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  1. Pride
  2. Proud / Pride / Lofty-Minded
  3. Prideful Mind...
  4. Asian Pride / Oriental Pride...
  5. Gay Pride
  6. Self-Respect / Self-Esteem
  7. Gaman
  8. Ten perfect Mahayana rules
  9. Strong Willed


China zì zūn
HK chi juen
Japan jison
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This word can mean "pride", "self-respect" or "self-esteem". The first character means "oneself" and the second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble, exalted, honorable or simply "pride".

I have also seen this two-character word translated as "amour propre", self-regard, and self-pride.

This word is universal between Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja written languages. It may also be understood in old Vietnamese (they once used Chinese characters as well).


China zì háo
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This word is used to convey "feeling a sense of pride". This can be the pride you feel in yourself, or the sense of pride in belonging to a certain group, team or organization.

Proud / Pride / Lofty-Minded

China ào shì
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Proud / <mark>Pride</mark> / Lofty-Minded

This is a word used to describe someone that is very proud, and holds themselves above others, but with a valid (earned) reason to do so. This is what you would use to describe the way a mighty general of ancient China like Cao Cao acted or a more modern person like General Patton carried himself.

If you hang this word on your wall it suggests that you hope to achieve that same level of pride from accomplishment.

Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart

China zì zūn xīn
Japan ji son shin
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<mark>Pride</mark>ful Mind<br>Self-Respecting Heart

This Japanese and Korean word means "pride" or "self-respect".

The first Kanji/Hanja means oneself. The second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble or exalted. And the last Kanji/Hanja means heart, mind and/or spirit.

While these characters make sense and hold the same general meaning in Chinese, this is not a normal Chinese word. This selection should only be used if your audience is Japanese or Korean.

See Also...  Respect | Self-Reliance | Self-Control | Self-Discipline

Asian Pride / Oriental Pride
Asian Pryde / AZN Pryde

China dōng fāng zì zūn
HK dung fong chi juen
Japan tou hou zi son
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Asian <mark>Pride</mark> / Oriental <mark>Pride</mark><br>Asian Pryde / AZN Pryde

We worked on this one for a long time. The effort involved both Chinese and Japanese translators and lengthly discussions. If you have been searching for this term, there is a reason that it's hard to find the way to write "Asian Pride" in Chinese and Japanese - it's because of the inherent difficulties in figuring out a universal combination of characters that can be read in all languages that use forms of Chinese characters.

This final solution that you see to the left creates a reasonable title in Chinese, and an exotic (perhaps unusual) title in Japanese (This could be read as "Eastern Self-Respect" in Japanese").
Although not as natural, it does have the same meaning in Korean Hanja and the older-generation of Vietnamese people will be able to read it too.

The first two characters literally mean "Oriental" and the second two mean "pride", "self-esteem", or "self-respect" (we chose the most non-arrogant way to say "pride"). If you have "Asian Pride" (sometimes spelled Asian Pryde) these are the characters for you.

Note: For those of you that wonder, there is nothing technically wrong with the word "Oriental". It is the most correct word, and any bad meanings were created by so-called "Asian Americans" and Caucasians in the United States. To say "Asian" would not completely correct to the intended meaning, since that would include people from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, India, and portions of Russia.

For further proof, if you were of East Asian ancestry and born in England, you would be known as a "British Oriental" (The "Oriental stigma" is basically an American creation and therefore applies mostly to the American English language - where they get a bit overzealous with political correctness).

Further, since the Chinese and Japanese word for Oriental is not English, it can not be construed having ill-meaning. One trip to China or Japan, and you will find many things titled with these two characters such as malls, buildings, and business names. These places also use "Oriental" as their English title (much as we do, since our Chinese business name starts with these same two characters).

In short, the first two character have the meaning that Americans attach to "Asian" but is more technically correct.

Gay Pride

China tóng xìng liàn zì háo gǎn
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Gay <mark>Pride</mark>

Gay Pride is kind of a new idea in China. In fact, it's so new, that we may have just started the movement by actually translating this phrase.

If they ever do start having gay pride parades in China, my best guess is that these 6 characters will constitute the term they use to title the parade / movement.

Who knows, maybe in 10 years they will have a pride parade march straight past Tian'anmen Square on Chang An Street (the main drag in Beijing).

Self-Respect / Self-Esteem

China zì zūn
Japan jison
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Self-Respect / Self-Esteem

This word means self-respect or self-esteem in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can also mean "pride in oneself".

Note: Japanese sometimes put the character for heart after these two. However, this two-character word is universal between all three languages (which is often better since more than a third of the world's population can read this version as a native word).


China wǒ màn
Japan gaman
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Gaman is a Zen Buddhist term from Japan that means "enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity". This title can also be translated as patience, perseverance, tolerance, or self-denial.

This is also a Chinese Buddhist term with different pronunciation. It comes from Sanskrit abhimāna or ātma-mada. Chinese Buddhism defines this very differently as, "Egoism exalting self and depreciating others", "self-intoxication", or "pride". Alone, the first character means "Me, I, or Self", and the second character in Buddhist context comes from Sanskrit māna and means pride, arrogance, self-conceit, looking down on others, supercilious, etc.

I'm currently working with Japanese and Chinese translators to try and reconcile the true meaning or any commonality of this word between languages. For now, please only consider this if your audience is Japanese.

Ten perfect Mahayana rules

China shí fǎ
Japan jippou
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Ten perfect Mahayana rules

This is the title of the ten perfect or perfecting Mahāyāna rules.

The this order of rules are as follows:
1. right belief.
2. right conduct.
3. right spirit.
4. joy of the bodhi mind.
5. joy in the dharma.
6. joy in meditation.
7. pursuing the correct dharma.
8. obedience to, or accordance with dharma.
9. departing from pride, desire, etc.
10. comprehending the inner teaching of Buddha and taking no pleasure attaining such knowledge or noting the ignorance of others.

This title is only used in the context of Buddhism. Japanese and Chinese people who are not familiar with Buddhism will not recognize this title.

Strong Willed

China yìng qì
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Strong Willed

This means firm, unyielding, or strong-willed in Chinese.

If you take pride in being strong-willed, or a bit stubborn, this could be the title for you.

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
jisonzì zūn
zi zun
tzu tsun
zi4 zun1
n/azì háo
zi hao
tzu hao
zi4 hao2
Proud / Pride / Lofty-Minded傲世
n/aào shì
ao shi
ao shih
ao4 shi4
Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart
ji son shin
zì zūn xīn
zi zun xin
tzu tsun hsin
zi4 zun1 xin1
Asian Pride / Oriental Pride / Asian Pryde / AZN Pryde东方自尊
tou hou zi son
to ho zi son
dōng fāng zì zūn
dong fang zi zun
tung fang tzu tsun
dong1 fang1 zi4 zun1
Gay Pride同性恋自豪感
n/atóng xìng liàn zì háo gǎn
tong xing lian zi hao gan
t`ung hsing lien tzu hao kan
tong2 xing4 lian4 zi4 hao2 gan3
tung hsing lien tzu hao kan
Self-Respect / Self-Esteem自尊
jisonzì zūn
zi zun
tzu tsun
zi4 zun1
gamanwǒ màn
wo man
wo3 man4
Ten perfect Mahayana rules十法
shí fǎ
shi fa
shih fa
shi2 fa3
Strong Willed硬气
n/ayìng qì
ying qi
ying ch`i
ying4 qi4
ying chi

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