CULTURE

Ancient China: How a Child Emperor Conquered a Powerful General

It’s quite evident that the murder of Hamlet’s father was just the beginning of the prince’s troubles. Ruled by his emotions and clouded by a bloodthirsty desire for vengeance, Hamlet couldn’t see clearly enough to peacefully bring his uncle to justice, and ended up destroying the entire royal family. However, if Prince Hamlet had seen …

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The Magnanimous Character of Cao Cao and His Great-Grandfather

Cao Jie is an obscure character in Chinese history compared to his illustrious great-grandson, the ruler Cao Cao, but he was well-known for his kindness and generosity among his neighbours. According to the “Continuation of the Book of Han,” Cao Jie’s neighbour once lost a pig, and the neighbor noticed that one of Cao Jie’s …

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US Officials Back Effort to Bring Shen Yun to Hong Kong

Serving and former United States government officials have expressed their support for a campaign to bring to Hong Kong a New York-based classical Chinese dance performance that the Chinese regime has thus far opposed and made multiple attempts to sabotage.   In early November 2016, the Hong Kong branch of New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD), …

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Why ‘Ghostwriting’ in Chinese Reads as ‘Holding a Scimitar’?

To write articles or draft speeches for others in English is called “ghostwriting”.  However, the literal wording in Chinese is “holding a scimitar”, not holding a pen. It originates from a historical story that concerns Cao Cao during the Three Kingdoms period. According to “A New Account of the Tales of the World”, from the …

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