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自尊 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.
自尊 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).
自尊 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).
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.
東方自尊 is the most universal way to write "Asian Pride."
We worked on this one for a long time. The effort involved both Chinese and Japanese translators and lengthy 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 a 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.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Pride||自尊||jison||zì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizun||tzu tsun / tzutsun|
|自尊||jison||zì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizun||tzu tsun / tzutsun|
|自尊心||ji son shin|
|zì zūn xīn|
zi4 zun1 xin1
zi zun xin
|tzu tsun hsin
|tou hou zi son|
to ho zi son
|dōng fāng zì zūn|
dong1 fang1 zi4 zun1
dong fang zi zun
|tung fang tzu tsun
|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.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your 自尊 search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| zì zūn / zi4 zun1
jison / じそん
self-respect; self-esteem; ego; pride
self-respect; esteem; self-importance; pride
| zì zūn xīn / zi4 zun1 xin1
tzu tsun hsin
jisonshin / じそんしん
self-respect; self-esteem; ego
self-esteem; self-respect; self-importance; conceit; pride
| wàng zì zūn dà / wang4 zi4 zun1 da4
wang tzu tsun ta
ridiculous self-importance (idiom); arrogance
|dokuritsujison / どくりつじそん||
(yoji) (spirit of) independence and self-respect
|jisonkanjou / jisonkanjo / じそんかんじょう||
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