The Commoner Who Became a Legendary Chinese Emperor
Welcome to Tea with Erping.Have you heard of Qin Shi Huang, the emperor who united China? How about Kublai Khan, the mighty Mongolian warrior who invaded China and established the Yuan Dynasty? Or perhaps the...
The Miraculous Healing Effects of Good Music
During World War II, the U.S. Army field hospitals were filled with wounded soldiers. In hot weather, with hordes of mosquitoes and a severe shortage of medicine, the rate of surgical infection and mortality was...
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Stories From the Students’ Rules (1): At Home, Be Dutiful to Parents
The “Standards for Being a Good Student and Child” (Di Zi Gui, 弟子規) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches morals and proper etiquette. It was written by Li Yuxiu in the Qing...
One of ancient China’s great medical doctors and herbalists, Sun Simiao was said to have lived to be 141 years old.
An Ancient Chinese Doctor’s ‘Cure-all’ for Nourishing the Mind and Body
One of ancient China’s great medical doctors and herbalists, Sun Simiao (孫思邈), was said to have lived to be 141 years old. He lived through three dynasties, was indifferent to fame and fortune, and held...
The Silk Road: Sharing Culture and Culinary Traditions
For thousands of years, the East and West remained a mystery to one another. But the birth of the Silk Road acted as a bridge that allowed people to share ideas and heritage, feeding the...
The literary giant Su Shi was also an effective and honest official who used his fortitude to help the people he governed. The literary giant Su Shi was also an effective and honest official who used his fortitude to help the people he governed.
Su Shi, the Ancient Poet Who Put the People First
One of the greatest literati of ancient China, the ancient poet Su Shi (蘇軾), also known by his alias Su Dongpo (蘇東坡), was not just an accomplished man of letters, but also a dedicated and...
The 10 Admonishments of Imperial Official Lin Zexu (Part 2)
Continued from Part 1 Lin Zexu (林則徐, 1785-1850) was an honest official in the late Qing Dynasty known for his strict crackdown against the opium trade in southern China. In 1839, he made a tour...
A statue of Lin Zexu in Chatham Square in New York City’s Chinatown.
The 10 Admonishments of Imperial Official Lin Zexu (Part 1)
Lin Zexu (林則徐, 1785-1850) was an honest official in the late Qing Dynasty known for his strict crackdown against the opium trade. In 1839, he made a tour of Macao and, seeing the ills plaguing...
The Magnanimous Emperor Taizong
In the 7th century A.D., China’s Sui Dynasty collapsed. Wasteful policies and civil war devastated the country and its people. Moving out from their northern stronghold of Taiyuan, aristocrat Li Yuan and his sons raised...