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Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?

China wēi jī
Japan kiki
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Wall Scroll

Separately, the first character here does mean "danger" or "to endanger" and the second character can mean "opportunity."

However, I want to debunk a myth that was propagated by some westerners who did not have a clear understanding of Asian languages...

While often, Chinese/Japanese/Korean compound words (words of two or more characters) are the sum of their parts, this is not always the case. The compound is often understood with a completely different meaning than the two characters individually.

Many have said that the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for Crisis is made up of the characters for "danger" and "opportunity." This is true when phrased this way.
However, it's not absolutely correct to say that "danger + opportunity = crisis" in Asian cultures.

English example:
If I tell you that...
Bovine creature + Guy behind the plate in baseball = Locomotive protection
...you would think I was mad. But consider that "cow + catcher = cowcatcher," which is the device that used to be found on steam engines to protect them if they hit an animal on the tracks. When we hear the word "cowcatcher" we don't separate the words into their individual meanings (necessarily).
The same is true with the word for crisis in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. While you can separate the characters, few Asian people would automatically do so in their minds.

The final answer:
It is a half-truth to say, "danger plus opportunity equals crisis" in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. Use this statement and concept with caution.

Also, the second character can mean "secret" or "machine" depending on context so I guess you have to say "a dangerous machine = crisis" or "danger + a secret = crisis." Both of these are only slightly more ridiculous than the first premise.

PS: This is probably not a great word for a scroll, unless you have a special use for it.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

危機


危机

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Mandarin wēi jī / wei1 ji1
Taiwan wei chi
Japanese kiki きき
Chinese crisis; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) crisis; danger; risk; (female given name) Kiki

風暴


风暴

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Mandarin fēng bào / feng1 bao4
Taiwan feng pao
Chinese storm; violent commotion; fig. crisis (e.g. revolution, uprising, financial crisis etc)
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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese tsutomu つとむ
 tsukae つかえ
 kotozaki ことざき
 koto こと
Chinese matter; thing; item; work; affair; CL:件[jian4],樁|桩[zhuang1],回[hui2]
Japanese (Buddhist term) individual concrete phenomenon (as opposed to a general principle); (suffix) (1) nominalizing suffix; (2) pretending to ...; playing make-believe ...; (1) (kana only) thing; matter; (2) (kana only) incident; occurrence; event; something serious; trouble; crisis; (3) (kana only) circumstances; situation; state of affairs; (4) (kana only) work; business; affair; (5) (kana only) after an inflectable word, creates a noun phrase indicating something the speaker does not feel close to; (suffix noun) (6) (kana only) nominalizing suffix; (7) (kana only) pretending to ...; playing make-believe ...; (n,n-suf) (8) (kana only) alias; aka; nickname; alternative name; also known as; (male given name) Tsutomu; (personal name) Tsukae; (surname) Kotozaki; (given name) Koto
artha 日迦他 (迦 being an error for 遏); affair, concern, matter; action, practice; phenomena; to serve. It is 'practice' or the thing, affair, matter, in contrast with 理 theory, or the underlying principle; affair, event

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Mandarin/ ji2
Taiwan chi
Japanese kyuu / kyu きゅう
Chinese urgent; pressing; rapid; hurried; worried; to make (sb) anxious
Japanese (adjectival noun) (1) urgent; sudden; abrupt; (2) sharp; steep; precipitous; (3) rapid; swift; fast; (4) emergency; crisis; (5) hurrying; haste; (6) (in gagaku or noh) end of a song
Haste, urgency; promptly.

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Mandarin zài / zai4
Taiwan tsai
Japanese kon こん
 koto こと
Chinese matter; affair
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) (kana only) thing; matter; (2) (kana only) incident; occurrence; event; something serious; trouble; crisis; (3) (kana only) circumstances; situation; state of affairs; (4) (kana only) work; business; affair; (5) (kana only) after an inflectable word, creates a noun phrase indicating something the speaker does not feel close to; (suffix noun) (6) (kana only) nominalizing suffix; (7) (kana only) pretending to ...; playing make-believe ...; (n,n-suf) (8) (kana only) alias; aka; nickname; alternative name; also known as

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危局

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Mandarin wēi jú / wei1 ju2
Taiwan wei chü
Japanese kikyoku ききょく
Chinese perilous situation
Japanese crisis

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危極

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Japanese kikyoku ききょく
Japanese crisis; grave danger; serious depression

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境目

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Japanese sakaime さかいめ
Japanese border; boundary line; crisis; (place-name, surname) Sakaime

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庚子

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Mandarin gēng zǐ / geng1 zi3
Taiwan keng tzu
Japanese yasuko やすこ
 koushi / koshi こうし
 kane かね
 kanae かなえ
Chinese thirty seventh year G1 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 1960 or 2020; cf 庚子國變|庚子国变, the crisis year of 1900 involving the Boxer uprising and the eight nation military invasion
Japanese (female given name) Yasuko; (given name) Koushi; (personal name) Kane; (given name) Kanae

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初動

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Japanese shodou / shodo しょどう
Japanese (1) initial response (e.g. to a crisis); action in the earliest stages; (2) initial shock (e.g. of earthquake); preliminary tremor

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分利

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Japanese bunri ぶんり
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) crisis (in an illness)

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先途

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Japanese sendo せんど
Japanese crisis in a battle; death; (place-name) Sendo

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国難

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Japanese kokunan こくなん
Japanese national crisis; national disaster

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急難


急难

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Mandarin jí nàn / ji2 nan4
Taiwan chi nan
Japanese kyuunan / kyunan きゅうなん
Chinese misfortune; crisis; grave danger; critical situation; disaster; emergency; to be zealous in helping others out of a predicament
Japanese sudden or unexpected disaster

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緩解


缓解

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Mandarin huǎn jiě / huan3 jie3
Taiwan huan chieh
Japanese kankai かんかい
Chinese to bring relief; to alleviate (a crisis); to dull (a pain)
Japanese (noun/participle) (med) remission; cure; improvement; relief (of pain, symptoms, etc.)

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発症

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Japanese hasshou / hassho はっしょう
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) outbreak of an illness; time where the first symptoms of an illness appear; crisis

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苦境

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Mandarin kǔ jìng / ku3 jing4
Taiwan k`u ching / ku ching
Japanese kukyou / kukyo くきょう
Chinese grievance; dire straits
Japanese trouble; crisis; predicament; squeeze; pinch

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苦況


苦况

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Mandarin kǔ kuàng / ku3 kuang4
Taiwan k`u k`uang / ku kuang
Japanese kukyou / kukyo くきょう
Chinese wretched state; miserable plight
Japanese trouble; crisis; predicament; squeeze; pinch

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風波


风波

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Mandarin fēng bō / feng1 bo1
Taiwan feng po
Japanese fuuha / fuha ふうは
 kanami かなみ
Chinese disturbance; crisis; disputes; restlessness; CL:場|场[chang2]
Japanese wind and waves; rough seas; storm; dispute; quarrel; trouble; (female given name) Fuuha; (female given name) Kanami

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醞釀


酝酿

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Mandarin yùn niàng / yun4 niang4
Taiwan yün niang
Chinese (of alcohol) to ferment; (of a crisis) to be brewing; to mull over (an issue); to hold exploratory discussions

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難關


难关

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Mandarin nán guān / nan2 guan1
Taiwan nan kuan
Chinese difficulty; crisis

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逼迫

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Mandarin bī pò / bi1 po4
Taiwan pi p`o / pi po
Japanese hippaku ひっぱく
Chinese to force; to compel; to coerce
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) stringency (financial); (monetary) tightness; (2) impending (dangers); pressing (crisis)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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ひっ迫

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Japanese hippaku ひっぱく
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) stringency (financial); (monetary) tightness; (2) impending (dangers); pressing (crisis)

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ピンチ

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Japanese pinchi ピンチ
Japanese (1) crisis (eng: pinch); tough spot; predicament; pinch; (2) clothespin; (personal name) Pinch

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危機感

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Japanese kikikan ききかん
Japanese sense of impending crisis; sense of danger

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分け目

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Japanese wakeme わけめ
Japanese dividing line; parting (of the hair); partition; crisis

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火事泥

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Japanese kajidoro かじどろ
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) looter; thief at the scene of a fire; (2) someone who takes advantage of a crisis to commit a crime

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非常時

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Japanese hijouji / hijoji ひじょうじ
Japanese (time of) emergency; crisis

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ゲルピン

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Japanese gerupin ゲルピン
Japanese (abbreviation) money-shortage crisis (ger: Geld, eng: pinch)

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世界恐慌

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Japanese sekaikyoukou / sekaikyoko せかいきょうこう
Japanese worldwide financial crisis; global depression

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? 危機
危机
kikiwēi jī / wei1 ji1 / wei ji / weiji wei chi / weichi
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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