Just as we are getting into the festive season here in Norway, people in China also have a widely celebrated tradition around this time of the year. On exactly today (22nd December), the Winter Solstice, or 冬至(dōng zhì) is celebrated in millions of Chinese homes. This tradition could be traced back to over four thousand… Continue reading Celebrating the longest night of the year
If you have been to Gladmat at Stavanger this Summer, you may remember the Chinese stall selling roasted ducks served in an exotic sauce. It is indeed the proverbial Peking Duck, prepared by one of the best known master chef at Bianyi Fang in Beijing. Not only is this dish well known for the tender,… Continue reading The Chinese “Christmas Turkey”
Do you know that Chinese character for “snow” 雪 (xuĕ) poetically depict the meaning of “feathers falling like rain”? Despite the cold, most people would agree that snow is beautiful and a wonder in nature. As Norwegians are checking for the snowiest place for ski and winter sports for this winter holiday, many Chinese are… Continue reading When Winter Wonderland Land Meets Reality
“我对中国的第一个印象来自一套八十年代叫《妖魔大鬧唐人街》（“Big Trouble in Little China”）的美国电影。里面描绘的中国是个神秘的地方，人会飞来飞去，也有一些神话故事和文化元素。我是听着很多种类的音乐长大的，所以能辨认出各种类型，中国音乐对我来说很有异国味道，感觉是梦幻而快乐的...
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?
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?
Carrying on with our last post about the female emperor Wu Zetian, and scientist Wang Zhengyi, this time, we look at someone even more controversial. Pirate Shi Yang (1775-1844AD) A widely used picture of Zheng Yi Sau, source unknown It was rare enough for a sailor to be female, let alone the head of a… Continue reading Madam Dragon: Legendary Chinese Women (2)
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)