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Yuejiang Lou, Nanjing City, China

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the remote, secluded and little known rice terraces of yuanyang county in china’s yunnan province were built by the hani people along the contours of ailao mountain range five hundred years ago during the ming dynasty. during the early spring season, when these photos were taken, the terraces, once planted, are irrigated with spring water from the forest above, which reflect sunlight to create these images.

photos by jialiang gao, javarman, isabelle chauvel and thierry bornier
(previous posts on the rice terraces of the philippines and vietnam)

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Ancient times table hidden in Chinese bamboo strips



From a few fragments out of a collection of 23-century-old bamboo strips, historians have pieced together what they say is the world’s oldest example of a multiplication table in base 10.

Five years ago, Tsinghua University in Beijing received a donation of nearly 2,500 bamboo strips. Muddy, smelly and teeming with mould, the strips probably originated from the illegal excavation of a tomb, and the donor had purchased them at a Hong Kong market. Researchers at Tsinghua carbon-dated the materials to around 305 bc, during the Warring States period before the unification of China.

Each strip was about 7 to 12 millimetres wide and up to half a metre long, and had a vertical line of ancient Chinese calligraphy painted on it in black ink. Historians realized that the bamboo pieces constituted 65 ancient texts and recognized them to be among the most important artefacts from the period. Read more.

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A beautiful collection of clay pots. 


Yixing clay is a type of clay from the region near the city of Yixing in Jiangsu province, China. Its use dates back to the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279). From the 17th century on, the Yixing wares were commonly exported to Europe. The finished stoneware, which is used for teaware and other small items, are usually red or brown in color. They are known as Zisha ware, and are typically unglazed. 

The term “yixing clay” is often used as an umbrella term to describe several distinct types of clay used to make stoneware:

Zisha or Zi Ni (紫砂 or 紫泥 ; literally, “purple sand/clay”): this stoneware has a purple-red-brown color.

Zhusha or Zhu Ni (朱砂 or 朱泥; literally, “cinnabar sand/clay”): reddish brown stoneware with a very high iron content. The name only refers to the sometimes bright red hue of cinnabar. There are currently 10 mines still producing Zhu Ni. However, due to the increasing demand for Yixing stoneware, Zhu Ni is now in very limited quantities. Zhu Ni clay is not to be confused with Hong Ni (红泥, literally, “red clay”).

Duan Ni (鍛泥; literally, “fortified clay”): stoneware that was formulated using various stones and minerals in addition to Zi Ni or Zhu Ni clay. This results in various textures and colors, ranging from beige, blue, and green (绿泥), to black.

Yixing teawares are prized because their unglazed surfaces absorb traces of the beverage, creating a more complex flavor. For these reasons, yixing teawares should never be washed using detergents, but rather with water only, and connoisseurs recommend using each tea vessel for one kind of tea (white, green, oolong, or black) or sometimes even one variety of tea only.

Picture credits: 台湾 玉凡轩 

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How China Made Sure There’d Be No ‘Touch of Sin’ at the Oscars

Jia Zhangke’s ‘A Touch of Sin’ has thus far been denied an official release permit in China — tantamount to an Oscars ban, writes Jonathan Landreth.

Read the full story here.

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if you think all 5000 years of chinese history are characterised primarily by it being a sedentary confucian-state i am sorry to inform you you are both wrong and misinformed and if you parade around this misinformation under the guise of history you really don’t deserve to be any kind of student of it

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Anonymous asked: The ONLY good thing about Disney's Mulan was actually having an Asian Disney Princess in the line-up. As a little girl, it was awesome to see a woman in Disney who LOOKED LIKE ME and came from the same country.


my biggest issue with people criticizing mulan, especially people who are not of chinese descent or even east asian more broadly, is that mulan was an INCREDIBLY important moment in many of our lives. for many chinese americans, it validated our existence. it showed that we were important, that our cultural history was worth celebrating, that our faces were worth representing. and disney did an unusually excellent job of casting actual asian american actors to portray almost all of the roles. and they did do decent research by taking inspiration from historical chinese art to inform the animation style and character & costume design (not to say they didn’t take glaring liberties with chinese history and the legend of mulan).

so for all its faults, mulan did have a very real and important impact on our community. and yes, disney is incredibly problematic, and there are tons of things to criticize in mulan. but i almost always feel that this is our movie to celebrate and to criticize, and not for lao wai to speak on our behalf. i am incredibly wary of non-chinese people who give either incredibly vague criticisms of mulan (like “the emperor was a ~wise man~ stereotype” like??? in what way??? and in what way is that a uniquely asian stereotype??) or flat-out inaccurate criticisms, as with the discussions today about misogyny in mulan.


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Having just commented on Zheng He and the China-Africa story, here’s a trailer for the beautifully-produced epic documentary Zheng He: Emperor of the Seas, which I highly recommend. 

Also, here’s the latest news on the search for a Chinese shipwreck from Zheng He’s fleet off the coast of Kenya. Researchers are trying to manage expectations, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they start finding some amazing artifacts in the coming years. It’s a repeated pattern in the modern piecing together of an “authoritative” history of China: Chinese written records tell one story, which (mostly Western) scholars disbelieve and dismiss as fantastical legend, until archaeology proves it.

the sunken ship in Kenya is so legit. My sisters name is Chao, a well known Chinese name. I also have several cousins named Chao because my grandmothers both sides had the name. Names in Kenya, at least the area i come from, are passed down and it’s  been in our family for many generations. Although it’s a first name for us not a sir name.

Thanks for the additional info, really interesting.

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oh hey yutu’s still alive?? yESSSS tumblr got me all worried for nothing
"Now that it is still alive, the rover stands a chance of being saved," Pei said.

The news caused a splash in China’s social networking circles.

On Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, the “Yutu Lunar Rover” account, which has followed the developments of the mission from a first-person perspective, posted its first update since the mechanical problems.

“Hi, anybody there?” it asked in a post, which prompted some 60,000 reposts and 40,000 comments within two hours.

“We are all here,” one Weibo user replied.

“Hold on there, the whole country’s got your back,” another wrote. [x]

Its latest post on Sunday, which featured a picture of the Chang’e-3 probe taken by Yutu during its third lunar day and the caption of “zzZ”, implicating the lunar rover had gone asleep, were also reposted by thousands within minutes.

“Remember to wake up on time, you lazy bones,” one wrote in reply. [x]

"Some netizens said Yutu has shouldered too heavy a burden and asked not to increase it any more." [x]


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Anonymous asked: Can you explain why Europeans were much more technologically advanced than the indigenous populations of Africa? I mean, these cultures hadn't even invented sewage systems, which is something the Romans were able to design and implement in 800-735 BC (a long fucking time before "the white man" colonized it)... I mean fuck, without "the white man", they would probably still be in the fucking bronze age.


I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.

The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?

I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?

Your magical (read: white supremacist) idea of a purely 'white' Rome never existed.


The Minoan culture on the island of Crete between 1500-1700 B.C.E. had a highly developed waste management system. They had very advanced plumbing and designed places to dispose of organic wastes. Knossos, the capital city, had a central courtyard with baths that were filled and emptied using terra-cotta pipes. This piping system is similar to techniques used today. They had large sewers built of stone.”

In case you needed further clarification, neither the Minoans nor other (later) Greeks were ethnically uniform. They also had the first flush toilets, dating back to 18th century B.C.E. They had flushing toilets, with wooden seats and an overhead reservoir. The Minoan royals were the last group to use flushing toilets until the re-development of that technology in 1596.

Oh, and look the Mayans had indoor plumbing, acqueducts, and pressurized water too. I mean, you can ignore that the area Mayans lived in had little to few rivers, no lakes or standing water, nor other sources of running water, while simultaneously dealing with monsoons and flooding due to one of the heaviest yearly rainfalls in the Americas.

Classic Maya even used household water filters using locally abundant limestone carved into a porous cylinder, made so as to work in a manner strikingly similar to modern ceramic water filters.

Of course, by this time millenia later none of your precious “white people” had developed any methods besides shitting in pots.

Continuing, the earliest archaeological record of an advanced system of drainage comes from the Indus Valley Civilization from around 3100 B.C.E in what is now Pakistan and North India.  By 2500 B.C.E (almost 5,000 years ago), highly developed drainage system where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.
All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which lined the major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.

Filters for solid waste.

Sorry, what were the British doing up until like, 200 years ago? Shitting in the streets? Oh yeah.
I mean, I could get into how by the Shang Dynasty (roughly 1600 B.C.E.), China had sophisticated plumbing including pressure inverted siphons.

Or into the city of Amarna, Ancient Egypt. Or Persepolis, Persia and the Achaemenids in 600 B.C.E.
But, I mean, it sounds like the only one still in the Bronze Age is you.
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"The God Hunter"

Chinese animated film, based on the classic Monkey King legend. Definitely a very different tone. Futuristic. Pretty dark.

Slated for a 2015 release in China. Studio Vasoon Animation. Not enough details to know if it will get a wider release, either in theater or DVD.

(trailer starts at around 0:25)

Thank you animationscoop for the link. 

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Spoiler alert. The first people pretty much everywhere were black.


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Zhou Mi: Kangding plateau, Sichuan province, China, 2007.

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