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A traditional greeting to our readers on Lunar New Year 2021 — we wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

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Celestial Protection During a Deadly Plague

Since ancient times, when traditional values and morals have extensively degenerated and collapsed, a deadly plague would invariably strike out across the land. As...

To Save Face, China Is Prepared to Destroy the Lives of Its Own People

At this critical time, China is undergoing one of the coldest winters in at least 50 years. On top of that, people are having to cope with these freezing conditions while the coal supply is running out. Worst of...

Leaving Hong Kong to Escape the Chinese Communist Regime

Another young person has fled Hong Kong in order to avoid the brutality of the Chinese Communist regime.  The 19-year-old youth, who goes by the pseudonym “Hammer,” has endured being arrested, beaten, and harassed by police, as well as having...

Intriguing Traditions of the Chinese Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is one of the most celebrated holidays across Asia and it officially marks the last day of the Lunar New Year celebrations. It falls on the 15th day of the 1st month on the Lunar Calendar,...

Relations Between Chiang Kai-Shek and the United Stated During WWII

Chiang Kai-shek led the Kuomintang, otherwise known as the Chinese Nationalist Party, during World War II. The Kuomintang fought on two fronts during the war. They were challenged by both the invading Japanese army and the communist movement led...

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Rare Snow Covers Joshua Tree National Park

The dry landscape of Joshua Tree National Park was covered in layers of white due to a rare snowfall around Christmas time, making it...

How Displaying the Chinese Character ‘Fu’ Brings You Good Fortune

As we celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Ox in 2021, we wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. We hope your...

Snowy Owl Stops in Central Park for the First Time Since 1890

It has become so rare to spot wildlife in urban places these days that a single sight of any species makes headlines. That is...
homeless lady sitting with trolley and warm jacket on pavement

Donna Stolzenberg, Victoria’s Australian of the Year, Has a Big Heart for the Homeless

Being nominated for Australian of the Year is one of the highest honors an Australian citizen can receive. Donna Stolzenberg, a proud Ngatjumay and Mirning...

Astronomers Publish Map Showing 25,000 Supermassive Black Holes

An international team of astronomers has published a map of the sky showing over 25,000 supermassive black holes. The map, to be published in...

China

Paul Harris Pressured to Resign from the Hong Kong Bar Association

The newly elected Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association, Paul Harris, has been facing pressure to step down from the role after only a few weeks in the position. Mr. Harris assumed his new role as Chairman, replacing Philips Dykes, in January but has recently faced calls to vacate the job after pro establishment leaders questioned his political leanings.   The National Security Law and the Hong Kong Bar Association Mr. Harris started his career in...

BBC World News Off the Air in China

China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) announced it would prohibit BBC World News from airing in China, as they claim the media outlet, “violated the requirement that news be truthful and fair, and has harmed Chinese national interests and damaged Chinese ethnic unity.” It was also announced that BBC World Service radio programming will also be restricted from broadcasting over the air by Radio Television Hong Kong. The announcements came shortly after China...

Organ Harvesting in China Denounced in UK and US Legislation

On Feb. 11, 2021, amendments to the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill (Bill 136) in the United Kingdom (UK) became law after receiving Royal Assent, the legislative process's last step. This historic bill became the first passed by the British government to combat the crime of live organ harvesting by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The summary of the bill on the UK Parliament website is to “confer power to amend or supplement the law...

Chinese Remember ‘Wuhan Whistleblower’ and Early Mishandling of COVID-19 Pandemic

Feb. 7 marked the first anniversary of the death of Li Wenliang, the doctor silenced by Chinese officials for his attempts to warn friends and family about the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in late 2019. Working in Wuhan, Li succumbed to the virus in February 2020. A year after Li's death, many Chinese have expressed mourning for the man they believe tried to get the truth out in spite of strict censorship by the communist authorities....

Audio Chat App Clubhouse is Disapproved by the CCP and Will Address Security Issues

A new audio chat app called Clubhouse is rapidly gaining global popularity. However, The Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) recently reviewed the app and noticed that it might have some security issues that make it susceptible to having information intercepted by the Chinese Government. The app is a drop-in audio chat app that seeks to connect users through audio discussions that mass audiences join. A discussion group started by a moderator can control the room; there...

US Carriers Challenge Beijing With South China Sea Exercises

Two American carriers recently carried out joint exercises in the South China Sea, a region that Beijing claims as its own territorial waters. Exercises of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group aimed to boost interoperability between the two and improve control and command capabilities. It is the first time since July 2020 that the United States has conducted dual-carrier operations in the South China Sea.  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang...

Li Shizhen, ‘Medical Saint’ of China (Part 2)

Li Shizhen lived during the Ming Dynasty of China in the 16th century. He was a pioneer of medicine in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties who compiled a masterpiece to set standards for the identification, quality, strength, and purity of medicinal substances, the Compendium of Materia Medica, a task that took him nearly 30 years to complete. This effort earned him the title “Medical Saint” among future generations. Though Li's father wanted him...

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TAIWAN

Pingtung City, a Charming City in Southern Taiwan

When it comes to Pingtung, people tend to think of the famous Kenting National Park, its beautiful beaches, the picturesque coastlines, and other popular...

HEALTH

12 Signs of a Heart Attack, Unexpected but Lethal

A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, has a very fast onset and can be fatal. Some signs are not easily recognizable, so we have...

7 Things You Might Not Know About Coffee

Coffee is a favorite beverage for many people, especially office workers, who may drink coffee regularly every day. Coffee also has many health benefits,...

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Many Illnesses Are Caused by a Meridian Blockage

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that insufficient qi will cause bad blood circulation, thereby water will not flow, and toxins fail to discharge. Once a...

These 6 Foods Are Excellent for Liver Health

The liver is a very vital organ. Therefore, liver health is particularly important for the immune system and helps fight infection. It removes bacteria...

10 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs With Important Gastrointestinal Benefits

There are 10 kinds of Chinese anti-inflammatory herbs that can be prepared at home. They can be used in making medicines, preparing meals, or...

7 Habits to Uplift Your Spirit and Health

Good health is as much about good habits as being born with a good constitution. It can be tough going and takes a lot of...

The ‘Terrain’ of Disease: Limitations of Germ Theory

In 1864, French chemist Louis Pasteur fathered the science of bacteriology and the germ theory of disease causation – one of the cornerstones of...

New Discovery: How the Brain ‘Tangles’ in Alzheimer’s Disease

University of Queensland researchers have discovered a new "seeding" process in brain cells that could be a cause of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. UQ’s Queensland...

US Military Members Balk at Taking Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine

U.S. troops and Department of Defense (DOD) staff are refusing to take the experimental COVID-19 vaccine for the mRNA novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), according to...

All Illnesses Are Caused by Qi Stagnation

Life, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is a gathering of Qi, or vital life energy. The vitality and health of the human body...

CHINESE CULTURE

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The Guqin: Playing Music From the Heart

The guqin is a five- or seven-stringed plucked instrument originating in Ancient China. It was considered essential to know...
Afraid of the ways of Heaven brings prosperity

The Most Frightening Thing Is When People Aren’t Afraid of Anything

Before the Chinese Communist Party usurped power in 1949, the Chinese were a very righteous and moral people. In...
Buried treasures show up everywhere for the righteous

A Tale of Immediate Reward for Virtue and Doing a Good Deed

It is said that a person is rich and prosperous for a reason. Accumulation of virtue, in this life...
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Nian – A Lunar New Year Story

There is a legend as to why during the Chinese New Year Festival doors are decorated with Chinese couplets...

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SCIENCE

Ancient Tree Points to a Turning Point in Earth’s History 42,000 Years Ago

The temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts that led to global environmental change and mass extinctions, a new international study co-led by UNSW Sydney and the South Australian Museum shows. This dramatic turning point in Earth’s history...

How One Sincere Heart of Kindness Averted Complete Disaster!

There is a village in northern India called Geyima Village that was saved from disaster by one heart of kindness. The land there is harsh and barren. The people live in poverty and the...

Indian Government Promoting Domestic App Koo Over Twitter

The Indian government is promoting Twitter’s domestic rival Koo after the global platform refused to comply with the administration’s blocking of certain accounts. New Delhi claims that the accounts spread propaganda and instigated many people...

COVID-19: WHO Chief Open to Investigating Wuhan Lab Leak Theory

Dr. Peter Ben, head of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus investigation team in China, had recently stated that the Wuhan lab leak theory lacked merit and that there was no need to scrutinize the...

Japan Facing Dry Ice Shortage as Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins

Japan’s drive to counter the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus, which causes the pandemic disease the China-centric World Health Organization (WHO) coined as “Coronavirus Disease 2019,” or COVID-19, through vaccination is running into challenges. Dry ice...

Teaching Children How to Be Kind to Family Members and Others

As parents, not only are you constantly trying to impart and teach your children core life values and lessons, you are also teaching them how to be kind, along with the golden rules for...

The Angel’s Misjudgement

Can angels get it wrong? One day, a blind man was crossing the street with his guide dog when a large truck lost control and hit him, killing him on the spot, and also...

Japan’s Shimdazu Corporation Begins Sale of Coronavirus Surface Test Kits

Japan’s Shimdazu Corporation began the sale of test kits for the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus on Monday, according to Kyodo News. The company boasts these testing kits are a first of their kind in the...

Study Proves Link Between Political Bias and Social Tie Formation on Twitter

Twitter users are three times more likely to follow back the accounts of strangers if they share the same political bias, according to a new study that sheds light on the phenomenon of "echo...

Huawei Wants HSBC Data Access to Block Meng Wanzhou Extradition

Chinese tech company Huawei has taken the legal route in the UK to gain access to some internal documents of HSBC. It’s attempting to block the extradition of CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is currently...

Whether You Encounter Misfortunes or Blessings Are God’s Grace

Those situations in life that you may at first think are misfortunes, when you take a moment and look a little deeper, you will see that God's grace encompasses all things, all events, and...

China’s Violations of WTO Regulations Leading to Mistrust

The WTO is the world trade rule-setting organization. It was created after the World War II trade agreement between countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom to encourage economic ties and...

18,000-Year-Old Seashell Is the Oldest Manmade Wind Instrument of Its Type

Almost 80 years after its discovery, a large seashell from the ornate Marsoulas Cave in the Pyrenees has been studied by a multidisciplinary team from the CNRS, the Muséum de Toulouse, the Université Toulouse...