My name is Linda Yi and I'm a writer/illustrator from Georgia, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. I create educational drawings around my own journey of relearning the Chinese language and reconnecting with my cultural heritage.

Writing and illustrating is (what I hope will be!) my second career. I painted these 100 characters during a pivotal year in my life—one during which I took an intentional look at the Chinese characters that had, up to that point, been a source of frustration and built-up dread (if you've been to a weekend Chinese school... you may know the feeling.)

As I researched the meanings behind each of these character paintings, I learned about the secrets and stories shimmering underneath the squiggly characters I’d hated practicing as a kid. These characters—this language I'd held at arm's length—was vibrant and beautiful!

Whenever I look at these character paintings (which I do every day as I settle down to work), I'm reminded of the beauty behind the Chinese language. If it does the same for you, this print is exclusively available through Kickstarter (linked below)!

If successfully funded, this poster will become a reality (and the inaugural print of my home print shop). I have until Dec. 10 to raise the necessary funds, so please chip in below if you appreciate my art!

More info: kickstarter.com

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星 (Xīng) Star; (Literally 日/Sun + 生/Birth. 星 = Birth Of A Sun)

星 (Xīng) Star; (Literally 日/Sun + 生/Birth. 星 = Birth Of A Sun)

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Pretty art! ⭐️

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#2

成 (Chéng) To Make, Succeed, Complete

成 (Chéng) To Make, Succeed, Complete

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Nice spear. 😱

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#3

冬 (Dōng) Winter

冬 (Dōng) Winter

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Woah. ❄️

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#4

月 (Yuè) Moon; Month

月 (Yuè) Moon; Month

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BoredPanda is awesome
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1 year ago

Very detailed and artisitc

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#5

春 (Chūn) Spring

春 (Chūn) Spring

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Great addition with the leaves. 🍃

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#6

夏 (Xià) Summer

夏 (Xià) Summer

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Wonderful beach! 🏝 🐚 🌊

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#7

秋 (Qiū) Autumn

秋 (Qiū) Autumn

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

The right part, 火, means fire. 🔥

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#8

妹 (Mèi) Younger Sister

妹 (Mèi) Younger Sister

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BoredPanda is awesome
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1 year ago

love the drawing

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#9

好 (Hǎo) Good (Woman女 + Child子)

好 (Hǎo) Good (Woman女 + Child子)

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Gloria J Williams
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1 year ago

All of these letters are just beautiful. Thank you, Linda Yi.

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#10

時(时)(Shí) Time

時(时)(Shí) Time

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

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#11

晚 (Wǎn) Evening; Late

晚 (Wǎn) Evening; Late

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BoredPanda is awesome
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1 year ago

Her face

#12

女 (Nǚ) Woman; Female

女 (Nǚ) Woman; Female

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BoredPanda is awesome
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1 year ago

beautiful

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#13

美 (Měi) Beautiful

美 (Měi) Beautiful

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

很美。(Translation: Very beautiful) 💖

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#14

人 (Rén) Person

人 (Rén) Person

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Gloria J Williams
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1 year ago

Your water colors are great.

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#15

英 (Yīng) Hero, Heroic

英 (Yīng) Hero, Heroic

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Aragorn II Elessar
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1 year ago

Commonly found in 英国 and 英文, England and English respectively

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#16

日 (Rì) Sun; Day

日 (Rì) Sun; Day

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

☀️

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#17

明 (Míng) Bright; (The 日/Sun And 月/Moon Together Is Bright)

明 (Míng) Bright; (The 日/Sun And 月/Moon Together Is Bright)

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

☀️ 🌙

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#18

玩 (Wán) Play

玩 (Wán) Play

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

I spot a not so Bored Panda! 🐼

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#19

水 (Shuǐ) Water

水 (Shuǐ) Water

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

🌊

#20

妈 (Mā) Mother

妈 (Mā) Mother

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

❤️

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#21

弟 (Dì) Younger Brother

弟 (Dì) Younger Brother

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BoredPanda is awesome
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1 year ago

Swish

#22

文 (Wén) Text, Culture, Language

文 (Wén) Text, Culture, Language

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

中文 is Chinese and 英文 is English. 📖

#23

吃 (Chī) Eat

吃 (Chī) Eat

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Yum! 😋

#24

午 (Wǔ) Noon

午 (Wǔ) Noon

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BoredPanda is awesome
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1 year ago

Love how you used the colours. If you look very close at the big symbol, you can see tiny symbols

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#25

很 (Hěn) Very

很 (Hěn) Very

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Another panda! 🐼

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#26

狗 (Gǒu) Dog

狗 (Gǒu) Dog

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Aww. 🐶

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#27

孩 (Hái) Child

孩 (Hái) Child

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BoredPanda is awesome
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1 year ago

that's a pretty drawing

#28

間(间)(Jiān) Space In Between (Literally A Sun/日 Outside An Open 門/Door)

間(间)(Jiān) Space In Between (Literally A Sun/日 Outside An Open 門/Door)

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CATMONSTER2018
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1 year ago

你画的子真的太没。

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#29

子 (Zi) Child, Son

子 (Zi) Child, Son

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#30

門(门)(Mén) Door

門(门)(Mén) Door

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#31

也 (Yě) And Also

也 (Yě) And Also

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

我也要去 means ‘I also want to go’. 😄

#32

兩(两) (Liǎng) Double, Two (Of Something)

兩(两) (Liǎng) Double, Two (Of Something)

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Aragorn II Elessar
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1 year ago

二 (er)is two, but only as the number. 两is the adjective (two cats, for instance)

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#33

大 (Dà) Big

大 (Dà) Big

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

So cool that they included many languages. 😎

#34

半 (Bàn) Half

半 (Bàn) Half

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#35

家 (Jiā) Home, Family

家 (Jiā) Home, Family

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

🏡

#36

姐 (Jiě) Older Sister

姐 (Jiě) Older Sister

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#37

哥 (Gē) Older Brother

哥 (Gē) Older Brother

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Jia Kia
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1 year ago

jie jie is older sister mei mei is younger sisiter

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#38

去 (Qù) Go

去 (Qù) Go

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A. P.
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4 months ago

飞机去了。

#39

果 (Guǒ) Fruit

果 (Guǒ) Fruit

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago (edited)

水果 🍏🍎🍐🍊🍉🍇🍓🍈🍌🍒🍑🥭🍍🥝

#40

你 (Nǐ) You

你 (Nǐ) You

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#41

地 (Dì) Earth; Ground

地 (Dì) Earth; Ground

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Great artwork. 🌏

#42

太(Tài) Greatest; Highest, Too

太(Tài) Greatest; Highest, Too

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

🐼

#43

點(点)(Diǎn) Dot; A Bit; Used For Telling Time

點(点)(Diǎn) Dot; A Bit; Used For Telling Time

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#44

是(Shì) Is; Just

是(Shì) Is; Just

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#45

什 (Shén) What (Part 1)

什 (Shén) What (Part 1)

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CATMONSTER2018
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1 year ago

什么 is the full phrase i believe

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#46

早 (Zǎo) Morning; Early

早 (Zǎo) Morning; Early

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

🌞

#47

中 (Zhōng) Middle, Center

中 (Zhōng) Middle, Center

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Nice shot! 🎯

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#48

天 (Tiān) Sky; Heavens

天 (Tiān) Sky; Heavens

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Aragorn II Elessar
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1 year ago

Also means day

#49

年 (Nián) Year

年 (Nián) Year

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#50

今 (Jīn) This, Now

今 (Jīn) This, Now

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Aragorn II Elessar
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1 year ago

今天(Jin tian) is today

#51

花 (Huā) Flower

花 (Huā) Flower

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Beautiful! 💐

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#52

木 (Mù) Wood

木 (Mù) Wood

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

See those characters carved in the wood? Those are elements. 💧 🔥 🌱 🌍

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#53

火 (Huǒ) Fire

火 (Huǒ) Fire

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#54

爸 (Bà) Father

爸 (Bà) Father

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#55

口 (Kǒu) Mouth

口 (Kǒu) Mouth

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CATMONSTER2018
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1 year ago

Any word that has "kou" 口 in it usually has to do with your mouth.

#56

羊 (Yáng) Ram/Sheep

羊 (Yáng) Ram/Sheep

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#57

在 (Zài) To Be (Somewhere)

在 (Zài) To Be (Somewhere)

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#58

未 (Wèi) Not, Not Yet Come

未 (Wèi) Not, Not Yet Come

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#59

期 (Qī) Period (Of Time)

期 (Qī) Period (Of Time)

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#60

昨 (Zuó) Yesterday

昨 (Zuó) Yesterday

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Aragorn II Elessar
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1 year ago

昨天(zuo tian) is actually yesterday, 昨 is “previously” by itself, but only in contexts pertaining to time.

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#61

以 (Yǐ) With, By, According To

以 (Yǐ) With, By, According To

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#62

前 (Qián) Before, In Front

前 (Qián) Before, In Front

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#63

金 (Jīn) Metal, Gold

金 (Jīn) Metal, Gold

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#64

土 (Tǔ) Earth, Soil

土 (Tǔ) Earth, Soil

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#65

我 (Wǒ) I; Me

我 (Wǒ) I; Me

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A. P.
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4 months ago

Love the extra detail of the hand with a weapon!

#66

六 (Liù) Six

六 (Liù) Six

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Maria Roberts
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1 year ago

This should be way higher!

#67

七 (Qī) Seven

七 (Qī) Seven

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#68

八 (Bā) Eight

八 (Bā) Eight

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#69

九 (Jiǔ) Nine

九 (Jiǔ) Nine

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#70

十 (Shí) Ten

十 (Shí) Ten

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#71

百 (Bǎi) Hundred

百 (Bǎi) Hundred

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#72

千 (Qiān) Thousand

千 (Qiān) Thousand

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#73

萬(万)(Wàn) Ten Thousand

萬(万)(Wàn) Ten Thousand

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#74

小 (Xiǎo) Small

小 (Xiǎo) Small