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Fujian White Crane applications.

The lore behind Fujian White Crane is a little sexist but it kind of makes sense. As the style was created by a woman, it focuses less on attacking and focuses more on evading and neutralizing oncoming attacks with emphasis on evading. There are very few heavy blows in the style and, instead, it relies on pushing opponents back and using takedowns when able.
What strikes there are are usually finger strikes to the the vital areas of the body: eyes, throat, genitals. There’s very little actual punching.
Another style, Five Ancestors Fist, uses the hand techniques of Fujian White Crane, as do some forms of Karate.
The style found its place in self-defense classes in Chin a because it relies so little on physical strength. Basically, you put your opponent down or at a distance and then run the fuck away. It’s not built strictly to “destroy” an attacker.

Oolong tea (1) - IRON GODDESS OF MERCY (Ti Kuan Yin)

Also named ‘Tie Guan Yin’ the translation means Iron Goddess of Mercy. The story behind the name is of the goddess, Kuan Yin (Guanyin), showed a farmer in his dreams where a tea plant was to thank him for his restoration of a temple and of his worship. This tea plant is now one of China’s most famous teas.

To be enjoyed anytime of the day due to its well known thirst quenching properties and low tannin content, oolong tea is also known for its digestive properties - so enjoy with a meal! It also doubles as a good palate cleanser. The tea is only of 10% oxidisation so this means it is very green in taste, giving it a refreshing, sweet taste. Enjoy with spicy foods, salted dishes and white meats.

taste: low astringency, nutty, caramel, sweet, peach.
brew: 85-90 degrees C, 3 minutes the first brew followed by upto 6 infusions of 30-40 seconds (same temp.).

The Evolution of a Common App Essay: Tips and Excerpts

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Do choose a topic that you feel strongly about even if people say it’s cliche. A “unique” essay isn’t effective if it comes across as outlandish, unfocused, or worse—contrived; it’s the way you approach a subject that matters, not the subject itself. 
  • Do aim for sincerity over memorability. 
  • Don’t address risky (sensitive) subjects like mental illness or drug use. There’s a fine line between vulnerability and TMI; what strikes a chord with one reader might offend another. Think about how you can communicate similar ideas using different anecdotes. See below.

The Evolution of an Essay

I went through seven drafts from start to finish; this is a shortened (and slightly exaggerated) version of my thought process.  

What’s the most integral part of your identity? 

Anxiety. 

Why? 

My struggle with it has probably shaped me more than anything. 

Okay, too risky. What’s an event you keep revisiting in your mind?

That time when I got caught in a riptide.

Why is it significant? Jot down a few key words/ideas.

Helplessness. Fear. Saving myself. Writing. This became:

Surrounded by yet estranged from humanity, so close to shore yet so far away, I began to despair. The sharp pulse of my fear ebbed into resignation; my kicking and flailing slowed. But almost as soon as I stopped struggling, it dawned on me: all I had to do was tread. From this experience arose my poem “Fujian.” This piece is a memorial of the boundless joy I had felt upon reaching land, an elegy for the arrogant girl who had thought that she was greater than the sea. But it is also a lesson for days to come. Don’t waste energy fighting life’s many storms. Weather them out.

I went through several drafts and changed the topic several times, but noticed a recurring focus on the third idea—overcoming a seemingly insurmountable obstacle by ceasing to struggle. In my first draft, I was only able to swim back to shore after I stopped resisting the tide; in my final draft, I was only able to speak up after setting aside my fear of ridicule:

I think about how I’ve exchanged no more than a few words with my grandfather during the entire trip, fearing that he would rue the foreign lilt of my Mandarin. But silence is too high a price to pay. My aloofness has shielded me not from hurt but from connection; it is the weakest defense, mere child’s armor in a grown-up world. And so I clear my throat, my Mandarin an old tune whose lyrics I am only just recalling, and begin to speak.

What Kind of Creatures are Included in Cryptozoology?

According to Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans, there are 5 specifics that make creatures count as cryptids. From his paper “Annotated Checklist of Apparently Unknown Animals with which Cryptozoology is Concerned” published in 1986, a cryptid can be any of the following things:

“1) A species or subspecies apparently unknown to science, including alleged prehistoric survivors (e.g. mokele-mbembe).

“2) A species or subspecies presently unknown to science in the living state, but which is known to have existed in historical times and allegedly still persists today (e.g. thylacine). 

“3) A species or subspecies known to science but allegedly existing as a natural occurrence in a location outside its scientifically-recognised current geographical distribution (e.g. pumas in eastern USA).

“4) A species or subspecies known to science but allegedly existing as an artificial occurrence (i.e. due to human intervention) in a location outside its scientifically-recognised current geographical distribution (e.g. alien big cats in Britian).

“5) An unrecognized non-taxonomic variant of a known species or subspecies (e.g. Fujian blue tiger; prior to its scientific recognition, the journal [of Cryptozoology]’s logo creature, the king cheetah, was another example from this category).”

In addition to these 5 criteria, there was a note in one paper that states that “mythological beasts will be considered […] if their subjects have direct relevance to cryptids (e.g. the similarity between a given lake monster from folklore and cryptids reported in the same lake in modern times).”

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Minoritized languages moodboard: Taiwanese

Taiwanese Hokkien is a branched-off variant of Hokkien spoken natively by the the Taiwanese Hoklo people, who form about 70% of the population of Taiwan.

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