Ch’i Kniar

(Version in Hokkien)

Ch’i Tar Por Kniar, Boe Kar

Siang Ka Ch’i Gu

Ch’i Chow Wah, Boe Kar

Siang Ka Ch’i Tu!


(Version in English)

Raising a son without teaching him

Is like rearing a cow

Raising a daughter without teaching her

Is like rearing a pig!


About this rhyme/ditty:~

This rhyme/ditty stresses the need for children to be properly educated. But why were they referred to as pigs and cows is ironical if not to make the ditty humorous.

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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