Culture

It’s Time to Shore Up for Spring

A solar term is a period of about two weeks and is based on the sun’s position in the zodiac. Solar terms form the traditional Chinese calendar system. The calendar follows the ancient Chinese belief that living in accordance with nature will enable one to live a harmonious life. This article series explores each of

Atlanta Family: Shen Yun Sends a Powerful Message

ATLANTA, Ga.—“This is like a massage for the soul, and for the mind, and for the emotion. You’re able to let yourself go and forget all of the stress that you have in your day. And you can truly take in the beauty that humans can create,” said Michael Knight who was enjoying Shen Yun

The History of the Antibiotic

While many people believe that penicillin was the first antibiotic, they would be wrong by only a few thousand years. Various molds and plant extracts have been used as “antibiotics” throughout history. Ancient Egyptians would apply moldy bread onto infected wounds, while examinations of skeletal remains from ancient Sudanese Nubia dating as far back as

Healing Powers of Shen Yun’s Music ‘From the Creator’

SAVANNAH, Ga.—The Chinese character for “medicine”—藥—comes from the character for “music”—樂. James May, a senior director, and his family felt the powerful energy of Shen Yun Performing Arts and were mesmerized by the deep connection they felt with the music at its Savannah performance. The five notes of the pentatonic scale are said to be connected

Shen Yun Leaves Lasting Impression on Berkeley Audience

BERKELEY, Calif.— For a scientist like Timothy Butterfield, he couldn’t help but notice some of the finer details in Shen Yun Performing Arts. Shen Yun showcases a wide 5,000 years of Chinese civilization on stage and it was the stories of present-day China that really struck a chord with him. The scenes depicting the harsh

10 Great Ways to Help Your Memory With Chinese Medicine

If you worry that your memory is going, you’re not alone.  Do you regularly walk into a room and forget what you went there for?  Have you ever drawn a blank on a close friend’s name?  Do you routinely forget common words?  Join the club.  These little episodes are embarrassing and frustrating, but are you

Christmas Songs and Carols: The Stories Behind the Music

Christmas delivers more traditions, festivities, and entertainments than all other American holidays combined. Worshippers sing traditional carols and hymns, and light Advent candles. In their churches and homes, they set up nativity scenes, a practice created in 1223 by St. Francis of Assisi. On the other side of the fence are secular holiday traditions. Originally

Be Good Before It’s Too late

Throughout China’s 5,000 years of civilization, faith in Heaven and gods, as well as the principle that good would be rewarded with good and evil would incur punishment, have been deeply rooted in the hearts of its people. Generation after generation, the ancients told endless stories to explain that cause and effect relationship. They sought

Traditional Chinese Culture: Courtesy (Part 3)

(Continued from Part 2) Confucian classic The Book of Rites outlines the expectations for human relations: a man should live with dignity, the older generations should protect and care for younger ones, while the younger ones should respect and follow the wishes of the elders. In addition, a king should be generous while an official should be loyal

Traditional Chinese Culture: Courtesy (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1) The Book of Rites outlines the expectations for human relations thusly: parents should treat children with compassion, while children should show filial piety towards their parents. Elder siblings should be kind to younger ones, while younger ones should be humble towards their elders. A husband should treat his wife with dignity, while the wife

Shen Yun: Bringing Forth Sounds of the Celestial Empire

When Yuchien Yuan speaks of music and the cello, the virtuoso is filled with calm and gratitude. Music is what has been with her all her life. “I love the sound of it—the vibrant lower registers, the range. It’s so beautiful that my orchestra colleagues often say, jokingly, of course, ‘Oh, I wish I had

Traditional Chinese Culture: Courtesy (Part 1)

Zhou Gong was a renowned sage in the early Zhou Dynasty. One day, his son, Boqin, went to visit him. To Boqin’s surprise, Zhou Gong struck him once. On another day, Boqin went to his father again, only to be met with the same response. This happened yet a third time. Puzzled, Boqin consulted another

The Making of Thanksgiving

What does the Thanksgiving holiday bring to mind? If you said family, roast turkey, cranberry sauce, or pumpkin pie, that would likely strike a chord in the minds of most Americans. If asked about the true origin of Thanksgiving, however, the answer might be a matter of greater debate, mixed, mashed, and buttered-up with inaccurate

Sculptor in Venice Creates Giant 12-Meter-Long Violin That Floats Through Grand Canal

Few have been hit harder during the pandemic than those gifted musicians who perform onstage for a living—using fine instruments and honed skills to soothe the human soul with their melodies. In one of the great cultural centers of the world—the city of Venice, located in northeastern Italy—one artist, Livio De Marchi (known for his

Whitehall: Where Muses of Literature and the Arts Reside

In 1883, Henry Morrison Flagler was charmed with his visit to Florida, and he imagined others would also find delight there. With that thought, five years later, he began construction of the first of many hotels in the state. To provide a path for others to enjoy the gifts of Florida, Flagler also established the

Artist Profile: Beauty Through Tradition: Shen Yun

Evangeline Zhu was at Lincoln Center in New York, hours away from stepping on stage, when she got the news: The show would not go on. In the 14 years that Shen Yun Performing Arts had been performing, seldom had there been a canceled show—though the Chinese Communist Party has certainly tried to have Shen

Woman From California Captures Breathtaking Photos of Hummingbirds From Her Backyard

A Minnesota-born, California-based woman has grown popular for snapping breathtaking images of hummingbirds. The Instagrammer captures stunning details of these tiny jewels all from her backyard. “Everybody says that they love hummingbirds,” Tracy Johnson told The Epoch Times. “But my love for the hummingbirds goes far beyond the outside beauty and the experiences that I’ve

Metal Detectorist Stumbles on Piece of Jeweled Anglo-Saxon Sword From Medieval Age

While surveying the English countryside, amateur metal detectorist Jamie Harcourt stumbled upon a small jeweled piece of an Anglo-Saxon sword—that might once have belonged to a medieval lord or noble. No larger than the tip of a finger, the artifact was identified as a “sword pyramid,” a decoratively crafted gold and garnet (a red translucent

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