Ho Ay Chow Wa, Ho Ay Knia Sai

(Version in Hokkien)

Ho Ay Chow Wa

Oo How Ah Mah

Ho Ay Knia Sai

Gia H’niow Pai

Put How Ay Knia Sai

Si Ang Mor Phai!


(Version in English)

A good daughter

Is filial to her mother

A good son-in-law

Prays with the jossticks

An unfilial son-in-law

Are the western educated ones!


About this rhyme/ditty:~

This rhyme/ditty is biased towards western educated Chinese/Christian Chinese/Westerners who are not rooted in Confucius values and teachings highly regarded by the Chinese schooled community. To a certain extent it is true but there are also westernised Chinese who still holds on to the old values their forefathers taught them.

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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