Ho Knia Ch’i Bay Uak

(Version in Hokkien)

Ho Knia

Ch’i Bay Uak

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(Version in English)

Good chaps

Are difficult to raise

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About this rhyme/saying:~

Hoe Kniar Ch’i Bay Uark is a Hokkien rhyme/saying that¬†emphasises the need to be¬†streetwise or otherwise be bullied/tricked.

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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