Beijing releases 10 Chinese-English Peking opera classics

Ten bilingual Chinese- English editions of Jingju (京劇 Peking opera or Beijing opera) classics were released inBeijing last Dec. 27. Peking opera is a quintessential part of Chinese culture. Though the lyrics are rich in meaning it is difficult to express them in other languages, which greatly hinders foreigners from understanding and enjoying the art …

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China’s 24 solar terms on cultural heritage list

China’s Twenty-Four Solar Terms has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, according to the UN committee. China’s “24 solar terms” is a knowledge system and social practice formed through observation of the sun’s annual motion, and an understanding of a whole year’s changes of season, climate and phenology. …

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Sinan Museum open 24/7

Since the beginning of 2017, Sinan Mansions (思南公館) has become an open-air museum featuring 51 historical buildings dating back from the early 1900s. Visitors can scan QR codes printed on building facades to read about the history of each building. They can also listen to audio clips recorded by volunteers. Unlike a regular museum, the …

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Eat less, live more

How often have you heard someone say, “I’m so full I can’t eat another bite?” Unfortunately, although the stomach may appear satisfied, this “all-you-can-eat” habit may actually reduce one’s lifespan. Eating less may be the new secret to prolonging life. One piece of evidence comes from the people living in Okinawa Island, Japan, which boasts …

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Music Lessons

You know you’re Tsinoy when you have a piano in your living room and had piano lessons whether you wanted to or not. We had a high-quality piano when I was growing up. My mom bought it at a hugely discounted price from a friend who was migrating to the US. With the piano came …

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2016: Year in Review

2016 was replete with surprises, twists and turns in-country. President Duterte made the headlines around the world with his merciless stance on drugs; the Philippines woke up to the surprise burial of Marcos; and we finally won exclusive sovereign rights within its economic zones in some disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea. As we …

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2017 Year of the Rooster

This year’s Chinese New Year falls on Jan. 28, the Rooster year. Rooster is related to gold which indicates luxury, beauty and wealth. Rooster is also connected to the season of autumn or harvest time and people can experience relaxing or joyful time enjoying the fruits of their diligence. Malaysian-based spiritual feng shui practitioner Lilian …

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A few ‘cocktails’

This year, starting on Saturday Jan. 28, the Rooster reigns, his early morning cock-a-doodle-doo proclaiming the start of a new day. The 10th animal in the Chinese Zodiac will struct through our lives for the next 12 months. The Rooster figures prominently in many cultures, as these four stories show. How the rooster got his …

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