Chinese Culture

Manchuria, the Manchus, and What It Means to Be Chinese

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China’s last imperial dynasty, the Qing (1644–1912), founded by ethnic Manchu invaders, was also one of its greatest. Known for its enlightened and capable early...

  • The Kangxi Emperor on tour, early 18th century, Qing Dynasty, China. (Wikimedia Commons)

    The Chinese Emperors Who Succeeded in Winning the Hearts and Minds of Generations

    Leaders of all types—presidents, CEOs, managers, parents—all grapple with the challenge of gaining and maintaining influence. Terrorists employ fear and desperation; politicians do it through... Read more

  • Whenever the name of Yi Zong was mentioned in the region, guilty people would become frightened and they would shiver though they weren’t cold. (Mei Hsu/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Shiver Though Not Cold (不寒而慄)

    During the reign of Emperor Wudi (156–87 B.C.) of the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – A.D. 23), there was a man named Yi Zong... Read more

  • This picture taken on June 20, 2015 shows dragon boats setting off on the annual race along a river in Binzhou, northeast China's Shandong province.  Dragon boat racing dates back over 2,000 years and has now developed into a serious sport on the calendar of many countries around the world. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    How a Poetic Martyr Inspired the Dragon Boat Festival

    The Duan Wu, or Dragon Boat festival, is one of the oldest and most popular traditional Chinese festivals. Celebrated on the fifth day of the... Read more

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    Fathers: Regain Your Manliness the Confucian Way

    Our modern world has put fatherhood in a tight spot. From a 50 percent divorce rate to a career of servitude in the office cell... Read more

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    How the Chinese Explained Dreams

    The famous theoretical essay “On the Equality of Things,” by ancient Daoist master and philosopher Zhuang Zi, ends with a cryptic passage in which the... Read more

  • A Charioteer and Chariot Horse are displayed as part of China's Terracotta Warriors display April 24, 2012 at Discovery Times Square in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Story of Ancient China’s Trojan Horse

    While many nations and kingdoms are known for their bravery in fighting to the death against superior forces, one ancient Chinese ruler did the exact... Read more

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    Why a 2,000-Year-Old Chinese Ship Design Still Holds Up

    Almost a century before Columbus sailed the ocean blue to America, Chinese admiral Zheng began the first of seven expeditions to explore the southern seas... Read more

  • Murong Xuecun, social critic, and one of China’s first Internet-based writers, had about 8.5 million followers on Weibo, before censors shut down his accounts in May 2013. Murong Xuecun is the pen name for Hao Qun.  He spoke May 28 at Freedom House, on “Culture and Control: The tightening grip of censorship in Xi’s China.” (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

    Chinese Literary Dissidents ‘Shadow’ Book Exposition

    WASHINGTON—An event meant to celebrate China’s literary life provided occasion for criticizing the regime’s censorship. This year in New York City on May, 27-29, China... Read more

  • An Japanese depiction of Wang Zhaojun from Edo period. (Wikimedia Commons)

    How One Woman Turned Back the Mongols and Brought Peace to China

    The Xiongnu were a group of nomadic tribes living north of the Great Wall. Ancestors of the modern Mongols, thousands of years ago they made... Read more

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    The Met’s Chinese Fashion Exhibit Neglects 94 Percent of Chinese Fashion

    The Metropolitan Museum’s new gargantuan fashion exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass, has its fair share of glamour-struck gawkers as well as apologists. It’s clear... Read more

  • A young woman practices Falun Dafa exercises on Nathan Phillips Square, May 17.(Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

    Celebrating in the Face of Persecution

    TORONTO—Today is a time to rejoice for these few hundred meditators who have gathered on Nathan Phillips Square, people who believe they’ve found the law... Read more

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    Shen Yun Performing Arts Begins ‘Journey to the West’ in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY—New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, a classical Chinese dance company, arrived here on the evening of May 6 to begin touring its new... Read more

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    Simplified Beyond Sense: The Travesty of Modern Chinese Writing

    Heartless love, depopulated villages. Flying with one wing, falling into a well—we are told this is “progress.” The above may sound like opening lines to... Read more

  • Sima Guang compiled the monumental historical chronicle “Zizhi Tongjian,” or the “Comprehensive Mirror to Aid in Government,” to serve as a reference for emperors in governing the country. (Zona Yeh/Epoch Times)

    Grand Book of History a ‘Mirror’ for Chinese Emperors

    Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) once asked his imperial historian Chu Suiliang, who kept meticulous records of Taizong’s words and deeds, whether he... Read more

  • Xun Shuang wrote about traditional values and etiquette during the Han Dynasty, quoting the classics in hopes of correcting the improper notions and actions of the people of his time. (Sandy Jean/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Quoting the Classics or Authoritative Works (引經據典)

    The Chinese idiom 引經據典 (yǐn jīng jù diǎn), which literally translates as “quote the classics, based on literary quotations or allusions,” means to quote extensively... Read more

  • Tai Si, respected queen during the Zhou Dynasty (1100 B.C. - 221 B.C.). She was the wife of the famous King Wen. (Wikipedia Commons)

    Move Over, Tiger Moms: Meet Three Amazing Mothers of Ancient China

    Recent years have seen the popularization of “tiger moms”—whose relentless, draconian measures supposedly guarantee their children successful, high-paying careers—in describing the archetypal Chinese mother.  ... Read more

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