 issue 放屎糊壁邊 pang sai ko pia pen wipe bowel on the wall grossly insulting gesture 掛羊頭賣狗肉 kua yun t’ao bue kao ba hanging goat’s head but selling dog’s meat doing dishonest business 賬簿隔格 siao p’o ke k’ang drawing lines on …

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