Tag Archives: Chinese History

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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The Sorcerer Fox and the Bewitching Beauty – The Demon Suppressing Tale, Part 1

I decided to add a new column to my 2015 reading list, the Literati Corner, which will appear between every book we finish in the original languages, and this post kicks off the first installment. This time, I have selected … Continue reading

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Mist and Rain Have Corroded My Silver Seal of Office – Chinese Poetry & Painting, Part 2

This is the conclusion of our short Christmas series on Chinese poetry with Alfreda Murck’s Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent and The Treasury of Chinese Love Poems: In English and Chinese, translated and edited … Continue reading

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Immaculate as White Jade, as Crystal Ice, Your Body Lies Cool in the Water Palace – Chinese Poetry & Painting, Part 1

For this year’s short Christmas series, I have selected two books in English and Chinese to review certain aspects of the history of Chinese poetry. One book is The Treasury of Chinese Love Poems: In English and Chinese, Translated and … Continue reading

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Gaudy Women and the Value of Salt – The Scholars, Part 5

In this last installment of The Scholars, female characters become the central figures in many of the subplots. The first of these we encounter hearkens back to an earlier post where we looked at the local law prohibiting “gaudy women” … Continue reading

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Singing Soldiers and the Opera Guild – The Scholars, Part 4

Starting with chapter 24, The Scholars shifts gears and turns to describe the Ming capital city of Nanking. We are introduced to actor Wen-ching Pao and the situation of opera guilds in the city. During the Ming Dynasty, Nanking was … Continue reading

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Swirling Incense and Sword Dancing – The Scholars, Part 3

Starting around chapter 8 through at least chapter 13, The Scholars begins to center on Prefect Chu’s grandson, Hsien-fu Chu, and his circle of family and friends, including Prefect Chu’s nephews, Chan Lou and Feng Lou. The Chu family is … Continue reading

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Book Burning and Exam Hell – The Scholars, Part 2

Starting in chapter two, The Scholars is set in the Ming Dynasty, specifically in the reign of Emperor Chenghua (1447-1487). This is over 100 years later than Mian Wang in chapter one. Even though Jingzi Wu was using the Ming … Continue reading

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Book Burning and the Ideal Scholar – The Scholars, Part 1

Our next reading selection is the Rulin Waishi (儒林外史), or The Scholars, by Jingzi Wu (1701-1754). Written in 1750 during Qing Dynasty rule, the author sets it in the Ming Dynasty in order to critique his own social milieu without … Continue reading

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