Language : English
Published : 2016
In 1971, a teenage girl briefly disappears from her house in the middle of the night, only to return a different person, causing fissures that threaten to fracture her Punjabi Sikh family.
As Singapore’s political and social landscapes evolve, the family must cope with shifting attitudes toward castes, youth culture, sex and gender roles, identity and belonging. Inheritance examines each family member’s struggles to either preserve or buck tradition in the face of an ever-changing nation.
The Chinese people have a history of 5,000 years of civilization. Information about the origins of Chinese traditional festivals not only helps us to understand the customs and everyday habits of the Chinese but also their rich cultural heritage. The reader will be intrigued to learn that many of the stories associated with Chinese festivals have evolved with the changes in the development of Chinese civilization and as a consequence have become an integral part of Chinese culture.
Because of the progress of science and technology, and the gradual shedding of ethnic traditions for modern and universal ways, many Chinese are no longer able to tell how their festivals originated. This is especially true of Chinese communities outside their homeland. This book on the origins of the festivals and popular stories associated with them will help the reader to appreciate how the celebration of these festivals acted as a social glue in identifying and helping the Chinese stick together as a race throughout their long history and wherever they are found.
Origins of Chinese Food Culture is the latest addition to Asiapac’s collection of books on Chinese culture. This volume brings you through the origins, history, customs and fascinating tales behind the intricate and perplexing labyrinth of customs and taboos, and the art and science of Chinese food culture.
Did you know that:
- Tables and chairs did not enter common usage until the Southern Song period?
- Female chefs were once the rage in ancient China?
- Zhuge Liang defeated his enemy with mantou?
- Youtiao was also known as ‘deep-fried ghost’?
- Chopsticks were once reputed to detect poison?
Read about all these and manu other enthralling facts in this info-packed book. With this well-illustrated and easy-to-read volume, understanding Chinese culture has never been easier.
Legends of the God of Wealth Traces the origins of the most revered Chinese Gods worshipped by the masses.
Did you know that there are various groups of Gods of Wealth?
- Principal Gods of Wealth like Bi Gan, Fan Li, Zhao Gongming and Guan Yu.
- Secondary Gods of Wealth like Child of Fortune, Five-Direction Gods, and Gods of Harmony and Union.
- Occasional Gods of Wealth like the popular Kitchen God
Check out the Gods of Wealth, and enjoy more insights:
- The golden toad that bestows wealth
- Customs and beliefs on wealth-seeking
Hardly a traditional Chinese will shut out any deity that promises wealth, so be sure that you know and recognise all the Gods of Wealth!
Talk about Chinese culture and images of dragon boats, lion dances, red packets and mandarin oranges readily come to mind. Their common thread is that they are all considered auspicious symbols by the Chinese. This charmingly illustrated book takes you on a journey of discovery of many others:
- Animals: Phoenix, tortoise , tiger, bat, spider, deer, elephant, horse, crane, carp, goldfish and others.
- Plants: Pine, bamboo, plum peony, peach, orchid, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, gourd and others.
- Objects: Treasure bowl, money tree, copper coin, ruyi, mirror, seal, Chinese knot and ‘tower of wisdom’.
- Home items: New year couplets, dumpling, glutinous rice ball, fish, chopsticks, longevity noodles and others.
- Words: Happiness, wealth, longevity, Eight Immortals, combined characters, auspicious numbers and greetings.
Understanding the appeal of these symbols will help you to appreciate the arts and crafts displayed in Chinese homes and workplaces.