The 1998 movie Mulan came out when I was just ten years old and I don’t know why I never saw it. It’s Disney’s take on the classic tale from China, with their own twists of course. Mulan did very well for Disney which made them make a sequel and Mulan is considered a DisneyContinue reading “Mulan (1998 Film) Review”
The Chinese word for “contradiction” is 矛盾 (Máodùn), but the two characters individually mean “spear” and “shield”. This is because of a Chinese proverb of a peddler who sold weapons. He claimed to have a spear that could pierce any object, and a shield that could not be broken. An obvious contradiction.
The first uses of gunpowder and firearms started in China. Firearms are believed to have evolved out of the invention of the fire lance. A spear-like weapon that used gunpowder to shoot a small object from a distance of a few feet.
After losing the First Sino-Japanese War, China gave Japan control over the island of Taiwan. While Japan’s control met quite the opposition in Taiwan, they did give a two year period for the people of Taiwan to move to mainland China. Japan lost control of Taiwan after World War II, and Taiwan later became theContinue reading “Fun Fact: Japanese Taiwan”
While most large countries have multiple time zones, China just has one. Before communists took over and established the People’s Republic of China in 1949, China had five time zones.