Alexander Emmerich
Germany I am a marketer, writer and REN XUE teacher. And I also have a PhD in cultural studies. My research interest is a combination of transatlantic studies, storytelling and movie history with a focus on Western movies and early Hollywood; especially on Universal Pictures. I deeply believe that we all have more in common than what separates us. And researching stories is a great way to figure that out.
What is the Chinese zodiac?

What is the Chinese zodiac?

The Chinese zodiac, also known as the shengxiao or “born resembling”, is a system that dates back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD). It is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year being represented by an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

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Mindfulness and Star Wars

Mindfulness and Star Wars

When I was a kid and Star Wars was the big thing, my interest was on fast spaceships, aliens, laser weapons and not to forget Wookies! I was not much interested in the force, nor in the cultures which might have influenced George Lucas to create it. This all changed when I started to practice Qigong.

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Qigong for Beginners

Qigong for Beginners

Qigong for Beginners: How to start learning Qigong There are several effective ways how to start learning Qigong - the fascinating ancient practice with slow movements, still practices and meditations. Qigong practice helps you gain more energy, supports your health...

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Chinese New Year: The Year of the Water Tiger

Chinese New Year: The Year of the Water Tiger

Welcome to 4720! “What?” someone might ask. The year 4720 in the Chinese calendar is the same as year 5782 in the Hebrew calendar, and 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. What constitutes a year and how to determine year zero, varies from culture to culture. It helps to...

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