jiā house; family

Made up of [ mián roof radical 40, shǐ pig; swine radical 152]

Note

A picture of a pig under a roof, from ancient days when livestock lived with the family
Number of strokes 10

Related characters


Using mián : ān (peace) tā (it) bǎo (jewel) fù (rich) hán (cold) shí (real) zāi (disaster) zì (letter) gōng (palace) song (Song) yuàn (courtyard) yí (proper) kè (customer) xué (cave) róng (to hold) guān (official) dìng (to set)

Different tone

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Pronunciation

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

Cities

张家口 Zhangjiakou, Hebei
石家庄 Shijiazhuang, Hebei
张家港 Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu
张家界 Zhangjiajie, Hunan

Proverbs

白手起家 bái shǒu qǐ jiā To build up something from nothing
家丑不可外扬 jiā chǒu bù kě wài yáng Keep family problems within the family
家家户户 jiā jiā hù hù The whole community
家徒四壁 jiā tú sì bì To be very poor

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Gender equality in China has been a long time coming. Traditions dating back thounsands of years are hard to shift. There has yet to be a woman appointed to the top rung of government committee. Change really only started to come after the foundation of the Peoples Republic in 1949. Our page on attitudes to women covers the few Imperial women leaders, marriage and concubines as well as foot binding.
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