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April 19, 2020

The Beautiful Cousin

My mother's cousin lived with them for years. My grandparents arranged her marriage, not expecting tragedy.
April 12, 2020

Grandfather’s Concubine

Yi Niang was my grandfather Mao's concubine and a thorn in my grandmother's side.
April 6, 2020

Our Most Filial Ancestor

A sacrifice that made my 9-times great-grandfather one of our most revered ancestors.
March 30, 2020

The Origins of Nightmares

I used to wonder why my father suffered so much from nightmares. Then he told me.
March 23, 2020

A Tale of Lost Heirlooms

My father often spoke of three valuable family heirlooms, now lost to us.
March 19, 2020

The Village Doctor

My grandfather was a doctor known as much for his compassion as his skill.
March 15, 2020

The Years of War

It took me a long time to understand how much the years of war my parents lived through shaped their values.
March 4, 2020

The Idle Son

My Grandpa Chang was kind of a loser, yet his legacy has made such a difference to my life
February 24, 2020

Infant Mountain

At the peak of our family's wealth, six-times-great-grandfather Chang Shiho built himself a mountain.
February 18, 2020

The Spendthrift Husband

My great-grandfather drained a fortune to fund his taste for art, antiques, books - and also to honour our ancestors.