The Jade Hairpin is a Kunqu Opera (崑曲) based on the story by Gao Lian (高濂，1528-?), which narrated the love story of Pan Bizheng (潘必正) and Chen Miaochang (陳妙常).
Greater Snow: The frozen earth cannot keep inspirations from flying high
“Things remain silent until the spring returns (一葉驚心夜初涼)” was adopted as the subheadings of my article on “The Beginning of Winter (〈立冬〉)”. One may wonder why one has to wait for the “returning of the spring (待春歸)” when the winter just begins?
Chinese Architecture in Southeast Asia: Teochew Architecture
Teochew architecture bears numerous characteristics that sets it apart from the architectural styles of other regions in China. It is relatively inward-looking, with the front elevation usually devoid of windows, and it is typical to have only door openings.
Tea and Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism
China's tea culture has a long history, "Tu (荼)" refers to tea in the past, when the primary use of tea was medicinal, with some regions treating it as a drink.
Lesser Snow: With the help of the nature, the preserved meat helps us survive the cold winter
In 2021, the lunar eve of the year with the Heavenly Stem of Xin and the Earthly Branch of Chou (辛丑年), the COVID-19 pandemic was still not yet over, and lockdown was still at force.
History of Porcelain in China (second season)
From ancient times to the present, the five famous kilns have profoundly impacted the history of porcelain in China and the world. In the history of porcelain development in China
The Beginning of Winter: All living things remain silent until the spring returns
In Book of Rites: Chapter of Miscellaneous Notes (《禮記·雜記》) finds the following quotation: Zi-gong (子貢，520-446 B.C., student of Confucius) participated in the end of the year celebration and worshipping rituals. Confucius (551-479 B.C.) asked him if he thought that people were happy or not.
The Big Five Hokkien Families in Penang,1830s–1890s
In the narratives of Malay nationalist historiography, Penang has been too much viewed from the Peninsula. As Philip King has argued, southern Thailand actively participated in Penang’s formation and prosperity via close overland connections.
Apam Balik: The Past and Present
The Apong and Apam Balik (曼煎糕, Apam Balik is the pronunciation in Malayalam) are all the much-loved snacks in Southeast Asia. For the source of Apong is still a matter of debate...
The Circulation of Chinese Ink Painting Art in East Asian Communities
Ink Painting Art, which is originated from Chinese traditional painting, becomes one of the symbolic Chinese art forms owing to its unique worldview towards art and extensive cultural upbringing.
Gentle Waves in the South Seas: The Story of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan
When you visit the Thian Hock Keng (天福宮) at Telok Ayer Street in Singapore to marvel at its majestic façade and religious artefacts, it may be hard to imagine that as early as 1860, it had been the de facto Registry of Marriage for many Chinese couples of Hokkien descent.