Is the number 6 lucky in Chinese culture?
I am confused.
I read Numbers in Chinese culture
and it is not conclusive. It can be both.
So when is the number lucky and when is it unlucky?
posted by rsol44
on Feb 21, 2012 -
How many hours of labor do you estimate it takes to produce a high-quality Chinese cloisonne
vase, 12 inches tall? A couple of these vases are owned by the school that I teach at, and I would love to be able to tell my students a ballpark figure of how much effort goes into producing these luxury goods--from making the metal base, to adding wire lines, to filling it with enamel, to firing, to final polishing. Our vases are polished to a high gloss, and they have an intricate geometric pattern in the background. There is no area in the background with a gap of more than 2 mm. The foreground consists of well-rendered flowers and foliage. Any thoughts about such objects would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams
on Jan 25, 2012 -
Can someone identify the words spoken at the beginning of Ground Zero's “Revolutionary Pekinese Opera” (“Opening ~ Flying Across The J.P.Yen”)? You can here the phrase spoken on youtube here
. I'm reasonably sure the voice is speaking Chinese.
posted by nfg
on Jan 25, 2012 -
Help me find one of those Korean barbecue places where they let you cook your own food! (Downtown San Francisco) [more inside]
posted by ambulatorybird
on Jan 23, 2012 -
Can someone please translate this character (or characters?) for me? It was written by a Chinese man; unfortunately that is all I know. Thank you!
posted by AONeal79
on Jan 17, 2012 -
Chinese New Year - how/when/who when saying 'Happy New Year'.
If you are not Chinese at all (that's me) and you live somewhere that's not very Chinese (that's New Zealand) what's the polite thing to do regarding Chinese New Year with people who are ethnically Chinese ? [more inside]
posted by southof40
on Jan 11, 2012 -
Where can I find an evening Chinese class or teacher/mentor in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by xtine
on Jan 6, 2012 -
I'm looking for a printed calendar that shows, in overlay format, many of the world systems for describing dates, such as Gregorian, Islamic, Jewish, Chinese, etc... Something to hang on my wall. I don't care if it is "flipbook" style or a large poster. Is something like that commercially available? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin
on Dec 18, 2011 -
I'd like to re-read the Chinese classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber
(The Story of the Stone
), but I'd like to know more about the world it's set in first. What are some recommendations for books about daily life and clothing during the Qing dynasty, particularly during the 1700s? [more inside]
posted by shirobara
on Nov 16, 2011 -
How do I get Windows 7 to display Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters on a non-administrator account? [more inside]
posted by dave99
on Nov 10, 2011 -
Tony-Robbins-Style Motivational audio/video for Vietnamese or Chinese people? [more inside]
posted by gttommy
on Nov 8, 2011 -
My mother has given me the go-ahead to spend all the family money I need to help attract a nice girlfriend. What are some fun things I can do? [more inside]
posted by mnop
on Sep 20, 2011 -
I've watched IP Man, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Ong Bak, Chocolate, and am currently watching Kung Fu Dunk (this looks like a frighteningly bad-but-awesome movie). Please recommend me more? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog
on Sep 10, 2011 -
Help requested identifying a novel I read in the early 1990s involving Triads and illegal Chinese immigration.
There was an American who was tasked with transporting a Chinese illegal alien across parts of the western US in an automobile (car or pickup truck). I think his eventual destination was WA or OR, and parts of the story were in CA, in a sweatshop (I think). The Triads were involved. Any candidate titles or assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you Thank you Thank you.
posted by Ralph
on Sep 3, 2011 -
Good, fast, and cheap way to learn basic conversational Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by kmz
on Sep 1, 2011 -
What's the absolute best Chinese periodical around? (Wrinkle: 简体字.) [more inside]
posted by jweed
on Aug 30, 2011 -
I would like to compile a list of "must buys", or perhaps "must trys", for the next time I go to stock up at an Asian supermarket. [more inside]
posted by roofus
on Aug 17, 2011 -
Help me find a forgotten children's book! My memory of this is almost unforgivably hazy -- I read the book in the mid to late 1980s. The book (possibly all of it, maybe just the ending) takes place at a beautiful teahouse, I believe Chinese, where everyone brings their birds in cages. [more inside]
posted by hels
on Jul 18, 2011 -
Help me find the San Francisco Dim Sum restaurant of my childhood memories. Barring that, what is a decent weekday morning dim sum option in or near Chinatown? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on Jul 14, 2011 -
Is it really that big a deal for a Chinese and an Indian to be dating/potentially getting married? [more inside]
posted by picarosado
on Jul 10, 2011 -
I'm looking for resources (preferably online and free) that will allow me to practice reading and writing Chinese characters at the level of a beginner. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet
on Jul 10, 2011 -
My neighbors put these Chinese characters up on their front door. Can someone please translate them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 26, 2011 -
I'm sorta multilingual, in Spanish and Mandarin. I don't have many other skills. How good would I need to get before I can make a living from this ability? What jobs could I get if I were to improve in one or both languages? [more inside]
posted by skewed
on Jun 24, 2011 -
This Friday, I have to give a one-hour lecture to a group of Chinese 14-year-olds about American culture and learning English. What should I teach? [more inside]
posted by jweed
on Jun 19, 2011 -
What apps would a 50-year old Chinese or Vietnamese person have on their iPad?
I'm thinking of getting my parents iPads, since I've really enjoyed mine, think that it'd be simple enough for them to use, and easy enough to do technical support for. They aren't that technically savvy and don't speak English well so I'd like to get them started first on some easy to use apps where they could get content such as foreign news, music, and television shows. [more inside]
posted by ajackson
on Jun 18, 2011 -
How do I get sogou chinese input on my iPhone? The default Chinese input in iPhone sucks, sogou or the equivalent (QQ input) is a million times better, but how can I get it on my iPhone? I had it on my old android.
posted by Patrick Leo
on Jun 15, 2011 -
How would you write either "Little Italy" (as in the NYC neighborhood) or "Welcome to Little Italy," or "I ♥ Little Italy" with Chinese characters? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence
on Jun 6, 2011 -
Conventional wisdom says that watching a lot of TV/Movies in another language helps with comprehension. What are some good movies/shows to help me with Mandarin? My current level is quite basic (2 semesters of college classes).
posted by joshwa
on May 18, 2011 -
Looking for an article with photos where a town in China moved itself to a new location. [more inside]
posted by querty
on May 5, 2011 -
I am looking for first-person narratives about every day life during the Cultural Revolution. I would prefer material that can be read on-line. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
posted by pavi
on Mar 29, 2011 -
If you're Chinese or know Chinese language/culture: when you hear the phrase "Lu Shan," do you automatically think of the Lu Shan mountain range? (Are there any other common meanings that would come to mind more strongly than the mountains would?)
posted by kalapierson
on Mar 28, 2011 -
Does anyone know of a free Traditional Chinese kaishu-style font that looks like it was written with a ballpoint pen or pencil (not a calligraphic pen or brush)? I'm currently using HanWangFangSongMedium from this page
, which I quite like, but it's in fangsong style. It's for my computer flashcards when trying to remember how to write characters (e.g English word -> Chinese character). [more inside]
posted by Gnatcho
on Mar 23, 2011 -