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4 major sources of Yu family name

THERE are an estimated 1.4 million people surnamed Yu in China. They are ranked 119th in terms of population. Yu accounts for about 0.12 percent of the total population. There are generally four major ...

October 22, 2017, Sunday

Mu Guiying

HERO, general, warrior — male images immediately come to mind. But Mu Guiying, a legendary Chinese heroine is an icon. Her name and image is the symbol of steadfastness. This renowned lady, who is a distinguished ...

October 22, 2017, Sunday

Ballad singing in most ‘melodious’ dialect

WITH a history of more than 2,500 years, Suzhou has long been known as the “Paradise on Earth” in China and “Venice of the East.” The city, which is located in the Yangtze River Delta on the shores of ...

October 15, 2017, Sunday

Concubine Ban

A perfect woman does not always have a perfect life. Good-looking, knowledgeable, kind and disciplined, Concubine Ban of Emperor Cheng of Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24) seemed to fit all the criteria ...

October 8, 2017, Sunday

Majority of Fangs come from Anhui

THERE are an estimated 4.1 million people surnamed Fang in China, ranked 63rd in terms of population. Fangs account for about 0.33 percent of the total population. There are generally four major sources ...

October 8, 2017, Sunday

Ancient paper-cut art takes on modern look

WHEN Chinese paper-cut was added in 2009 to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, the world organization pointed out that paper-cut is a “popular art integral ...

September 24, 2017, Sunday

Military prowess a strength of Huas

THE origins of the surname Hua have a few branches in different regions in China. The first is derived from the royal surname Ji in the Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-770 BC). A branch of the descendants ...

September 17, 2017, Sunday

Shangguan Wan’er

SHANGGUAN Wan’er (AD 664-710), often known as the “female prime minister” to Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in the Chinese history, influenced both the political and the literary world in the Tang ...

September 17, 2017, Sunday

Dough figurine making remains popular

IT is said that European bakers and pastry chefs began to use fondant or sugarpaste, a mixture of sugar, water, gelatin and glycerol, to sculpt and decorate cakes and pastries as early as the Renaissance ...

September 10, 2017, Sunday

Phoenix rises from ashes of the Feng

THE surname Feng, which literally means Phoenix in English, amounts for only a tiny percentage of the Chinese population, ranked out of the top 500. It is a family name that is more often seen in minorities. ...

September 3, 2017, Sunday


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