to raise; to hoist; to promote; pint
Literally: "bamboo rise". Originally as 竹竿 (zhúgān, “a bamboo pole”), but changed to 竹升 since 竿 (gān) and 降 (jiàng, “reduce, lower”) sound alike in Cantonese. Used figuratively and sometimes pejoratively to refer to Chinese raised overseas, likening them to bamboo poles which are hollow inside, signifying the lack of Chinese culture in their knowledge.
- jook-sing (an overseas-born Chinese person)
- thick bamboo pole