Ancient Chinese Culture

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Doing Business, Confucian Style

Traditional Confucian values — “benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and trust” — sound like rather staid notions, more suitable for a refined scholar of literature than a go-go entrepreneur. But cases abound through Chinese history of Confucian businessmen, who built vast commercial empires…

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The Birth of Chinese Characters

Historical documentation from China credits Cang Jie with the inspiration for creating Chinese characters as a system of writing. The celebrated Yellow Emperor’s official historian, Cang Jie was reputedly endowed…

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Beating Swords Into Plowshares

“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.”

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A Tale of the Heroine Luyun

Gao Yuting was a very dutiful son. Soon after he was appointed to be the mayor of Tuyang County, he invited his 70-year-old mother, Madam Yu, to stay with him. The…

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The Great Chinese Historian Sima Qian

Legacy of the book Shiji has a deep impact, with passion for his country and a determination to fulfill his mission to keep an accurate record of history. Sima Qian…

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Doing Business, Confucian Style

Traditional Confucian values — “benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and trust” — sound like rather staid notions, more suitable for a refined scholar of literature than a go-go entrepreneur. But cases abound through…

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A Righteous Mind Can Turn Things Around

There once was a man in ancient China who was always jealous and couldn’t stand seeing good things happen to others. Consequently, bad things started happening to him. When he…