tóng boy servant

Made up of [ stand; rise radical 117, inside; chinese mile; village radical 166]

Note

Originally a picture of a needle going through a slave's eye to blind them - and force servitude. Later form has ideas of 'standing' and 'inside' giving concept of a boy awaiting orders in a house
Number of strokes 12

Related characters


Using : wèi (position) qīn (parent) zhàn (station) yīn (sound)
Using : lǐ (texture)

Sounds same

tóng (same)

Different tone

tōng (open)

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Wed 10th Jan

The long cold trek to school

A distressing story of harsh life in the provinces has moved many hearts on Chinese social media.

Wang Fuman walked the 3 miles to school in the freezing cold dressed only in thin clothes. He is one of the millions of 'left-behind' children who live in villages. Both his parents have moved away to work in the cities and so he is looked after by an older sister and his grandmother. Cold weather in Yunnan province can be fierce but is not as common as elsewhere in China.


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