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Chinese culture, Philosophy, history and language

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Articles on Chinese Culture, Philosophy, History and Language


Cultural Differences in Everyday Conversation

Even if you learn the mechanics of a language, a simple greeting or farewells can be confusing due to our cultural differences. Here are some examples...


DaoDeChing (Tao Te Ching)

English translation of the Chinese Dao De Ching (Tao Te Ching).


Daoist (Taoist) Immortals

The immortals of the flat peaches. These 10 immortals are often pictured in Chinese legends and parables.


Daoist Alchemy

Like many spiritual traditions which are quite old, Daoism’s language grew from archaic languages and ways of speaking from long ago. As such it has gone through many misinterpretations due to translations of translations, as well as differing people’s simple lack of real understanding.


Finger Tapping: A Southern Custom

You will notice in some Chinese restaurants, especially those serving southern style food and Dim Sum, patrons will often tap their fingers on the table when receiving a refill of tea. There is a quaint story about how this custom became popular


From India to China: Transformations in Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhism didn't march into China with the entourage of the 28th Patriarch, but rather trickled in--the way most ideologies with staying power latch themselves to the minds and imaginations of a people.


How to Appreciate Chinese Brush Painting

There are many intriguing aspects to examine in Chinese Painting--the painting technique, the poetry, the calligraphy, the seal, the painter´s central image and theme as well as his or her mounting skills.


Idioms

Chinese Idioms are a unique vision into the minds of the people. All cultures have idioms and we're sure you will recognize the similarities as well as the differences between theirs and yours.


Inside Painted Snuff Bottles

The story behind the miniature art form and its status in today's China.


Lotus Flowers in Winter

In China, thousands of stories and parables help shape the culture. Here is a sample short story from the 17th century by famous author, Pu Songling.


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