Absolute proof that the Chinese are a truly advanced and yet ancient civilization

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  1. readerz

    readerz Madam Jin

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    All I can say is that the Chinese are a truly advanced and yet ancient civilization. The proof? They have a specific idiom describing slapping someone in the face on both sides.

    Just thought other people might be amused by this idiom.

    左右开弓 Trad. 左右開弓
    zuǒ yòu kāi gōng
    lit. to shoot from both sides (idiom)
    fig. to display ambidexterity
    to slap with one hand and then the other, in quick succession
    to use both feet equally (football)

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    Image source: In what might just be the most absurd 'team building' ritual ever, to celebrate its anniversary a Chinese firm forced employees to slap each other.

    P.S. I'm half Chinese so I can say this.
     
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  2. DocB

    DocB [dok-bee] Burn

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    Jesus would have liked that, he was all about giving the other cheek
     
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  3. Viken

    Viken Well-Known Member

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    Always thought that slapping each others' faces was the favorite past-time for the major Asian cultures. In a society where respect and honor are the most demanded form of acceptance between people, showing who has the most prestige is very important.

    Important enough to cause a slap-fest that leaves bruises and pigheads scattered about the place like weeds growing along a road. And someone reaching for their sword in anger and frustration. Heh.
     
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    Zheya Well-Known Member

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    Is this some sub/culture thing? Like a specific saying can only be said by a particular group or race?:blobconfused:
    China is a ancient civilization, so I don't understand why you need to absolutely prove it. Chinese also play a major role in the political spheres, economy, and technology around the globe which most of everyone already knows as well.:blobunsure: The Jews also had something about slapping another's face during Jesus' time.
     
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    readerz Madam Jin

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    I wonder if there are similar idioms in Bahasa, Thai, Vietnamese, etc?

    LOL, it's just a joke. :D Face-slapping is an actual genre of fiction in Chinese webnovels.

    I don't believe there are face-slapping novels on Syosetu, for example.
     
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    Viken Well-Known Member

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    Pretty sure this is a veiled advertisement for the Face Slapping Sect's latest recruitment drive. Heh.
     
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    readerz Madam Jin

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    I'm not recruiting, lol. But you do need to be familiar with the Chinese face-slapping novels to understand what I'm talking about. :LOL:
     
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    juniorjawz Well-Known Member

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    Here for the face slapping fun.

    As a viewer ofc. :blobpeek:
     
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  9. Viken

    Viken Well-Known Member

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    I'm actually a big fan of novels like 'I have a Mansion in the Post-Apocalyptic World' and 'Returning from the Immortal World'. They may not be exactly what you are referring too, but both definitely have face-slapping involved. Or I could just pull out the big guns and quote from 'I am Really a Superstar', which probably has the most humorous face-slapping I've ever seen set in a modern-day period. xD
     
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    Zheya Well-Known Member

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    We are very familiar with face slapping in C novels, but what I'm asking is why the need to absolutely prove China is an ancient civilization which everyone already knows if they had history class?:blobconfused: The Chinese were advanced, because they did build the Wall out of rice paste, and other organic consumables including minerals. They also invented gunpowder and silk. They are the most ancient lineage of merchants active in most fields around the globe. Hell, they were in the game already before the Europeans were, and the contenders at that time were the Arabs IIRC.:hmm:
     
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    I'm not really sure about face slapping culture exist in here. Most people actually tend to be polite the talk others bad in the back lol
     
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    The Jews also told some guy with a silly mustache that his art was shit, and look at what happened.
     
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    LMAO. Pretty sure a more modern take would be when some politician took a dump on Trump's Tower. The man just had to go and become President afterwards, just to repay the favor and screw the rest of us over in the process. Ugh.
     
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    sweed l.o.v.e.m.u.f.f.i.n.

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    I disagree, XXX would prefer giving his butt cheeks and then the cross. :blobpeek:

    I think the face slapping exchange is dumb. Though still better than to be forced to hug :facepalm:
     
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    readerz Madam Jin

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    I know. Like I said, it's a joke.

    Oh noes!

    LOL, I feel a little bad for laughing when I think of my poor Jewish friends but .... hahahahahaha!
     
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    MangoGuy Rambling Mango

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    Slap Daddy?
     
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    This event will always remind that reality is stranger than fiction. A rejected artist couldn't get into college, so he went on a genocide route, because he had spare time looking for different opportunities. Living in the decrepit old Germany, he found it, and he made an art that would be remembered by the world. I don't know much about his artworks but he was good at drawing or painting linear edges or shapes. It might also be a reason why he altered the swastika into the infamous hakenkreuz. By no means I am making joke, but the very situation which led to the uprising of Hitler is comical itself. No one expected in reality that a rejected artist was the one who started WW II, did they? Hell, not even authors in the past would think of such a plot.:blobawkward:
     
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    cboy123 A Very Dirty Old Man

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    Advanced but ancient civilization?
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    China will grow larger.​
     
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    oblueknighto Blue Person

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    This is some next level shit.
     
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    scriptor 『Sigilmaster』 『Immortal Sage』

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    LOL now I'm already imagining the whiplash (with SFX) from numerous palace drama gifs...

    If bengong wants to slap you, there's nothing you can do about it!

    :blobxd:
     
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