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Interviews, Norway and Norwegian culture, 中文博客

我和气功的故事My Story of Qigong: Interview with Stig

我与气功结缘是很久以前的事了。从小我就对东方哲学很有兴趣,记得那时住在卑尔根,常常去图书馆,每当有关东方哲学的书一出版我就会找来看。 1998年我参加了一个瑜伽馆的气功班,班上的同学说每个星期天早上都去峡湾旁一个地方练习,但最后只剩下我一个人坚持下去...

Asian Cultures, History, Languages

Chinese, Japanese and Korean: how are they different?

In 2015, 23% of global tourists to Norway were from Asia. The majority were Chinese, but Japan and Korea have a lot more connection with Norway than you might first think. Most Norwegians are no strangers to electronic brands like Sony, Samsung or Toyota and Hyndai, and perhaps even the animation producer Miyasaki and his… Continue reading Chinese, Japanese and Korean: how are they different?

Languages, Learning Chinese

How many Chinese characters are there?

How many Chinese characters are there really? This can be answered with a simple number, but this number itself in isolation does not tell us much. Instead, if we dig deeper into the question, it would reveal some fundamental characteristics of the Chinese language. To start with, what actually is a character? A character or… Continue reading How many Chinese characters are there?

Gender, History

The Tang Emperor and the first female mathematician: Legendary Chinese women (1)

The media named 2018 “the Year of Women”, and gender equality is also a hot topic in Norwegian politics. In China, despite being predominantly a patriarchal society and the stereotype that Chinese women are submissive, there had been famous historical female figures who managed to subvert the gender roles with extraordinary achievements surpassing men. While… Continue reading The Tang Emperor and the first female mathematician: Legendary Chinese women (1)

Festivity, Modern Chinese Culture

To the Mountain on this Beautiful Autumn Day!

What have you planned for next Wednsday (17th October)? Many in China will have a hiking trip with their grandparents, because this year it is the ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, or Chongyang (重阳chóng yáng), a day dedicated to hiking. The tradition is believed to be originated from a… Continue reading To the Mountain on this Beautiful Autumn Day!