Re-repeating History’s Mistakes

Far too often, humans are reminded of historic parallels to current crises that could have been avoided. War is repetitive, but is it necessary? The past may just be the

PRD’s Most Famous Sun Turns 150

It’s not every day that we celebrate the birth of a critical leader who created the basis for a new country. not long ago, China was reeling, waiting for a

Remembering The Arrow

October marks the 160th anniversary of the Arrow Incident which decisively led to the Second Opium War and the sacking of Guangzhou. The Arrow was a lorcha, a ship with

From Guangdong to Yale

What began as a grinding start to life, led to an incredible rush of experience. Indeed, we all hope for heroics and adventure. The sooner we stop dreaming to live,

The PRD Genius: Chen Li

Proving that exams aren’t everything, this local Guangdong scholar failed plenty of tests and instead spent his life showing why it didn’t matter. The Pearl River Delta has always produced

China’s Made-Up Maritime Holiday

In 1492, Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue, but compared to Zheng He, he was a Christopher-comes-lately in a tiny toy boat. Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng He’s massive

Dens of Iniquity: Chinese Opium

In the early 20th century, smoking opium was all the rage in Guangdong Province Where do you go in Guangdong when you want to hang out and score good drugs?

The Empire Strikes Back

For many, the battle of sanyuanli symbolized China’s ability to stand up to foreign invaders It was 175 years ago this month: 60 soldiers from Great Britain and India were

Jesus’ Younger Brother

How one man’s crazed visions led to a huge rebellion and the death of millions… What would you do if you woke up one day thinking you were the younger

Dongguan’s Most Famous Son

 Way Back When: Jeremiah Jenne takes a look at the General with an infamous war cry… On a cold February day in 1626, Dongguan native Yuan Chonghuan is far from