The sign below can be seen all over the Wuxi area. I have seen posted on the grounds of Tony’s primary school and even in the lobby of our apartment building.
As part of my ongoing effort to learn how to read simplified Chinese characters, I have tried to decipher the sign’s meaning.
I first transcribed the following characters from the sign.
富强 民主 文明 和谐
自由 平等 公正 法治
爱国 敬业 诚信 友善
Here is the pinyin for the characters:
Jiàn xíng shèhuì zhǔyì héxīn zhí guān
zuò yīgè yǒu dàodé de rén
Fùqiáng mínzhǔ wénmíng héxié
zìyóu píngděng gōngzhèng fǎzhì
àiguó jìngyè chéngxìn yǒushàn
Wèi shíxiàn mínzú fùxīng Nǔlì fèndòu
Here is what I got when the put the characters into Google Translate:
Practice the socialist core value concept
A moral person
Prosperous, democratic, civilized and harmonious
Free equal justice law
Patriotic friendly professional integrity
To achieve national rejuvenation Work hard
When I asked some locals to help me identify the characters, they asked why I would be interested in such a sign. I told them that I wanted to see how the government was trying to brainwash them.