Virtual International Week
friday: music & dance
Chinese - Piano 1 - Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon
By: Jingze Eric D
Chinese - Piano 2 - Full of Joy
By: Yuze Elvis T.
Chinese - Piano 3 - Ode to the Yangtze River
By: Zixin Z
Indian - Bollywood
By: Ahana R, Niya K, Ronith R, Nikita I, Yatin R, Nish W, Rishant R, Neil I, Roman N, Yuvan K
Indian - Poori - Traditional Bread By: Rivaan
Brazilian - Traditional Squash Dish By: Mateus B.
Wednesday: art part 2
Chinese - Drawings By: Leo W
Indian - Rangoli (2) By: Rishant Pinnama R, Nish W, Rivaan R Jakkula, Ronith Pinnama R
Chinese - History of Kite By: Antoni W
Tuesday: art part 1
Indian - Rangoli (1) By: Prem B
Chinese - Ancient Art By: Angelina L
Monday: Traditions & Stories
Vietnamese - Tet Lunar New Year By: Miles & Sydney T.
Irish - St. Patrick's Day By: Collin S.
Indian - Traditions. By: Neil I., Siddharth J., Jai J.
Chinese - Straw Boat Borrows Arrows Proverb
By: Xinyuan (Dora) Z.
A Chinese proverb meaning the act of using someone’s strength against them. This proverb originated from a fairly amusing story about what the strategist Zhu Ge Liang did at the battle of Red Cliffs, one of the first and most successful examples of military deception.
During the period of the 3 kingdoms, while the dynasties of Wei (Cao Cao), Shu(Han) (Liu Bei), and Wu (Sun Quan) were warring, there was a really smart person named Zhu Ge Liang who was the military advisor for Shu(Han). He was sent to the Wu camp in order to assist Zhou Yu, top general of the Wu state. However, Zhou Yu feared that he might be a threat to East Wu and was also jealous of his talent. While discussing strategy, the following conversation likely went down.
Zhou Yu: What weapon will be the most effective when we fight General Cao Cao on the river?
Zhu Ge Liang: Bows and arrows.
Zhou Yu: You are right, but we’re short on the latter. I need you to make 100,000 arrows. Can you do that in 10 days?
Zhu Ge Liang: No, a battle is imminent. I can do that in only 3 days.
Zhou Yu: This is not the time for jokes, advisor! We are desperate right now.
Zhu Ge Liang: I’m not joking. I will succeed or be punished for failure.
Zhou Yu was very happy about that, thinking that his enemy would be taken care of. He had Zhu Ge Liang write down the pledge and then treated him to fine food and wine. Zhu Ge Liang said “It’s already too late today, so 3 days from tomorrow, send 500 soldiers to collect the arrows.”
The next day, Zhu Ge Liang put his plan into action. He requested 20 boats and many straw dummies from Lu Su, a minister from Wu who he was friendly with, as well as war drums and some real soldiers to man them. Zhu Ge Liang constantly told Lu Su to keep his plan a secret, by apparently never telling him anything about it. One foggy night, they set off to a river near Cao Cao’s (the opposing side’s top general) camp. Zhu Ge Liang ordered the real men to beat war drums and shout orders to imitate the sounds of an attack. The opposing soldiers, unable to see in the fog and unable to launch a full attack, fired volleys after volleys of arrows at the ships while Zhu Ge Liang and Lu Su sat below deck drinking wine. After they returned, the dummies were filled with arrows. And Zhu Ge Liang got to laugh in Zhou Yu’s face, having completed his mission in 3 days just as promised.
I chose this story because it’s a testament to the intelligence and cunning of the ancient chinese that shows some of the best aspects of our culture and history and a story that I feel deserves more recognition.