Chinese Culture

Flower searching at Qujiang (曲江探花)

Editor’s note: In the Mid-Autumn Festival dice game, the prize categories are named after these examination titles. The first to sixth prize categories are named as zhuang yuan, bangyan, tanhua, jinshi, juren and xiucai, respectively. To select capable people to help govern the country, Emperor Wen Di of the Sui Dynasty (581-618) established an imperial …

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Chinese surnames

During the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), the book A Hundred Chinese Clan Names became popular. In it are collected all the Chinese surnames in use at that time, arranged in four-character lines of which all even-numbered ones are rhymed. Although there is no coherence in subject and no apparent connection between one line and the …

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School on mission to serve Chinese healing arts

The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God’s Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine has a new mission: to go into the business of training practitioners in age-old healing therapies in order to accommodate the growing popularity of alternative and traditional cures. Starting this September, SMIC-ITCM will start offering certificate courses in …

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The early birds of China: Million years of Paleontological treasure

Paleontology – the study of fossils, the remains and traces of past life – offers us a glimpse of the environment and evolution of the natural world from the distant past. Paleontologists assiduously search for fossil evidences, incorporating all available data from rocks and fossils in order to dig further into Earth’s history. The oldest …

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Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival (中秋節) is one of two occasions during the year when Tsinoys are reminded of their Chineseness (the other is the Spring Festival or lunar new year). This is when all our Filipino friends would remind us to give them mooncakes. So familiar are they with the festival that Filipinos …

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