Chinalinks 1: Traditional Chinese Culture

  1. 1492: The Prequel. Nicholas D. Kristof's online article in The New York Times Magazine on Zheng He (Cheng Ho), who led seven major oceanic expeditions between 1405 and 1433 with 300 ships and 28,000 men. Question is raised as to whether inhabitants of the East African island of Pate are descendants of shipwrecked Chinese sailors from Zheng He's fleet. (NYT (free) subscription may be required.)
  2. A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization. Prepared by Patricia Buckley Ebrey, University of Washington. "The goal of this "visual sourcebook" is to add to the material teachers can use to help their students understand Chinese history, culture, and society. It was not designed to stand alone; we assume that teachers who use it will also assign a textbook with basic information about Chinese history." Among the resources is the Timeline and Maps, with links to other information at the site. Topics covered in the website: Geography, Ancient Tombs, Buddhism, Calligraphy, Military Technology, Painting, Homes, Gardens, Clothing, and Graphic Arts.
  3. Ancient China. Crystalinks' website containing information on various aspects of ancient China (e.g., archaeology, tombs, Dunhuang caves, astrology, Buddhism, Confucianism, mathematics, music, script, seals, Great Wall of China, etc.).
  4. Asia 110: Intro. to E. Asian Culture and Society. Course page (Spring 1997) from Case Western Reserve University's Asian Studies Program; includes modern culture and society; links to resources.
  5. See also Ballad of Mulan, the poem in Chinese (GB/Big5) and in English translation; part of Ming L. Pei's extensive China the Beautiful website.
  6. Heavens' Embroidered Cloths: One Thousand Years of Chinese Textiles, Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan, and Treasures of the Chinese Scholar (exhibition at the U. of Penn. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (from 3/14/98 through 1/3/99), featuring "scholar art"--calligraphy, painting, and works of art in wood, lacquer, ivory, stone, horn and metal--from Zhou (Chou) (770-256 B.C.) through Qing (Ch'ing) (1644-1911 A.D.).)
  7. Chinese Opera Experience. Introduction to Peking opera.
  8. Beijing Opera Page. History, music, roles, stories, etc.
  9. Chinese Culture Center. China's Ministry of Culture's informative website. (Chinese/English).
  10. Chinese Traditional Opera. Introduction to Beijing opera, Yue opera ("Xiaogeban" or "Diduban" (Small Singing Group)), Huangmei opera, and Kunqu.
  11. For Ohioans and visitors, The Cleveland Museum of Art has a fine Asian art collection that includes paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and more.
  12. Chad Hansen's Chinese Philosophy Page. Information on Taoism (Daoism) and other Chinese philosophy, as well as his ideas about Classical Chinese theories of language and mind. (For Taoism
  13. CHINA - A Country Study. History, geography, traditional Chinese society and culture, modern China, women, science and technology, agriculture, industry, legal system, etc.
  14. ChinaVista. Very professionally-produced site with info on business and culture -- in English and Chinese (Big5/GB). Visit their China Experience: China Culture Index for information on tea, chopsticks, kites, umbrellas, lanterns, two-faced embroidery and other folk arts and crafts; origin of surnames; dress adornments; and much more; take a virtual tour of the Forbidden City; or visit Suzhou's Classical Gardens; or use their Hyper-C: The Ultimate China Index search engine.
  15.  SOHOO's National Minorities Index of Links (GB)
  16. Chinese Abacus and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Learn how to read and use an abacus; learn about traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Tai Chi (taijichuan), Chi Kung (qigong), and other related topics in the Qi Journal (commercial) website. (For more on Chinese herbs and medicine, visit HerbNET.)
  17. The Chinese Art Portal: Contemporary, Modern, and Traditional Chinese Art from China. Attractively-presented resources, including information on books, exhibits, as well as online issues of their magazine.

Using the conversion from lunar to solar calendar, Chinese New Year in the next few years fall on:

  • 2008: February 7 - Year of the Rat
  • 2009: January 28 - Year of the Ox
  • 2010: February 14 - Year of the Tiger
  • 2011: February 3 - Year of the Rabbit (Hare)
  • 2012: January 23 - Year of the Dragon

The 12-animal cycle consists of:

  • Rat
  • Ox
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit (Hare)
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Sheep (Ram,Goat)
  • Monkey
  • Rooster (Chicken)
  • Dog
  • Pig (Boar)
  1. Chinese Calendar. Helmer Aslaksen's webpage on the Chinese calendar and how to compute the date on which Chinese New Year falls in the western calendar. See also section 8 on the Chinese calendar in Claus Tondering's Frequently Asked Questions about Calendars (thanks to Dylan Sung), Greg Pringle's Days of the Week in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese.
  2. Chinese Calligraphy. Links to websites maintained by Jun Shan, as part of his extensive website of links to Chinese Culture (including martial arts, geomancy (feng shui 'wind-water'), literature, legends/myths, folk arts and crafts (papercuts, etc.), festivals, food/recipes, etc.
  3. Chinese Coinage. Info on Chinese coins, especially coin charms; books, dealers, etc.; links, including to the Chinese Coin and Charm Images site that has a page for 'beginners'
  4. Chinese Culture - Welcome from the Mining Company. Must-visit site for online tour of Xi'an, the ancient capital (incl. first emperor of Ch'in dynasty), online tour of Buddhist art of Dunhuang, Chinese festivals (incl. Chinese New Year, horoscope, and many other culture links). (thanks to Shunde Jin)
  5. Chinese Culture Course (Alternate URL). Developed by Paul Halstall; impressive example of harnessing WWW technology to teach traditional Chinese culture. See also his Internet East Asian History Sourcebook, which is part of his Internet History Sourcebooks Project.
  6. Chinese Footbinding - Lotus Shoes. Museum of the City of San Francisco's webpage on Chinese women's footbinding practices. 
  7. Chinese Historical and Cultural Project. The CHCP is a non-profit organization to promote and preserve Chinese American and Chinese history and culture; website includes info on Chinese musical instruments, wedding customs, festivals, traditional Chinese games (Chinese yo-yo, checkers, shuttlecock, jump rope, fist-slinging (fist-matching), etc.) (tip from Miguel Fiallos)
  8. Confucius . Kelley L. Ross' webpage introducing Confucius' teachings, Mandate of Heaven, etc.
  9. Cultural Calendars: The Calendar Zone. Links to numerous (multicultural/multilingual) calendars, including Asian, Chinese, Tibetan, Islamic, Mayan, Catholic, Hebrew, Pagan, etc. (Tip from Loyd Mowry)
  10. Dragon Tour's Chinese Art website for information on architecture, calligraphy, painting, ceramics, and folk art.
  11. Asian Arts' website on the Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan exhibition and The Land of Genghis Khan from National Geographic
  12. Eternal China: Splendors from the First Dynasties. This exhibition at the Dayton Art Institute, Ohio, from 7 March to 7 June 1998 featured over 100 national Chinese treasures from the Qin (Ch'in) and Han dynasties, including life-size, terra cotta figures from the tomb of the first emperor of China.
  13. Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from the People's Republic of China. Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., from 19 September 1999 until 2 January 2000. Artifacts (170 in total) dating from the Neolithic Period through the Five Dynasties (5000 B.C. to A.D. 924) include jades, lacquerware, silks, ceramics, gold and silver objects, and works of sculpture in terra-cotta, stone, and bronze. The exhibition also shows that "Chinese civilization and art did not originate at a specific point in time or place--the Yellow River Valley--but developed from the interaction and assimilation among various cultures that flourished concurrently throughout China" (including southwestern China and other locations south of the Yangzi (Yangtze) River).
  14. National Palace Museum. Online exhibitions from the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.
  15. The Nianhua Gallery. Browse James A. Flath's informative gallery of Chinese New Year woodblock prints (nianhua 年畫 / 年画).
  16. NTU's Center for Buddhist Studies. Wealth of online resources, bibliography, texts, etc. on Buddhist studies at CBS, National Taiwan U. (Eng./Big5) (Mirror sites at Ohio State U. and at Heidelberg) (revised links thanks to Shiangtai Tuan)
  17. Select Bibliography on Chinese Women and Gender Issues. Part of my Chinese Language and Gender On-line Bibliography.
  18. Shaolin Kung Fu. Learn about the history, philosophy, and styles of the oldest form of martial arts in Asia. Also visit Shaolin International Federation for info on Shaolin Kung Fu, the Shaolin Temple, and Tai Chi Chuan. Or perhaps you prefer Wudang Martial Arts? Or maybe you'd rather check out Reinhard Denner's T'ai Chi Collection?
  19. SOHOO's Society and Culture Index of Links and SOHOO's Culture Index of Links (GB) (thanks to Richard Cook for the SOHOO website, the "Chinese Yahoo" (GB).)
  20. The Chinese Canadian Historical Photo Exhibit (photo gallery, history and time line, further readings). And visit Ancestors in the Americas, the series from the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) on history of Asian Americans in the Americas by Loni Ding.

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