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Traditional Chinese Wisdom Says Now’s the Time for Wine, Sun, and Plenty of Ginger

Fall ends six weeks early in the Chinese calendar, which guides people on how to navigate the seasons for health and well-being.(Pexels)

Tuning in to the season helps the body and mind navigate the cool months ahead


October 25, 2018 Updated: October 28, 2018

A solar term is a period of about two weeks, 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 solar term, offering guidance on how to best navigate the season.READ MORE...

Ego Dropping: The Magic of Breaking Free From Self-Concern

A moment of peace can open a world within us. (Nathan Guzman/Unsplash)

Letting go of our selfishness gives us a chance to connect with something larger


January 7, 2019 Updated: January 8, 2019

There’s a mindfulness technique I’ve been practicing for a number of years now, and when I can do it, it’s like magic.

The practice is dropping the ego—my self-concern and sense of being separate from everything else. I can then return to a mindful state of wholeness with everything.

While that can sound a bit new age-y, what I’ve learned is that almost all of our problems are caused by our self-concern.… READ MORE...

US Focuses on China Pledge to Buy More Goods as Trade Talks End

Ted McKinney (2nd R), the U.S. undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs and a member of the U.S. trade delegation to China, leaves a hotel with other officials in Beijing, on Jan. 7, 2019. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)


January 9, 2019 Updated: January 9, 2019

BEIJING/WASHINGTON—U.S.-China trade talks ended on Jan. 9 with negotiators focused on Beijing’s pledge to buy “a substantial amount” of agricultural, energy and manufactured goods and services from the United States, the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office said.

In a statement that gave no specific details on the outcome of three days of talks in China’s capital this week, USTR said that U.S.… READ MORE...

Ancient Chinese Stories: A Miracle After 100 Acts of Tolerance

A traditional marriage ceremony in China as depicted in a detail from “Prosperous Suzhou” by Xu Yang, 1759. (Public Domain)


December 25, 2018 Updated: December 25, 2018

In the Tang Dynasty, there was a man named Zhang Gongyi. In his lifetime, he could bear anything that ordinary people found unbearable. He swore that he would endure 100 extraordinary acts of tolerance in his lifetime, and every day he made that his oath.

Thus, people called him Zhang Bairen, meaning literally “100 Tolerances” or “100 Acts of Tolerance.”

Zhang Bairen never argued with others when working with them. He disciplined himself strictly but was very generous toward others.… READ MORE...

How Quickly You Climb Stairs Can Indicate How Long You’ll Live

Climbing stairs is a great way to test your overall health. (bestpicko/flickr)

Here’s what you should do if you can’t go up four flights of stairs in under a minute


December 26, 2018

Wondering if you’re at risk of heart disease or cancer? Your answer could be on a set of stairs.

A new study presented at the European Society of Cardiology says an exercise test requiring brisk

A new study presented at the European Society of Cardiology says an exercise test requiring brisk movement can predict your risk of early death from cardiovascular and oncologic diseases, among other illnesses.… READ MORE...

Even When Not in Rome, Eat a Mediterranean Diet to Cut Heart Disease Risk

Eating the Mediterranean diet can have a huge impact on health and wellness, and also prevent heart disease. (Flickr)

Eating healthier fats, fruits, and vegetables can significantly reduce risk of heart disease and other ailments


December 26, 2018 Updated: December 26, 2018

Once again, your mother was right. You really do need to eat your vegetables. And while you are at it, put down the bacon and pick up the olive oil, because new research supports the contention that switching to a Mediterranean diet could significantly decrease the risk of heart disease.

According to a study published Dec.…

Toronto Rights Coalition Calls on China to Release Detained Canadians

Sheng Xue of the Federation for a Democratic China speaks during a rally outside the Chinese consulate in Toronto on Jan. 4, 2019. Xue was part of the Canadian Coalition Against Communism that organized the rally, attended by around 100 people. (NTD Television)


January 4, 2019 Updated: January 5, 2019

TORONTO—A newly formed coalition of rights groups held a demonstration in front the Chinese consulate in Toronto on Jan. 4 to demand the release of Canadian citizens detained in China as well as protest the Chinese regime’s rights violations inside and outside China.

The Canadian Coalition Against Communism (CCAC) organized the demonstration to call on the regime to release Canadians that have been detained since the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada on Dec.… READ MORE...

Chinese Schools Track Students by Requiring Chip-Enhanced Uniforms

Children eat their meal at a primary school in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, on Feb. 27, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)


December 25, 2018 Updated: December 25, 2018

In China’s latest quest to build an all-seeing surveillance state, schools have become part of the state’s monitoring apparatus.

Students at more than 10 schools in Guizhou Province, one of China’s poorest provinces, and the neighboring Guangxi region are now required to wear “intelligent uniforms,” which are embedded with electronic chips that track their movements.

The uniforms allow school officials, teachers, and parents to keep track of the exact times that students leave or enter the school, Lin Zongwu, principal of the No.… READ MORE...

Secret Trial for Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Ends Without Announced Verdict

Plainclothes police officers gesture to stop photographs from being taken in front of the number 2 intermediate people’s court in Tianjin on December 26, 2018, where the trial of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang is set to begin. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)


December 26, 2018 Updated: December 26, 2018

The court trial for prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang commenced on Dec. 26 morning, with the public barred from attending.

The No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court in the northern city of Tianjin claimed that because Wang’s case involved “state secrets,” it would be a closed trial. Wang is accused of subverting state power, a charge often used to prosecute dissidents and rights activists.… READ MORE...

Plants have a taste for classical music, but they especially detest rock ‘n roll


December 19, 2018 Updated: December 19, 2018

Plants love music, but not just any music. They have a taste for classical. Not only have researchers proven that crop yields increase, but growth is enhanced when plants are exposed to classical music.

You may need a little convincing, so here’s some interesting findings to broaden your horizons. After you’re done with this article, you may opt for some more Mozart while at home.

Italian winemaker says his vines are “more robust” thanks to Mozart

Winemaker Giancarlo Cignozzi plays Mozart to his grape vines because he knows they like it.… READ MORE...