Echoing Strains of Tỳ Bà

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to own a very special instrument called the tỳ bà (琵琶) so I grabbed it with both hands.  It is a stringed instrument that looks like a cross between the guitar and the harp but sounds like a very Asian lute. This instrument originated somewhere in ancient … Continue reading Echoing Strains of Tỳ Bà

Huyền Vũ 2: The King, the Dark Warrior, and the Demon of Thất Diệu Mountain

In my previous post regarding the Dark Warrior, Huyền Vũ 1: The Black Tortoise, I detailed my search for this mythical hero. I bounced around from historic materials, to mythology, to star charts, and I was able to determine a couple of things concretely. 257 BCE was the initial point in time when we Viets … Continue reading Huyền Vũ 2: The King, the Dark Warrior, and the Demon of Thất Diệu Mountain

So.  I'm not sure if I told you guys, but I do have a Chinese name. The character is thus: 美 It means beautiful in Mandarin.  It also means the good ole USA, but that's just because it is a homonym for my country's name (I am a citizen of the US, so it is … Continue reading