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Chinese Guest-Host Relations

In China, there is a greater emphasis on pleasing the guest than respecting the ways of the host. For example, in the West it would be rude for a guest to not ask permission to smoke inside a home, whereas … Continue reading

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Like K-Pop? Try C-pop!

We’ve all heard of K-Pop. PSY’s song “Gangam Style” made sure of that. While not as well known, China’s pop music is growing. C-pop is divided into three main subgenres: cantopop, mandopop, and hokkien pop. Cantopop is a contraction of … Continue reading

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The Music of Vietnam: Traditional Instruments

Traditional Vietnamese instruments are a diverse array of string, wind, and percussion instruments that create syncretistic music. Traditional Vietnamese music bears Chinese influences and, to a lesser extent, Korean, Mongolian, and Japanese influences. Here are some great clips of traditional … Continue reading

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Learn More About This Beautiful, Empowering Chinese Garment…

When people think of Chinese traditional wear, their minds often jump to the Cheongsam, also known as the Qipao. It originated in the Manchurian dynasty, evolving until it reached its peak of popularity during 1912 to 1949. The Cheongsam, a … Continue reading

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BCLC’s Top Picks of Chinese Poetry

1. Thoughts in the Silent Night — Li Bai 李白《静夜思》 床前明月光, 疑是地上霜。 举头望明月, 低头思故乡。   Translated by Yang Xianyi & Dai Naidie   Beside my bed a pool of light— Is it hoarfrost on the ground? I lift my eyes … Continue reading

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Piece by Piece: What makes up Traditional Vietnamese Wear

When I turned 12, my mother gave me her Áo dài, the traditional Vietnamese garment for children and women, that she had worn as a girl in Vietnam. This garment was really the last tie she had to her traditional … Continue reading

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Confucianism

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. — Confucius Confucianism is an ethical and philosophical system that originated from the … Continue reading

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Send your children to camp during the holidays!

It’s a public school holiday. You have to go to work, run errands, cook dinner, and– right! The kids will be home! You completely forgot. Well, what better way for you to free up your schedule than place your children … Continue reading

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Play a Traditional Vietnamese Children’s Game: Dragon Snake Game

Rong Ran (dragon-snake) is played with a large group of children. One child sits at a location above the other players; he/she plays the doctor. The other children stand in a line and hold each other’s belts to create the … Continue reading

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How to Make A Chinese Paper Lantern

Making a Chinese paper lantern is a fun, easy-to-do craft that you can do with your family and kids. You can decorate your home with them, or use them to celebrate a Chinese festival. The most recent festival was the … Continue reading

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