Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Trendy Pro-Communism Purses

Reader Chris Port emails:

"I saw this site offering purses with (in addition to skulls) 'cool Asian script that no one knows the meaning of!' This looked like a job for Hanzi Smatter. Here's a closeup pic of the purses [shown above]. Thanks for any enlightenment you can grant, Chris"

= great effort; strive; try hard
= complete, finish, settle; whole
= orderly, neat, tidy; whole
(simplified version ) = political party, gang, faction

Professor David Porter of University of Michigan has a collection of original pro-Communism Chinese slogans. The original quote was:


which translates as "It is our great duty for the [communist] party to complete recognize itself and keep the spirit positive."

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