Category: Chinese Culture

  • LOVE, LONGING and LOSS

    LOVE, LONGING and LOSS

    When I was sixteen, I wrote an article for my school magazine and called it “The Different Aspects of Love”. Wow! Looking back I wonder now what a mere sixteen-year-old knew about love, let alone its different faces. Now decades later, I return to ponder on the amazing, miraculous and paradoxical nature of human love.…

  • THE ESSENCE OF CHINESENESS

    THE ESSENCE OF CHINESENESS

    When the Asia Education Foundation, University of Melbourne, recently invited me to speak to a group of teachers, I was delighted and honoured to be remembered. They have been tracking me for close to three years and in the past, I had to turn down their invitations for one reason or another. So I was…

  • CHINESE GIFTS OF LOVE

    CHINESE GIFTS OF LOVE

    Long, long time ago, in a country far, far away, there was a very poor couple who had nothing very much. However, they felt they had a lot because they loved each other very much. What he loved most about her was her long blond hair. He would watch the wind play with it when…

  • LOVE AND REN

    LOVE AND REN

    As Christmas draws near, for some of us it is a sigh of relief and for others a gasp of horror. Where has the year gone? Isn’t it scary. For me, it is neither a sigh nor a gasp. Instead I laugh. Otherwise I will cry. Christmas is a season of sadness for many. The…

  • JOY AND PAIN OF EATING

    JOY AND PAIN OF EATING

    So much of our life is centred on food. Do you realise that out of the 18 hours that a person is awake in an average day, s/he spends 6 hours around food: planning, shopping, preparing, cooking, eating and cleaning up. One third of a person’s day goes into filling up the body. One third…

  • GUANXI, NETWORKING AND CHANCE MEETINGS

    GUANXI, NETWORKING AND CHANCE MEETINGS

    It is said that the Chinese guanxi is responsible for ninety percent of business success in China and globally. I often tell the managers who attend our Asian business culture workshops that if they want to succeed in business, they should find an overseas Chinese who is willing to die for them. In other words,…

  • CHINESE DIASPORA

    CHINESE DIASPORA

    By Dr Moni Lai Storz I am writing this in Ipoh, my original hometown in Malaysia. Having left it over thirty years ago, I have come back to move my mother to the south – to Johor Baru, across the causeway from Singapore. This is a sad time for us, saying a final farewell to…