Now and Then


Chinese shadow puppetry steps out of shade and into spotlight

MORE than 2,000 years ago, Lady Li, the favorite concubine of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty (202 BC-AD 220), died of illness. The emperor was so heartbroken by the loss that he became deeply depressed ...

June 17, 2018, Sunday


“Sister” Jiang Zhujun

JIANG Zhujun, better known as “Sister Jiang” in China, was an underground member of the Communist Party of China. Devoting herself to the liberation of her country, she was executed by the Kuomintang ...

June 10, 2018, Sunday


Crane crazy Duke got wings clipped

IT is estimated that there are about 13.4 million people surnamed Luo in China, ranking 18th in terms of population, accounting for about 1 percent of the populace. There are three types of sources for ...

June 10, 2018, Sunday


Lost a letter ? Blame a man called Yin

IT is estimated that there are about 2.24 million people surnamed Yin in China, ranking it the 104th in terms of population, accounting for about 0.16 percent of Chinese. There are generally three sources ...

May 27, 2018, Sunday


A revolutionary mom

ZHAO Yiman was a heroic female Chinese fighter in the war against Japanese aggression. She led guerilla forces against the invaders in northeast China before she was captured and executed at the age of ...

May 27, 2018, Sunday


Kunqu, mother of Chinese operas

DATING from the late years of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Kunqu Opera is one of the oldest theaters in the world. In 2001, it was listed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage ...

May 20, 2018, Sunday


An ancient name that flows like water

Teng is ranked the 167th most common surname in China — about 0.06 percent of China’s population, less than a million people....

May 13, 2018, Sunday


Champion of women

DENG Yingchao, one of the most influential women in the 20th century in China, was a high-ranking official of the Chinese Communist Party, a revolutionist, a women’s right pioneer and the wife of the ...

May 13, 2018, Sunday


Dancing lions and dragons: the soul of China

AT any Chinese celebrations such as the Chinese New Year, temple festivals, weddings and other auspicious occasions, the lion dance or dragon dance — or both — are always performed to bring good luck ...

May 6, 2018, Sunday


Mao’s pioneering wife

THE second female Party member in the history of the Communist Party of China, Yang Kaihui ,was a pioneer promoting women’s liberation. She was also wife of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), the first chairman ...

April 29, 2018, Sunday




 

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