Nine Nines Countdown Calendar + Free Printables

From December 21 to 23, people abandon their nine-to-five jobs to return home for dumpling soup and table games, celebrating Winter Solstice or the commencement of winter. For ancient Chinese, winter not only brought sore throats and sniffly noses, but represented an illness itself, a glut of boredom and yearning for warmth. Households remedied theirContinue reading “Nine Nines Countdown Calendar + Free Printables”

the Multivariation of Chinese Dumplings

You can find Nai Nai wrapping dumpling skin on the floured counter during almost every Chinese holiday, or bagged dumps in the freezer as a go-to weekend lunch. What’s special about Jiao Zi isn’t just the various flavors, from pork and scallion to egg and chive, but the multitude of holidays in which they span.Continue reading “the Multivariation of Chinese Dumplings”

the Magic, the Mastery, and the Medium of Winter Solstice: Tangyuan 汤圆

by Michaela Wang In the South of the Yangtze River, the whole family customarily gathers together on the evening of Winter Solstice to go meatless, devouring rice complimented not with stir-fry beef, pork, or chicken, but red bean. According to legend, the son of Gonggong exercised evil practices, and his life ended on the holiday.Continue reading “the Magic, the Mastery, and the Medium of Winter Solstice: Tangyuan 汤圆”