Grandfather and the Waterhens of Spring

When I was very young, my maternal grandfather was already 72.  I thought him quite old back then.  To be honest, I still think so, even though he passed away many decades ago.  He had white hair and a white beard, and his skin sagged because...well, he was old. He taught me a poem that … Continue reading Grandfather and the Waterhens of Spring

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