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Discover the history of China's drums

The earliest evidence of the use of drums in China was found in Oracle inscriptions from the Shang Dynasty (1783-1123 BC).

Drums were used to motivate troops, set a marching pace and for sending orders or announcements. 208 more words


My August #MunchPak Reveal!

(This post is not sponsored by MunchPak.)

This monthly snack subscription sure isn’t getting old. I am always so happy to open a box at the beginning of each month! 449 more words

Random Meals

SitRep: Did the U.S. Kill ISIS Leader? China’s New Military Tech

A terrorist leader is dead. Does it matter? The Islamic State announced Tuesday that the head of its external operations and propaganda wing, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, was killed near Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday. 1,493 more words

The Cable

Canada, China agree to deadline extension in canola export dispute, countries working on long-term solution

BEIJING — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says existing dockage rules with China on canola exports have been extended beyond a Sept. 1 deadline as the two countries continue to negotiate a long-term solution. 349 more words


China’s Censorship Rules Reach New Level of Absurdity

Written by J.Michael Cole.

For all its many accomplishments over the years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) still has serious self-confidence issues. Like any other autocrat before it, this has led the CCP to impose a wide set of restrictions on what ordinary people and the media are allowed to say. 567 more words



So yeah, we’ve decided to apply for China visa and just go through with it. The bid results for our September roster was scheduled  to come out by the time we arrive in China.  435 more words


List • Books of August '16

As my mood changes so frequently throughout the day, so too does my choice of book. I mentally juggle the plots, players and places fairly easily at the narrow end of the wedge, often dipping in and out of books to start new ones or revisit old ones, but the deeper I get in to a particular text the harder it is for me to leave it in favour of another read, or to put it down for an extended length of time. 66 more words