Fan Yu Qi/Heng Yi 樊於期 & the Master’s offer of the head (2 min read)

In ep 9, when Pan Jianchi receives orders for a mission from his superior they compare their assassination attempt to a famous real life assassination attempt where Jing Ke was sent by the Crown Prince of the state of Yan to try to assassinate the 1st Emperor of China. And his superior with the title … Continue reading Fan Yu Qi/Heng Yi 樊於期 & the Master’s offer of the head (2 min read)

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The hidden meanings behind Yi Lian Kai & Yi Lian Shen’s names (10 min read)

Anyone who has watched Color of night will know that Yi Lian Kai has another name Lan Po (兰坡) which Qin Sang and he himself normally uses. And if you've watched episode 5, Yi Lian Shen has another name too Yun Xi (云溪)  which he uses to address himself. But why? Is it simply a … Continue reading The hidden meanings behind Yi Lian Kai & Yi Lian Shen’s names (10 min read)

Chinese warlords

Introduction The Warlord Era in China was the result of the disintegration of power after overthrowing the Qing Dynasty (last dynasty of China) which caused the country to be split into many different factions/regions which were controlled by local leaders. These powerful leaders had armies, wealth allowing them to gain power easily. To some extent, … Continue reading Chinese warlords

6 famous Ancient Chinese People and their tragic love stories: Li Luo, Ka Suo’s 6 previous reincarnations (10 Min read)

China has one of the longest histories in the world and the one of the few Ancient Civilisations who have managed to continue to exist & preserve their original language and culture. To pick 6 famous people is extremely difficult considering the number of people who have remained known through the tides of time. However … Continue reading 6 famous Ancient Chinese People and their tragic love stories: Li Luo, Ka Suo’s 6 previous reincarnations (10 Min read)

Homosexuality in China: then and now (5 min read)

*may contain images/content that may be upsetting or inappropriate to young readers The now 21st century China is not known for it's tolerance towards homosexuality in the LGBT community. It was not long ago when China's netcasting Services Association (CNSA) has banned the portrayal of homosexuality and prostitution, claiming that these are all "abnormal" types … Continue reading Homosexuality in China: then and now (5 min read)

Slough off the cicada’s golden shell

Beware: *Spoilers included below * In Cambrian Period Ep 6,  Li Yong Ji, Officer Li mentions about Suo Tou sloughing off the cicada's golden shell after Tang Yin was abducted. This is another classic tactic in the 36 stratagems for warfare. It's a strategy used when the enemy is superior in strength to you. Like … Continue reading Slough off the cicada’s golden shell

Empty City/ fort Strategy (2 min read)

In Cambrian Period Ep 5, Zhan Shili (James Li) talks about using an empty city/fort strategy when he was dealing with Suo Tou. (*Spoilers below*) This is the 32nd stratagem from the chinese essay the 36 strategems (三十六计) which is attributed to the ancient chinese general, Sun Tzu (孙子)  who also wrote The Art of … Continue reading Empty City/ fort Strategy (2 min read)

The Chinese way to describe a jealous lover: The vinegar jar (2 min read)

If you have watched some of the episodes after Bai Jinxi/Su Mian and Han Chen got together, you are likely to remember the few times when our Detective Han flew into a fit of jealousy especially when Jinxi gets a little too friendly with Dr Xu. As a result, Jinxi couldn't help but tease him … Continue reading The Chinese way to describe a jealous lover: The vinegar jar (2 min read)

A handy guide to work through the medical terms in Memory Lost

Although I tried to tone down on the amount of medical jargon present in the drama, I realised that perhaps it might be good to write a short post on some of the terms that are scattered throughout the drama which may even come into use in your daily lives. Here are the ones that … Continue reading A handy guide to work through the medical terms in Memory Lost

Notification

Notification: If anyone is still experiencing problems watching this episode, I have uploaded it on my fb page: https://www.facebook.com/ProductiveProcrastinatorDrama/ for a period of time until I’m sure its been sorted out. If anyone wishes to message me privately, you can do so on fb. Also as mentioned before, any help is welcome i.e. is anyone is … Continue reading Notification

A whistlestop guide to knowing what to call who in Chinese

Starting from episode 13 in Memory Lost, with the introduction of assistant Liu and his cousins, one term which keeps coming up is "哥" meaning "elder brother" in chinese. However, this term should be used cautiously in different contexts. Like in Korean, the term "elder brother" does not only refer to someone who is related … Continue reading A whistlestop guide to knowing what to call who in Chinese

Criminal Profiling: Myth or legend at solving crimes?

In Memory Lost, Bai Jinxi plays the role of a detective who specializes in criminal psychology and in each case, presents a profile of the criminal to help the team find the perpetrator. She is even able to guess the age as well as the character of the criminal. But how often is it used … Continue reading Criminal Profiling: Myth or legend at solving crimes?