Home  >>  Found in translation  >>  WHAT DO POETS, STICKY RICE AND FISH HAVE IN COMMON?


Follow me
Follow by Email

Now this is the story all about how one  中国人’s life got flipped turned upside down, and I’d like to take a minute just sit right there I’ll tell you how he coined a new buzz word finding  out rice dumplings come from …where?!

But first, a brief note on the Zongzi- 粽子 – one of Chinese staples. Glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo, reed, or other large flat leaves. Cooked by steaming or boiling. Named ‘rice dumplings’ or ‘sticky rice dumplings’ by its Western cultists. Soon they will lurk in every street corner as they are traditionally eaten during the incoming Dragon Boat Festival next month – Duānwǔjie.

So what is the jaw dropping story behind Zongzi’s origin? As the local tale goes, once upon a time in ancient China there lived a famous poet Qu Yuan. In Chu kingdom born and raised, in Warring States period spent most of his days. No chillin’ out relaxin’ he could, but worked as an official for the King Huai, who Chu kingdom ruled. When  a couple of corrupt ministers who were up to no good, started making trouble in the ‘neighborhood’, poor Qu got framed and as a result of the plan, King Huai exiled him to the north of River Han.Yet, king deliberated  day after day and asked Qu to pack his suitcase and sent him back his way. King gave Qu a new position and to Qi state ticket, he thought ’reunite Chu and Qi ? I might as well kick it!’ Then the next king came and, yo, this was bad – Qu fell a victim to another politician’s attack. That prime minister wanted Qu to vanish so to Yangze River the poet got banished. As the days and months passed in the exile, Qu’s worries made him meager and sullen. And one day very bad news came near – Qi general defeated Chu’s capital for real. That was enough for troubled old man – to express his deep grief he got hold of his pen and vented in  his very last thing – a poem widely known as ‘Lament for Ying’’. Looking at his fallen kingdom he felt such a despair, that no longer wanted to exist anywhere. Holding a rock, in Miluo river he waded, protesting against the era by corruption devastated. And to keep Qu’s body unscathed, wary locals thought it had no price, they threw to the river leafy packets of rice  to drive scavenging fish away.

And when one day a Chinese student heard this story, it overwhelmed him so much that he choked out the phrase我 和我的 小 伙伴 们 惊呆 了’- wǒ hé wǒ de xiǎo huǒ bàn  jīng dāi le;  and the translation is ‘’  – I , ‘with’’ 我的 my’ ‘ 小 伙伴 们small companions’ ‘惊呆 了– jīngdāi le– stunned/stupefied’. To make it sound more grammatically correct , it goes ‘My little friends and I are shocked’. Chinese internet loved it from the word go , just as the time went by, the full sentence lost its length and shrinked into ‘我伙呆’ – ‘wǒ huǒ dāi ‘ to become the China – famed shocked response to hot or a new fact. However, when I confirmed with my Chinese colleague the other day, she explained to me that the updated version goes simply ‘惊呆 了jīng dāi le’.

All right, maybe the story took more than a minute, but now I hope that the origin of zonzi 粽子 is  clear and you won’t forget how’ jīng dāi le’ came here. If anything I can say the story is rare and next time you eat rice dumplings you will feel more aware.

49 Comments so far:

  1. Your means of telling the whole thing in this piece of writing is genuinely pleasant, all
    can effortlessly know it, Thanks a lot.

  2. I do agree with all the ideas you’ve offered for your post.

    They are really convincing and will definitely work.

    Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for novices. May you please lengthen them a little from next
    time? Thanks for the post.

  3. shanghaicitygirl says:

    Thank you for your comment.You should check out my other posts as well – some of them are shprter ,some are longer, I am trying to find a compromise, because I have heard comments that some of my articles are too long.It also depends on the topic I am discussing – please check latest posts – they are much longer than this one for sure:)

  4. Good blog you have here.. It’s difficult to find good
    quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people
    like you! Take care!!

    • shanghaicitygirl says:

      Thank you,appreciate your feedback.Doing my best to provide my readers with good quality writing and useful information!

  5. It’s hard to find experienced people for this topic, however, you seem like you know what you’re
    talking about! Thanks

    • shanghaicitygirl says:

      You are very much welcome! Trying my best to do research about each phrase so that it is very informative:) Glad you like it!

  6. Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it,
    you could be a great author. I will remember to bookmark
    your blog and may come back in the foreseeable future.
    I want to encourage that you continue your great writing,
    have a nice morning!

    • shanghaicitygirl says:

      You are welcome: ) And of course you are welcome to come back and read many other posts I have already published as well.Have a good day:)

  7. After checking out a few of the articles on your blog, I seriously appreciate your way of
    writing a blog. I book-marked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my web site too and tell me what
    you think.

  8. Since the admin of this web site is working, no uncertainty very quickly it will
    be famous, due to its feature contents.

  9. That is really interesting, You’re an excessively skilled blogger.
    I have joined your feed and stay up for seeking more of your excellent post.

    Additionally, I have shared your site in my social networks

  10. Syreeta says:

    Hey! I understand this is sort of off-topic however I needed to
    ask. Does managing a well-established website like yours require a massive amount work?
    I’m completely new to operating a blog but I do write in my journal daily.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers.
    Appreciate it!

    • shanghaicitygirl says:

      Hi, thank you for your message.
      I wouldn’t call it ‘massive’, especially because I love it, but it still does require quite a lot.However, I am lucky that I have quite a lot of time during the day to do it, because my job is not super busy.

      Some things that helped me”
      1) Become a part of blogging community – I am a part of ShanghaiBloggers – the app that got together top bloggers in Shanghai.
      2) Cooperate with various platforms ad other blogs – I am cooperating with wechat ( mobile) blog – Shanghai Hunter and col app NIHAO.
      3) Use various channels to get yourself out there – Fb, twitter, youtube
      4) I am collaborating with young local brands and we support and proote each other.
      5) Always do your best to improve your blog constantly

      If you are passionate abt the topi of your blog, it will become a part of you, so you will not feel like it’s work at all.
      The thing is I think a lot about my blog nd topics, read articles about blogging and wonder why some blogs have more readers than mine, but it’s beause my blog is like my ‘baby;.

      I definitely recommend it – it will make your life way better!

  11. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • shanghaicitygirl says:

      Hi I think it might a problem on your end ,because the pictures work fine for me – both on computer and mobile phone….

  12. Purific says:

    Thanks for finally writing about >WHAT DO POETS, STICKY RICE AND FISH HAVE IN COMMON?
    | Shanghai City GirlShanghai City Girl <Liked it!

  13. Appreciate the recommendation. Let me try it out.

  14. You really make it seem really easy with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be really one thing that I think I’d never understand.
    It kind of feels too complex and very vast for me.
    I am taking a look ahead in your next put up, I
    will attempt to get the grasp of it!

  15. Thank you for any other great article. The place else could anybody get that kind of information in such a perfect way
    of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I’m on the look for such info.

  16. Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the
    internet the easiest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that
    they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top
    and defined out the whole thing without having side
    effect , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more.

  17. Havong read this I thought it was rather informative.

    I appreciate you finding the time and effort to putt
    this informative article together. I once again find myself
    personally spending way too much time both reading and posting comments.
    But so what, it was still worth it!

    • shanghaicitygirl says:

      Thank you:) However there are other more interesting articles here on my blog than this one, no idea why everyone is choosing this particularly:) Anyways, appreciate your time spent on visiting my blog:)

  18. I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of house .
    Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this site.
    Reading this info So i am satisfied to convey that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling I
    found out exactly what I needed. I so much without a doubt will make sure to do not put out of your mind this site and provides it a glance regularly.

  19. Hollis says:

    My partner and I stumbled over here from a different web address and thought I
    might check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to looking into your web page repeatedly.

  20. Howdy! Someone in my Myspace group shared this
    site with us so I came to give it a look. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Superb blog and amazing style and design.

  21. Vania says:

    Wow, this paragraph is good, my younger sister is analyzing these kinds of things,
    so I am going to tell her.

  22. Thera Cane says:

    Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment
    (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m
    still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips
    and hints for first-time blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

    • shanghaicitygirl says:

      Thank you, I am glad you enjoy it:) I would recommend explore different blogs.I am a big fan of my ShanghaiBlogger’s fellow blogger’s blog – Adventurousapetite.com and shanghaihabits.com for example. You may also want to subscribe to some newsletter about social media, I am following CoSchedule. Also ask someone to edit your writing. And most importantly write about things you are passionate about and ask the people around you for honest feedback.That way you will always be able to improve! Find bloggers’ community within close proximity and join them to exchange ideas and get inspired! Good luck!

  23. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put
    in writing this website. I’m hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts
    by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get
    my own, personal site now 😉

  24. Heya i’m for the primary time here. I found this board and I find It rezlly useful & it helped me out
    a lot. I’m hoping to give something back and aid others
    such as you aided me.

  25. May I simply just say what a comfort to uncover an individual who genuinely understands
    what they are discussing on the net. You definitely understand how to
    bring a problem to light and make it important. More
    and more people must look at this and understand this side of the
    story. I was surprised you’re not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  26. Argan Pure says:

    What’s up it’s me, I am also visiting this web site regularly, this web page is actually pleasant and
    the viewers are really sharing pleasant thoughts.

  27. Blend Fresh says:

    You should be a part of a contest for one of the greatest blogs
    online. I’m going to recommend this site!

  28. I have read some good stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting.
    I surprise how so much attempt you place to make this type of magnificent informative website.

  29. I just want to tell you that I am all new to weblog and actually liked your page. Probably I’m going to bookmark your site . You surely come with tremendous posts. Thank you for sharing your website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *