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Chinese « Burnt Wine »

The end of Anglo-Saxon pride ?   Did the Chinese invent the brandy and the whiskey? That is the affirmation, in any case, of the great English historian Joseph Needham, the author of the monumental encyclopedia « Science and Civilisation in China ». You will be doubly surprised to learn that the...

Li Qingzhao, the Art of cí

The greatest female writer of « singing poems » Li Qingzhao is rightly considered China's best poet.  Like our Greek poet Sappho, she owes her glory to a limited number of texts which reveal to us the course of her life by sharing her presence with us in the world.  Across the...

Chinese pharmacopeia, orchids and stomach ulcers

Chinese ground orchid, which is mainly used for lung and stomach bleeding, chapped hands and feet in winter and swelling sores, has strong astringent properties and a hemostatic effect on the lungs and a positive effect on muscle and skin growth, and can promote the healing of focal lesions. From...

Why do we still use Yi Jing today?

5 reasons to read the Classic of the Movement A bookstore success in Europe, the mysterious and ancient book called The Classic of the Movement continues to intrigue us with its… effectiveness. Yes, this is a Chinese book, really Chinese because the theory only has a pragmatic function! You ask...

A society of harmony without uniformity?

”和而不同“: coexisting with differences. The phrase from Confucius’s Analects “He Er Bu Tong” has caused much ink to flow. It is used today to demonstrate that Chinese society can think of its own way of living together without immediately needing European concepts linked to their own history. Yes, we can...