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‘Iron rice bowl’

铁饭碗 – tiěfànwǎn – “iron rice bowl”

Not suitable for wedding parties, but quite popular as standard equipment for marriage life – the iron rice bowl (铁饭碗 tiěfànwǎn, composed of 铁 tiě “iron” and 饭碗 fàn-wǎn – “rice bowl”). This famous Chinese synonym for job security has long been known in the West. In China, for example, this indestructible dishware clatters in kitchens and canteens of Party and government organizations, public institutions, educational and cultural institutions, and generally in state-owned enterprises and the military.

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