shǒu hand

Note

A simplified picture of a hand with a line across the palm - simplified by one stroke from character form
Number of strokes 3

Radical

Index 64 used in: wǒ (I (me)) ; zhǎo (to try to find) ; gǎo (to do) ; bào (to announce) ; bàn (to act) ; bào (to hold) ; bǎ (to hold) ; jì (skill) ; dān (to undertake)

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Sounds same

shǒu (hand) shǒu (head)

Different tone

shòu (to receive)
Full character form of this simplified radical: shǒu

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

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China had a rigid administrative system for thousands of years that remained pretty constant up until 1911. The cornerstone was that appointments were based on scholastic merit and not patronage. A well paid, sedentary job as an official was a greatly prized aim in life and millions of Chinese people studied hard to pass the entrance examinations. Over the centuries the system became very complicated with 98 identified grades of official. Officials did not remain in one post for their working life, they and their family were moved every few years to diifferent places and/or different departments. A separate division of government checked performance and recommended moves and promotions. Only very few made it to the highest grades with access to the Emperor and became fabulously rich.
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