Language : English
Published : 2017
Pages : 119
Singapore Chronicles – Trade Unions
Trade unions hold a special place in Singapore’s history. Occupying different camps on the left and right, unionists’ past struggle for social justice saw the rise of leaders who could move the masses. A dispassionate look is taken at the ideas and impulses of those who defined today’s labour movement. Can unions continue to play a key role in the future as jobs are threatened by technological change and disruption? Some observers think Singapore might have an answer. This book examines the issues critically.
This book unravels the mystery behind Chinese martial arts, or wushu, an exotic branch of traditional Chinese culture. It traces how the rough and ready brawls of Chinese cavemen matured into the polished gongfu of Shaolin and Wudang warriors. But the art of gongfu is more than just martial abilities – it is also about philosophy and chivalry code. This volume sheds light on the legend of Bruce Lee, the Yue Maiden Sword and tells you more:
- Do the Acupoint Tapping, Light Skills (qinggong), and ”straying down demonic paths” that we see in period drama really exist?
- What are the various boxing and weapon arts, and the various schools and styles?
- Are E’mei Sect, Huashan Sect, Kunlun Sect, Kongtong Sect and Natural Sect documented in Chinese history?
This is an easy and entertaining read, and a must-buy for budding martial-art fans. Be dazzled by the power and grace of Chinese martial arts, which stands tall in a class of its own!
In this volume, CHINESE AUSPICIOUS CULTURE, we examine how Chinese folk customs have evolved over the centuries to become a natural science that combines multidisciplinary, geography, zoology, architecture and psychology. All these are elements of Chinese auspicious culture, which has been practised by the Chinese for fortune, prosperity and longevity. In order to survive in a world beset with calamities, the ancient Chinese had developed a variety of taboos and customs that must be observed, and they remain the guidelines for the people today.
Are you familiar with some of these Chinese customs?
- Handing out Lunar New Year money gifts to children.
- Preparing glutinous rice dumplings for a reunion.
- Choosing an auspicious date to give birth or get married.
Why do Chinese consider the ‘eight’ to be lucky number? For the answer to this question, look no further than the Eight Immortals, who are one of the most popular subjects of art and craft in China.
The term “Eight Immortals” is used to figuratively for happiness. The stories in this book show how the Eight Immortals brought happiness to the common folk through their miracles and good deeds.
Read about miracles performed by the Eight Immortals to dispel demons and punish the wicked. Tales of how Empress Wu Zetian tried to pray for longevity and how the demons sought to spread the plague will keep you deeply enchanted!
For over 1500 years, Shaolin martial arts teachings have spread through the world from the foot of Mt Song. Over centuries, the monks of Shaolin Temple have become synonymous with Chinese martial arts while cultivating the virtues of Buddhism.
Learn the legends of Shaolin and unveil the mysteries surrounding the Shaolin warrior monks.
- Who founded Shaolin Temple?
- What are the various schools and styles of Shaolin martial arts?
- Was there a fighting nun in Shaolin?
- What is the Hall of Wooden Men in Shaolin?
- The mystery of the Southern Shaolin and more.
An entertaining read for all budding martial arts enthusiasts and those who want to explore the wonders of Shaolin Kung Fu!