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An Update... but not on Chemistry Stuff

posted Dec 7, 2016, 1:05 AM by Grace Ong   [ updated Dec 17, 2016, 1:24 AM ]
The following post was first posted on Blogger on Monday, 1 July 2013.

It's been a while since I last posted. How time flies!

Between preparing for my son's DSA applications and being constantly driven up the wall by a tween and a teen taking a break from school, I have been busy being mesmerised by an assistant professor of Chinese history from the Minzu University of China (中央民族大学).

Her name is Meng Man (蒙曼), and she specialises in the history of Sui and Tang Dynasties. (I have other interests besides Chemistry, you know!) She is also the youngest guest speaker to be invited to China Central Television Network's long-running 百家讲坛 lecture series, being only 32 when she first gave her series of lectures on Empress Wu Zetian (武则天).

And boy, is she one hell of a lecturer and story-teller! And a very well-read and knowledgeable one too! I have so much to learn from her - her ability to summarise in a concise and logical sequence, her sharp political analysis and her ability to pace her lectures coherently to cover all the major events from the reign of Emperor Tang Taizong (唐太宗) to the reign of Tang Suzong (唐肃宗). Did I also mention that she is so very well-read?

She gave four series of lectures on 百家讲坛 between 2007 and 2011 — 120 episodes in total. As at today, I've only covered about 65 %. (That's because I watched some of her lectures twice!)

Here she is, in one of her lectures on the Song of Everlasting Regret (长恨歌), covering everyone's favourite topic: The Death of Yang Guifei (杨贵妃) at Mawei Courier Station (马嵬驿站):

(Watch this video on YouTube.)

I'll be back soon with my posts on Chemistry. Meanwhile, I'll continue to pick up lecturing tips and learn about Sui and Tang Dynasties from this very passionate and learned Chinese history professor.