Jessica Kneipp

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Jessica grew up in the tropics of North Australia. She writes about films, and occasionally gets to write and direct them. She has a love of silent films, they are the closest she will ever get to "time travel." However, on some real travels she spotted a polar bear while visiting the Arctic, and has enjoyed the view of the Mongolian plains on a train from Russia to China. Her favorite fruit is pomegranate and her most memorable gift is a Super 8 camera from her husband, which she is keen to shoot some footage of Antarctic icebergs on one day.  

In Ancient China, Knot Tying Was a Special Art Form

Beautiful and elaborate, intricate while following simple rules, knot tying is part of China’s 5,000-year history, and prehistoric records attest to their use in recording all manner of important events. There are a number of Chinese sayings that explain the role of knot tying in ancient China, like “to tie knots in a string for […]

Qingming Festival: Chinese Honor Ancestors and Spring

The Qingming Festival is also known as the Tomb-Sweeping Day or the Pure Brightness Festival. It falls on April 4, 5, and 6 in the Western calendar. The number “four” is a homophone for the word “death” in Chinese. So double numbers (such as the date 4/4) are usually not considered auspicious. However, April 4 is considered […]

How the Chinese Phoenix Got Its Feathers

The Chinese phoenix, also known as Fenghuang, is regarded as the epitome of all birds, an omen that foretells harmony, and a symbol of high virtue, prosperity, compassion, and grace. Fenghuang is believed to have been born from the sun (or out of fire) and is considered the ruler of all birds, for it embodies […]

Aboriginal Easter Tradition Reflects the Heart of the People in Film ‘Wawu Divine Hope’

The film Wawu Divine Hope tells the story of Hope Vale, which is situated in Australia’s Cape York Peninsula. Here, the Guugu Yimidhirr people are deeply connected to their Aboriginal culture and the divine. Every year, they celebrate a tradition in the week leading up to Easter where the community comes together to transform the […]

London Contemporary Voices: Charming Revival of the Joys of Choral Singing

The London Contemporary Voices (LCV) is a unique and contemporary choir based in London. I have been thoroughly enjoying revisiting a few videos of theirs, especially from the Mahogany Sessions I have come across of late. It seems they gig with some quite big names, working with artists such as Imogen Heap, Amber Run, Jarvis Cocker, Nitin […]

Child Prodigy Gets Compared to Mozart but Is Happy Just Being Herself

Musical child prodigy Alma Deutscher started playing piano at two and violin at three. By the age of six, she had composed her own piano sonata and her first opera by seven. At nine, she wrote a concerto for violin and orchestra, completed her first piano concerto at 12, and two years on, sold out her debut […]

The Timeless Story of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King

One of the most famous Chinese legends concerns the Monkey King, or Sun Wukong, known to the Chinese as a character from Journey to the West, one of China’s classic novels. The Monkey King created havoc in Heaven, and even the celestial warriors couldn’t subdue him. With the help of Lord Lao Zi and the God Erlang Sheng, the best […]

Incredible Ancient Art of Chinese Face Reading

Chinese face reading, also known as physiognomy, has a history going back thousands of years in China. In ancient China, there was a saying: “If you want to know whether someone is wise, just look at their forehead; if you want to know about a person’s reputation, nobleness, wealth, blessings, and longevity, look at their […]

Your Appearance Reflects the Quality of Your Heart

The phrase “physiognomy from the heart” means that your appearance is the reflection of your emotions, and that your thoughts and deeds are reflected in your facial expressions. In other words, your appearance will show what is in your heart. If you are joyous, you will have a pleasant, peaceful, and harmonious countenance, and make others feel […]

Why the Color Yellow Filled the World of Ancient Chinese Culture

According to legend, the patriarch of Chinese civilization was the Yellow Emperor. The birthplace of Chinese civilization was the Yellow Earth Plateau (Loess Plateau). The cradle of the Chinese nation was the Yellow River, and the descendants of the Yellow Emperor have yellowish skin. Since ancient times, the color yellow has been an integral part […]

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