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Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?

China wēi jī
Japan kiki
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Vertical 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." 危機 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: 危機 is probably not a great word for a scroll, unless you have a special use for it.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your crisis search...

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 crisis; critical situation; emergency; pinch; (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 xx / xx5
Taiwan xx
Japanese touge / toge / とうげ
Chinese (Japanese kokuji) mountain pass; (fig.) crisis point; pr. tōge
Japanese (n,n-suf) ridge; (mountain) pass; difficult part; (surname) Dougesaki; (surname) Tooge; (place-name, surname) Touge; (personal name) Tawatou; (personal name) Tawa; (surname) Taoge; (surname) Tao; (surname) Tauge

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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) sudden; abrupt; unexpected; (2) urgent; pressing; (3) steep; sharp; precipitous; (4) rapid; swift; fast; (5) emergency; crisis; danger; (6) urgency; hurrying; haste; (7) (See 序破急) (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

先途

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

分利

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

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 (of an earthquake); preliminary tremor

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

危急

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Mandarin wēi jí / wei1 ji2
Taiwan wei chi
Japanese kikyuu / kikyu / ききゅう
Chinese critical; desperate (situation)
Japanese (1) emergency; crisis; imminent danger; (2) (obsolete) (See 絶滅危惧) vulnerable (1994 IUCN Red List category)

危極

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

国難

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Japanese kokunan / こくなん Japanese national crisis; national disaster

大事

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Mandarin dà shì / da4 shi4
Taiwan ta shih
Japanese daiji / だいじ
Chinese major event; major political event (war or change of regime); major social event (wedding or funeral); (do something) in a big way; CL:件[jian4],樁|桩[zhuang1]
Japanese (adjectival noun) (1) important; serious; crucial; (2) valuable; precious; (3) (See 大事・おおごと) serious matter; major incident; matter of grave concern; crisis; (4) great undertaking; great enterprise; great thing; (adjectival noun) (5) (Tochigi dialect) (See だいじょうぶ・1) safe; OK
(因緣) For the sake of a great cause, or because of a great matter―the Buddha appeared, i.e. for changing illusion into enlightenment. The Lotus interprets it as enlightenment; the Nirvana as the Buddha-nature; the 無量壽經 as the joy of Paradise.

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

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

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.)

臨む

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Japanese nozomu / のぞむ Japanese (v5m,vi) (1) to look out on; to overlook; to front onto; (2) to face (a situation, crisis, etc.); to meet (e.g. death); to be confronted by; (3) to deal with (an issue); (4) to attend (e.g. a function); to appear (e.g. in court); to be present at; to take part in

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

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

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)
pressure and constraint

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

難關


难关

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

風波


风波

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Mandarin fēng bō / feng1 bo1
Taiwan feng po
Japanese fuuha / fuha / ふうは
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

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)

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

分け目

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

危機感

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

火事泥

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Japanese kajidoro / かじどろ Japanese (1) (abbreviation) (See 火事場泥棒・1) looter; thief at the scene of a fire; (2) someone who takes advantage of a crisis to commit a crime

非常時

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

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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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 / weijiwei chi / weichi
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