Languages of Security in the Asia-Pacific

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Japanese – Anzenhoshou

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Alliance, Japanese, Security

安全保障 (あんぜんほしょう) anzenhoshou Relates to security 安全保障 anzen hoshou – safety guarantee; security guarantee 安全 – safety; security 保障 – guarantee; assurance; pledge; warranty Although anzen hoshou means literally “safety-guarantee” it often conveys the idea of ‘defence’ in a narrow, military sense. The phrase is often abbreviated in the compound Ampo. Ampo suggests not just ‘defence’, […]

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South Korean – Anjon | Anjong | Anbo

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Korean (South), Security

안전  (安全) anjŏn 안정 (安定) anjŏng 안보 (安保) anbo Relates to security Korean has three words to express the idea of “security/safety” which have subtle but real differences in meaning. All these words are of Sino-Japanese origin; they are coined in Japan by combining together two Chinese characters. These terms are widely used but their […]

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Indonesian – Keamanan

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Indonesian, Security

Keamanan Relates to security It would be a mistake to translate ‘keamanan’ simply as ‘security’. Significantly, the word ‘sekuritas’ is more commonly used in the field of finance, banking, insurance and computing. Keamanan’s root word ‘aman’ is aligned with ‘sentosa’ (strong), ‘tenteram’ (peaceful) and ‘tidak berbahaya’ (not dangerous) or ‘tidak dalam bahaya’ (not in danger). […]

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Indonesian – Ketertiban

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Indonesian, Order, Security

Ketertiban Relates to security, order, resilience Former Indonesian president Suharto shrewdly called his government ‘Orde Baru’ (The New Order) to distinguish it from the previous government, which he called ‘Orde Lama’ (The Old Order).  In a speech in 1978, he explicitly defined the Old Order as ‘a regime which had deviated from Pancasila (the five […]

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Thai – Khwaam mankhong

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Security, Thai

ความมั่นคง     Khwaam mankhong Relates to security Khwam mankhong is composed of two distinct and complementary words: man and khong.  Man means firm, constant, solid, steadfast; khong implies permanence and endurance. The compound mankhong refers to something which is strong and durable, unchangeable, and reliable.  All of these words have a long history in the […]

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Chinese – Ānquán

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Chinese, Security

安全 Ānquán Relates to ‘security’, ‘safety’, ‘peace’, ‘to assure wholeness’, ‘no danger’ The term combines the two characters, 安 (ān) and 全 (quán). 安 – ān – peace; tranquil; to set at ease; to pacify; calm; safety; security; to place in a suitable position; stability; to stabilise; to be satisfied with something.[1] When the word […]

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English (Australian) – National Security

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · English (Australian), Security

National Security Relates to security The term ‘national security’ has historically been applied quite narrowly in the Australian context to so-called traditional security challenges wherein distinctly state-based threats potentially requiring a military response are involved. While those more traditional conceptions remain important in the Australian context, that notion of national security has broadened considerably over […]

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Karen – Dta bee Dta ber

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Karen, Security

Dta bee Dta ber Relates to security (More literally: ‘evasive protection’) Security is seen to have been a major problem for the Karen people both recently and historically. It is often repeated that prior to the colonisation of the country by the British, the Karen found themselves trapped between the emergence of both the Mon […]

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Shan – Lawng Lawt Pay

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Security, Shan

Lawng Lawt Pay Relates to safety; security Lawt in itself means ‘to be free’ or ‘released’ from something. Pay translates as ‘danger’, ‘evil’ or ‘harm’, and is derived from the Burmese word for danger or harm, bay. Together, lawt pay means to be free from danger or harm. The prefix lawng, which denotes a topic, […]

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Shan – Lawng Hom Lom

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Security, Shan

Lawng Hom Lom Relates to security Hom means ‘to cover’, and combined with other words gives the connotation of covering something. Lom is to be ‘well protected’ or ‘well covered’. Combined with the substantive prefix, lawng, the term means security. The literal definition of this term is that all sides are fully covered, meaning that […]

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Malaysian – Keselamatan

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Malaysian, Security

Keselamatan Relates to security Keselamatan is a focus word that governs much of the discourse on security in contemporary Malaysia. Derived from the root word selamat, which refers to the condition of being safe and at peace, it implies a situation of tranquility in all areas of life – covering matters as diverse as ethical […]

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Malaysian – Keamanan

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Malaysian, Security

Keamanan Relates to security, peace Keamanan is a term that has been used closely with keselamatan to describe ‘security’.  The root word aman, like the word selamat, refers to more than a mere absence of warfare or violence. It suggests an atmosphere of peace and stability that can be experienced by individuals as well as […]

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North Korean – Nankong pullakŭi yosae

May 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Korean (North), Security, Sovereignty

난공불락의 요새 Nankong pullakŭi yosae (variations: 철옹성 ch’ŏlongsŏng, 철벽의 요새 ch’ŏlpyŏkŭi yosae) ‘Impregnable fortress’ Relates to sovereignty The necessity of turning the country into an impregnable fortress – be it in the face of a physical or psychological attack by the evil overseas forces – is a popular concept in North Korea. The curious logical […]

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Burmese – Lon chyon yei

May 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Burmese, Security

Lon chyon yēi‘ Relates to security Lon chyon yēi literally implies a sense of comforting envelopment as if wrapped in a blanket.  It may also be combined with the verb suffix seik cha (literally, mind-place down) or seik cha let cha (literally, hands-place down); both variants mean ‘trust’ or ‘rest assured’.  In contrast to its […]

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