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Chiang Kai-shek: A Leader with a Heart

Chiang Kai-shek, a well-known leader of modern times, is often perceived as a cold, military strongman. However, a closer look at his diaries and the memoirs of his past guards reveals a plethora of heartwarming anecdotes that show his affectionate interactions with people and his thoughtful considerations. These stories are most evident during his favorite ...

Max Lu

Statue of Chiang Kai-Shek, seated, in the main chamber of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

Unlocking the Secrets of Physiognomy: The Fascinating Life of Yuan Shushan (Part 2)

Fortune-telling has long been a subject of fascination in Chinese culture. In the early 20th century, one man stood out as a master of physiognomy — Yuan Shushan. His abilities to read people’s fortunes and predict their futures were legendary. Today, we delve into his life and the remarkable stories left behind. Reading fortunes and ...

Max Lu

A red lotus in bloom.

The Enigmatic Life of Yuan Shushan: Master of Physiognomy (Part 1)

Yuan Shushan was more than just an average man born in 1881. With a wealthy family background and a lineage of medical diviners, Yuan’s life journey was fascinating. His early years were spent in Zhenjiang, practicing medicine and physiognomy divination with his father. Despite failing the imperial examination for the scholar position, Yuan’s thirst for ...

Emma Lu

Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

3 Famous Chinese People Enshrined in Japanese Shrines

Traditionally, Japanese people have great respect for those who are capable or have made outstanding contributions. In different regions and countries, people express their respect toward these people in different ways. However, there are some similarities. For example, statues or portraits are made of those people and put in public places, shrines, or other buildings ...

Mikel Davis

Statue of Chinese alchemist and explorer Xu Fu in Wakayama, Japan.

The ‘Theft of the Century’: Where Did China’s Gold Go?

The story of China and its obsession with gold is well documented as monthly data shows the phenomenal volumes imported through Hong Kong and traded on the Shanghai Gold Exchange. However, given how much commentators report on China’s interest in gold, it’s surprising that very few realize that in 12 months, the country lost thousands ...

Max Lu

The Bank of China.

Madame Chiang Kai-shek’s 8 Secrets to Live Over 100

Soong Mei-ling, a.k.a. Madame Chiang Kai-shek, was the wife of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, who was also the leader of the Kuomintang in China in the 1930s. She was a legendary figure in modern Chinese history. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, she called on the Chinese people to fight against the Japanese invasion, and in 1942 conducted a speaking tour in ...

Emma Lu

Madame Chiang Kai-shek honored by U.S. politicians.

Revolution: For the Love or Hatred of Humanity

Guilin is a place that greatly influenced modern Chinese history and the Communist revolution specifically. Most people know that the city of Guilin in southern China is well-known for its beauty, and the Southern Song literati Wang Zhenggong’s poem summed it up with the words “Guilin’s landscape tops the world.” Still, few know that Guilin ...

Emma Lu

Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

Relations Between Chiang Kai-Shek and the United States During WWII

Chiang Kai-shek led the Kuomintang, otherwise known as the Chinese Nationalist Party, during World War II. The Kuomintang fought on two fronts during the war. They were challenged by both the invading Japanese army and the communist movement led by Mao Zedong, who sought to overthrow Chiang’s Nationalist government in mainland China. Chiang Kai-shek immediately ...

Helen London

Franlin Roosevelt, Chiang Kai-shek, and Winston Churchill.

2020 Taipei Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show in Taiwan

Themed “A journey to childhood through art and chrysanthemums,” the 2020 Taipei Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show exhibited more than 200,000 beautiful flowers from Nov. 27 to Dec. 20.  Please watch the following video of the 2020 Taipei Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show. History The chrysanthemum show at Shilin Residence is the largest of its kind in ...

Billy Shyu

This single Da-Li chrysanthemum plant bears over 1,407 blossoms.