double happiness redux

What do I like about China? (other than low taxes, cheap beer, and the availability of fried chicken.) The stories. In a country with 5000 years of recorded history there’s a tale or two to be told. While the Europeans were living in caves, a movie character once memorably said, the Chinese were building cities and sailing the oceans. I mentioned double happiness in a previous post and promised the whole story. Let us look back to the days of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 CE). The Tang Dynasty is considered a renaissance of sorts, the golden age of … Continue reading double happiness redux

messing about with double happiness

This is a little something I’m messing around with. Mrs. Stevo spent the afternoon shopping (that’s not much of a shock) and I was short a model. Never being one to shy away from the camera, I stood in her stead. The point of this will become apparent when the project, something really cool, is complete. For now, make do with a stocky, red-tinted Stevo, instead of a petite Asian beauty. The symbol on the door is the Chinese symbol for Double Happiness. It is seen in the homes of newlyweds and used a great deal at Chinese weddings. (There … Continue reading messing about with double happiness

Chinese Weddings: Do you remember?

Do you remember one year ago? The sweaty train ride, me worried about another bout of near-heat stroke? Arriving late in Changsha? Racing through the streets of a city we didn’t know to a registry office we weren’t sure was open? Do you remember completing the forms and making our promise before the three uniformed women in a dark office? Or me, not being able to recite that pledge, written only in Chinese characters? Do you remember it was 7-7, Chinese Valentines day, unplanned, and a fortuitous omen. It was if the fates had smiled and spread their blessings upon … Continue reading Chinese Weddings: Do you remember?