Culture

Alvin Yapp, owner of award-winning museum The Intan, shares his love for Peranakan culture.(Credit: Vibrant Dot)

Falling in Love with Peranakan Culture at The Intan

Sitting in the heart of Joo Chiat, The Intan is a two-storey shophouse that boasts a rich and diverse collection of elaborate antiques. I was immediately attracted by the nostalgic sight of the Tam Puis (or spittoons) and ornate tiffin carriers bursting with colours lined up along the long and narrow wooden staircase upon entering

The Triumph of Death

How China’s Northern Song Dynasty Contained Plague Outbreaks

By Vibrant Dot Staff Plagues have often wrecked havoc since ancient times. While some nations perished during these calamities, others survived. Here are some historic accounts from China’s Northern Song Dynasty detailing how people back then dealt with the outbreaks. According to the History of Song, one of the official Chinese historical works, a major

Will You Clash With Tai Sui (犯太岁) in Year 2020 (庚子年)?

Do you know that every year in Chinese cosmo-astrology, a Tai Sui is in charge of the fortunes and setbacks of people for the entire year?  Tai Sui actually refers to some stars, but has been personified as a deity or god. Do you also know that every year, four Chinese zodiac animals and the

Does Your Zodiac Animal Clash With the Rat in 2020?

Those born in the year of the Rat are now in the spotlight as we stride into the year 2020, which in the Chinese Zodiac system is the year of the Rat. How does your zodiac animal level up with those born in the year of the Rat (i.e. 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984,

Abbot’s Refusal to Expel Thief Angers Monks, It’s All for a Greater Good

Words of Wisdom aims to highlight important morals, which we feel our readers will benefit from reading. We hope you enjoy this fable. Sometimes, life lessons are hard to learn, and we require a few attempts before finally getting it. A monastery of young monks couldn’t understand their master’s reasoning in his refusal to punish

Sage Lord of Japan

Lessons From the Sage Lord of Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu

The father of Japan’s capitalist economy is Shibusawa Eiichi (1840-1931), a highly respected Japanese industrialist. Guided by his study of Confucius’ Analects, Shibusawa brought Western capitalism to Japan, but with a core emphasis on morality and business ethics. In this series, we look at Shibusawa’s philosophy and understanding of Confucius’ teachings, which guided the creation

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What Companies Look for During Job Interviews

By Liu Ru  The father of Japan’s capitalist economy is Shibusawa Eiichi (1840-1931), a highly respected Japanese industrialist. Guided by his study of Confucius’ Analects, Shibusawa brought Western capitalism to Japan, but with a core emphasis on morality and business ethics. In this series, we look at Shibusawa’s philosophy and understanding of Confucius’ teachings, which

The god Pang Gu

Legendary Foundations of Chinese Civilisation: 

This is the first in a series of articles by an Epoch Times research team describing the foundations of Chinese civilisation, and setting forth the traditional Chinese worldview. The series surveys the course of Chinese history, showing how key figures aided in the creation of China’s divinely-inspired culture. The series preface follows. In ancient times,

Min Ziqian (闵子骞)

Dizi Gui (弟子规): The Highest Level of Filial Piety

弟子规 弟子规,圣人训。首孝弟,次谨信。 泛爱众,而亲仁。有余力,则学文。 父母呼,应勿缓,父母命,行勿懒。 父母教,须敬听,父母责,须顺承。 冬则温,夏则凊,晨则省,昏则定。 出必告,反必面,居有常,业无变。 事虽小,勿擅为,苟擅为,子道亏。 物虽小,勿私藏,苟私藏,亲心伤。 亲所好,力为具,亲所恶,谨为去。 身有伤,贻亲忧,德有伤,贻亲羞。 亲爱我,孝何难,亲憎我,孝方贤。 亲有过,谏使更,怡吾色,柔吾声。 谏不入,悦复谏,号泣随,挞无怨。 亲有疾,药先尝,昼夜侍,不离床。 丧三年,常悲咽,居处变,酒肉绝。 丧尽礼,祭尽诚,事死者,如事生。 At Home, Be Dutiful to My Parents What parents like, make an effort to possess. What parents despise, carefully get rid of. Injury to one’s body brings parents worry. Injury to one’s character brings parents shame. When parents

Kangxi_Emperor

Emperor Kangxi (康熙) :  The Wise and Benevolent Ruler

Aixin-Juelo Xuanye, whose title during his reign was Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722 AD), acceded to the Qing Dynasty imperial throne at the age of eight and ruled for 61 years. The name “Kangxi (康熙)”, which is a combination of the Chinese characters ‘health’ and ‘prosperity’, was derived from the proverb, “Thousands of civilians living in health

Confucius and his disciples

The Japanese Method of Grooming Leaders 

The father of Japan’s capitalist economy is Shibusawa Eiichi (1840-1931), a highly respected Japanese industrialist. Guided by his study of Confucius’ Analects, Shibusawa brought Western capitalism to Japan, but with a core emphasis on morality and business ethics. Most of Japanís old, distinguished private schools provide comprehensive education that extends from the secondary school level

Why Helping Others Is Key to Achieving Your Career Goals

Why Helping Others Is Key to Achieving Your Career Goals

The father of Japan’s capitalist economy is Shibusawa Eiichi (1840-1931), a highly respected Japanese industrialist. Guided by his study of Confucius’ Analects, Shibusawa brought Western capitalism to Japan, but with a core emphasis on morality and business ethics. In this series, we look at Shibusawa’s philosophy and understanding of Confucius’ teachings, which guided the creation

Emperor Taizong of Tang

Stories of Emperor Taizong of Tang  (唐太宗 )

Adapted from Clearwisdom.net Emperor Taizong of Tang  (唐太宗 ) ( 598 – 649 AD), personal name Li Shimin, was the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty. One of the few truly outstanding emperors in Chinese history, his rule – known as the Zhenguan Era ( 627 – 649 AD) – was a golden age of

Chinese history, Guo Ziyi(郭子仪)

A General Who Conquered Without Fighting

By Vibrant Dot Staff Taste of Life China’s military generals changed history era after era, leaving legends behind them. They braved the battles, were loyal to their kingdoms, wise and brave. They mastered warcraft and understood the hidden designs of fate. Listen carefully and you can almost hear their horses galloping on the battlefields. Guo

fire ravaged a village

Doing Business, Confucian Style

Traditional Confucian values — “benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and trust” — sound like rather staid notions, more suitable for a refined scholar of literature than a go-go entrepreneur. But cases abound through Chinese history of Confucian businessmen, who built vast commercial empires relying on those ideas. Take the case of Hu Xueyan, a banker who

hokkian song

Learn Hokkien Words Through Hokkien Songs

Hokkien songs are known for being expressive and entertaining. Through catchy melodies, the happiness and sadness of ordinary people’s lives, as well as their dreams (and daydreams) are vividly told. Listening to Hokkien songs is a fun way to learn some hokkien words while enjoying the music; and who knows, maybe you could wow your

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