Feb 15, 2021
The Chinese New Year, or more authentically the Spring Festival (春节Chūn Jié), is around the corner and it’s the Ox Year! For 2021, the New Year Day falls upon 12th February but the Chinese would celebrate a little earlier than that.
Jan 15, 2021
As the pandemic reemerges, people all over the world are spending more time at home than ever. Views on our surroundings and how we manage our domestic spaces also seem to be collectively reshaped, as home becomes our refuge from the crazy world outside more than ever.
Dec 15, 2020
Yes, the Bauhaus once said ‘form follows function’, and it is what some people apply to their interior design choices, but we at YOA look at it a bit differently, because if you can get a combo treat then why not? The reason being: when it’s Chinese furniture or decorative pieces, they likely come along with an art piece!
Dec 04, 2020
For any Chinese culture enthusiast out there, or if you’ve been learning Chinese for quite a while, it’s very possible that you have come across the “Four Great Treasures of the Study” at some point (your laoshi would certainly mention them!). But if you haven’t, this post is a good start! Let’s get familiar with them and their significance regarding Chinese penmanship culture.
Sep 15, 2020
Confession time: we at YOA have a really, really soft spot for Beijing’s Imperial Palace (aka the Forbidden City, but we prefer the Chinese name Gugong).
Aug 18, 2020
You may not know this, but China celebrates its own version of the “Day of Love” and it’s coming up soon! Of course it’s not called Valentine’s Day; it’s ‘Qixi (七夕 or Double Seven)’ and the festival falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, so every year the date shifts around a little bit within August. For 2020, it’s August 25th!
Jan 20, 2020
The Chinese couplet refers to two complementary poetic lines adhering to certain rules, often written on red paper or carved on wooden uprights for appreciation. A form of Chinese literature, the couplet varies in content and style, and can be poetic and calligraphic art. Some couplets express people's earnest love to their motherland, some describe the beauty of the nature, and some convey a maxim or best wishes for the coming year.