Singapore Han Cultural Society: Reviving Chinese Han Couture (Hanfu)

By Jocelyn Neo and Li Yen| Epoch Times Staff Chinese people are called “hua ren” (華人), but do you know that the word “hua” (華) was derived from the beautiful clothing worn by the Han Chinese? Many people assume qipao (cheongsam) to be the quintessence of traditional Chinese dressing, but qipao is actually the traditional clothing of…

Hanfu of the Tang, Song and Ming Dynasties

By Jocelyn Neo | Epoch Times Staff Many people assume qipao (cheongsam) to be the quintessence of traditional Chinese dressing, but qipao is actually the traditional clothing of the Manchus, not the Chinese. The Han Chinese – the largest ethnic group in China – had their own traditional clothing for more than 3,000 years, and…

How to Make Tolerance Work for You—Between Colleagues

By Jing Yuan and Jade Pearce | Epoch Times Staff When taking one step back leads to huge strides forward Most of us are taught as kids that we should never let others take advantage of us. “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, so be prepared to fight for what should be yours.” So we cultivate…

Stories from Ancient China: Prime Minister Li Mian Buries Gold

By Epoch Times Staff Li Mian (717-788 AD) was an official and general of the Tang Dynasty, serving as a chancellor during the reign of Emperor Dezong. He was a descendent of Tang’s founding emperor, Emperor Gaozu. Li was poor during his early years, but he did not try to seek ill-gotten wealth. He instead…

Should Singapore Firms Invest in China or Steer Clear?—A Businessman’s Story: Regulatory Obstacles and the Drama of Doing Business in China

By Epoch Times Contributor In 2015, the World Bank ranked China as seventy-eighth in the world for overall “ease of doing business”. I believe this poor ranking is due to three regulatory obstacles in China: bureaucratic red tape, the inconsistent interpretation and enforcement of rules and regulations— which appear to be completely discretionary—and the fickle…

Lessons From Dizi Gui: Value Sibling Ties Over Material Gain

By Epoch Times Staff Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. According to Dizi Gui, siblings should respect and love each other to maintain harmonious relationships; only then can they be regarded as being dutiful to their parents….

Startup Woman

By Epoch Times Staff People often think that men take precedence over women in the business world. However, some say the future of startup belongs to women. What is your opinion? Undeniably, women still have a long way to go to surpass men in the startup scene, particularly in the tech arena. However, founder of…

The Three Letters and Six Etiquettes in Traditional Chinese Wedding

By Jocelyn Neo| Epoch Times Staff In ancient China, a marriage ceremony is a solemn and sacred occasion. Hence, there is a custom of Three Letters and Six Etiquettes (三书六礼). It refers to the six steps that people follow in traditional Chinese wedding. But the steps have now been reduced to four, namely, Presenting the Wedding…

Lessons From Dizi Gui: Do Not Pursue or Indulge in Vanity

By The Epoch Times and Clearwisdom.net “Dizi Gui” (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is a traditional Chinese textbook for children that teaches children morals and proper etiquette. Dizi Gui states that we must not act in any way that is wrong or unfair to others, even if we think that the act is…

The Beautiful Concept of Harmony in Ancient Chinese Culture

How harmony engenders strength, friendship, and peace In traditional Chinese culture, the meaning of “harmony” is very rich and profound. Harmony is essential in relationships between individuals and between nations. It’s also imperative in humanity’s relationship with nature. Harmony encompasses the concepts peace and coordination. To many people, harmony means open-mindedness and a balance of…