What’s in a name? Have you ever wondered why were we given names? What is the importance of names? Some names became big and popular and well-known and some are just remembered in history..!! In Chinese culture traditionally our names are made up of 3 characters.
The first character carries our family name or clan. The second or middle character usually marks the generation or branch of the family.
And of course, the third is the given name which is exclusively ours which identifies our persona or character..!!
In other culture, like where I am living right now, the people will commonly name their children after whoever is the current Pope because they want to be sure that their children will grow up to be “holy” and live a pious life..I only realised this when I started to live here, so more or less, I know a bit of the culture..In the days of the late Pope John Paul, there were many baby boys named after him..so in that period of time, many boys in this country were named either John or Paul..Another trend is that they would combine the names of both parents like for example, Rolinda, the father’s name may be Roland and the mother’s Linda..There are those who are very ambitious and name their child Luzviminda…these are only examples on how names were given. Like my name it’s literally means Spring Blossom..since I was born in Spring..
Then let’s look at Han Geng…according to him, his name Geng was given to him by his grandfather..named after the Hesperus star..长庚星 aka the Evening/Vesper star..which happens to be the brightest of all stars..If we were to study astronomy, then the life of Han Geng can be liken to a shining star which shines its brightest in the evening and morning…Oddly, he has only two characters in his name, and according to an article which I came across, it was mentioned that in recent times in China ( the last two or three generations) typically gave up the old way of giving names, so people now have two characters name or more (like in four characters)..so that could explain why he only has two characters in his name..
His grandfather have the foresightedness to be ambitious for Han Geng, maybe he was thinking that Han Geng could just have a bright future but he didn’t expect to such an extent and expectations with far-reaching results ..!What Han Geng has become and what he is today is the result of hard work combined with his chosen name…!
Throughout history, there were significant people whose names were synonymous with the roles they have in life..example Queen Victoria of England, President Lincoln and etc….Whenever these names were uttered, the roles they played in history came to mind..So the name of Han Geng will be etched in history as a boy who is fearless,courageous, independent, a great artiste and filial son.
Not only the name is significant, it has to do with location as well..like for example, Charles Dickens who came from England, George Washington of the U.S.A.and others too like Mother Teresa who is best remembered as a missionary working in Calcutta, India….
So just like Han Geng who is from Mudanjiang of Heilongjiang Province; I am sure he will be known as the boy from Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang but a Beijinger as a singer!! He always claimed that he is from Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang and promotes his hometown as the Snow City of China…!These places are synonymous to him..so when Mudanjiang or Heilongjiang is mentioned, what comes to mind is either Han Geng or the Snow City of China..!! Try to Googled Mudanjiang or Heilongjiang, one will see images of Han Geng..! I have always been interested in words and their meanings, so I researched and found out that Mudan as a collective word for Peony not just peony but precisely Tree Peony..but when separated as in Mu it means Male and Dan is Red as an adjective, as a noun it is cinnabar, pellet or powder….so if it were taken separately the word doesn’t make sense..”Red Male”? So I find it interesting if I can conclude in this manner..Han Geng of Tree Peony city/province..! hehehe.. so now another word or name is synonym to him, just like Er Kui, Sheep(Yang/Miemie), Yellow/Red boots, Lollipops/Candies, GengFans/Rice/Meals, Beef-balls Noodles, and etc…If you guys can think of other words which are synonymous to him, please comment..hehehe!! I also found out that the Tree Peony is known as the King of Flowers in China because unofficially it’s the National Flower of China too.
Now to get back to recent events, Han Geng was recently crowned as the Most Talented Singer in the year..at China Power Fashion Awards..
What to expect in the coming Lunar New Year…a short movie..
Credits to all those who are tagged in the pictures and videos..thank you..!