忠义之门 Zhōngyì zhī mén
In Changchun, there's a small restaurant that has banners decorating the doorway with couplets that read, "If you are not patriotic, you can't come in" and "If you don't respect your parents, you can't come in," and these have become a hot topic among citizens.
Zài Chángchūn yījiā xiǎochīdiàn ménkǒu chūle yī fú duìlián, xiězhe “bù àiguó” “bụ̀xiào fùmǔ” zhě jìn rù, yị̌nqǐ shìmín rè yì.
[Photo: A citizen entering the small restaurant
市民进入小吃店 Shìmín jìnrù xiǎochīdiàn]
This restaurant is in the neighborhood of Changchun's Pingyang Street, and if it weren't for the couplets reading "If you are not patriotic, you can't come in" and "If you don't respect your parents, you can't come in," there would not be much difference between this small restaurant and many others. The couplets are made of stainless steel, and in the sunlight are slightly dazzling.
Zhè jiā xiǎochīdiàn wèiyú Chángchūn shì Píngyáng jiē fùjìn, rúguǒ bụ̀ shì yǒu zhè fù “bù ài zǔguó zhě jìn rù”, “bụ̀xiào fùmǔ zhě jìn rù” de duìlián, tā hé bié de xiǎochīdiàn bìng méiyǒu shénme liǎngyàng. Zhè fù duìlián shǐyòng bụ̀xiùgāng zhìchéng de, zài yángguāng de zhàoyào xià, wēiwēi huàng guāng.
The restaurant owner's name is Zhao Zilong; he calls his place "Loyalty's Doorway". He says his goal in hanging these banners is constantly to encourage himself to be patriotic and to respect his parents. "These are the foundations for how to conduct oneself, if you don't respect your parents, nothing else matters," Zhao Zilong says. He put the couplets up about five years ago; at first they were self-adhesive, now they are made of stainless steel.
Xiǎochīdiàn de lạ̌obǎn míngjiào Zhào Zǐlóng, tā chēng zìjǐ de diàn mén jiào “Zhōngyì zhī mén”. Tā shuō, guàshang zhè fú duìlián de mùdì shì wèile shíkè biāncè zìjǐ yào rè'ài zǔguó, xiàojìng fùmǔ. “Zhè shì zuòrén de jīchǔ, rúguǒ lián zìjǐ de fùmǔ dōu bùnéng hǎohāo xiàojìng, zuò qítā shìqing dōu shì méiyǒu yìyì de.” Zhào zǐ lóng shuō. Tā zài wǔ niánqián guàqǐle zhè fù duìlián, yuánlái shì yòng bù gàn jiāozuò de, hòulái lǎohuà le, xiànzài gǎiyòng bụ̀xiùgāng le.
At lunchtime, the little restaurant is very busy, and many of the customers know the owner. They say Zhao Zilong is a very warm person and often after people eat there, they make friends with him.
Wǔfàn shífèn, xiǎodiàn de shēngyi fēicháng hónghuo, lái de kèren dàduō hé lạ̌obǎn shúxī. Tāmen shuō, Zhào Zǐlóng rén hěn rèqíng, jīngcháng lái chīfàn, jiù he tā jiāoshàngle péngyou.
But there also are a few customers who think these couplets make it hard to avoid suspicions of marketing hype.
Buguò yẹ̌ yǒu gùkè biǎoshì, guàqǐ zhè fù duìlián, nánmiǎn yǒu chǎozuò zhī xián.
Source: 《京华网》2011-12-10: "小吃店挂对联'不爱国不孝父母'者禁入" online