Traditions

Consistently high house prices in China have long been a difficult problem for the country, leaving the government powerless and the people complaining. (Image: via  pixabay /  CC0 1.0)

Traditional Chinese Culture in Taiwan

When I chatted with my friend who immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States, he said he liked the Taiwanese. I asked him why. He said that the Taiwanese have no “party culture,” and they retain good interpersonal relationships.…

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was the son of King Aeolus of Thessaly and Enarete. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Myth of Sisyphus

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was the son of King Aeolus of Thessaly and Enarete. He was the founder and first king of Ephyra (glorious city of Corinth). The stories portray him as being a cunning, selfish ruler who mocked and killed travelers and guests, mistreated…

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A Wise Monk Outsmarted the Emperor of China

Dihui means slander, and just as his name suggests, wise monk Dihui liked to express his opinions on current events, and condemn anything and anyone at will. Dihui was a…

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The Buddha’s Bead Chain

The Buddha’s bead chain was enshrined in a temple on a high cliff face. There was only one dangerous trail down the shear cliff face for the temple’s monks to…

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Chinese Virtues for Frugal Living

When I was a child, I had to follow many household rules and learn about ancient Chinese virtues. Like, I had to eat every last grain of rice in my…

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The Origin of White Peony Tea

White peony tea (白牡丹茶; bái mǔ dān chá) is classified as white tea. The shape of the tea is like a flower of green leaves, with a white center of…

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8 Traditional Chinese Wedding Gifts

When friends and loved ones get married, you want to choose a gift they can appreciate and cherish as they begin their life together. Careful selection of weddings gifts was…

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Jasmine Tea and the Gratitude Fairy

Jasmine Tea (茉莉花茶) is named “the spring scent of China,” and it is a blend of both tea leaves and fresh jasmine flowers. The tea absorbs the fragrance of the…

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A Girl Could Not Escape Her Fate

In the Qing Dynasty, an official tried to help his daughter escape fate after he hired a well-known Chinese fortune teller to reveal his daughter’s fortune. “She faces an early…

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Confucius and Lao Zi Discuss Etiquette

Confucius once asked the sage Lao Zi, who wrote the Tao Te Ching, about etiquette in past dynasties. This encounter of theirs was well-known in ancient times, and people can…

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Evanston, Illinois’ Independence Day Event

On the 4th of July, Independence Day, the Grand Parade celebration is a yearly tradition in Evanston, Illinois. It reaches back nearly 100 years. Ms. Mary Ellen Lydon, Director of…