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Jiang families united by rich history

JIANG, as one of the oldest family names in China as well as one of the best documented. It has also served as the origin of many Chinese surnames afterwards. There are an estimated 4.6 million people ...

September 25, 2016, Sunday


Fashion central to city’s identity

Since Shanghai opened as a treaty port in the 19th century, the city has always been on the leading edge of fashion in China....

September 25, 2016, Sunday


Wang Yuanqi’s ‘free copy’ of ‘Fuchun Mountains’

IT’S long been a common practice for traditional Chinese painters to copy (linmo) or free copy (fang) works of earlier masters as part of their apprenticeship. But this tradition of copying older styles ...

September 18, 2016, Sunday


Ceramics gave birth to Tao surname

Tao, which means ceramics in Chinese, was generally taken as surnames by families who were linked or worked in the industry....

September 11, 2016, Sunday


Handshake that changed outlook

THOUGH most young people are passionate about starting their own business today, being self-employed was a difficult choice only some few years ago. But the pioneers brought about great changes to their ...

September 11, 2016, Sunday


The Knickknack Peddler

Images of children first appeared in Chinese arts and crafts more than 2,000 years ago....

September 4, 2016, Sunday


A snip of Shanghai salon history

A black-and-white barber pole spinning quietly on downtown Nanchang Road seems quaint next to the dazzling decorations and loud music that advertise salons around the city....

August 28, 2016, Sunday


Wei family emerge from troubled times

The dispersions of the Jin Kingdom in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) gave birth to three powerful kingdoms as well as the still-prominent Wei family....

August 28, 2016, Sunday


Emperor Kangxi’s Inspection Tour of the South

Quite a few masterpieces of traditional Chinese painting portray emperors as symbols of supreme power....

August 21, 2016, Sunday


Jins a family with mythic origin story

Jin, as a Chinese surname, literally means “metal.” There are an estimated 3.8 million people surnamed Jin in China, ranking the name 64th in terms of population....

August 14, 2016, Sunday


 

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