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Black buckwheat is a type of buckwheat grain that has several nutrients, including protein, oleic and linoleic acids (unsaturated omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids), a wide range of B vitamins, in addition to dietary minerals such as magnesium, iron, and calcium. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Five Black Foods That Are Good for You

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, according to the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) doctrine, the natural flavors (sour, bitter, sweet, acrid, salty), five colors of food (green, red, yellow, white, black) are linked with many properties of…

A eucalyptus forest with red springtime blossoms. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Wonders of Eucalyptus Oil

The word eucalyptus is derived from the ancient Greek word eu, meaning good or well, and calyptos, meaning covered. When early explorers arrived in Australia, they collected samples of various plants, including eucalyptus, and sent them back to England for study.

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Mother’s Day: An Expat’s Mom

My mom and I have a very close relationship. She raised me as a single parent until I was 6 years old and she remarried. My mom is like a best…

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Five Black Foods That Are Good for You

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, according to the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) doctrine, the natural flavors (sour, bitter, sweet, acrid, salty), five colors of food (green,…

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The Wonders of Eucalyptus Oil

The word eucalyptus is derived from the ancient Greek word eu, meaning good or well, and calyptos, meaning covered. When early explorers arrived in Australia, they collected samples of various plants, including…

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Appreciating Sweet White Porcelain

Sweet white porcelain (甜白瓷) is a famous porcelain that was produced in the Jingdezhen Porcelain Kiln during the Yongle period of the Ming Dynasty. It earned its reputation during the…

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Chinese Army Uses Soldiers for Target Practice

A video showing Chinese Communist soldiers using an apple placed on top of fellow soldiers’ heads for target practice went viral on Chinese social media recently. There were no casualties,…