I start cooking when I came to the United States. Cooking to me is a kind of magic and art. Every time when I put a different seasoning, the smell and flavor of the dish will change. Cooking for only about one minute will make the texture and flavor different. I enjoy the process and enjoy the results more!
My special dishes
Reading is a part of my life and makes me feel comfortable. My reading interests range from Harry Potter to Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong Lou Meng), from Doraemon to Shuowen Jiezi.
Dream of the Red Chamber:
The book was written by Cao Xueqin in the middle of the 18th century, the Qing Dynasty. It is one of China's Four Great Classical Novels. It tells the stories of the wealthy and aristocratic Jia clan in a detailed, episodic record.
I have read the book for more than ten times. The book influences numerous modern and contemporary Chinese writers, especially female writers. One representative is Eileen Chang, the most famous and influential Chinese female writer in the 1940s.
The book was written by Xu Shen, a famous Han scholar of the Five Classics, in the early 2nd century CE, the Han Dynasty. It was the first dictionary that ever produced the meanings of Chinese characters according to the structure of Chinese characters.
It was on top of the have-to-read list when I was pursuing my master's degree in Ancient Chinese Linguistics. It is very difficult to read, but it is a really good resource to learn the root of Chinese culture.