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Now and Then

Angelic Lin Qiaozhi

Known as “the Mother of a Thousand Babies” and “Angel of Life,” Lin Qiaozhi, a famed obstetrician and gynecologist in China, delivered over 50,000 babies in her career, though she didn’t marry or have...

August 12, 2018, Sunday

Chang clan steeped in royal history

IT is estimated there are nearly 3 million people surnamed Chang in China, ranking it 87th in the nation’s populace. The number of Chang accounts for around 0.18 percent of the Chinese population. Many ...

August 12, 2018, Sunday

Zeng the educator

ZENG Baosun, the great-granddaughter of Zeng Guofan, who was a Chinese statesman and military general in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), devoted all her life to education. Zeng, courtesy name Pingfang, ...

August 5, 2018, Sunday

An, embodying rich cultural diversity

THE surname An is a quite exotic surname in China, with most of its major sources coming across the border. Ranked as the 110th most common surname, around 1.7 million Chinese people are surnamed An, ...

August 5, 2018, Sunday

Spring Festival: source of world’s largest migration

EVERY year in the past several decades China has been witness to the world’s largest annual human migration as hundreds of millions of people rush home for family reunions and to celebrate the Spring ...

July 29, 2018, Sunday

Altruistic Jin Yunmei

IT is widely known that Rong Hong, whose English name is Yung Wing, was the first Chinese student to graduate from Yale University, but fewer people know that Jin Yunmei was the first female Chinese overseas ...

July 22, 2018, Sunday

Wu: a surname fit for an emperor

THE Wu surname is relatively rare. Ranked 194th, it accounts for the surname of around 560,000 people, or 0.04 percent of the total population. Wu is typically a surname of the Chinese Han group. There ...

July 22, 2018, Sunday

Moon goddess, a rabbit and the elixir of life

THE Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also known as the Chinese Moon Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month each year — September 24 this year. It’s the second most important festival for ...

July 15, 2018, Sunday

Sunbathe the books and pay for water

THERE are about 2.32 million people surnamed Hao in China, making it the 82nd most common — accounting for about 0.21 percent of the population. There are generally three sources for Hao as a family name. ...

July 8, 2018, Sunday

China’s ‘Big Sister’

CAI Chang, the first chair of the All-China Women’s Federation from 1949 to 1957, was a leading women’s rights activist. Having a very high standing in the Communist Party of China, she was known as “Big ...

July 8, 2018, Sunday


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