Traditions

A small foot in China was no different to a tiny waist in Victorian England, representing the height of female refinement.

The History of Foot Binding in China

Imagine massaging your 3-year-old daughter’s feet, then you grab her little toes and curl them under her foot, then you press with excessive force downward and squeeze them into the sole of the foot until her toes break. There is…

The 2017 Hakka Expo held in Taipei, Taiwan, attracted hundreds of thousands of people. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

An Expo That Features Hakka Culture

To promote Hakka culture, Taiwan’s Hakka Affairs Council (客家委員會) has organized the Hakka Expos in Taipei once every two years. This year’s event was held at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall from December 2-10, 2017 and attracted…

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The History of Foot Binding in China

Imagine massaging your 3-year-old daughter’s feet, then you grab her little toes and curl them under her foot, then you press with excessive force downward and squeeze them into the…

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An Expo That Features Hakka Culture

To promote Hakka culture, Taiwan’s Hakka Affairs Council (客家委員會) has organized the Hakka Expos in Taipei once every two years. This year’s event was held at the Taipei World Trade…

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In Ancient China, Tying Knots Was an Art Form

Beautiful and elaborate, intricate while following simple rules, knots are part of China’s 5,000-year history, and prehistoric records attest to their use in recording all manner of important events.

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Chinese Lanterns Bring Luck, Carry Wishes

“It is a lucky charm!” a Chinese friend exclaimed, presenting me with one of those pretty, red Chinese lanterns. I soon learned that Chinese lanterns can also communicate news of birth,…

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From Chinese Antiquity, Tea Has a Long History

As one of the most popular drinks in the world, tea has celebrated a triumphant procession into almost every household. The tea plant’s rich history began in China, where the…

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9 Quotes for Life

The following nine quotes are not words mentioned by celebrities, but they are enlightenments worth sharing with others, especially when you are in a predicament:

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13 Taboos to Avoid When Using Chopsticks

Chopsticks have been a part of Chinese life since ancient times. Chopsticks come with customs and rules of proper usage. These rules are very particular, but are followed quite naturally…

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More Chinese Sages in History

The Sage of Calligraphy, Wang Xizhi Wang Xizhi was the most famous calligrapher in Chinese history. His work Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion is among the…

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Chinese Sages in History

‘The Great Sage,’ Confucius Confucius was born in the Lu state in the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history (771-476 B.C.). His real name was Kong Qiu, despite founding…

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We Are in the Midst of an Ethical Crisis

Ethics is the discipline relating to right and wrong. This discipline constitutes moral obligation, moral principles and values, and moral character. Ethics and morality are synonymous terms, meaning “customs” in…

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An Ailment Worth Having

Let’s listen to this dialogue between a physician and his patient in ancient China.

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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…