Hong Hai, medicine man

Hong Hai, medicine manEVEN though traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) physicians are not allowed to practise Western medicine or prescribe Western medication, people can draw on the wisdom and knowledge of both the Western and TCM systems of medicine to improve their health, said TCM practitioner Hong Hai.

"Both systems have much to offer... We should avail ourselves of the best of both systems for preventative health maintenance," said Professor Hong, who also teaches international business at Nanyang Business School.>>>

Regional experts of Tuva entered more than 120 noteworthy objects into the “Nine Treasures” contest

Regional experts of Tuva entered more than 120 noteworthy objects into the “Nine Treasures” contestMore than 120 noteworthy objects have already been entered into the “Nine Treasures” contest (Tos Ertine). The claims have been entered by schoolchildren, students, regional experts, as well as organizations. The greatest activity has been shown by district professional centers, which have been sending whole volumes with descriptions of the brightest noteworthy objects of the kozhuuns of Tuva. Today, the head of the Office of the chairman of the government, Artur Mongal, announced it in a direct broadcast on the TV channel “Tyva”.>>>

Healing the Nation's Soul

Healing the Nation"I believe your President Obama is a shaman," my teacher's saying, "and that he is trying to perform a soul-retrieval for your nation."

We're sitting on the edge of the cloud forest in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico, watching the first rays of the sun glance the glacier atop Pico de Orizaba.

Where long memory tolerates modernity

Where long memory tolerates modernityFew places move the spirit the way the Navajo lands do. I keep returning to this landscape of red sandstone, deep canyons, and grassy mesas, and each time I visit, I’m awed by its beauty and humbled by its simplicity. The 27,000-square-mile Navajo Nation spilling into Utah and New Mexico is spectacular country. Within or edging its Arizona borders are seven national monuments, two national parks, a national historic site, a national recreation area, three tribal parks, >>>

Seeking headhunting roots in tribal Taiwan

Seeking headhunting roots in tribal TaiwanWith his thick central Chinese accent, Chen Tangsan could easily be mistaken for any other resident of Henan province, but he is in fact a descendant of Taiwanese headhunters -- and proud of it.

More than 350 years after a distant ancestor left Taiwan and settled deep in China's interior, Chen returned to the island, seeking his roots in the verdant hills which aboriginal tribes still consider their own.

"I've finally found my ancestral home," the 43-year-old told AFP after his first trip to the Tsou tribe near Taiwan's iconic Alishan mountain.>>>