Pronounced: bànbiān tiān
Means: “Half the sky” — from the famous Chinese saying often attributed to Chairman Mao: “Women (can) hold up half the sky” (妇女能顶半边天 / 妇女顶起半边天).
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.