Xiaosui Zhou is the owner & editor of Kaixin

These are stories of her time growing up in China

during the Cultural Revolution


Dragon people are balls of fire! They are full of vitality and love of life. Always on the run, they drag their faithful band of admirers behind them. Dragons are egotistical, eccentric, demanding, and giving.

They are proud, direct, and loaded with high ideals which they always try to live up to. Having a zeal for life, they want to live it on a grand scale. They have the potential for accomplishing many great things as long as they don’t get too far ahead of themselves. When dragons do something, good or bad, you can be certain their deeds do not go unnoticed! Dragons are always making the news.

It is next to impossible to win an argument with Dragon people.They intimidate anyone who challenges them. Once you arouse their anger, they keep after you for a very long time. Dragons are extremely loyal to friends and family. When really needed they always come to the rescue. They are the first ones to say “I told you so”. In spite of being overly emotional, a Dragon is not sentimental or even romantic. They will just take it for granted that everyone loves them. Although they are stubborn and irrational, they are not petty or begrudging with their favors. It is hard for them to hide their feelings. They don’t even try.

Not being secretive themselves, they can’t be expected to keep a confidence for long; but Dragons speak from the heart and are always sincere. Their manners may seem brusque and too direct, but they merely want to get things moving. Being creatures of action, they motivate others, too. They often get into rushes and fail to see the flaws in a situation.Instead of diving in, Dragons need to learn to check things out better. Dragons need purpose in their lives, causes to fight for, and goals to reach. An uninvolved Dragon is a sad sight indeed.

Dragons consider themselves very strong. They will often bite off more than they can chew. When this happens, they are too proud to ask for help and exhaust themselves. Dragons can do many things well. They may be artists, politicians, doctors, or ministers. When Dragons choose the right profession, they will be successful and devoted. They just can’t help winning!

In romance, Dragons are seldom the losers and are usually the ones breaking hearts. Dragons don’t marry too young, and many are content and happier living alone. Dragons will always have more than their share of friends and admirers to keep them company. Dragons are really softies and fall apart if they lose their supporters. They dazzle as long as there is someone who believes in them.

 龙 (long) is pronounced ‘long’

    * 16 February 1904 – 3 February 1905: Wood Dragon
    * 3 February 1916 – 22 January 1917: Fire Dragon
    * 23 January 1928 – 9 February 1929: Earth Dragon
    * 8 February 1940 – 26 January 1941: Metal Dragon
    * 27 January 1952 – 13 February 1953: Water Dragon
    * 13 February 1964 – 1 February 1965: Wood Dragon
    * 31 January 1976 – 17 February 1977: Fire Dragon
    * 17 February 1988 – 5 February 1989: Earth Dragon
    * 5 February 2000 – 23 January 2001: Metal Dragon
    * 23 January 2012 – 9 February 2013: Water Dragon
    * 2024 – 2025: Wood Dragon

(Every 12 years)