Category: Chinese Cultural Tips

Mirrors: more than just a reflection

Mirrors (鏡) enable us to see what the eye cannot. In modern times, we use mirrors to see more of what is already visible: reflections of ourselves or our surroundings. In…

Symbolism, Flora, & Fauna of Chinese Art

Introduction Images of plants and animals, both real and mythical, pervade Chinese art and culture. Orchid, bamboo, plum blossom, lotus, tiger, swallow, bat, crane, and, of course, the dragon. To…

7 Tips to Start the Year of the Wood Goat

On Feb, 19th, 2015 the world will celebrate the beginning of a new lunar year. In the Chinese calendar this is described as the 4712th year, the Year of the…

Using Chopsticks with Grace and Precision

By Martha Dahlen The Chinese character for the Tao is translated as “the Way”; it can refer to a way of living as well as a perfectly ordinary street. In…

Chinese Table Manners: Cradle your Rice Bowl

Asian Cultural Insights and Tips By Martha Dahlen of http://mdahlen.com Introduction: The Chinese character for the Tao is translated as “the Way”; it can refer to a “way” of living as…

Chinese Table Manners "Tea for you before me"

Asian Cultural Insights and Tips By Martha Dahlen Introduction: The Chinese character for the Tao is translated as “the Way”; it can refer to a “way” of living as well…

The Etiquette of Exchanging Business Cards

Asian Cultural Insights and Tips By Martha Dahlen of http://mdahlen.com Introduction: The Chinese character for the Tao is translated as “the Way”; it can refer to a “way” of living as…

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