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Year of the Rat – WTF?

Posted by MyLaowai on Sunday, February 24, 2008

So we are now in the Year of the Rat, apparently. My question is, why do Chinese name their years after the  food they eat?

I mean, we don’t go around saying “This is the Year of the Sirloin Steak”, do we? That would just be silly.

6 Responses to “Year of the Rat – WTF?”

  1. Hunxuer said

    Every year is the year of transfats

  2. BJD said

    Caught with pants down yet again


  3. Neddy said

    …and again. This time all the way down: http://www.danwei.org/state_media/clear_water_muddy_journalism.php

  4. BJD said

    Neddy, has Danwei been blocked coz aint getting it here in Spain?

  5. BJD said

    OK, got it now, and while bringing it to the attention of the Times’ newsdesk, look what I found:


  6. […] Posted by MyLaowai on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 As I noted back in February ‘08, the Chinese have long named their years after the things they eat. Last year, for instance, was the Year of the Rat. When the Party announced it, I asked the question: why not have a Year of the Sirloin Steak? […]

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