The Chinese statesman, military general, and Confucian scholar of the late Qing Dynasty, Tseng Guo-fan (1811-1872) was best known for raising and organizing the Xiang Army, and restoring the stability of the Qing Empire. He was also regarded as a model Confucian official.
Empress Ma was married to Emperor Ming of the Eastern Han Dynasty. He was strict in not allowing relatives from her side of the family to gain power or to ascend to high ranking posts. When Empress Ma‘s adopted son, Liu Da,…
If you have been to Japan, you know that its people have deeply entrenched traditions about removing their shoes before entering homes and other indoor places.
I have such fond memories of my childhood in China. The more that modern society advances, the more I miss the simple way of life that I experienced when I was young.
As parents, we like to see our children grow up to become someone that we can be proud of — a person with a good character, a successful job, a loving spouse, and beautiful children. However, in an effort to achieve…
Many years ago in China, a number of peasants staged a mass exodus out of a village plagued by prolonged drought. Lao Wang joined the ranks of refugees with his only worldly possession, a bag of potatoes.
Laocai was a butcher who had killed countless animals. One day, his neighbor, Laowang, brought him a black dog. Laowang said he found the dog in the mountain and wanted Laocai to kill it. The dog had black hair all…
Lithuania is a beautiful country in Northern Europe. It is one of the three Baltic states, along with Latvia and Estonia, which lie directly across the Baltic Sea from Sweden and Denmark.
Nurhaci, the founder of the Qing Dynasty, established the Eight Banners. Initially, there were only four colored banners that represented four different military units: yellow, white, blue, and red.
“Beating swords into plowshares” is a saying that dates back 4,000 years to a story of the legendary ruler Xia Yu, also known as “Yu the Great.”