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1000 BCE:Book of Poetry #12: The Magpie’s Nest

How times have changed! When I started studying Chinese, in the last days of the Mao Dynasty (Mao’s son Mao Anying was killed during the Korean War supposedly when, against advice, he left shelter to go out and cook egg … Continue reading

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2019: HK Writer Hon Lai-chu — “Today’s Is Not the Only Reality”

Years of passionate protest for legality and citizen rights in Hong Kong by great numbers of people came to an end with what now seems to be the now seemingly definitive subjugation of the Hong Kong rights movement. Only a … Continue reading

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The Book of Poetry’s Wandering Goddess of Wuhan: Mortal or Goddess or Both?

In reading ancient Chinese texts, be they medical texts like the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon of Medicine Huangdi Neijing 皇帝内经 or ancient philosophical or literary texts like the Book of Odes aka Book of Poetry aka Book of Songs Shijing … Continue reading

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Poem: Song of the Hammer and Sickle Gang

Today on Twitter I saw a poem by Ilshat H. Kokbore @HKokbore apparently inspired by photos of a woman clothed in the flag of the Chinese Communist Party — a hammer and sickle, representing the workers and the peasants, with … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Ye Fu’s “Requiem for a Landlord” — A Son Parades His Landlord Father Through the Streets

Numbers, even vast numbers just are numbers. Stories make them real.  Like the numbingly incomprehensive numbers of people killed in the Holocaust and then specifics about individual people that we can see in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and … Continue reading

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Plagues Then and Now: That Song Dynasty Plague Sounds Familiar!

Does History Repeat itself? Maybe we can learn from past epidemics. Or maybe we can’t depending on how foolish we are. Thinking in broad terms — in the old days people thought demons played a big part in plague, today … Continue reading

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Wuhan Diary #28: The 32nd Day of the Wuhan City Closure — February 23, 2020

February 23 32nd Day of the Wuhan City Closure From yesterday evening to today all the WeChat and microblogs were blocked because of the online video of the “cussing out Wuhan” video by “Wuhan Sister-in-law”. I’ve seen it many times … Continue reading

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Wuhan Diary #27: The 31st Day of the Wuhan City Closure — February 22, 2020

February 22, 2020 31st Day of the Wuhan City Closure Today I got an express package delivery – something I had ordered on January 22 before the city closed – that took a whole month to be delivered. That’s a … Continue reading

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Wuhan Diary #3: Seventh Day of the Wuhan City Closure — January 29, 2020

Seventh Day of the Wuhan City Closure — January 29, 2020 I cried softly as I read the article “Mama Passed Away in Wuhan Quarantine”. I forwarded the article to my mother, telling her that she must take good care … Continue reading

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2017: SF Hugo Winner Liu Cixin: Tough Road Ahead for Traditional Science Fiction

Liu Cixin, author of the Hugo SF award winning novel The “Three Body Problem” on SF today by the Chinese agency Xinhua in Helsinki in an August 2017 interview. Liu says that news of cutting edge scientific achievements is commonplace … Continue reading

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