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Understanding the Chinese Cultural Practice of Feng Shui

Can you believe it’s June already?! 2020 has passed so slowly when going day-by-day, but at the same it’s passed by so quickly when you look back on it all. Strange paradox indeed. The nights are long and dark, as summer has switched to winter suddenly in the Southern hemisphere. Winter is connected to the water element, and is often associated with new life and new beginnings. There are five elements – water, wood, fire, earth, and metal are bounded by this force known as Feng Shui. This ancient practice is popular in both Eastern and Western cultures, and it’s about arranging the physical environment to harness this “good energy” and produce optimal results. Today, Feng Shui has influenced how cities are built, how homes are designed, and how Chinese cultures have understood geography. To discuss Feng Shui as a philosophy of science, Dr. Michael Paton, honorary associate at the China Studies Centre of USYD joined us for a chat!

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