Two Birds One Stone

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 […]

Top Benefits of Chinese Calligraphy (Shufa 书法)

Shufa 书法, or Chinese calligraphy,  may seem a bit daunting at first, a practice better left to a professional, an artist, or better yet some Chinese scholar??  Yet the benefits of Chinese calligraphy have been discussed for thousands of years. What it takes to perfect the art of calligraphy is personified by the family of Wang Xizhi王羲之, […]