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October 16, 2014

Besides being the home of the Jade Rabbit and Chang’E (and perhaps one day a few taikonauts), the moon has been a source of poetic inspiration for the Chinese since ancient times.

September 24, 2014

In 1957, the year the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into space, Mao Zedong expanded China's nuclear weapons project into the country's first space program. Throughout the 1950s China cooperated with the Soviet Union, but after relations between the two countries declined in 1960, China began to work alone and to focus on missile defense systems. Though the program declined after Mao's death, China revived its space program after the end of the Cold War.

September 5, 2014

Imagine there’s a Rabbit Hall of Fame. Who would you nominate? In the west, the rock star might be the bunny that brings kids decorated eggs on Easter Sunday-the Easter Bunny! However in East Asia, most votes may go to a rabbit that is also related to a traditional festival: the Moon Rabbit.

June 30, 2014

In the United States, most of us grow up studying tales and stories from Ancient Western civilizations like Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.  The Middle East has a long history of literature that we should all spend some time learning about.  Classical Arabic literature contains some of the w

June 10, 2014

For a long time, sushi was a strange, alien concept to Americans, and many movies and TV shows from the 80s and 90s feature characters getting nauseous at the prospect of eating raw fish. But today, sushi restaurants have become an increasingly popular and commonplace feature of American cities.

May 2, 2014

Yuto, the youngest boy in the Yamagata family, got up earlier than usual. His elder sister, Aiko, was still sleeping. It was May 5, Kodomo no Hi (子供の日): Children’s Day in Japan.

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