"My Stories of Chinese Characters" is hosted by Uncle Hanzi, an American who has studied Chinese characters for 30 years. He will tell the stories behind Chinese characters in this ten-episode series, which will show how the Chinese live their daily lives and how they have preserved the culture for centuries.
Porcelain, also called Chinese ceramics, is one of humanity's most ancient inventions. The stories behind this unique and exquisite material are fascinating, detailing how it made its way across the globe and gave the modern world the word "china". Follow the stories told by a well-known Chinese porcelain expert to learn more about these timeless masterpieces borne from the creativity of ancient China.
The Chinese language is considered one of the most difficult languages, attracting millions of new learners every year. Uncle Hanzi will speak with foreign students, talk about the difficulties they face and share some tips.
Humans have always been curious about the future. The Chinese word 占卜 vividly reflects how the ancient Chinese practiced it. Uncle Hanzi will explore the origin of Chinese divination and discuss with an expert the philosophy behind it.
Do you enjoy hip-hop and its drumbeats? The drumbeat is the lifeblood of music as it controls the rhythm and expresses the emotion. Drum has always been an important instrument in China. Drums dictate the rhythm of battle and motivate soldiers. Uncle Hanzi will play drums and explore its charm.
Different people prefer different things. The choice of food comes from the climate and environment and reflects lifestyles and traditions. Uncle Hanzi will share his experience of food in China and Chinese food culture.
Happy Chinese New Year and best wishes for the Year of the Ox! Chinese people celebrate the Spring Festival, the most important festival in China, through various means. They often worship their ancestors, decorate their house and cook a big dinner for the New Year's Eve. This year, Uncle Hanzi will celebrate it with Aunt Wu and her family, sending…
As we all know, the concept of marriage in China is quite different from that in the West. For Chinese people, marriage is an important event and people need to do a lot of preparation. In this episode, Uncle Hanzi will tell you something about the pictograph of "marriage" and discuss the unique concepts and culture of marriage in China.…
"A small room with walls and windows, always runs in the middle of the road, with pedestrians walking on both sides." Guess what it is? It's a car. Chinese characters are considered to be pictograms, but why can't we find any wheels on the character for car?
Many people wonder why there's no "circle" in Chinese characters. In fact, it did exist in ancient Chinese characters, just disappeared over time. Uncle Hanzi will unveil the mystery of the disappearance of the circle.
Do you know how many Chinese characters you need to know to live in China? 2,000? 3,000? Or 5,000? Unfortunately, we can't give you an exact figure. It all depends on scenarios.
You may wonder why one American is called “Uncle Hanzi”? Why is he so interested in Chinese characters? Did he settle in China and have a Chinese wife? All these questions will be answered in this episode.
What is the hardest thing about learning Chinese and how can one conquer the challenges? How many Chinese characters do you need to know to get by in China? Why are all the characters drawn the way they are and what are the meanings behind all of them?......Subscribe to "My Stories of Chinese Characters" as Uncle Hanzi (Chinese characters) shares t…
Despite China inventing porcelain and dominating worldwide production and trade for centuries, from the 19th century, due to the Western world's industrialization, the entire Chinese porcelain industry lagged far behind.
Traditionally, there are 72 steps involved in the making of one Chinese porcelain piece. Other traditional crafts, like weaving, blacksmithing or carpentry, usually take place in a small workshop with simple procedures. Why does porcelain making require so many processes?
Even though porcelain originated in China, only a few commercial brands were created there. Despite being 1,000 years behind, the European porcelain industry was soon developing its own porcelain brands. What happened?
Imari is a style of porcelain named after the Japanese port from which it was shipped to the West. At around the same period, the Chinese porcelain industry suddenly reached its peak and lost its glamorous appeal in the world market, replaced by this new Japanese porcelain.
Kraak ware has been popular in Europe for hundreds of years. However, it was not made in Europe but in China. To find out why this chinaware has a fancy Western name and how it looks, let's travel back in time to the Netherlands in 1602.
In Chinese pop singer Jay Chou's famous song "Blue and White Porcelain", he mistakenly suggests that the colors are a "light sky blue". In this episode, we find the truth about blue and white porcelain, as well as how it became a global obsession.
Jingdezhen is known as China's porcelain capital because it has been producing Chinese ceramics for more than 1,000 years. How did the small town get its name and why is porcelain called 'china' across the world?
One day in June 2005, Chinese fishermen found several pieces of ancient porcelain while out working on their boat. What information was found from these porcelain fragments and why are they considered by experts to be "living fossils" that have recorded histories and stories?