LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 296 – Mount Fuji

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1. Khan, Gulnaz. “A reverent ascent: Climbing Mount Fuji remains one of Japan’s most sacred traditions,”
National Geographic (February 6, 2019)


Stretching 12,388 feet tall and forged over millions of years, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, its iconic cone the result of three major eruptions. In ancient times, Fuji was considered home to divinities. Today, it endures as a national symbol.


National Geographic is available electronically at


2. Holley, Peter. “Friendly nurse or nightmare-inducing machine? How culture programs our taste in robots,”
Washington Post (February 7, 2019)


Humanoid robots are taking a more active role in caring for the sick and elderly in Asia, but don’t expect to see similar machines roaming the halls of U.S. hospitals any time soon. That’s because robot design is often culture-specific, with some countries excitedly deploying machines that would probably terrify sickly patients in other countries.


The Washington Post is available electronically at



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Hanzi = 漢字 / Muris presents ; directed by Mu-Ming Tsai; produced by Mu-Ming Tsai, Iris Lai


Through the lens of modern Chinese typography, Hanzi explores universal subjects such as “How does language shape identity? What role does handwriting play in the digital age?”. This documentary encourages audiences around the world to revisit and rethink their own culture, language and identity. (Trailer on YouTube)



Blue House Wanchai

Heritage Trails

Discover Hong Kong’s rich cultural heritage along these trails.

You will find scenic spots of distinctive buildings, key monuments or historic interest; and be amazed with the associated legends and anecdotes.

Photo: Blue House (Grade 1 historic building, original site of the Hua Tuo Temple & Hospital, Wan Chai Heritage Trail)

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