This is the practice round of my Toastmasters District Humorous Speach for the CPA Toastmasters Club. Nai nai (northern Chinese Mandarin) means granny.
In this video, let’s talk about the states and major cities in Australia 澳(ao)大(da)利(li)亚(ya)- their names in Chinese Mandarin: Sydney – 悉(xi)尼(ni) – New South Wales – 新(xin)南(nan)威(wei)尔(er)士(shi) Melbourne – 墨(mo)尔(er)本(ben) – Victoria – 维(wei)多(duo)利(li)亚(ya) […]
Hi, Barry Li again. Happy long weekend time! 长(chang)假(jia)快(kuai)乐(le). Today we are not going to talk about the short “long weekend” in Sydney. (only 3 days) We are going to talk about the 7 days […]
Happy Moon Festival! 中秋节快乐！The 2018 Chinese Moon Festival is on the 24th of September, which is tomorrow. The Moon Festival is a very important festival for the Chinese People. It’s also an important part of […]
This is a speech delivered by Barry Li on the 20th of June 2018 at the China and Australia Culture Exchange Centre opening lunch. Hello everyone. I’m invited by my colleague/friend Selena today to this […]
A large part of Chinese superstitious beliefs is tied up in numerology – lucky numbers and unlucky numbers. I talked about it before in Rich Chinese ; crazy things are done and large amounts of money is spent to get the right numbers and avoid the bad ones. Barry Li, author of The New Chinese: How they are changing Australia recounts a story of a Sydney house that failed to achieve the same ludicrous selling price as other Sydney properties, all because it had the street number of 74 (it probably still sold for other 1million AUD though). With different tonal inflictions, the pronunciation of 74 can easily become ‘wife dies’, ‘angry to death’ or ‘die together’, so Chinese buyers steered clear.
As I brought up the Monkey King in my previous post on religion in China I thought it would be reminisce of me if I didn’t expound further on this little guy. In some regards he’s a bit like Santa Claus: everyone is familiar with the image and the symbolism in some small way. A guy with a white beard in a red hat is easily synonymous with the term Christmas. But Santa didn’t appear out of nowhere. Like how facts and truths about Santa’s reindeers, elves and home address are a bit more quick to mind than the story of his origin as a monk, the history behind the Monkey King is equally mystical, and also if it not as instantly recognisable as his appearance.
When you do a quick internet query of ‘religion of China’, several answers appear: Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity. Some will be quick to note that the first three answers don’t easily fall into the category of ‘religion’, but are often placed under a ‘philosophy’ branch instead. Regardless, this post will treat them all as having equal governance and significance to their followers’ lives.