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In what Chinese fairy tale does a painter disappear into his own painting?

Seems to be referring to Wu Daozi (680 – c. 760, a Chinese painter of the Tang dynasty), as depicted in the following text: Wu's death was a myth. One story says that after painting a mural about a ...
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In what Chinese fairy tale does a painter disappear into his own painting?

As identified in the answer by HeyJude, this could be the story of the disappearance of Tang dynasty painter Wu Daozi (吴道子; variously transliterated as Wu Tao-tsz’, Wu Tao-Tsu, or Go Doshi). The ...
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How did Ursula Le Guin translate the Tao Te Ching / Dao De Jing?

Le Guin collaborated with James P. Seaton, professor emeritus of Chinese at UNC-Chapel Hill, who has translated other classical Chinese works (e.g. The Wine of Endless Life: Taoist Drinking Songs from ...
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When and where was 'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu first adopted outside of China?

This article about The Art of War gives a brief summary of its history of adoption in various countries: What they do know is that copies of the book, typically written on sets of sewn-together ...
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How did Ursula Le Guin translate the Tao Te Ching / Dao De Jing?

How Did She Write It? The book itself contains a well-supplied appendix, and among those items, you'll find a section, "Concerning This Version," which reads... This is a rendition, not a ...
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Who is "Dao" in this quote from Laozi's Tao Te Ching?

The Dao is the more recent translation of the word formerly rendered Tao. The original Chinese term, in ordinary usage, means the Way. However, in Daoism (Taoism), it became a philosophical concept ...
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Why did Arthur Waley change the title in his translation of Journey to the West?

Journey to the West is divided into three sections: Chapters 1–7: the rebellion of Monkey (Sun Wukong) against the gods and his punishment by Buddha. Chapters 8–12: the early life of Tripitaka (Tang ...
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Did George R. R. Martin read Romance of The Three Kingdoms?

While I've been unable to find a source which uses the precise term 'ROTK Video game' G R R Martin's LiveJournal from October 1st 2011 includes this: I have a history of being swallowed whole by ...
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Zhuangzi translation in The Lathe of Heaven

After some more searching I found Wikiquote's Zhuangzi page, which points out that the epigraph to chapter three is based upon James Legge's 1891 translation, where the passage (in Chuang Zu XXIII.7) ...
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What is the best selling Chinese book?

According to Wikipedia's List of best-selling books, this would be Jiang Rong's Wolf Totem / 狼图腾, published in 2004, a semi-autobiographical book set during China's Cultural Revolution. According to ...
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Original Poems from Notes from the City of the Sun

The original Chinese title is 太阳城札记. 生命 太阳也上升了 爱情 恬静。雁群飞过 荒芜的处女地 老树倒下了,嘎然一声 空中飘落着咸涩的雨 自由 飘 撕碎的纸屑 孩子 容纳整个海洋的图画 叠成了一只白鹤 姑娘 颤动的虹 采集飞鸟的花翎 青春 红波浪 浸透孤独的桨 艺术 亿万个辉煌的太阳 呈现在打碎的镜子上 人民 月亮被撕成闪光的麦粒 播在诚实的天空和土地 劳动 手,...
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Where is the wordplay in the names Zhao Guiweng and Gu Jiu?

INTRODUCTION TO THE CHINESE NAME The American-Based StackExchange Network ranks below Quora in Alexa. Quora receives a lot of traffic, including traffic from native Chinese speakers with professional ...
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Is it Zhan Zheng Xi, Zhan Zhengxi, or Zhan Xixi?

The following Latinized transcriptions - Zhan Zhengxi, Zhan Zheng Xi, and Zhan Xixi - are all Latin-based, specifically Pinyin-based, transcriptions of the original Chinese characters. The Zhan ...
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Is it Zhan Zheng Xi, Zhan Zhengxi, or Zhan Xixi?

It's Zhan Zheng Xi. ...and not Zhan Zheng Xi Xixi. Chinese naming conventions They are such that the first word in the name is the surname, which is different from "English" names where the ...
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Why does Zhan Xixi call Jian Yi an idiot?

I have found the original webcomic in Chinese on QQ.com. Meaning Of "What if..." I have taken a look at the webcomic in Chinese. From my perspective, this webcomic seems to be filled with ...
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Which book is the maxim 大道無門 from?

“大道無門” is the first line of a verse: 大道無門 千差有路 透得此關 乾坤獨步 This is from the introduction to 無門關, usually translated as The Gateless Barrier or The Gateless Gate, a collection of kōans by Zen ...
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Difference between translations of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War"?

The original Art of War is composed of slightly over 6000 Chinese characters. In translation, the average English version clocks in at 10,000 words, about the length of an in-depth New Yorker magazine ...
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How did Lu Xun choose his pen name?

On this website (in Chinese): 鲁迅”这个笔名,历来有两种解释:一种说法是指“鲁”字乃鲁迅先生母亲的姓,他的小说中常提到的“鲁镇”,就是他母亲的老家;“迅”是他的小名,所以在他的小说里也出现过“迅哥儿”一词。另一种解释是先生挚友许寿裳所说,他亲自问过鲁迅先生,先生笑道:“取愚鲁而迅行的意思。”此乃先生自谦之辞。这两种说法,都是从字面上解释,也切合鲁迅的生平,都说得通。...
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Source of comment that Ah Qs are now running China (Lu Xun, 1930s)

I found somewhere that provides a proper source, although it seems the interview was conducted and probably published in Chinese, so it may be difficult to actually find the original unless you speak ...
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In what way does Sun Tzu square "put your soldiers in desperate straits" with his earlier chapter

The second quotation is about when to look for and initiate a battle. His advice is not to do so until there are obvious paths to victory. Thinking about what should have been done in order to win ...
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In what Chinese fairy tale does a painter disappear into his own painting?

Since you specifically mentioned that it is a fairy tale, it is possible that it stems from "The Wonderful Chuang Brocade." Unlike the tale of Wu Daozi, it does not feature a painter ...
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Is the Ruyi Jingu Bang a sentient weapon?

I believe that there are two pieces of evidence in support of the Ruyi Jingu Bang having a degree of sentience, which are discussed nicely here. The first is when the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) goes to ...
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What novel is Yehsao Paoyen?

Li Ju-chen is comparable to Hsia Ching-ch’ü (夏敬渠, 1705–1787). Hsia’s mammoth novel, Yeh-sou p’u-yen (野叟曝言, An Old Rustic’s Idle Talk), is a grand fantasy of wish fulfillment in which the male ...
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