Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Terms of the Day for September 30

  • Dinh – a community house which serves as a shrine for the guardian spirit of villages in Vietnam.  During Chinese rule, a village was required to apply for permission to build a dinh.
  • Confucianism –  a Chinese ethical and philosophical system developed from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius whose core teaching was humanism, the belief that human beings are teachable, improvable and perfectible through personal and communal endeavor.
  • Peranakan –  a term which refers to the descendants of noble Chinese who migrated to the British Straits Settlements of Malacca and adopted the local Malay culture through intermarriage. 

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