Peach garden: Stories from the Chinese world

Huang Shen (1687-1772), A Night Banquet at Peach and Plum Garden in Spring; Wikimedia Commons

China shows itself today to be technologically and economically advanced. Yet at the same time, there is growing interest in its craft traditions, as reflected in our Ancient Now issue.

As you browse through the stories below, you might want to ask why the Chinese are seeking to revive their heritage from previous dynasties. Is it to find an alternative to the otherwise homogenous world of technology? Does the Confucian ideal of respect for ancestors persist in modern China? Is there something about the China revives its crafts that can inspire those in other cultures?