Yankee, Yankee

(1st Version in Hokkien)

Yankee, Yankee

Thow Mor Chang Chang

Tey Ya Khang Khang

Chiak Pnui Or Phi Khang

Mata Giu Thow Chang!

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(1st Version in English)

Yankee, Yankee (calling someone by the name)

With spiky hair

And empty pockets

Eats rice while digging his nose

The policeman pulls his ponytail hair!

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(2nd Version in Hokkien)

Yankee, Yankee

Thow Mor Chang Chang

Tey Ya Khang Khang

Chiak Par Or Phi Khang

Mata Liak To Kio Em Thang!

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(2nd Version in English)

Yankee, Yankee

With spiky Hair

And empty pockets

After eating he digs his nose

When the police arrested him, he pleaded!

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About this rhyme:~

Most rhymes like this retells of actual happenings and tragedies that occur in olden day Penang and I suspected this man must have once been a legendary ruffian sporting a strange hairstyle albeit to have a rhyme commemorating his arrest.

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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