jǐ self; oneself; sixth in order

Note

The sixth heavenly stem - used in counting, referring to self
Number of strokes 3

Sounds same

jǐ (how many)

Different tone

jī (starve) jī (fowl) jī (machine) jí (lucky) jí (and) jì (border) jì (already) jì (season) jì (snout) jì (order) jì (to record) jì (skill)
This character is also represented as a radical in the form:

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stroke order for 己
Stroke order for character 己, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

蜡烛照亮别人,却毁灭了自己 là zhú zhào liàng bié rén, què huǐ miè le zì jǐ Helping others at the cost of not looking after yourself

Opium

The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been grown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addiciive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost.
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Asian tigers

The rise of the Asian Tigers (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore) in the period 1960-90 was an important development that spurred subsequent Chinese growth. They showed that rapid modernization was possible in Asia and went on to produce significant investment capital for Chinese development.
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