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  • Jews Assists Ancient Chinese to Make Earliest Paper Money: Expert

    04/09/2007 11:09:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 1,245+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | Friday, December 15, 2000 | unattributed
    It is well known that "jiaozi," world's earliest paper money, originated in China some 800 years ago. But latest research indicate that Jews used to assist ancient China in doing this might surprise most people. "Jiaozi," also named "jiaochao," appeared in China in 1154 during the reign of the Jin regime (1115-1234). It was believed in the past that Jin regime hired coining workers of Song (960-1279), Jin's preceding dynasty, to make the paper notes. But Qiu Shiyu, researcher of the Harbin Academy of Sciences and expert of Jin history, concluded that Jews used to take part in the work...
  • Shanghai's "last" Jewish family celebrates Passover

    04/13/2006 3:50:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 378+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4-13-06
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - As Jews around the world observe the weeklong festival of Passover, a solitary pair in Shanghai are believed to be all that's left of a tide of Jewish immigrants that once filled the bustling Chinese city. The streets of Shanghai teemed with 20,000 or more European Jews in the first half of the 20th century, many fleeing persecution in Russia or Nazi Germany. Sara Imas and her son, Jerry, the last remnants of that era, both live in Shanghai today with their Chinese spouses. But only Sara is celebrating Passover this year -- 28-year-old Jerry is not...
  • Inner Mongolia - Aerial photography sheds light on Kubla Khan's capital (Xanadu)

    10/08/2005 10:34:49 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 1,710+ views
    Aerial photography sheds light on Kublai Khan's capital BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Aerial photography has helped shed new light on the capital of Kublai Khan's empire, also known as Xuanadu in Marco Polo's Travel Notes. The description of the metropolis Shangdu (Xuanadu) by Marco Polo some 700 years ago has somewhat been confirmed by aerial photography, Yang Lin, director of the center of remote sensing and aerial photography of China's National Museum, told Xinhua on Saturday. "We can see the spectacular city with its scale and the density of buildings," Yang said. The ruins have been overgrown with...
  • Historic Jewish Haven In Shanghai Faces Demolition

    02/17/2009 8:51:16 AM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 408+ views
    NPR ^ | 11 Feb 2009 | Louisa Lim
    Part of Shanghai's Jewish history is under threat from bulldozers. In the 1930s, Shanghai was the only place in the world to offer visa-free sanctuary to Jews fleeing Nazism — 20,000 ended up in Shanghai. In 1943, the Japanese restricted them to a one-square-mile area, which became known as Little Vienna. A pianist and a violinist used to play popular music for customers at the White Horse Inn, or Das Weisse Rossl. The waitresses wore dirndls — traditional Bavarian outfits — and the menu featured Wiener schnitzel. But the White Horse wasn't in Austria or Germany, it was in wartime...
  • A Portrait of the Jews Through Chinese Eyes

    01/03/2008 6:04:52 PM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies · 30+ views
    Mooment ^ | January, 2008 | Susan Fishman Orlins
    It is one of those mornings in Beijing when you can’t tell whether it’s likely to pour or whether the sun is simply behind a blanket of smog. I stuff a rain jacket into the basket of my new $40 bicycle and, from my hotel, pedal west to the 10-level Wangfujing Bookstore on Wangfujing Street. Along a cramped aisle of the business section, heads are bent over books whose cover art includes stars of David, the word “Talmud” in gilded letters and images of Moses embracing the Ten Commandments. I ask a small, fortyish woman if she can translate one...
  • The Chinese and the Jews: What explains the sudden Chinese fascination with the Jews and Judaism?

    05/07/2014 7:46:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/07/2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Over the past couple of decades the Chinese have become more interested in the Jews. Of late the Chinese regime has been bringing Jewish scholars and theologians to the People’s Republic to discuss Torah, Talmud, Mishnah and even some of the more mystical tracts.Why?It’s no surprise that China-Israel trade is increasing, nor that the China-Israel relationship has grown and deepened. Israel may well be the most dynamic country in the world, bursting at the seams with high-tech startups, dazzling inventions–especially in military and medical technologies–and highly educated and talented people.But I’m not talking about Israel here. This is about...
  • China’s Ancient Jewish Enclave

    04/03/2010 11:08:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 891+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 4, 2010 | MATTHEW FISHBANE
    THROUGH a locked door in the coal-darkened boiler room of No. 1 Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Kaifeng, there’s a well lined with Ming Dynasty bricks. It’s just a few yards deep and still holds water. Guo Yan, 29, an eager, bespectacled native of this Chinese city on the flood plains of the Yellow River about 600 miles south of Beijing, led me to it one recent Friday afternoon, past the doormen accustomed to her visits. The well is all that’s left of the Temple of Purity and Truth, a synagogue that once stood on the site. The heritage...
  • A Spark of Hope in Trying Times [Chinese Jews return]

    09/12/2005 9:57:29 PM PDT · by hlmencken3 · 4 replies · 410+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Sept. 11, 2005 | Michael Freund
    A Spark of Hope in Trying Times In these trying times for the Jewish people and the State of Israel, it is especially important to remember that not all is dark and gloomy. Just last week, a very special ceremony took place in Jerusalem, one that underlines both the power of Jewish memory as well as G-d’s unfolding plan to restore His people to their Land. For the first time, descendants of the Jewish community of Kaifeng, China, got married under a wedding canopy in Jerusalem. With the help of Shavei Israel, the organization that I head, Shlomo and Dina...
  • Chinese Jews Face Existential Questions (Diminished: In Eyes of Judaism as Well as Beijing)

    08/21/2011 11:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies · 3+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/19/2011 | Bob Davis
    KAIFENG, China—Zhang Xinwang, a moon-faced Chinese man with a spiky beard, calls himself "Moishe." "So do you think I look Jewish?" he asks. For much of the past millennium, Jews in Kaifeng— descendants of merchants who arrived here from Persia, probably around the 11th century—have been struggling with an existential question: What does it mean to be Jewish? The handful of Kaifengers who go to Israel are sometimes floored to discover they need to go through a rabbi-certified conversion to be accepted as Jews, while the ones staying home squabble over which of them are really Jewish. The question has...
  • Matzah and Marco Polo

    06/29/2011 4:01:20 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 24 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | June 29, 2011 | Wendy Wippel
    Explorer Marco Polo traveled from Venice to China in the year 1260 AD, returning a few years later with tales of black stones that heated rooms (coal), clothing laced with gold, and the presence of prosperous Jews in Beijing. These outlandish claims earned him the nickname "man of a million lies." Two hundred years later Jesuit missionaries confirmed, at least, the presence of Jews in Beijing. Jesuit Matthew Ricci, in 1605, encountered a young Chinese man, Ai T’ien. In stark contrast to the rest of the Chinese population, Ai T'ien claimed to worship a single God. Further questioning (after Ai...
  • European Man Found in Ancient Chinese Tomb, Study Reveals

    05/26/2007 5:45:03 AM PDT · by Renfield · 59 replies · 3,022+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 5-24-07 | Stefan Lovgren
    Human remains found in a 1,400-year-old Chinese tomb belonged to a man of European origin, DNA evidence shows. Chinese scientists who analyzed the DNA of the remains say the man, named Yu Hong, belonged to one of the oldest genetic groups from western Eurasia. The tomb, in Taiyuan in central China, marks the easternmost spot where the ancient European lineage has been found (see China map). "The [genetic group] to which Yu Hong belongs is the first west Eurasian special lineage that has been found in the central part of ancient China," said Zhou Hui, head of the DNA laboratory...
  • What Traveled From West to East? (Christianity in the Chinese-speaking world)

    05/18/2007 8:31:42 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 301+ views
    Gospel Herald ^ | Saturday, Feb. 27, 2005 | Samuel Ling
    We often hear Christians talking about certain theological ideas and ministry models as “Western.” The implication is that, these ideas and models came from the West, and the church in Asia must take a critical look to see if they are suitable for use in ministry in Asia. What exactly does the word “Western” mean? And what did the Chinese church import from the West? WHAT IS “WESTERN”? The Gospel of Jesus Christ spread in several directions in the first and second centuries. The Christian faith went to India, according to tradition, by the Apostle Thomas. Christians also took their...
  • Stones indicate earlier Christian link? (Possible Christians in China in 1st Century AD)

    12/22/2005 6:01:19 PM PST · by wagglebee · 56 replies · 1,892+ views
    China Daily ^ | 12/22/05 | Wang Shanshan
    One day in a spring, an elderly man walked alone on a stone road lined by young willows in Xuzhou in East China's Jiangsu Province. At the end of the road was a museum that few people have heard of. A Chinese theology professor says the first Christmas is depicted in the stone relief from the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220). In the picture above a woman and a man are sitting around what looks like a manger, with allegedly "the three wise men" approaching from the left side, holding gifts, "the shepherd" following them, and "the assassins" queued...

    03/27/2005 1:16:52 PM PST · by Destro · 46 replies · 1,162+ views
    CHRISTIANS AMONG MONGOL INVADERS Seven hundred years ago, Japan faced the threat of imminent invasion by the Mongol, hordes of Kublai Khan. The entire nation was in a state of alarm and many Japanese felt there was no alternative but to surrender to the invaders . This was to be the most serious threat of aggression from abroad that Japan was to experience until World War II of the twentieth century. This attempted invasion of Japan by Mongol Invaders occurred in 1274 and again in 1281. The nomadic Mongol people, originated in the steppe lands, north of China, now called...
  • Mary: Mother of God?

    01/11/2012 7:34:56 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 1,750 replies
    What Does the Bible say? ^ | 01/11/2012 | Bro. Lev Humphries,
    Mary: Mother of God? This article is prompted by an ad in the Parade Magazine titled: "Mary Mother of God: What All Mankind Should Know." The offer was made for a free pamphlet entitled "Mary Mother of Jesus" with this explanation: "A clear, insightful pamphlet explains the importance of Mary and her role as Mother of God." This is quite a claim, to say the least! Nowhere in the Bible is Mary said to be the mother of God. I touched on this subject in a series on "Mary Co-Redeemer with Christ" printed recently. Question: If Mary is the Mother...
  • In the Name of Allah

    01/12/2010 11:10:19 PM PST · by Wuli · 14 replies · 955+ views
    Korea Times ^ | January 12, 2010 | Gwynne Dyer
    In the late 1980s, when I was in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, a friend suggested that I drive out into the desert near Jubail to see the oldest extant Christian church in the world. And there it was, surrounded by a chain-link fence to keep casual visitors and foreign archaeologists out. Experts who saw the site before it was closed said that the church was built by Nestorian Christians, and was probably used from the 4th to the 9th century. Its existence embarrassed the Saudi government, which prefers to believe that Arabia went straight from paganism to Islam....
  • Unearthing an ancient treasure trove [ United Arab Emirates, Nestorians ]

    11/24/2008 4:04:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 644+ views
    The National, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ^ | November 24. 2008 | Tahira Yaqoob
    To the untrained eye they may look like rubble. But the ruins of a monastery and church discovered in Abu Dhabi tell a fascinating tale about a little-known period in the region's history. When the foundations were built, the Roman empire had just come to an end, Christianity was sweeping the world and Islam had not yet been born... The monastery and church, survivors of a Nestorian Christian period, are just two of 36 archaeological troves on the island. Others include the remains of villas with stucco decorations, pottery and basic furnishings, providing a glimpse into life in pre-Islam times....
  • Nestorian Tablet in China

    07/21/2004 11:04:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 767+ views
    This remarkable record of the fact that Christianity flourished in medieval China is a huge stone about ten feet high. Carven dragons and a cross adorn its summit, and its main shaft is completely covered with some two thousand Chinese characters. It stands now in the Peilin or "Forest of Tablets" in Sian-fu, this Peilin being a great hall specially devoted to the preservation of old historic tablets. Up to a few years ago the ancient stone stood with other unvalued monuments in the grounds of a Buddhist monastery, exposed to all the assault of the elements. Only European...
  • New Book Describes Life under Islam

    10/29/2002 10:54:46 PM PST · by tictoc · 36 replies · 897+ views
    Author Web Site ^ | October 2002 | Frederick P. Isaac
    Indigenous Peoples Under the Rule of Islam (c) Frederick P. IsaacExcerpt republished with kind permission of authorPREFACE This book has been in the process of writing for over 10 years. Since I left Iraq in the summer of 1964 and my immigration from Kuwait in 1971, I have closely followed the events that have developed in the Islamic world. Being an Assyrian national, I found that life in Iraq was unbearably difficult due to my indigenous nationality. Nor were my experiences unique, but were instead shared by many other Assyrians from Iraq and other Islamic countries. The injustice of my...