Friday 19 August 2022

How you say 'cat' in Chinese (video)

No words needed really; except I think of Chairman Mao! You remember the reformer: Mao Tse-tung. It is better to call him Mao Zedong actually. Chairman Mao to his followers. I wonder if he liked cats! I doubt it. He was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founder of the People's Republic of China. He was the son of a prosperous peasant and supported Chinese nationalism and had an anti-imperialistic outlook when he was young. He is still regarded as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. I can remember one thing about him! 

How you say 'cat' in Chinese (video)
How you say 'cat' in Chinese (video). Screenshot.

He ordered that Chinese citizens clapped their hands all over the country to stop starlings landing to prevent the birds from damaging crops. The birds couldn't land so they died in flight and fell to the ground. They then realise that they had created a catastrophe because the starlings ate insects and there was a plague of insects as I recall. Clever wasn't it!

The word 'mao' is close to 'mau ' from Egyptian Mau. I've been to China many years ago. When I was there, they all wore blue suits and underneath the blue suits they had their preferred clothes which were much brighter. This I think was the end of Chairman Mao's era to have all the citizens like robots. That was how it seemed to me. I was in Beijing and I cycled to an opera house and the air was thick with dust and pollution. 

You could almost chew the air it was so filthy. There was and perhaps there still is a higher rate of throat cancer in Beijing and the surrounding areas because of pollution. I suspect things have changed but China is renowned for burning coal and giving up on trying to prevent climate change. I am waffling.

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