Uncle Mao

“Man-ee,” L says as she examines the 5 Yuan note.

She points at Mao Zedong’s purple face, “Shu Shu!” she claims.

Like any young Chinese woman is respectfully called ayi or aunt by a child, a young man is uncle –
shu shu.

3 thoughts on “Uncle Mao

    1. She said it because he is a man. They are in a phase of distinguishing “boy / girl, man / woman.” But in Chinese it’s at a more practical stage because they call women around them, in the street, shops,elevator ayi, and the young men shu shu.


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