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Mencius mother's story

Mencius’ Mother moves for the third time 孟母三迁

Mencius (Meng Zi 孟子 372 – 289 BC) was a Chinese philosopher in Warring and States period who was arguably the most famous Confucian after Confucius himself. This story was about his mother moving three times to find the right place for Mencius’s upbringing.
Mencius was born in city Zou (邹城) located at the foot of Ma’an mountain in Chinese Shan Dong province. Mencius’s father died when he was very young. His mother Zhang (仉) raised her son alone.

At the beginning, they lived next to a cemetery in which funerals or religious activities were hold nearly every day. Mencius and other village kids liked to play a game imitating adults to staged these rites. Some kids even stole the sacrifices. Seeing this, his mother said: ““No, I can’t let my son live here.”So they moved to live next to a marketplace. Soon Mencius began to be interested in observing and imitating their new neighbors, among which a butcher was his favorite. Mencius shaped clay into small piggies, cut them apart with a toy knife, and then hawked the ‘meat’ everywhere. His mother became more upset. “This is not the place I would like to raise my son, either” she said anxiously. As a result, they moved again.

Meng Mu San Qian Finally they settled down near a school, in which all they saw was people in which all they saw was people treating each other politely, and all they heard was the sound of reading. At the first day of every month, officials, scholars and all students went to Confucius temple to learn and discuss the Confucius’s theories. Inspired by these, Mencius naturally started to imitate the courtesy behavior and study habits of the students. Observing this, his mother smiled and said, “This is the place where my son should live .”

The empty can story

The Empty Can – A theatre play on Recycling and Upcycling

An empty can on the grassland goes on an adventure. The empty can ends up in a different place whenever it gets thrown haphazardly by its new owner. Find out where it eventually lands up at in this story theatre. This show teaches the importance of recycling and upcycling recyclable materials.
Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the importance of recycling
2. Learning different ways of recycling and upcycling