God Påske! It is the time of the year again: in shop windows, home decoration, advertisement, social media, the Easter bunny is filling all empty space with overloading cuteness and colourful eggs. A symbol of fertility and life in the Western tradition, the fluffy innocent rabbit embodies the season of Spring. In Chinese culture, however,… Continue reading The cunning hare has three burrows: A Chinese tale on smart strategies
Drizzling in the fresh spring breeze A traveler passed by with a broken heart Where was the liquor store, he asked A shepherd boy pointed to the village of almond flowers. This is one of the most well know Chinese poems written by the famous poet Dumu 杜牧 (803-852AD) about the day of Qingming, which… Continue reading “Drizzling in the fresh spring breeze”
Millions of Chinese have travelled back home from cities to rural areas last week for the Spring Festival celebration, but there were not photos of long lines of traffic jams like those during Christmas in Europe or North America. The reason? Most people travelled by train for their annual trip. Not only is it a… Continue reading China Express: the story of the Chinese railway
Do you know the lucky colour red came from a folklore that involves a monster called "Year"?
Ah dumplings, the half-moon shaped oriental pastry that promises mouthfuls of the beautiful mix of smooth, thin wrap, and a juicy, flavourful, tender meatball with vegetables. It is a mini meal in every bite. Like Pizzas in Italy or the Fish Soup in Norway, dumplings, or in Mandarin “Jiaozi”, is probably a star representative of… Continue reading Dumplings – the pizza of China
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?
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)
轻舟已过万重山」的景致，不只在长江，挪威峡湾的风景也是如诗如画；陡峭的山崖和麦绿的松柏林间，夹着丝带般平滑的碧绿海水，深入内陆，让人陶醉。挪威有大大小小不下一千多个峡湾，说是峡湾之国绝不夸张。峡湾 英文名字「Fjord 」，也是来自古老的挪威文「fjörðr」...