Click On This – Occident Prone

Canada has always prided itself on being a cultural mosaic, on being a home for even the most diverse and disparate cultural groups. This week is a foray into the Oriental, into how it functions in its native lands, and its impressions on the rest of the world.

Hanzi Smatter

Quite simply: dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters in Western culture. Probably the largest single problem faced by any culture’s integration into another, is mistakes and deliberate misuses of that culture. This blog seeks to bring some of those misuses to light.


An encyclopaedic site that provides snippets of information on all matters Oriental.

Japanese Superstitions

?If you lie down immediately after eating, you will become a cow.? Oh dear.

Grandiose Survey of Chinese Alcoholic Drinks and Beverages

Now That’s a lot of information! This site examines the cultural place, and much more, of alcoholic beverages in China well into the past.

Thai to English

This site provides a Thai-English dictionary as well as a translation service.

Tales of Old China

This is an interesting site that details some of the recent past of China, ?mostly the era between 1840 to 1950 when China and the West were struggling to come to terms with each other.?

Immortal Geisha

Possibly one of the most mysterious and misunderstood Oriental cultural traditions, this site, while also providing information on the film Memoirs of a Geisha, might help to alleviate a few of the more common misperceptions popular in the West about these ladies . . . and men.