Wednesday, November 06, 2013


Chinese Zodiac

By ShaoLan

Do you know your Zodiac sign? I’m a Taurus according to Western astrology, but like the vast majority of those living in Asia, I grew up learning about the Chinese Zodiac (生肖). In this system, I’m a pig.

Both Eastern and Western astrology is popular in Asia right now, so in order to understand this part of Asian culture, read on and i’ll teach you about the Chinese Zodiac, help you find your Zodiac sign, and show you how astrology affects life in Asia today.


Thursday, September 19, 2013


Mid Autumn Festival

By ShaoLan

Happy Mid Autumn Festival! 中秋節快樂

This is one of my favorite holidays. Many of you may know Mid Autumn Festival by its more common name “Moon Festival” or, if you are like me and love moon cakes (more on those later), “Moon Cake Festival”.

Mid Autumn festival is the annual celebration of the autumn harvest held on the 15th day of the 8th Month of the Chinese calendar (this year that is the 19th of September). The festival is always held under a full harvest moon and is traditionally a time for family gatherings, thanksgiving and prayer.


Friday, September 13, 2013


Concubines

By ShaoLan

When you hear the “concubine”, the term “sex slave” or “mistress” probably comes to mind. Most Westerners write off the practice of concubinage as being barbaric, sexist, and antiquated. It can be hard for us to imagine that most of our own cultures openly accepted it at one time or another; the Ancient Greeks and Romans, Christians and Jews, Islamic nations and American slaveholders all had concubines. There is one other culture known for its concubinage, and that, of course, is China.


Friday, September 06, 2013


Complexion

By ShoaLan

This summer we had wonderful sunshine in London. I also spent a week by the seaside in Barcelona. As a result I am now totally tanned - sort of an olive colour. My friends who understand the view of tanned skin in Asia were surprised when they saw my darkened skin - and the fact that I was happy with it! 


Wednesday, September 04, 2013


Yum, bugs!

By ShaoLan

Imagine stopping by the supermarket on your way home from work to buy ingredients for a family dinner. What will go well with the veggies on my salad... I need something healthy... Suddenly, it comes to you: crickets and mealworms would be the perfect addition to your greenery!

Seems far-fetched right? There is a growing trend in the UK and US for eating bugs and insects, because of their high level of protein. Though it may not be the first thing you think of people in Asia have been eating insects for years and apparently around 80% of the world’s population commonly eats insects. This may sound a little strange (and a slightly gross) but insects may prove to be the key to our species continued survival.

Surprised? Read the full article and find out why bugs may be coming to a dining table near you! 


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