Or Kim Or Kim

(1st Version in Hokkien)

Or Kim, Or Kim

Ju Khnua Ju Jib Sim

Pek Si, Pek Si

Ju Khnua Ju Gili!

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(1st Version in English)

Dark and glossy, Dark and glossy

The more you see, the more it captures your heart

Fair and pale, Fair and pale

The more you see, the more discontented you become!

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(2nd Version in Hokkien)

Or Kim, Or Kim

Ju Khnua Ju Jib Sim

Or Kim, Or Kim

Ju Khnua Ju Ai Chim!

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(2nd Version in English)

Dark and glossy, Dark and glossy

The more you see, the more it captures your heart

Dark and glossy, Dark and glossy

The more you see, the more you wanted to kiss!

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About this rhyme:~

‘Or Kim Or Kim’ is a Hokkien rhyme that sings praises for dark skinned people. Quite often you will hear this at wedding dinners when a bride or a groom weds a darker skinned partner and when one guest discreetly commented over how dark the partner looks (but often said without discrimination), another friend would utter this rhyme to put a smile back on the faces of those who heard it.

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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