Back in Sichuan (briefly), and I spent 2 days back at Emei, where I spent most of a summer 2 years ago. The hot steamy weather is just changing to Fall, and the air at the mountain (this time I was just at the foot of the mountain, near Crouching Tiger temple) was clean, and wet … Continue reading Another Visit to Emei Shan (Mt Emei) 峨眉山
Living in China as a Chinese medicine practitioner trained elsewhere gives me a special outlook. In my daily life, I find that I’m often looking out for glimpses of traditional medicine. And these glimpses tell a funny story! Modern China has become incredibly modernized, at an incredible pace. In a few short years, the majority of … Continue reading Traces of Chinese Medicine in Modern China
One aspect of modern life in mainland China is that almost every public space is taken over by the brigades of dancing grannies -- that is by older women (40s-70s) who are participating in what's called "square dancing". Square dancing, to an American's ears, involves fiddles, cowboy boots, gingham, hay bales and a man with … Continue reading dancing grannies
One rainy day last week, we hopped a surprisingly quick bus to go to a nearby town to the West called Anren 安仁. The town -- a sleepy Tang-era village filled with Qing-era mansions has become famous for its museum complex, as established by a rich real-estate magnate. After spending some time arguing at the … Continue reading A trip to Anren 安仁
From the MSF website, a presentation and analysis of the services provided by Chinese medical teams in African nations since the 1960's. One of my visiting teachers at SIOM, Dr. Wu Bo-Ping, participated in these projects! I think a really important part of this piece is the acknowledgement of the importance of approaching medical aid situations … Continue reading China-Africa Medical Cooperation
Written Chinese has thousands of characters (not fun when you're trying to learn them). Each character has a meaning, is a morpheme, attached to a limited number of sounds, phonemes. Speaking Chinese gets tricky when you realize there are just SO MANY words that sound alike, as differentiated by their tones (4 in standard Mandarin). … Continue reading Homonyms, Humonyms in Chinese
Yes, Chinglish signage really IS irresistable!