(Version in Hokkien)
Lang Ai Oo Chi Khi
Mai Lang Khnua Bay Kh’i
Hibang Lang Bay Liau Si
Ka Hoe Kor Ka Ki
(Version in English)
One has to has dignity
So that others will not look down on us
If we depend on others, the habit won’t stop
So it is better to be self sufficient.
About this rhyme:~
The Chinese has a set standard in how one should live their live and this Hokkien rhyme is one that explains one’s social conduct.
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..