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兄弟 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title for brothers.
Some notes: It's kind of an uncommon title for a wall scroll.
In Chinese, this is usually understood as brothers. In Japanese, it can extend to mean "brothers and sisters" or siblings.
手足情 is the love between siblings. When you love, protect, care for, and have a deep bond that only brothers or sisters can.
The actual translation is "Hand and Foot" but it is said the relationship between brothers or sisters is like that of hands and feet. They belong together, and complete the body. Even though this says "hand and foot," it will always be read with the brotherly and sisterly love meaning in Chinese.
Note: During the past 20 years, the "One child policy" in China is slowly making this term obsolete.
一視同仁 is how to write "universal benevolence." 一視同仁 is also how to express the idea that you see all people the same.
If you are kind and charitable to all people, this is the best way to state that virtue. It is the essence of being impartial to all mankind, regardless of social standing, background, race, sex, etc. You do not judge others but rather you see them eye to eye on the same level with you.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|阿兄||akei||ā xiōng / a1 xiong1 / a xiong / axiong||a hsiung / ahsiung|
|Wise Younger Brother||賢弟|
|ken tei / kentei||xián dì / xian2 di4 / xian di / xiandi||hsien ti / hsienti|
|Big Brother||老大哥||lǎo dà gē|
lao3 da4 ge1
lao da ge
|lao ta ko
|Brother and Sister||兄姉||keishi / kyoudai|
keishi / kyodai
keishi / kyodai
|Brothers||兄弟||kyou dai / kyoudai / kyo dai / kyodai||xiōng dì / xiong1 di4 / xiong di / xiongdi||hsiung ti / hsiungti|
|Blood Brothers||血兄弟||chi kyou dai|
chi kyo dai
|xuè xiōng dì|
xue4 xiong1 di4
xue xiong di
|hsüeh hsiung ti
|Brotherly and Sisterly Love||手足情||shǒu zú qíng|
shou3 zu2 qing2
shou zu qing
|shou tsu ch`ing
shou tsu ching
|Brothers and Sisters||御兄弟||go kyou dai|
go kyo dai
|Impartial and Fair to the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World||一視同仁|
|yí shì tóng rén|
yi2 shi4 tong2 ren2
yi shi tong ren
|i shih t`ung jen
i shih tung jen
|xiōng dì huì|
xiong1 di4 hui4
xiong di hui
|hsiung ti hui
|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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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.
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.
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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