The Title Character

Author Margaret Zhao explains the meaning of the beautiful Chinese character that appears on the book cover.

The Chinese character that you see in our book title is called Zhen. The “Zh” sound is pronounced like the “ds” in the word “hands,” or “Dsen.” Zhen means really, truth, authentic, and sincere. It also has a special meaning to me that you will discover only when you read the book. If you study this character, you can see that the top looks like a cross, which is the Chinese word for “tenThe middle rectangular section means “eyes.” Look closely and you will see that the square is like an eye with three eyelashes. The bottom section has two legs walking. Together these symbols say:

With ten eyes watching, what one sees is real, true, authentic, and sincere.

Really! 真!”

Margaret Zhao