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.
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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.
This book explains what purgatory is according to traditional Chinese beliefs. In hell, liars and rumour mongers can expect their tongues to be ripped out, while evisceration awaits schemers and murderers. In rather graphic black-and-white strip cartoons.
Creation of the Gods, a Chinese literary classic, ranks among great works such as The Three Kingdoms, Water Margin and Journey to the West. It relates the struggles between forces of King Zhou, the despotic last ruler of the Shang dynasty, and Jiang Ziya, the legendary commander and strategist who helped found the Zhou dynasty in the 11th century BC. The ensuing battles were a spectacular drama featuring enlightened priests, immortals, spirits, demons, kings and generals. Astride exotic animals or soaring on clouds, they duelled with a formidable array of magic weapons that will captivate the reader from beginning to end. There is no better way to rediscover the saga of the infamous King Zhou and his vixen-concubine, and how they got their just deserts from the army of the virtuous Wen, founder of the Zhou dynasty.
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.