Red Auspicious Chinese Ruyi Cinnabar Bead Hair Stick Hair Pin
Classically elegant Chinese hair stick features a large cinnabar bead
carved with the auspicious Chinese characters “如意” (as you wish) on
opposing sides symbolizing that all your wishes will come true.
Available at my webshop: Ink Jade Studio
What I think about when I think about Singaporean Chinese culture:
We were trying to practise texting in Chinese.
“Hao qi dai,” she wrote, a phrase that has a kind of bright-eyed earnestness similar to “can’t wait”.
I told my friend, a Singaporean who has spent many years overseas,
the phrase was a lot more likely to come out of the mouth of a Taiwanese
than a Singaporean. It was just too effusive and thus unlike the
Mandarin used here – what you hear in food courts, for example – which, I
would argue, tends to have a gruff quality.
This got me thinking about what defines Singaporean Chineseness, a
topic Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about recently at the opening
of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in Shenton Way.
Dream Chinese Courtyard Gardens by 伊吹鸡腿子