Australia-Rats in the Year of the Rat: "Chinese Love and Hate Rats"-Chinatown, Australia

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Think about the idioms associated with rats, each one seems to be negative.But have you heard this nursery rhyme? "The little mouse goes to the lampstand, stealing oil and can't eat it."

Lin Yan from Fuzhou, Fujian is the designer of this year's Australia Post Stamps for the Year of the Rat.

Lin Yan from Fuzhou, Fujian is the designer of this year's Australia Post Stamps for the Year of the Rat.

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For Lin Yan, the Year of the Rat in 2020 will be unforgettable for her because she has become the first stamp of Australia Post's new series of zodiac stamps, the designer of the Rat Year stamp.Although she was still a fledgling "newcomer" who just graduated from design in 2016, an email from Australia Post at the beginning of last year gave her a big surprise.

"I guess they saw my portfolio on the Internet and asked me if I wanted to design stamps for the Year of the Rat in 2020."

So she started the research and handed over the design ideas.

Immigrated from Fuzhou, Fujian, she herself was very interested in Peking Opera, so she combined the characterized mouse with Peking Opera costumes.

“我特别喜欢[京剧]的服装,看起来很漂亮、,色调也很鲜艳,这给了我设计的灵感。”

She said that as a Chinese designer, she respects tradition on the one hand, but also wants to innovate and break through on the other.

"The modern expression I have adopted combines tradition and modernity so that the younger generation can also like it."

She said that 2020 means far-reaching to her.

"2020 has begun a new decade, and it is the beginning of a new 12 zodiac cycle. This year is still the year of the Golden Rat, only once in 60 years."

"This is a fresh start, which means a fresh start."

The cultural connotation of rats

Close up photo of a white rat.
Have you heard of this nursery rhyme? "The little mouse goes on the lampstand, stealing oil and can't eat it"
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"I am very scared of mice. I kind of see mice in a situation where everyone shouts and beats," said Dr. Huiling Xu, a senior lecturer in the Chinese Department of Macquarie University.

"Therefore, these negative things about mice are embodied in some idioms... For example, the mouse is short-sighted, scowling, scurrying, timid as a mouse, and some allegorical sayings, such as a mouse poop, a broken pot of soup, etc. ."

However, mice still occupy a certain position in folk culture, folk culture, literature and painting.

"Mouses are often described as more spiritual, intelligent, and mysterious little creatures," she said.

Ms. Ha Wei, head of the Chinese group of Melbourne Camberwell Grammar School and vice president of the Victorian Chinese Teachers Association, also feels the same.

"The Chinese love and hate rats. The word "mouse" in Oracle bone inscriptions shows that it has a close relationship with our lives."

"The reproductive ability of the rat is particularly strong, so the ancients used the rat to symbolize the extremely strong reproductive ability."

"The nursery rhyme we've all tasted after a few hours:'Little mouse goes to the lampstand and steals oil and can't eat it'."

"The ancients have seen the viability of rats hoarding food for a long time... In a famine year, if a rat hole can be found, a family can survive."

Ha Wei said that people's positive views of rats can also be seen from the word mouse.

"Mouse has two different meanings in Chinese. The word "mouse is old" is not the prefix, but the meaning of old age. In folklore, the mouse lives very long."

"The reason why a mouse is called a rat is because the rat loves to steal food, so this rat means to consume food."

He said that since ancient times, many painters and writers have regarded mice as characters in their pens.

At the beginning of the Year of the Rat, Dr. Ha Wei and Dr. Huiling Xu would like to teach you some auspicious New Year greetings with rats: "The Year of the Rat has a good harvest", "The Year of the Rat is a good luck", "Good luck,'rats' to you", "Mouses and two rats" ", "'Mouse' you get rich", "'Mouse' you are blessed".

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Feng Shui master Zheng Yaowen detailed the best and worst zodiac signs for this year's fortune. (
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Zheng Yaowen is a Feng Shui master in Melbourne.He said that there will be more conflicts between the zodiac and earth in 2020.

"This will lead to continuous fighting throughout the year. This means that there is turbulence throughout the world."

However, he said that this kind of turmoil is just a lot of lip service, but it is all anticlimactic.

"It was tense in the first half of the year and eased in the second half. Because everyone doesn't want to make things bigger."

"Everyone may be very concerned about wealth. This year is good for partial wealth. It means that there are opportunities for speculation this year."

He said that the ups and downs in the third and fourth months of the lunar calendar are relatively large.He specifically pointed out that the roller coaster will fall in May of the lunar calendar.

Zheng Yaowen pointed out that people born in the year of the rat do not have very good luck.

"People in the natal year are guilty of Tai Sui. This year is good for them to get married, buy a family, buy a home, and participate in some happy events."

"Wear red clothes or red jewelry. This can reduce the impact of violating Tai Sui."

He said that the location of the year of the rat is the northwest corner.

Zheng Yaowen said that the best location for children to study in the southwest corner.

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