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A dreadful fear came over me again as a chilly wind blew at me in the fall of October 1950. 2,697 more words

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The Foot, The Fad and The Ugly

The practice of feet-binding in ancient China must surely rank as one of the greatest atrocities in the history of mankind. 

As I put words for this post, it grieves, horrifies and stupefies me – how could people crush and mutilate the feet of young girls, and grossly contort them by tightly binding up whatever were left, and then called them “beautiful” ? 69 more words

Chinese Traditions

Tea Breaks: Wishing Tree Festival

Tea Breaks is an ongoing experiment of sorts, in an attempt to fit in a bit of the going-ons in my life. So every Monday, I talk a little bit about what happened last week, and occasionally a little bit about my own plans! 439 more words


Tea Breaks: Happy Chinese New Year!

Tea Breaks will be an experiment of sorts for me, maybe for a month or two: I’ve wanted to occasionally blog about the going-ons in my life, but I’ve always felt like I was stretching out my posts a bit too much. 395 more words


Playing Chicken In The Bridal Chamber

Decades ago, it was a tradition among the Chinese to engage in fowl play as part of the wedding ceremony for a newly-married couple.

After the formalities were done at the groom’s place, the wedding party would go to the bride’s home for the rituals at the maternal side. 91 more words


Happy Year of the Rooster | PFF Episode 029

Saturday marks the Chinese New Year.  As we move from Monkey to Rooster we discuss traditional foods, take a trip to the Asian market and learn all about our Chinese Zodiacs.

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Year of the Rooster

Happy New Year!

Few Chinese Horoscope books contain overall prognostications for the year. In my large collection of these books, one of the few that does is the first edition of Theodora Lau’s  1,089 more words

Chinese Traditions