Cultural Heritage, Economy, History, Technology

China Express: the story of the Chinese railway

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

Ancient Wisdoms, Chinese Cuisine, Festivity, Food, History, Tradition

Dumplings – the pizza of China

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

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?

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)