12 animal signs

Many of my colleagues are interested in the Chinese 12 animal signs and their order. Here is an English introduction. This is a legend of the signs in Chinese, I haven’t found the English version of it on this website.


Discourse videos

Rcently, I watched the presentation videos of two famous people in China, one is Mr. Ao Li, a liberal, a writer in Taiwan and the other is Prof. Qiang Zheng at the Zhejiang University. I know it’s a bit out of date, but for me, it’s not too late to watch. It’s in Chinese. So I don’t know if there are any English version of these presentations. No time to search online.

Actually, I like the one that Mr. Li made in Peking University most over the three discourses in Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University. I feel the words he used to describe the attitudes of people to government are very vivid. It’s the power and art of Chinese really. Also, his attitudes to and means of facing life and country are worthy of considering and some of his acts are admirable.

Prof. Zheng’s presentations make me feel I more like young generation educators than the traditional old educators. This is not the primary thing, the key point for me is I feel the changes, the justice and the improvement which I always care.

最近,忙里偷闲地在网上看了李敖先生(台湾自由主义者,作家)和郑强教授(浙江大学教授)的演讲. 觉得现在国内的大学生还是有很多好机会, 能听到看到一些有份量的东西. 想想自己, 在大学时并没有很多这样的机会,冲击和反思. 教育,文化,经济,中国缺少什么?又具备什么? 也许这问题不够好, 应该问自己, 你缺少什么又具备什么? 你又能做点什么?怎样做?

Chinese characters (2)

There are about 7,000 usual Chinese characters. However, according to the recorded history, there are more than 90,000 Chinese characters. The list below enumerates some interesting Chinese characters that are composed of three same characters.

中国的常用汉字有7000个左右,而有记载的汉字则有90000多个. 下面这些有趣的汉字是由三个相同的字所组成的另外一个字.

三个金 – 鑫(xīn)
三个木 – 森(sēn)
三个水 – 淼(miǎo)
三个火 – 焱(yàn)
三个土 – 垚(yáo)
三个士 – 壵(zhuàng)
三个日 – 晶(jīng)
三个石 – 磊(lěi)
三个人 – 众(zhòng)
三个女 – 姦(jiān)
三个口 – 品(pǐn)
三个牛 – 犇(bēn)
三个手 – 掱(pá)
三个目 – 瞐(mò)
三个田 – 畾(lěi)
三个马 – 骉(biāo)
三个羊 – 羴(shān)
三个犬 – 猋(biāo)
三个鹿 – 麤(cū)
三个鱼 – 鱻(xiān)
三个贝 – 赑(bì)
三个力 – 劦(lie)
三个手 – 毳(cuì)
三个耳 – 聶(niè)
三个车 – 轟(hōng)
三个直 – 矗(chù)
三个龙 – 龘(tà、dá)
三个原 – 厵(yuán)
三个雷 – 靐(bìng)
三个飞 – 飝(fēi)
三个刀 – 刕(lí)
三个又 – 叒(ruò)
三个小 – 尛(mó)
三个子 – 孨(zhuǎn)
三个止 – 歮(sè)
三个风 – 飍(xiū)
三个吉 – 嚞(zhé)
三个言 – 譶(tà)
三个舌 – 舙(qì)
三个香 – 馫(xīn)
三个泉 – 灥(xún)
三个心 – 惢(suǒ)
三个白 – 皛(xiǎo)
三个屮(chè, cǎo) – 芔 (hū、huī)
三个厶(sī, mǒu) – 厽 (lěi)
三个隹(zhuī, cuī, wéi) – 雥(zá)

Educational Mission Chinese Students over 100 years ago

昨夜,偶尔看到这个五集的记录片幼童, 于是不能停下, 看到了半夜2点。今天查了一下, 原来是出自CCTV国家地理, 源于钱钢、胡劲草所著的书《留美幼童—中国最早的官派留学生》。一定是本好书, 能让我们从另外一个角度看中国近代历史的兴衰。

I came across this five-episode videos about the earliest Chinese students studying abroad on YouTube. It attracted me immediately. It tells me the Chinese history that was unavailable through traditional textbook when I studied in school. Quickly searched on Google, found a CEM Connections website and the book China’s First Hundred: Educational Mission Students in the United States. But I cannot find the English version of the original book by Qian Gang and Hu JinCao.

Optical Illusions

I found this interesting picture Ascending Staircase by chance. It reminds me a figure about “an architectural  impossibility” in Professor Ormrod’s book (2008) and what she (2008, p.198) said,

“The counstructive nature of perception allows us sometimes to be fooled in optical illusions.”

Also, another example about “an impossible object” displayed in Professor Ford’s book (2008, pp.363-364) is used to explain conceptual problem and conflicts within information retrieval.

In daily work, using these pictures as an analogy may help us to understand other’s assumptions and perspectives.


  • Ford, N. (2008). Web-based Learning Through Educational Informatics: Information Science Meets Educational Computing. Information Science Publishing: Hershey, New York.
  • Ormrod, J.E. (2008). Human Learning. 5th ed., London: Pearson Education International.