Sunday, February 27, 2005

Some Murder Cruise History

A little history/definitions may be in order for Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie. (Please join us at 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. EST at www.charliechan.info.)
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Our first entry is "Han Dynasty: The Han Dynasty lasted four hundred years, from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D. The Han Dynasty is the East Asian counterpoint and contemporary with Rome in it's golden era. During this dynasty, China officially became a Confucian state, prospered domestically, and extended its domestically cultural influences over Vietnam, Central Asia, Mongolia, and Korea before finally collapsing under a mixture of domestic and external pressures.
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"Shang Dynasty: The Shang Dynasty (1766 B.C. to 1022 B.C.), considered by many to be the earliest Chinese Dynasty, ruled parts of northern and central China. Its capitol city was located at Anyang near the border of Henan from about 1384 B.C. This dynasty was based on agriculture; millet, wheat, and barley were the primary crops grown. Aside from their agricultural prowness, the Shang dynasty was also advanced in metallurgy. Bronze ships, weapons, and tools were found from that era."
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A word about the game of mahjong played aboard ship: It's "a game of Chinese origin played by four persons with tiles resembling dominoes and bearing various designs which are drawn and discarded until one person wins with a hand of four combinations or three tiles each and a pair of matching tiles."
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So enjoy the movie!

*From Rush's website at www.charliechan.info .

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