Asian Dynasties and History

White flight from Red Russia (Part 1 of 2)


Fleeing from the Bolsheviks, thousands of White Russians made Old Shanghai their home away from home. Maria Maximova searches for remnants of the enclave.

White flight from Red Russia (Part 2 of 2)

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White Lights, Big City

They also invited prominent Russian performers from other countries, such as singer F. Shalyapin and Sergei Diaghilev’s ballet troupe.

Asia's ancient artforms


For three people, with more than 75 years of martial arts training between them, the fighting arts have transformed into music, movement and meditation. Chia Ming Chien traces their journeys.

Chang'e, the Chinese goddess in the moon

Feminists claim Chang’e to be the first victim of male chauvinist propaganda. According to legends that predated Confucius (551 – 479 BCE), Chang’e and her archer husband Houyi lived in heaven. They were sent by their ruler, the Jade Emperor, to earth. The emperor had 10 sons, who playfully manifested themselves as suns, causing prolonged drought and famine on Earth. Houyi was to frighten them with his arrows and chase them home. But the archer, enraged by the suffering, killed nine, leaving only one in the sky.

Kaguya, the Japanese moon goddess

Arguably the best-loved legend in Japan, the story of Kaguya traces its origin from a 10th century Japanese folktale called Taketori Monogatari, or “Tale of the Bamboo Cutter”.

Talking Buddhism


Some 1,100 years after Prince Siddhartha Gautama founded a philosophy in India, two monks in China created a fissure in his teachings that still affects the hundreds of millions of Buddhists today.

Ancient Asian surgeons


Modern medicine and dentistry owe a lot to ancient Asian practitioners.

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