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Why Do These Hokkien Words Sound So Similar to Japanese?

I was fascinated when I first got to know how certain Hokkien words sound so similar to Japanese or even Korean. If you don’t believe it, try reading out the following words in Hokkien: 世界 (world), 新闻 (news), 未来 (future), 简单 (simple) It sounds identical whether you vocalise these words in Hokkien or Japanese. Well,

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Batik for Peranakan Altars: A Forgotten Art of South East Asia

“One expects to see the traditional Chinese symbols of prosperity and fortune on an altar cloth. But the attentive ones are rewarded with a pleasant surprise – on one altar cloth is the little Red Riding Hood with a lion instead of a wolf, and on another are riders holding flags of the old Republic

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