Short Stories

Chinese college students in the early 1980s. (Image: Susan Ruel)

Friends All Over the World (Chapter 5)

Friends All Over the World, from Susan Ruel’s novel Shanghai Friendship Store, portrays the claustrophobic social lives of a small, insular “foreign expert“ community in the 1980s. Shanghai had long been known as China’s most Westernized city. Yet, during this…

Strong willpower and an optimistic mood can overcome disease, which can make people stronger and live longer. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

6 Tales of Enlightenment

1. The tumor One of my friends was a doctor. He told me that once during an operation to remove a cancerous tumor for a patient, after he opened up the affected area, he found that he couldn’t cut out…

A poor person is bragging to his friends. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

The Poor Man Who Bragged

A poor man bragged to his friends: “I am not very rich, but I have all of life’s necessities.” Then he counted his fingers and said: “Except for a dragon vehicle and a phoenix wagon.”

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Friends All Over the World (Chapter 5)

Friends All Over the World, from Susan Ruel’s novel Shanghai Friendship Store, portrays the claustrophobic social lives of a small, insular “foreign expert“ community in the 1980s. Shanghai had long…

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6 Tales of Enlightenment

1. The tumor One of my friends was a doctor. He told me that once during an operation to remove a cancerous tumor for a patient, after he opened up…

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Bragging

There were two people who loved to brag. One day, they ran into each other. They talked about “giants.”

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A Truly Frugal Man

There was an old man who was very rich, but very thrifty. For his daily meals, he would only eat rice and dip his chopsticks in salt to get some…

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Drink and Get Awakened

A man went to a banquet. He was drunk at home before he went to the banquet and his face was red and flushed.

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A Monk Fed Mosquitoes

There was a monk who made a wish to feed mosquitoes with his own blood. At night, there were so many mosquitoes that he felt it was unbearable. He then…

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The Poor Man Who Bragged

A poor man bragged to his friends: “I am not very rich, but I have all of life’s necessities.” Then he counted his fingers and said: “Except for a dragon…

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Spare Me a Poor Beggar, Please!

One day when Mr. Zhang and Mr. Li were traveling together, a large sedan chair carrying a rich man, followed by many servants, was headed their direction.

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Punishment for Three-Name Worms

When the dragon, commander of all animals, decided to punish worms with three names, both earthworms and maggots decided to take refuge.