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The rise of nü han zi (manly ladies) in China   [Copy link] 中文

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She is strong (psychologically and possibly physically, too). She is firm, decisive and open-minded. She is independent and responsible. She is nothing like the traditional “as soft and tender as water” image of a Chinese female.

She hates high heels, dresses, make-ups and the color pink. She’d rather spend the day play video games than shopping. She spits out curses rather than shedding tears. She doesn’t know how to act like a cutie to win over men’s love.

She is a nü han zi (女汉子), literally meaning a manly woman or a tomboy – a woman who thinks and acts like a man and is yet more than just an unceremonious woman. Nü han zi is an extremely popular term that many Chinese young ladies now proudly label themselves. In contrary to the traditional Chinese female image of a cute, submissive and clinging lady, nü han zi is tough enough to take care of herself without a man.

The opposite to "Nv Hanzi" is "Girly Girl."

Some joked that you can differentiate between a tomboy and a girly girl through their reaction towards a handsome guy.


For example, when a girly girl sees a handsome man, she will say, "OMG, he's so handsome!" And the tomboy will say, "That dude looks freaking awesome! Dibs!" LOL.


There is actually a list of habits of a nü han zi. It’s said that whoever meets more than 10 of them is a nü han zi. Check if you can earn "membership" or anyone in life fits the standards~

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1. Not care about her manner in the public

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2. If unable to unscrew a tight cap off of a soda bottle, she’d keep trying, instead of asking for help.



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