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Editorial Story
Nu Wa – Who Created Human Beings … Page 4 … Page 3

Beautiful Harp Translated By Suh Yoon and Tina Fu 9 Dragon Daces By Lucia Tran-Crozier Famous Chinese poetry lines Compiled By Suh Yoon and Tina Fu … Page 7 … … Page 5 Page 6

Fun with Chinese Characters … Page 8

Visual Arts
Artworks By Kimberly Ah-Chong, Michelle Kwong, Leila Denniston and Heidi Au Yeung Call for Submissions … Page 9

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Dear Readers,
Another two months have passed by. It is time for us to happily introduce to you a new issue of – our college’s cultural magazine.

This issue is a special tribute to Chinese Culture. We have compiled many wonderful articles reflecting different cultural aspects of the Dragon Land. Chinese culture has kept with it some precious values for generations. We are hoping that this issue will serve you a quick trip through some of these. This could be a good way to enjoy your time after two long weeks of exams and to get ready for a real trip to the dragon land. We are also happy to introduce the new co-editor of : Suh Yoon Lee. She

has been contributing her great ideas and remarkable efforts to the making of this issue. One thing she may not know is that without her might not have continued

its journey. Enthusiasm or motivation can easily be dropped along the way. Sometimes, you need someone to help you pick it up and remind you of why you wanted to carry it from the first place. And we were lucky to find the person when we were lost. Thank you, Suh Yoon. would like to say thank to those who have contributed to the completion of this issue: Kimberly, Michelle Kwong, Leila, Heidi, Tina and Lucia. The next issue, which will be published in April and may be the last issue of this magazine, will feature Latin-American cultures. We look forward to receiving your submissions. Let’s walk together until the end of this journey. Please send all your responses or submissions to or The deadline for submissions for next issue is April 1st, 2012. Thank you and hope you enjoy reading this issue. Your editor.


The most well-known of China's ancient legends is that of Nu Wa creating human beings. According to the myth, all Chinese people are her descendants. The first batch of clay people made by Nu Wa, were just like puppets, with no life, thought, or movement. Nu Wa was not satisfied with them, so she breathed into the clay people, giving them a soul. Immediately, they transformed into lively human beings. But these human beings lacked wisdom and the ability to bear external changes. They could not restrain their emotions and had no understanding of how to cope with the changes in their environment. They had no logic or ordered thinking and tended to die easily. When one batch of the people died, Nu Wa had to create another batch. The work was tedious and nonstop. Nu Wa gave the human beings some wisdom and created musical instruments for them. With music, song and dance developed. The human beings could then express their feelings by singing and dancing. From then on, they had culture to order and enrich their lives. Nu Wa established marriage to have male and female live together and breed their own generations, thus solving the problem of the people dying out. One day a great storm came. The wind rose and clouds scudded across the sky. Thunder roared, as a jagged flash of lightning set the woods on fire. The riverbed of heaven was broken. The water in the heavenly river poured straight down. The ground was about to be submerged in a flood. Nu Wa picked up many beautiful stones from the rivers and lakes, and piled them up to form a beautiful shiny five-color mountain. Next she cut reeds from the field and mixed them together with the stones, and then set fire to the reeds. The fire burned continuously for nine days and nights. The Goddess Nuwa raised the burning melted-rocks and jumped to the sky. She kept mending and filling for seven days and nights and finally, the big hole was fixed. The sun shone again after the rain, and colorful clouds floated in the sky. Nuwa was burned all over her body. The heroic goddess overcame an especially big disaster. The people were finally saved. All heaven and earth celebrated together. Thus began the golden age of living in harmony, men plowing, women weaving, and all enjoying a good and prosperous life.


锦瑟无端五十弦, 一弦一柱思华年。 庄生晓梦迷蝴蝶, 望帝春心托杜鹃。 沧海月明珠有泪, 蓝田日暖玉生烟。 此情可待成追忆, 只是当时已惘然。 -李商隐

(English translation by Tina Fu and SuhYoon Lee)
Fifty strings on the harp for no reason, Each string, each column reminding me of bygone years. The sage Chuangzi* daydreams of bewitching butterflies, Emperor Wang’s spring-heart* turns into a weeping cuckoo bird. The dragon cries pearly tears* down a moon-lit sea, Blue Field’s* jade expires to smoke under the sun. (jade evaporates) This emotion becomes a memory, And already, it starts to fade.

-Li XiangYin (Tang Dynasty poet)
Guiding Notes: Sage Chuangzi: a student of LaoZi and a follower Dao, the way. According to his belief, everything is in a natural state of complete freedom where you can be anything and anything could be you. This is why he is able to dream of becoming a butterfly. Emperor Wang: his spring-heart refers to the love and care he showed for his people. As the story goes, he committed suicide after seeing his people suffer from warfare and was reborn as a cuckoo bird. Dragons and pearly tears: according ancient myth, pearls come from the tears of water dragons. Blue fields: a celebrated place for mining jade in XinJiang, China


By Lucia Tran-Crozier
The dragon dances twirling its scaly body In the warm sunshine Chasing the pearl of wisdom From whence they came? In ancient times dragons help The Ching emperor Who tried to keep the best; 6th To help man prosper The others could not leave, so 9 brothers all stayed Each year we commemorate The heavenly gifts Of 9 dragons’ help received On the first spring day We pray for rain and good crops from Water dragons Joy, Luck, Heath and Wealth all year For prosperity 5 We celebrate; family together, new year Lions dance about dragon In the first suns’ ray with playful wagging tails and blinking eyes; opened in ceremony As if to wonder at the dragons’ majesty.

for the Water Dragon New Year Celebration 2012*

*The year of the Water Dragon
The year of the Dragon has started in the lunar calendar. This mythical creature will bring with it optimism and hope for better times ahead in 2012. The dragon is the most auspicious and powerful of the 12 signs of the zodiac, one associated with high energy and prosperity. This year is considered especially auspicious because it is the year of the Water Dragon, something that happens once every 60 years, the water element adding drama to the usual upheaval of a dragon year.


Celebrated Quotes from Ancient Chinese Poetry
(Direct and hidden translations provided by Tina Fu and SuhYoon Lee)

One can do nothing as the flowers wither and fall. Vaguely I know the swallow will come back. (Poet’s feelings towards departure and return of spring)

Fallen in mud and ground to dust, she seems no more. But her fragrance is still the same. (Poet compares himself to a smashed flower: although I suffer I’m still here) *Ancient Chinese poets often compared their condition to nature

The west is veiled in rain, the east basks in sunshine. It seems cruel. It seems cruel yet full of meaning. (Theme of appearance versus reality; representing seemingly unlikely feelings of love between a couple)

A thousand times I looked for her in the crowd. All at once, I turn around to see her under the soft glow of a lantern light. (Theme of unexpected fortune and existence of hope)


Let’s continue exploring Chinese culture through its characters with these six ones which suggests how ancient Chinese people invented characters based on their observation of natures and how they combined them to express abstract notions.


The character of mouth was originally a pictograph of an open mouth: broadening into a smile: and eventually stiffening: and contracting to a square . also means an opening. Wise old sayings caution one about those with a big mouth.

“In a multitude of words,” the chinese saying goes, “there will certainly be a mistake.” This is evident from the character for words itself: . Originally written , it represented a mouth from which issued a Word Speak mistake (an ole form of ). Apparently, to correct this error, man changed to . So today, with great care, his mouth speaks its lines , transforming soundwaves into words: .


信 耳 取 娶

xìn Believe Trust Letter

word by writing, letter or epistle.

This character pictures a man standing by his word symbol for faith and trust: . Ancient forms show a man and mouth; also a heart and words, i.e., words from the heart – sincere and honest. As only man can transmit his (man and word) also came to mean the written

, a fitting

From time immemorial man discerned the wisdom of listening. He ěr proclaimed from ear to ear the proverbial saying: “A good talker is inferior to a good listener.” The pictograph he Ear created for the listening ear began with a natural rendition: and ended with a stylized form: . His talking about the listening ear began also with a natural rendition, but it doesn’t seem like ever ending in any form. qǔ Take Select Seize To secure a firm hold on a person the hand is laid to the ear . A hand on the ear means to take hold of, to select or seize: . Pictured here are various characters extending a helping hand to demonstrate what means. To select a woman therefore means to marry: . Today, however, it is never wise for a man to select a wife in this way, for a hand on her ear definitely means a fist on his ear. Source: Fun with Chinese Characters

qǔ Marry


My Life in a Box Kimberly Ah-Chong Bamboo fan, wood branch and leaves, tissue, paint, fabric, chopsticks, Chinese coins, ink,

My Life in a Box Michelle Kwong Chinese leaves, post-it notes, Red Laisee, old photos, glass


美 术
Untitled Leila Denniston Ink Print


Me and the World Heidi Au Yeung Ink Print


For the next Dragonfly Issue.

THE THEME IS OPEN-ENDED for the next issue. Share your culture and artistic talents in all its various forms such as but not limited to:

CREATIVE WRITING (poetry, short stories, and other experimental forms of literary art such as short theater skits)

VISUAL ART (photos of artworks incorporated into design)

Culinary art (recipes of popular LPC food), manga art, and so much more! Pitch us creative suggestions!

Dragonfly will likely refrain from publishing long non-fiction essays that are simply factual and embodies no creative element.

Please send your submissions to either or by April 1st, 2012


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