Chinese Culture

by Eric

Building the C.P Railway

Canada needed a railway that would stretch from one side of the country to the other side, and so they hired Andrew Onderdonk to build a railway from Port Moody to Eagle Pass, the work was difficult and dangerous, since there were lots of mountain. Workers were in short supply, so they ordered as many as 17 000 Chinese men to do their work for them, and they only got payed $1.00 per day, they had to pay for all the stuff they needed, but the people that weren’t Chinese got payed $1.50-$2.50 per day! What’s more is that they didn’t have to pay for anything!!! The Chinese were definitely NOT treated fairly, because when the C.P Railway was done the Chinese people wanted their family to come over, then the ‘fair’ government made it $50 for 1 Chinese person to come over. So it’s kind of obvious that the government didn’t want any chinese coming in. The chinese remaining in Canada went to small towns and cities


Chinese traditions are very old and can be a little bewildering at first, so prepare yourself, let’s dive into Chinese traditions! the Spring Festival is The first day of the first lunar month, it’s like the New Year of the Chinese. It is the most important and traditional festival in China, like christmas is for me. During the Spring Festival, every family is busy cleaning the house, in hope of stopping diseases, in the the spring festival, every family enjoys a grand dinner, shoots off firecrackers, plays dragon dance and lion dance, and stays up late or all night. the Lantern Festival is when the spring festival ends, and the lantern festival is January 15, the 1st lunar month, on the Chinese lunar calendar. Lantern Festival is seen as a good day for family get-together. People on that night will lighten up fancy lanterns and go out to appreciate the moon, set off fireworks, guess riddles written on lanterns, and eat rice balls to celebrate the festival.

The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese zodiac signs are determined by the lunar year in which you were born. The Chinese believe the animal ruling someone's birth year has found influence on personality, and destiny. The saying is: "This animal is in your heart." it does not use constellations or planets to predict someone's destiny. Instead, Chinese astrology deals with the elements: earth, fire, water, metal, wood, Yin and Yang, Chi, and the cycles of time. Legend has it that the Chinese zodiac signs began when the Buddha beckoned all the animals to bid him farewell before his departure from the Earth. Only twelve arrived at his summoning, and so those were given a place of honour a year being named after each.You can determine your animal sign by referring to the year you were born. The Chinese animals are Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Sheep Monkey Rooster Dog Boar


Herbal Medicines

A trustworthy study shows that the turkey tail mushroom improves the immune systems of breast cancer patients. The study found if or not turkey tails could help the immune system of patients. When herbs and spices are mixed with black tea, chai is formed. This drink Later became popular to the point that is the main drink of many tea shops around the world. By a combination of black peppercorn, cinnamon sticks, cloves and ginger, this tea is made.

Super Duper Superstitions

superstition affects Chinese a whole lot because they are between 4,000 and 5,000 years old (not even a year for McLoud), so don't laugh at them! here we go. In China, the number four is extremely unlucky. This is because the pronunciation of four sounds similar to the Chinese word for death so, many people choose to avoid the number four like the plague in Wonder. It’s not uncommon to step into an elevator in China and notice that there’s no button for the 4th floor.
Another Chinese superstition is that the house should be clean before spring festival. On spring festival, all cleaning equipment get’s put away. cleaning should not be done on spring festival or your good luck will be swept away, so if you think about it does make sense. After spring festival, the floors may be swept. Beginning at the door, the dust and rubbish are swept to the middle of the house, then placed in the corners and not thrown out until the fifth day. someone should not ever trample the dirt. while cleaning, there is a superstition that if you sweep the dirt over the door, you will sweep one of the family members away.
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