Two Birds One Stone: 一箭雙鵰

Efficiency is certainly a standard most cultures strive for.  The popular saying”killing 2 birds with one stone” also has a Chinese story. During the Northern and Southern Dynasties, 長孫晟 (长孙晟) Zhang Sun Cheng was a well known smart capable leader.   He was particularly famed for his  strong military knowledge and an expertise in archery. […]

Cell Phone Poetry – A Clan Of Lowered Heads

The Chinese have a term for cell phone users: Ditouzhu 低頭族(低头族), or the clan of those with lowered heads.  It encompasses the young and the old, the mobile and the bedridden.  Everyone with a cell phone attached.   Cell phone users are slowly catching on.  On the popular show Shark Tank, 2 guys pitched the […]

Persistence – Han Dynasty Chinese proverb (有志竟成)

Characters: 有志竟成, Style: Standard Script (楷书kǎishū) The second dynasty in Chinese history was divided between Western or Former Han (206 B.C.–9 A.D.) and the Eastern or Later Han (25–220 A.D.).  During Western Han, a scholar named Gengyan 耿弇 took an interest in the military.  When he heard that General Liuxiu 劉秀 (漢光武)(who later Emperor Gwangwudi of […]

Snowman

Original Light Poetry in Chinese calligraphy English Translation Snowflakes fill the sky White in every direction Snowmen standing in rows Puffing their chests and holding heads high Smiling with a confident air Checking to see who’s tall The highest is not me Turns out it’s the building Simplified Chinese 雪花飞满天 四野白茫茫 雪人排排站 昂首挺胸膛 含笑真神气 看谁个儿高 最高不是我 […]