(Version in Hokkien)
Ho Kow Eh Jin Choo Lang
Chow Kow Luan Choo Bui
(Version in English)
A good dog recognizes its master
A bad dog simply barks.
About this rhyme:~
This Hokkien proverb/saying doesn’t rhyme and is normally used on dogs hence, a well trained dog are taught to obey and recognize its master whereas an untrained dog simply does the opposite. It is also used to describe people who never check their facts properly before accusing others.
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..