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This podcast provides you with inspirational ancient wisdom that still applies today. We share stories of our ancestors and explain in-depth the meanings behind those savvy and motivating quotes. We dig deep so that you'll know exactly how to use it! Let the old wisdom guide your way!

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    • Education
    • 4.0 • 4 Ratings

This podcast provides you with inspirational ancient wisdom that still applies today. We share stories of our ancestors and explain in-depth the meanings behind those savvy and motivating quotes. We dig deep so that you'll know exactly how to use it! Let the old wisdom guide your way!

    The most incorruptible official in China's Qing Dynasty

    The most incorruptible official in China's Qing Dynasty

    What do you think are the most important qualities of a good government official? Competence? Foresight? Integrity? As for the star of this show, he has the title of being "the most incorruptible official" in Qing Dynasty! Check out Zhang Boxing's stories now!

    • 16 min
    Bonus Episode: Q&A with Professor Steve Roddy on Author of China's 'A Thousand and One Nights'

    Bonus Episode: Q&A with Professor Steve Roddy on Author of China's 'A Thousand and One Nights'

    In this episode, Niuniu continues her conversation with Professor Steve Roddy from University of San Francisco about Feng Menglong. Did you know that besides being an accomplished novelist, he was also a historian? As if that was not enough, he also collected folk songs. He even had a lot of loyal readers overseas! Listen to the conversation for more interesting details!

    • 12 min
    Author of China's 'A Thousand and One Nights' Part 2

    Author of China's 'A Thousand and One Nights' Part 2

    What do you consider as the most decisive factor for success? Ability? Timing? Resources? Or outside support? All of the above are certainly important, but in Chinese, there's a saying that "事在人为," which means "human effort is the decisive factor." Listen to the show to find out a cool story about Feng Menglong that can be used to interpret "事在人为."

    • 14 min
    Author of Sanyan trilogy, China's 'A Thousand and One Nights' Part 1

    Author of Sanyan trilogy, China's 'A Thousand and One Nights' Part 1

    Feng Menglong from the late Ming Dynasty was all of the following: a famous historian, an exceptional novelist and poet. His Sanyan trilogy of vernacular Chinese short story collections have been compared to Italian writer Boccaccio's Decameron and the stories of A Thousand and One Nights. So what to make of it when this successful 61-year-old novelist "abandoned" his comfortable life to take up a post of the county head in a faraway place? Let's check out his story now.

    • 14 min
    A great reformer with a controversial personality Part 2

    A great reformer with a controversial personality Part 2

    How would you define success? Become rich? Famous? Or powerful? For our ancient friend Wang Anshi, none of these counted. How did he define success? Listen to the show to find out why so many Chinese young people still remember him and celebrate his birthday online a thousand years later!

    • 12 min
    A great reformer with a controversial personality Part 1

    A great reformer with a controversial personality Part 1

    We all know there are different facets to everyone's personality. Someone could be extremely intelligent, funny, ambitious and totally warmhearted and upright, but at the same time, stubborn, arrogant, sarcastic and socially awkward! The man all these words can be used to describe is Wang Anshi. Let's meet this controversial ancient Chinese now!

    • 14 min

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