Pronounced: bÃ nbiÄn tiÄn
Means: “Half the sky” — from the famous Chinese saying often attributed to Chairman Mao: “Women (can) hold up half the sky” (å¦‡å¥³èƒ½é¡¶åŠè¾¹å¤© / å¦‡å¥³é¡¶èµ·åŠè¾¹å¤©).
In Chinese popular culture, “half the sky” references womankind, with a T.V. show, charities, and a brand of adult products all bearing the phrase as their name. “Half the sky” has recently begun working it’s way into mainstream North American culture through the new book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and is getting picked up in all kinds of places.