Tag Archives: China

History and Mystery – Inspector O

I was perusing the mystery section in the library while waiting for a tutoring student when I found Inspector O. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a North Korean policeman as the protagonist of a mystery. The author, James … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Midsummer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 21st

In the Chinese traditional calendar of solar terms Xiàzhì, known as Geshi in Japanese, Haji in Korean, and  Hạ chí in Vietnamese begins on the day of the summer solstice. The solstices, as well as the equinoxes, mark the middle of the seasons in this traditional … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Judge Dee

Judge Dee is a semi-fictional character based on the historical figure Di Renjie, a county magistrate and statesman of the Tang court. The character appeared in the 18th-century Chinese detective and gong’an crime novel Di Gong An. After Van Gulik found … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Spring Commences lì chūn 立春 Feb 4th

As a solar term, Spring Commences had already entered people’s lives in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). At that time, there were eight solar terms. According to some experts, the 24 solar terms were used for the first … Continue reading

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Historical Traditions of Alchemy

For hundreds of years alchemists toiled in their laboratories to produce a mythical substance known as the philosopher’s stone. The supposedly dense, waxy, red material was said to enable the process that has become synonymous with alchemy—chrysopoeia, the metamorphosis, or transmutation, … Continue reading

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And Pumpkins Are Delicious

Beyond all the other traditions about pumpkins, the most important thing about them is that they are edible. They are also highly nutritious, being low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. That brilliant orange color comes from … Continue reading

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Spring Showers yǔ shuǐ 雨水 Feb 18th

The solar term of yu shui began on February 18th. While here we did not get any rain until today, it was another story in the western United States. In China rains begin. The really heavy rains come with the … Continue reading

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