辛 xīn hard; hot (food); suffering
NoteAncient picture of a chisel used to mark slaves and hence 'hard' and 'suffering'. Looks like a person upside-down
Number of strokes 7
Sounds same新 xīn (new)
心 xīn (heart)
忄 xīn (heart)
Stroke order for character 辛, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license ➚
North and South Korea
When asked why there are separate states of North and South Korea
, most people think it is the result of a Civil War long ago. The true reason however is much less comforting. The division of the ancient kingdom of Korea was a stitch-up between Russia and the U.S. during the second World War. Basically both countries wanted it and neither could agree to the other having it, so the worst possible compromise for the people of Korea, took place - it was split in two with North Korea under Russian control, and South Korea under American control. Read More
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