Category Archives: China

Even the Vegetable Spirits Had Taken Him Along For a Night of Elegant Conversation – Journey to the West, Part 4

In this post, I will cover volume 4 out of 6 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my bilingual Chinese-English edition, which includes chapters 51 through 67, translated by W.J.F. Jenner.  Before I get back to the story, … Continue reading

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Pure Yields to Foul and Foul to Pure as Fate’s Wheel Turns – Journey to the West, Part 3

In this post I will cover volume 3 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my edition, which includes chapters 34 through 50.  The story arc where we left off in volume 2 with Monkey stuck under a mountain … Continue reading

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Angry Teachers and Bawling Students – The Dim Sum Anthology, Part 2

This time I will finish my look at The Dim Sum Anthology, by Nong A (阿濃的“點心集 ”).  We’ll cover the last half of the book, which encompasses essays on educational writings, lifestyle writings, nature writings, and art & literary writings. … Continue reading

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Short Readings for Students from a Hong Kong Newspaper – The Dim Sum Anthology, Part 1

After that long series on the Korean martyrs, I’m going to do a few short series to get back on schedule.  First up is a collection of stories from the 1980s focusing on light, mundane topics such as school children, … Continue reading

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After Several Lives in the Sea of Suffering She Had Purified the Waves – Journey to the West, Part 2

Now that I am finished working on my Korean textbook, I can catch up on the Literati corner as well.  This post will cover volume 2 of Journey to the West in my edition, which includes chapters 16 through 33.  … Continue reading

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New Discussion of Jennifer Lin’s Book Promotion For Her Family Memoir

As promised, I got the second of my series on local Asian-American author appearances ready at my secondary blog.  Journalist and Chinese-American Jennifer Lin recently came to Pittsburgh to promote her new family memoir.  Her grandfather and great-uncle were Christian … Continue reading

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When An Egg Was Turned Into A Monkey To Complete the Great Way – Journey to the West, Part 1

This year, my Literati Corner selection will be Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en.   I will be splitting it into six parts that will be reviewed in posts between each of my regularly scheduled series.  This novel is at … Continue reading

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Jack London and Chenzhen’s Wolf Experiment – Wolf Totem, Part 4

This post will finish off our current series on Rong Jiang’s bestselling novel Wolf Totem (姜戎的”狼图腾”).  In chapter 16 after the spring rain, the men are delivering lambs near the mountain slope at one of the camps.  The air is … Continue reading

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The Wolf War and Missteps in Capturing a Wolf Pup – Wolf Totem, Part 3

Continuing our reading of Rong Jiang’s bestselling novel Wolf Totem (姜戎的”狼图腾”), the story picks up with Chenzhen’s quest to capture a wolf pup to raise.  In chapter 9, Chenzhen goes with Yangke to Black Rock Mountain along with a couple … Continue reading

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Sky Burial and Flying Wolves That Eat the Dead – Wolf Totem, Part 2

Continuing with our current series on Rong Jiang’s bestselling novel Wolf Totem (姜戎的”狼图腾”), we pick up the quiet storyline again in chapter 4 with Chenzhen learning some of the lore of the wolves on the Mongolian plains from the hunters … Continue reading

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