Category: Soul of China

A noble man thinks of others

Yang Zhu (揚翥), the minister of rites of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) during the 15th century, was the sincerest, noblest person held in the highest esteem in his time. Born to a poor family,...

Upright and honest leaders

We have two anecdotes for this issue. Around 1453 (Ming Dynasty), when Xu Pu (徐溥) was still a student, he placed two bottles at the side of his study table. He also prepared black...

Zhang Sheng: a patriot beyond compare

A fter conquering the Liang (梁) capital, Jian Kang (建康, now Nanjing), Liang’s renegade general Hou Jing (後景) sent an army led by military superintendent Hou Zi Jian (侯子鑒) from the middle army to...

Queen’s benign influence

Queen Du Gu (獨孤), wife of Emperor Sui Wen Di (隋文帝 581-601 AD), was of noble origin. Even as a queen, she did not abuse her power or yearn for and seek vanity. Rather,...

Ming Dynasty patriots

In this issue, we share with you two stories about Ming patriots who fought against the Manchurian army in the mid-17th century. The Manchurians overran China in 1644, signaling the ascent of the Qing...

Between father, family and nation

Zheng Zi Long (鄭子龍), a famous pirate and marine merchant during the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), was awarded amnesty and served as Ming general. He would later resist the Manchurian or Qing conquest. In the...

Qing Wen Sheng, the gracious martyr

The founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1363-1644), Zhu Yuan Zhang (朱元璋), followed the tradition of previous dynasties to set up the deng wen drum (登聞鼓) at the capital. The drum was for common...

A scholar’s commitment to his blind lady

Liu Ting Shi (劉庭式) passed the imperial examination jinshi (進士) during the reign of Song Ren Zong (宋仁宗, 1022-1063) and joined the state bureaucracy. Before all this, he had agreed to marry a lady...

Not allowing the emperor to pass

Sometime in August 1517, Ming Emperor Wu Zong (武宗) wanted to go out of Ju Yong Guan (居庸關), a strategic pass of the Great Wall, to inspect Xuan Fu (宣府). Upon learning of this,...

Putting people’s welfare first

In the winter of 1452, Wang Ao (王翱) was designated by Ming Emperor Zhu Qi Yu (朱祁鈺) as imperial envoy to the Huai River (淮河) region of Anhui (安徽) and Jiangsu (江蘇) provinces, as...