By PAULINE D LOH | China Daily He is known as Zao Jun, the Kitchen God, a fair-faced celestial who spends only a few days in the heavenly court of the Jade Emperor. For most of the year, he presides over the heart and hearth of earthly households, guarding the livestock, the servants, and most of all, the cooking stoves. He is privy to the … Continue reading Domestic God of the inner sanctum
BY THE EDITOR As we are formally into the Year of the Pig, our editors have selected some notable Chinese people who has, or had, the lovely animal as their zodiac. Below is our list. Enjoy, and we wish you a prosperous Year of the Pig ahead! Fu Yuanhui / 傅园慧 Jan 7, 1996 Swimmer / Olympian medalist Fu won a bronze medal at the … Continue reading Notable Chinese people born in the Year of the Pig
BY SILVI WRITER It’s a day to fight off the demon, using firecrackers According to a Chinese legend, there was a demon named Nian (年). It would come about every New Year’s Eve. Most people would hide in their homes. But one boy was brave enough to fight him off using firecrackers. The next day, people celebrated their survival by setting off even more firecrackers. It’s … Continue reading Don’t do hair-cut! Things you may not know about Chinese New Year
BY THE EDITOR You may think you know Shenzhen (深圳), the burgeoning city in southern China’s coastal Guangdong province, quite well. Dubbed China’s tech hub, this booming city has incubated some of the world’s most influential tech firms like Tencent, DJI, Huawei, etc, in the past decades. The once “small fishing village”, in the language of China’s official propaganda apparatus, is now a vibrant … Continue reading Is it true that SHENZHEN was “a Small Fishing Village”?
BY SILVI WRITER BBC Culture this year polled 209 critics in 43 countries to find the best in world cinema – 100 greatest foreign-language films. 13 Chinese-language films were selected, as below. How many have you seen? No. 98, In the Heat of the Sun/阳光灿烂的日子 A 1994 Chinese film directed and written by Jiang Wen. This was Jiang Wen’s first foray into directing … Continue reading The Greatest Chinese films: Have you seen?