China's four beautiful women: Shih Tzu, Wang Zhaojun, Yang Yuhuan, and Diao Chan. (Image:  wikimedia  /  CC0 1.0)

China’s Big Four

China has a long history and profound culture. From the four classic novels to the four talented women, some netizens came up with more of China’s Big Four after going through all aspects of China’s history and culture.

The ability to let go is related to the strength of the metal element in your body. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Metal: The Purist

The ability to let go is related to the strength of the metal element in our body. The lungs and the large intestine are the organs that correspond with the metal element. These are the only two organs that open…

The ancient Chinese understood food in relation to the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang — the principles that form the backbone of traditional Chinese medicine. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Yin-Yang of Foods

In an earlier article on food for health and wellness, you learned about the Japanese dish yuki nabe, or “snow” hot pot, made with daikon and tofu. This article is about why a dish of fish and burdock root, known…

Shanghai smoked fish is one of the most famous of Huaiyang cuisines.  (Image:  Hsuyi Shih/Taste of Life)

Shanghai Smoked Fish

Most people have heard of the masterpiece Dream of the Red Chamber, one of China’s four great classical novels. Yet, few may realize that the dishes described in the novel are Huaiyang cuisine, which originates from China’s Jiangsu Province. This region was…

Most Americans are unaware that pumpkin seeds are very healthy. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Pumpkin Seeds Pack a Punch

Every year, come late November, cooks in small towns and big cities all over America scoop out precious pumpkins seeds and toss them away, with only the very committed cooks setting the seeds aside to serve later as snacks. This…

A traveler saw an old woman standing beside a rain-swollen creek after a heavy downpour. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

2 Uplifting Stories

The traveler A traveller saw an old woman standing beside a rain-swollen creek after a heavy downpour. She seemed worried and reluctant to cross. The traveller walked over and kindheartedly asked the woman: “Do you want me to carry you…

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Earthing: Our Vital Connection to the Earth

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