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The name Crisis in Chinese / Japanese...

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Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?

 wēi jī
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Scroll

危機 means crisis in Chinese and Japanese.

Separately, the first character here does mean “danger” or “to endanger,” and the second character can mean “opportunity.”

However, I want to debunk a myth that was propagated by some westerners who did not have a clear understanding of Asian languages...

While often, Chinese/Japanese/Korean compound words (words of two or more characters) are the sum of their parts, this is not always the case. The compound is often understood with a completely different meaning than the two characters individually.

Many have said that the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for Crisis is made up of the characters for “danger” and “opportunity.” 危機 is true when phrased this way.
However, it's not absolutely correct to say that “danger + opportunity = crisis” in Asian cultures.

English example:
If I tell you that...
Bovine creature + Guy behind the plate in baseball = Locomotive train protection cowcatcher would think I was mad. But consider that “cow + catcher = cowcatcher,” which is the device that used to be found on steam engines to protect them if they hit an animal on the tracks. When we hear the word “cowcatcher,” we don't separate the words into their individual meanings (necessarily).
The same is true with the word for crisis in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. While you can separate the characters, few Asian people would automatically do so in their minds.

The final answer:
It is a half-truth to say, “danger plus opportunity equals crisis” in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. Use this statement and concept with caution.

Also, the second character can mean “secret” or “machine,” depending on context so I guess you have to say “a dangerous machine = crisis” or “danger + a secret = crisis.” Both of these are only slightly more ridiculous than the first premise.

PS: 危機 is probably not a great word for a scroll unless you have a special use for it.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your crisis search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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kè fú
    ke4 fu2
k`o fu
    ko fu

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(try to) overcome (hardships etc); to conquer; to put up with; to endure
(noun, transitive verb) conquest (of a difficulty, illness, crisis, etc.); overcoming; surmounting; bringing under control



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wēi jī
    wei1 ji1
wei chi
crisis; CL:個|个[ge4]
crisis; critical situation; emergency; pinch; (female given name) Kiki



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huǎn jí
    huan3 ji2
huan chi
 kankyuu / kankyu

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Speed Control
priority; whether something is urgent
(1) high and low speed; fast and slow; pace; tempo; (2) lenience and severity; (3) emergency; crisis; dire situation



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fēng bào
    feng1 bao4
feng pao

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storm; violent commotion; fig. crisis (e.g. revolution, uprising, financial crisis etc)

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 touge / toge
(Japanese kokuji) mountain pass; (fig.) crisis point; pr. tōge
(n,n-suf) (1) (mountain) pass; highest point on a mountain road; ridge; (2) peak (e.g. of summer); worst (e.g. of an illness); crisis; critical point; most difficult part; (surname) Dougesaki

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 kyuu / kyu
urgent; pressing; rapid; hurried; worried; to make (sb) anxious
(adjectival noun) (1) sudden; abrupt; unexpected; (adjectival noun) (2) urgent; pressing; (adjectival noun) (3) steep; sharp; precipitous; (adjectival noun) (4) rapid; swift; fast; (5) emergency; crisis; danger; (6) urgency; hurrying; haste; (7) (See 序破急) (in gagaku or noh) end of a song
Haste, urgency; promptly.

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matter; affair
(out-dated kanji) (1) (kana only) thing; matter; (2) (kana only) incident; occurrence; event; something serious; trouble; crisis; (3) (kana only) circumstances; situation; state of affairs; (4) (kana only) work; business; affair; (5) (kana only) after an inflectable word, creates a noun phrase indicating something the speaker does not feel close to; (suffix noun) (6) (kana only) nominalizing suffix; (7) (kana only) pretending to ...; playing make-believe ...; (n,n-suf) (8) (kana only) alias; aka; nickname; alternative name; also known as


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crisis in a battle; death; (place-name) Sendo


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(noun - becomes adjective with の) crisis (in an illness)


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 shodou / shodo
(1) initial response (e.g. to a crisis); action in the earliest stages; (2) initial shock (of an earthquake); preliminary tremor


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wēi jú
    wei1 ju2
wei chü
perilous situation


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wēi jí
    wei1 ji2
wei chi
 kikyuu / kikyu
critical; desperate (situation)
(1) emergency; crisis; imminent danger; (2) (obsolete) (See 絶滅危惧) Vulnerable (conservation status); VU


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crisis; grave danger; serious depression


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national crisis; national disaster


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dà shì
    da4 shi4
ta shih
major event; major political event (war or change of regime); major social event (wedding or funeral); (do something) in a big way; CL:件[jian4],樁|桩[zhuang1]
(adjectival noun) (1) important; serious; crucial; (adjectival noun) (2) valuable; precious; (3) (See 大事・おおごと) serious matter; major incident; matter of grave concern; crisis; (4) great undertaking; great enterprise; great thing; (adjectival noun) (5) (Tochigi dialect) (See だいじょうぶ・1) safe; OK
(因緣) For the sake of a great cause, or because of a great matter―the Buddha appeared, i.e. for changing illusion into enlightenment. The Lotus interprets it as enlightenment; the Nirvana as the Buddha-nature; the 無量壽經 as the joy of Paradise.



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jí nàn
    ji2 nan4
chi nan
 kyuunan / kyunan
misfortune; crisis; grave danger; critical situation; disaster; emergency; to be zealous in helping others out of a predicament
sudden or unexpected disaster



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huǎn jiě
    huan3 jie3
huan chieh
to bring relief; to alleviate (a crisis); to dull (a pain)
(noun/participle) (med) remission; cure; improvement; relief (of pain, symptoms, etc.)


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(v5m,vi) (1) to look out on; to overlook; to front onto; (v5m,vi) (2) to face (a situation, crisis, etc.); to meet (e.g. death); to be confronted by; (v5m,vi) (3) to deal with (an issue); (v5m,vi) (4) to attend (e.g. a function); to appear (e.g. in court); to be present at; to go to (e.g. a place); to take part in; to participate; to join


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kǔ jìng
    ku3 jing4
k`u ching
    ku ching
 kukyou / kukyo
grievance; dire straits
trouble; crisis; predicament; squeeze; pinch



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kǔ kuàng
    ku3 kuang4
k`u k`uang
    ku kuang
 kukyou / kukyo
wretched state; miserable plight
trouble; crisis; predicament; squeeze; pinch


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bī pò
    bi1 po4
pi p`o
    pi po
to force; to compel; to coerce
(noun/participle) (1) stringency (financial); (monetary) tightness; (2) impending (dangers); pressing (crisis)
pressure and constraint



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yùn niàng
    yun4 niang4
yün niang
(of alcohol) to ferment; (of a crisis) to be brewing; to mull over (an issue); to hold exploratory discussions



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nán guān
    nan2 guan1
nan kuan
difficulty; crisis



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fēng bō
    feng1 bo1
feng po
 fuuha; kazanami / fuha; kazanami
    ふうは; かざなみ
disturbance; crisis; disputes; restlessness; CL:場|场[chang2]
(1) wind and waves; rough seas; storm; (2) discord; quarrel; trouble; (3) hardships (of life); adversity; (female given name) Fūha


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(noun/participle) (1) stringency (financial); (monetary) tightness; (2) impending (dangers); pressing (crisis)


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(1) pinch; tough spot; bind; crisis; predicament; (2) clothespin; clothes peg; (personal name) Pinch


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dividing line; parting (of the hair); partition; crisis


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sense of impending crisis; sense of danger



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bào fēng quān
    bao4 feng1 quan1
pao feng ch`üan
    pao feng chüan
(meteorology) storm area (area exposed to winds of force 7 or higher during a typhoon); (fig.) area particularly badly affected by a crisis


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water crisis; water scarcity

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?危機
kikiwēi jī / wei1 ji1 / wei ji / weijiwei chi / weichi
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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