Chinese Culture

What Xi Jinping Could Learn From a Chinese Emperor About Anti-Corruption

From Album of the Yongzheng Emperor in Costumes, by anonymous court artists, Yongzheng period (1723—35). (Wikimedia Commonms)
From Album of the Yongzheng Emperor in Costumes, by anonymous court artists, Yongzheng period (1723—35). (Wikimedia Commonms)

Xi Jinping, head of the Chinese regime, has been making headlines over the last two years for his sweeping anti-corruption campaign that has disciplined tens...

  • Detail of Peach Blossom Spring, painted by Ming Dynasty-era artist Qiu Ying (Public Domain)

    A German’s Understanding of Ancient Chinese Poets

    The German author Hermann Hesse, known for his work about nature and his fascination with Eastern cultures and thought, penned a short, fairytale-like story set... Read more

  • A Qing Dynasty-era depiction of Queen Tai Si (Public Domain)

    The Mandate of Heaven, an Auspicious Marriage, and China’s Longest Dynasty

    The “Classic of Poetry” contains the earliest known examples of Chinese literature. While its 300-some poems, odes, and songs were compiled by the sage Confucius,... Read more

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

    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... Read more

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    Traditional Chinese Food: 8 Sizzling Sichuan Dishes

    Hot, hot, hot! That’s what normally comes to mind when people think about food from Sichuan, home to sizzling, tongue-numbing peppers and chilies. China’s rich... Read more

  • "Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies" book in New York on July 14, 2015. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    ‘Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies': A World of Tradition

    Sometimes you don’t have to write a new book to create a new experience when a well-crafted, illustrated edition of a classic gem will do... Read more

  • A Mongol melee in the 13th century. (Public Domain)

    How Imperial China’s Campaign to Fend Off Barbarians Opened the Silk Road

    Over 2,000 years ago, the Han Dynasty had unified China and was looking to expand north and west for trade and to secure its borders... Read more

  • 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

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