2. Naming System
4. Origin of Overseas Chinese
7. Cultural aspects
8. Ancient paradigms
9. Pillars of destiny
Like any other race the Chinese has their fair share of
taboos, some of them are related to the language and
Death is a taboo which is not to be discussed in “joyous”
occasions such as Chinese New Year, weddings or birthdays.
The number “four”
phonetically sounds so much like “death”
that the number four, fourteen, forty-four, etc, are
avoided as far as possible. Given a choice a Chinese would
not buy house No. 4 of a given street.
In the company of fishermen, do not turn the fish over. It
symbolises boats capsized.
Never buy a clock as a present for any Chinese friend. The
, has similar sound with the “end”
Giving a clock as a gift [song
being present at the bedside when a person takes his last
Never buy a green hat for any male married friend, as
wearing a green hat
has the same meaning that his wife commits adultery.
More information could be found in Chapter seven of the book
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