Author Archives: Melody Chiu

Proverb – Chinese

????????? Translation: Old horse in stable still wants to run 1000 miles. This is a proverb that my informant heard at the young age of eight. He told me that his mother scolded him when he naively pointed out an old man who moved very slowly. This proverb’s moral meaning is that people should not… Continue Reading »

Proverb – Chinese

??????? Translation: Person needs face, tree needs bark. This proverb means that a person needs a respectable reputation in order to survive. Like a tree needs its bark to protect itself from harsh weather, a person needs to have a “face” to show the world. My informant has heard this phrase many times in her… Continue Reading »