23 Jan '12, 10am
New blog post: The Kum Conspiracy
OK, I’ve blogged about this before. But let me do it again for the sake of those who just follow my blog recently. I suspect there is a Kum (Mandrin Oranges) Conspiracy. I always wonder why do we exchange Mandrin Oranges during Chinese New Year. I know the word Kum sounds like “Gold” in Cantonese and according to tradition, exchanging Kum signify bringing wealth to the family you are visiting. But have you ever wonder why Kum? There are so many fruits out there that have auspicious meaning too. And why exchanging Kum signify bringing wealth to the family when they also return to you the same amount of Kum in return? Why don’t we exchange other fruits like Pineapple? Pineapple sounds like “Good Fortune Comes” in Hokkien. Wouldn’t Pineapple be a better representation of “bringing wealth”? Or why not a bun and a dumpling? Bun and dumpling in chinese is “Bao Zhong” which sound...