Khok Hiak Char Bor

(Version in Hokkien)

Khok Hiak Char Bor Chuay Hu Jin

Cheng Khok Kim, Ow Khok Gin

Khok Hiak Char Bor Chuay Hu Jin

Cheng Khok Kim, Ow Khok Poh

Khok Hiak Char Bor, Bo Tharn Tho.

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(Version in English)

Women with receding forehead is most elegant

In front she spins gold, at the rear, silver

Women with receding forehead is most elegant

In front she spins gold, at the rear, precious things

Woman with receding foreheads is hard to come by!

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About the Proverb/Saying:~

This is a traditional Hokkien Ditty in praise of  “Khok Hiak Char Bor” or “women with receding foreheads” as they are known to be very elegant, enterprising and successful~ a rare gem much appreciated by our forefathers.

The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These ditties retell their story and their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..

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2 responses to “Khok Hiak Char Bor

  1. Your poem and collection of poems display history as well as truths to all. Telling the stories of previous generations continues to be a way of connecting the present to the past and making it come alive.

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