Ancient Imperial Language of China – 2,000 Years Ago
How Did it Sound
Like? (Mind you, it's no way similar to Mandarin) Has this Ancient Language
Survived? Who Speaks it Today? You'll be Surprised. You have heard it. You, your
parents, or grandparents may still be speaking this ancient, archaic language!
Yes, it's HOKKIEN (Fujian/Minnan Hua) Hokkien is: 1. The surviving language of
Dynasty (618-907AD), China 's Golden Age of Culture. Note: The Hokkien we
hear today may have "evolved" from its original form 2,000 years ago, but it
still retains the main elements of the Tang Dynasty Language. 2. Hokkiens are
the surviving descendants of the Tang Dynasty -- When the Tang Dynasty
collapsed, the people of the Tang Dynasty fled South and sought refuge in the
Hokkien ( Fujian ) province. Hence, Hokkien called themselves Tng-lang (Tang Ren
or People of the Tang Dynasty) instead of Hua Lang (Hua Ren). 3. Hokkien has 8
tones instead of Mandarin's 4. Linguists claim that ancient languages tend to
have more complex tones. 4. Hokkien retains the ancient Chinese pronunciation of
"K-sounding" endings (for instance, Hak Seng (student), Tua Ok (university),
Thak Chek (read a book/study) -- the "k" sounding ending is not found in
Mandarin. 5. The collection of the famous "Three Hundred Tang Dynasty Poems"
sound better when recited in Hokkien/Teochew if compared to Mandarin. 6.
Consider this for a moment: Today, the Hokkien Nam Yim ochestral performance
still has its roots in ancient Tang dynasty music. Here's the proof: The
formation of today Nam Yim ensemble is typically seen in ancient Tang dynasty
paintings of musicians.
More Astonishingly: Although not
genetically-related, Hokkiens, Koreans and Japanese share many similar words
(which are different from Mandarin). That's because Hokkien was the official
language of the powerful Tang Dynasty whose influence and language spread to
Japan and Korea (just like Latin – where many words were borrowed by the
English, French, Italian, etc). Here are just a few words in Hokkien, Japanese
& Korean for your comparison:
Shinbun - newspaper
Cheng Hu (government) Chong
To all 49 Million Hokkien Speakers: Be Proud of Your Ancient Hokkien
Heritage & Language! Speak it Loud and Clear. Teach Your Future Generation
this Imperial Language, Less it Fades Away. Be Proud Children of the Tang
Emperors. To all Mandarin-speaking friends out there -- do not look down on your
other Chinese friends who do not speak Mandarin – whom you guys fondly refer to
as "Bananas". In fact, they are speaking a language which is much more ancient
& linguistically complicated than Mandarin. Keep in mind that Mandarin is
just: 1. A Northern Chinese dialect (heavily influenced by non Han Chinese) that
was elevated to the status of National Language by Sun Yat Sen for the sake of
China 's national unity. 2. Mandarin was never spoken by your proud, imperial
Tang Dynasty ancestors. It was probably spoken by the Northern (Non-Han)
Jurchen, Mongols and Manchu minority. Start speaking the language of your
ancestors today. Other interesting links: http://www.famouschinese.com/virtual/Penang_Hokkien
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Gerakan calls for State-Federal cooperation to draw
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Gerakan today urged both the state and the federal governments to set aside
their political differences and work together to attract more foreign investors
to the state.
Penang Gerakan Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock
Nan said that during the current global financial meltdown, both the federal and
state governments must take all necessary measures to ensure that existing
investors remain and continue to re-invest in the state rather than relocate
elsewhere. “Both governments must work together to coordinate efforts to create
a more conducive environment which is business friendly to encourage existing
investors to stay on in the country,” he said in a statement. He also said that
the state government should prepare a detailed and comprehensive working paper
which encompasses the aspect of retrenchment as the last resort, retrenchment
benefits, job placements, re-training and technological transformation. “The
state government should then work closely with the federal government during
these difficult times to ensure the success of all the programmes contained in
the working paper,” he said.
Teng said the economic downturn could result in
a rise in unemployment and it was inevitable that there would also be a rise in
the crime rate. “Hence, the state government and the local authorities should
work hand-in-hand with the police to tackle crime and to make sure that the
crime rate stays at its lowest,” he said.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
1. to take a cue from RPK cos he argues it much better,Some Chinese say they refuse to vote for PAS because they are worried that PAS may implement Islamic laws. But how can PAS implement Islamic laws when they will never have a two-thirds majority in Parliament? PAS contested only 60 seats out of 222 Parliament seats. Then they went and won only 23 seats.2. Pakatan is made of PKR, DAP and PAS - a coalition of 3 equal partners. DAP has already said no. Lulu is waiting for PKR to make their stand. However individual party leaders have already voiced their argument.
PAS needs about 150 seats in Parliament to change Malaysia from a Secular state into an Islamic state. But when they contest only 60 seats, even if they win all the 60 seats they contest it will still be only 60 seats. And they can’t win all the seats they contest. They can only win less than half the seats they contest. Where would PAS get the 150 parliament seats it requires?
Basically, Pakatan partners can say no. They can agree to disagree. Things cannot be carried out without an agreement from all parties.
Barisan however is made of one alpha party and many wimpy partners. When UMNO says "jump", [not just Liow, but] every wimpy dungu partner who says they are equal partners immediately respond, "how high?"
On Sept 29 2001 aka 929, the then PM Dr M declared Malaysia as an Islamic State. MCA and MIC, who began strutting around like a gibbon's backside on PAS statement, did not even breathe a whimper on this. After 929, every extremist and opportunist have been screaming at the moderates, "respect our rights! this is an islamic state!"
Where was MCA?
Where was MIC?
no.... they were busy explaining UMNO's policy to "their" own kind.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
.....it was unfair for the company to cease the Sarawak operations completely
while maintaining its operations in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.
Bloody hell....go learn the process lar. Understand why the closure has happened rather than being an idiot. Are you insinuating something Mr. Minister? If Petronas had to close some refineries in Sarawak in the next couple months, would you say...it was unfair for the company to do this when facilities in Terengganu can be closed? Aiyo...wake up lar. DSAI is camping out at your backyard and be more competent lar.Otherwise, you will need to put in your resume to the PKR leadership!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Seriously, I am just as baffled as the months go by. It's time for Penang to stand up and be counted. I am sure my monthly contribution to the income tax is now going elsewhere. I will remember .... after all, it is a vote that matters and if this continues, I suggest they go screw themselves. I am just as concerned as to how certain ministers act as if they own the fucking government. The government is by the people, for the people. So - hold back funds? Do it some more!
Athi Veeranggan | Dec 15, 08 3:22pm
| The federal government’s refusal to finance the preservation of George Town’s heritage zone has been described as “an uncalled for, untimely and ill-conceived political vendetta”.|
Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) councillor Rizal Faris Mohideen said: “The heritage status of George Town belongs to all Malaysians, not Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional.
“It belongs to you and me. The national policy should be to protect national, not partisan interests.”
He was commenting on a statement by Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal (right), who had reportedly said the federal government does not have funds for George Town.
Rizal, who also heads the Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce, said the Barisan Nasional-led federal government should forsake its political interests to safeguard the public interest.
He further pointed out that the city’s heritage status is tied up with that of Malacca, under Unesco’s serial listing.
“By discriminating against George Town, the federal government will jeorpadise Malacca’s status as well. This would be a loss to the country.”
Rizal noted that the joint status would benefit all Malaysians only if the federal government adopts an open approach and joins hands with local authorities to restore and revitalise the sites involved.
The Penang heritage committee headed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is working on programmes to preserve the architecture and living culture within the heritage zone. These are also intended to stimulate socio-economic growth and human development.
George Town was accorded heritage status on July 7, leaving the state government with the responsibility of preserving, protecting and promoting the zone.
The heritage zone covers 259.42ha, with the core area encompassing Lorong Cinta, Pengkalan Weld, Lebuh Pantai, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Jalan Tun Sheh Barakbah, Lebuh Light, Lebuh Bishop, Lebuh Gereja, Lebuh China, Lebuh Pasar, Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Armenian and Lebuh Acheh.
Penang has more than 12,000 pre-war premises mainly of Anglo-Indian architecture, the largest number in the country.
Meanwhile, the MPPP is to adopt a more flexible approach in handling the mushrooming of unlicensed hawkers and petty traders on the island, since they add to human heritage charm.
Rizal - who heads the licensing division - said the council will work out a formula to regularise and organise the traders.
Since Penang is promoted as a paradise for hawker food, the council cannot afford to get rid of all the unlicensed traders.
“We also don’t want to be harsh on them since many need a second source of income in the current economic climate,” he said.
However, the council also has to consider ratepayers’ complaints about traffic congestion and lack of hygiene due to such activities.
“We will adopt a balanced policy to protect the interests of all,” he assured.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Since March 8, my journey into the corridors of politics has been interesting. Obviously, my involvement with the party has been minimum apart from volunteering my time to be a station master at Hun Bin and to be a part of a challenging administration following that. I wish to share my personal insights of what that has affected me so very much the last few months. Kavern Leng was a good friend of ours. He kind of disappeared into the wilderness until a friendly party supporter alerted us. Kavern was inflicted with cancer and he had been battling with it for the past few months. I did what a normal human being would do. Reach out to the networks that I had and garnered as much financial help for Kavern. I knew that Kavern believed in change and I believe this is not the time to turn my back on him. I must say after many years as a party member, one of the proudest moment was being able to raise at least Rm10K in matter of days for him. Although it may not be enough, but for at least, it is a gesture of assistance and caring for another party friend. I felt that it is only a humane thing to reach out and help another human being. Thanks to YB Liew Chin Tong, some money has collected from a few donors the amount of RM10K. I hope this will help Kavern journey further in seeking the best treatment possible. I am praying for him and like what he said that night "it seems the whole world is rooting for him." That should be the spirit. Kavern - all the best.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The presenter told the audience on the head and tails of series of political development of Thailand while showing the visual of political development in Thailand. He said all demonstrations are because the protestors reject Thaksin and his proxy party to be in power. The last line of the voice over of the programme is: “The lesson we can learn from Thai political unrest is, never let non pri-bumi to rule the country.”To read more of the above, please click here.