October Reading – Notes from the Chinese Reading Group








In October, Dundas Chinese reading group has discussed the NYR reading theme ‘Explore’.

Some of the members simultaneously explored books or articles on health or medicine. One expressed the concerns regarding Chinese medicine and felt it was not necessary for everyone to take the same supplement, just because one thing is good for one person does not mean it is also good for the others. Same thing applies to food; food that is good for one person might harm others.

Someone felt that the older people should pay more attention to their wellbeing and physical changes. One should seek the medical attention in the earliest time if anything unusual happens.

Someone mentioned that as an old person she would do three keeps and three lows – keep time, keep quantity and keep quality (of food); low sugar, low fat and low salt.

Someone said that a healthy body wasn’t only about long life span but also the quality of life, and the relationship with the next generations, especially one’s own children.

Someone, however, explored a different book, as Sun Zi’s ‘The art of war’ which has been translated into many other languages. He said the book wasn’t only about war and war strategies but it’s benefits to general life for everyone because it’s full of life wisdom and makes one think.

Someone started to explore iPad as a new reading tool and she found it was very good. She even joked that iPad was better than having a husband. Using iPad to read, to open one’s eyes, she felt she could follow the latest technology as well as communicate with the younger generation on the similar topics.