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Celebrating the Year of the Monkey: Chinese New Year 2016

Happy and joyful Year of the Monkey! (Catherine Chang/Epoch Times)
Happy and joyful Year of the Monkey! (Catherine Chang/Epoch Times)

We are now shifting from the Year of the Goat to the Year of the Monkey. While the Year of the Goat (2015) is a...

  • Empress-Dowager Mingde of the Han Dynasty instructs the young princes in the Confucian classics in this scene from the “Album of Virtuous Empresses in Successive Dynasties,” by Qing Dynasty court painter Jiao Bingzhen. (Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons)

    Family Literacy: Lifelong Learning Across Generations

    When parents and children enjoy being together while learning and improving skills, it creates the perfect conditions for strengthening family relationships and enhancing lifelong learning... Read more

  • January being Mentoring Month is a good opportunity to explore how a mentor can help you improve in your work life, school life, or personal life in the coming year. Consider that not only someone you can directly meet with in person can serve as your mentor, but also historical figures from the past. (Lisa F. Young/Fotolia)

    Mentoring Month: Insights From Historical Figures in Ancient China

    If you have a New Year’s resolution for 2016, whether related to improving yourself in your work life, school life, or personal life, you might... Read more

  • Wu Zixu, a key general and minister in the Warring States Period. (Wang Shuang-K'uan/Epoch Times)

    Fortify Your New Year’s Resolutions With These 5 Chinese Legends

    Like any other commitment made to yourself, New Year’s resolutions may seem to be a dime a dozen, to be broken or forgotten on a... Read more

  • Enjoy fresh, new beginnings in 2016. May the New Year bring health and happiness, realized potentials, and welcomed opportunities to make aspirations come true. (Ian Kruft)

    A New Year Ignites New Beginnings

    In the spirit of the New Year, as anticipation of positive change and renewal fills the air, the Epoch Times would like to share some... Read more

  • People who received kindness pay honour to their benefactor. “To have virtuous citizens who are kind to their neighbours, this is precious treasure for a country,” an ancient Chinese saying goes. (Zhiching Chen/Epoch Times)

    The Spirit of Giving and Charity in Ancient China

    As we prepare for and take part in holiday festivities this time of year, celebration and merriment may come with increased demands that can add... Read more

  • A Ming Dynasty painting depicting the “Three Friends of Winter”—the pine, bamboo, and plum blossom—titled “Three Friends and 100 Birds” by artist Bian Wenjin, also known as Bian Jingzhao. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Winter Solstice: Chinese Sayings That Warm the Heart

    Winter in the Northern Hemisphere officially starts at the winter solstice on Dec. 21 or 22 this year, depending on the time zone. For those... Read more

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    Chopsticks: Their Origin and Significance

    Now made ubiquitous by the spread of Asian cuisine, chopsticks have been the dining utensil of choice in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam for thousands... Read more

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    The Oldest and Most Important Chinese Painting Masterpieces at the MET

    It is not often that a Chinese painting on rice paper survives over 1,000 years so that we can view it intact, in all its... Read more

  • n illustration of the poem "Cry of the Ospreys" (Xin Yuan/Yun Shang/Epoch Times)

    Marriage or Chastity? The Story Behind a Chinese Proverb

    In ancient China, widows who decided not to remarry were considered models of loyalty and chastity. At the same time, when it came to major... Read more

  • He Huaihong (L), professor of philosophy at Peking University in Beijing, and Cheng Li, director, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution, discuss moral decay and ethical awakening in China, at Brookings on Nov. 6. (Gary Feuerberg/Epoch Times)

    Confucian Scholar Confronts the Lack of Trust and Kindness in China

    WASHINGTON—In a book recently published by Brookings Institution Press, Chinese professor He Huaihong proposes a new social ethics for a society that many observers, both... Read more

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    Heaven, Earth, and the Moral Foundations of Chinese Faith

    The ancient sage Confucius, who advocated the five cardinal virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faith, taught that the roots of benevolence lie in... Read more

  • A depiction of Tang Dynasty empress Zhangsun and her husband, Taizong.

    The Chinese Empresses Whose Wisdom Enriched Dynastic Rule

    Throughout China’s long history, many dynasties were established by men of strength and ambition. Yet the wise and virtuous women who stood alongside them were... Read more

  • Young Chinese women play the classical, and complicated, guqin, a relative of the zither family. (China Photos/Getty Images)

    Ancient China: When Society Was Regulated With Music and Ritual

    One of the very first pieces of recorded Chinese literature is the “Classic of Poetry,” a collection of 3,000-year-old lyrics and verses of the early... Read more

  • Tourists at the National Palace Museum in Taipei in this file photo.  (SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Upcoming Southern Expansion of Taiwan’s National Palace Museum

    Fans of traditional Chinese and Asian culture will be pleased to learn that a series of major expansions are coming to Taiwan’s National Palace Museum,... Read more

  • The statues of the Terracotta Warriors from 210-209 BC that were berried with Emperor Qin, the First Emperor of China, are on display along with other artifacts found in Times Square at the Discovery Museum on May 15, 2012. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

    Bringing Down a Demon Tyrant: Good vs. Evil in a Chinese Folktale

    Righteousness, or “yì,” is second of five cardinal Chinese virtues—the others being benevolence, courtesy, wisdom, and faith—first taught by Confucius and passed down in the... Read more

  • Detail of "Ten Thousand Miles of the Yangtze River," a Ming Dynasty painting (Public Domain)

    The Two Brides: An Ancient Chinese Tale of Benevolence

    For thousands of years, the Five Cardinal Virtues—benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom, and faith—have guided the Chinese people in governance, family, and individual conduct. First taught... Read more

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