S1E01-Take care in that melon field!
In the inaugural episode of the Chinese Sayings Podcast Laszlo introduces one of his favorites from his earliest days: Guā Tián Li Xià. 瓜田李下. This one goes all the way back to the early days of the Three Kingdoms Period. The lesson it teaches us is to watch yourself when you’re in circumstances that might possible be misunderstood and show you in a suspicious light.
Terms from Episode CSP-001
Guā Tián Lǐ Xià
Chengyu 成语 Chinese saying or idiomatic expression
Gua 瓜 A melon
Tian 田 A field
Li 李 A plum or plum tree, also the surname Li (Lee)
Xia 下 Underneath, below
Jūnzǐ fáng wèirán, bù chù xiányí, guātián bù nà lǚ, lǐ xià bùzhěng guān.
A gentleman, in order to prevent suspicion, never ties his laces in a melon field and never adjusts his hat under a plum tree.
Cao Cao 曹操 Chancellor from the late Eastern Han
Cao Zhi 曹植 Son of Cao Cao
Cao Pi 曹丕 Son of Cao Cao and founder of the Wei Kingdom