May 20, 2014

SinoSaying: Now or Never

{Tibetan man spinning Buddhist prayer wheels} My SinoSaying is: 机不可失,时不再来 (jī bù kě shī, shí bú zài lái.)  Translated, this means: “An opportunity missed will not come again.” I first learned this saying: I read proverbs often when looking for inspiration, for a speech, an article, or just my own life.  This one stood out–it’s a warning, […]

April 30, 2014

Online Tomb Sweeping Modernizes Chinese Tradition

Every April, Chinese families pay homage to their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, (Qing Ming Jie, 清明节), cleaning the graves and making offerings to family members that have passed away. In years past, this tradition required a short trip to the grave site for families, often only a walk or short ride away. Now, more […]

March 21, 2014

SinoSaying: Start a Long Journey By Taking the First Step

{Photo of Beijing’s Tsinghua University Campus} One aspect I’m drawn to when learning about a culture are local sayings — little bits of wisdom passed down from generations that tell you so much about how people think, act, and live. Chinese is particularly rich with proverbs, from ancient Confucious sayings all the way through Cultural […]

February 26, 2014

ChinaSnap! A Beijing Wedding at Ox Street Mosque

Today’s ChinaSnap! comes to us from Chinaful reader Larry Star.  Larry, thank you for sharing with all of us this fascinating perspective on religion and weddings in China! This is… a photo of a bride and groom in a Beijing wedding at the Ox Street Mosque. At the time I took this ChinaSnap! I was… touring the […]

February 18, 2014

In China, Working on the Weekends Isn’t Just for Overachievers

I think I can speak for most Americans when I say that we consider weekends to be holy. For many, weekends are literally a time to pay homage to a higher power. For others, weekends are the time we use to decompress after a hard week at work and prepare for the next one to […]