Happy Holidays! 节日快乐!
Welcome to the 2016-2017 Edition of the Dragon Times!
Digital Illustration and Article by Fiona Cahill
While traveling in Asia, I noticed different statues depicting many types of goddesses and Buddhas. One of the most popular deity statues is Guan Yin, who is known as the goddess of compassion, mercy, and kindness. She is one of the most beloved and well known goddesses in Asia.
During her life she was known as Miao-shan, a Chinese princess, and she begged her father to let her become a nun instead of marrying. Enraged by her request, Miao-shan’s father forced her to do all of the menial household tasks. Eventually, he allowed her to go to the temple, however he asked the nuns to treat her poorly so that she would become disheartened and return home. Miao-shan decided to stay at the temple, so her father sent a man to execute her. When Miao-shan arrived in hell, she released all of the goodness she had and turned it into a paradise. Lord Yama, king of the dead, sent her back to earth before she could ruin his realm. She lived on Fragrant Mountain as Guan Yin where she watched over human beings. Guan Yin would often notice people in trouble on their boats at sea and rescue them, and she became the patron goddess of sailors and fishermen.
Article Submitted by Caroline Dym
This summer I went on a three week service trip to Thailand. To get to Thailand I traveled for 42 hours. The first city my group and I went to was Bangkok. In Bangkok we visited the Grand Palace as well as many markets and temples. All of the temples and the Grand Palace were very beautiful. For community service in Bangkok, I worked at a local school. At the school I taught children that were in 1st– 4th grade how to speak english. The children were so grateful and excited whenever we came to teach which made the experience very fun and rewarding. After a week in Bangkok, our group traveled to a small island called Ko Samet. During our three day stay, we snorkeled and relaxed on the beach. One night we watched a fire show on the beach! After Ko Samet we traveled to Chiang Mai. In Chaing Mai we visited more temples and also worked at an elephant rehabilitation camp. The elephant rehabilitation camp was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Everyday we would feed, bathe, and play with the elephants. I had a great time in Thailand and I would love to go back sometime soon!
Article Submitted by Lauren Burd
What is your name, age, and grade?
My name is Tiara McIntosh, I am sixteen years old, and in the 11th grade.
What are some of your favorite classes at Sacred Heart Greenwich?
I really enjoy both English class and Chinese class, but I would say that my favorite class throughout my time at Sacred Heart Greenwich has been Chinese.
How long have you been taking Chinese?
I have been in Chinese class since the beginning of middle school and I continued taking Chinese into upper school.
What do you like about Chinese?
I find Chinese very intriguing because it is one of the oldest languages in the world’s history and I like learning such a historic language. I also like how each Chinese character can have an abundance of different, complex meanings.
What do you like about learning Chinese at Sacred Heart Greenwich?
Throughout middle school and upper school, I have found that all of my Chinese teachers have been extremely passionate about the Chinese language and dedicated to teaching us all the intricacies of the language.
Would you like to visit a Chinese speaking country?
I actually visited China on a school trip last spring break. I had a lot of fun visiting historic sites such as, Tiananmen Square, and I tried a lot of new and exciting foods. I feel like I learned a lot about the Chinese language when I was there and I can’t wait to go back some day!
Recipe Submitted by Lauren Capolongo
- Two 3-pound chickens, each cut into 6 pieces and backbones reserved
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 6 medium carrots, chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 4 stalks celery, chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 2 large leeks, white part only, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces and soaked in cold water to remove grit
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup milk, plus more if needed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Put chicken pieces and backbones in a large pot and cover with 16 cups water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Poach the chicken until cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Remove the chicken pieces with tongs and set aside to cool, then discard the backbones. Once the chicken cools enough to handle, pull the meat from the bones, shred and roughly chop; set aside. Strain the chicken broth and keep warm.
- In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat, and stir in the carrots, garlic, celery, leeks, onions and poultry seasoning. Cook the vegetables until they begin to soften, 8 to 10 minutes, then stir in the flour.
- Add the reserved chicken broth, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the soup thickens slightly and vegetables soften, about 25 minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken and bring the soup back to a low simmer.
- In a medium bowl, add flour. Put in the milk, butter, baking powder, salt and eggs. The dough should be moist. Add additional milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed.
- Pull the dough into 1/4-cup pieces and place directly in the simmering soup; cover and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.
On Monday February 8th, the Chinese new year will begin! The celebration lasts for one week. In order to celebrate, people clean their homes, give children money, and hang red colored decorations in their homes. Chinese people believe that red scares away demons and ghosts. They also light firecrackers and have lion dances to scare bad spirits away. People also eat traditional chinese food such as fish, dumplings, and oranges. These foods symbolize luck and prosperity.
Every year, there is a new zodiac animal. A zodiac animal represents future of the year. There are 12 zodiac in total. This year is the year of the monkey. The monkey symbolizes intelligence and humor. People born in the year of the monkey are very disciplined and try to avoid trouble.
Article By: Georgina Cahill
Photography By: Georgina Cahill
在古代的时候， 蔡伦发明了纸。 人们开始通过削减叶， 也皮 。 如今，由于有这么多的颜色，所以人们使用纸张。 中国剪纸又美丽又对称。剪纸还有常常红色。 因为剪纸带来幸运， 所以人们开始用剪纸来装饰门窗。人们也给把剪纸作为礼物送给好朋友。
中国孩子喜欢做剪纸。 它们用剪纸装饰自己的校服和书本。 为了做好的剪纸作品，你必须练习。人们经常用剪刀做剪纸作品， 但是大师用刀子用刀子。 当人们剪纸的时候由于你可以得到用剪刀剪，所以你一定要小心。 即使剪纸是有点危险，你应该做的。 它们美丽也给你带来好运。
In ancient times, Cai Lun invented paper. Before, people cut leaves and animal skins. Now, since there are so many colors, so people use paper. Chinese paper-cutting is beautiful and symmetrical. The paper-cuts are usually red. Because paper-cuts bring luck, use them to decorate their windows and doors. People also give them to good friends as gifts. Chinese children like to make paper-cuts for fun. They decoupage them to their school uniforms and books.
In order to do paper-cut works, you have to practice. People often use scissors to make paper-cut works, but Masters use a knife. Since you can get cut with scissors, it is important to be careful. Even though paper-cutting is a little dangerous, you should try it. They are beautiful and will bring good luck.
Article by: Georgina Cahill
- 8 ounces lo mein egg noodles*
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- 1 carrot, julienned
- 1/2 cup snow peas
- 3 cups baby spinach
FOR THE SAUCE:
- 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce, or more, to taste
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
- In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger and Sriracha; set aside. In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles according to package instructions; drain well.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic, mushrooms, bell pepper and carrot. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in snow peas and spinach until the spinach has wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in egg noodles and soy sauce mixture, and gently toss to combine.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Article By: Lauren Capolongo, Genevieve Capolongo, and Francesca Lippolis
The Great Wall of China went under construction in 221 BC under the reign of Chinese emperor Qin Shihuangdi, during the Qin Dynasty. Uncommonly known to the public, the wall is made of four smaller sections, and the oldest section was begun just after China unified its feudal states into a large empire. Construction was difficult due to the wall being built over rugged terrain, including rivers, streams, mountains, and desert-style landscapes. However, the wall was made from multiple layers of earth, mixed with stones and twigs inside wooden frames, causing the wall to be very durable. Workers often transported the materials on their backs, and they used a series of trails to transport the materials. Materials were passed hand-to-hand while the workers put the wall together, which led to greater efficiency and safety on terrains like thin mountain trails.
The Great Wall shows two important Chinese ideas. First, the Chinese believed that defenses should be built in order to create greater access to an area with difficult terrain. Second, it was important to the Chinese to use local materials to build the wall. While the wall provided defenses against swords and bows and arrows, it did not stop trade and cultural exchange from occurring in China. The wall led to advanced farming techniques, animals like horses and camels, and music, which all became a large part of the Chinese culture. While much of the wall has been destroyed due to centuries of damage from war and from nature, many remains are still present and has become one of China’s most famous monuments and national symbols.
Article By: Lydia Currie
Photography By: Georgina Cahill
Beijing is located in Northeast China. It is located in the Hebei Province. Beijing has a population of 15 million people. It has many famous places such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall of China, and the Temple of Heaven.The Forbidden City is China’s oldest palace. The Summer contains many pretty gardens, and a beautiful lake. The summer palace has the China’s oldest public garden. Beijing’s Great Wall of China is longer than the United States. Beijing also has the Temple of Heaven. In ancient times, Chinese people believed the emperor was a god. He would often go to the Temple of Heaven to pray. Chinese people thought a round shaped building was good feng shui, so they made the Temple of Heaven round.
Beijing also has very good colleges such as Peking University. Beijing’s has very successful businesses and is a great business center in China.
Article By: Katherine Siciliano
Photography By: Katherine Siciliano