Sunday, April 8, 2018

534. Another University Uses Dr. Dave Wang''s Articles in Its Classroom


I have found that Dr. Dave Wang's academic papers have been used as teaching materials in American universities, including Johns Hopkins University. Recently I have noticed that Wayne State University has used Dr. Wang's papers in the course History 275 Chinese Civilization.

According to Wikipedia,

Wayne State University (WSU) is a public research university located in Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering nearly 350 programs to more than 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Wayne State University is Michigan's third-largest university, one of the 100 largest universities in the United States, and ranked in the top 50 American public universities for research expenditures.
The WSU main campus encompasses 203 acres linking more than 100 education and research buildings in the heart of Detroit.



Thursday, March 22, 2018

533. One More Language, This Time Korean


I have told readers that Dr. Dave Wang's publications of Chinese cultural influence on the founders of the United States, including Chinese, Danish, English, German, Italian and Japanese. Today I have found another language, Korean.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

532 Johns Hopkins University Philosophy Course



I want also to point out that the positive attitudes of the founding fathers and other eminent colonists never darkened the existence of the negative opinions on China in North America. The negative opinions existed in the same time of the positive opinions represented by the founding fathers with great wisdom. However, in the formative period of American culture, the influence of negative attitudes never became a significant factor. Nevertheless, the remarkable story of the effort to draw nourishments from Chinese culture has served as an excellent case study of the creation of a new civilization by adopting selected positive elements from other cultures and assimilating the elements into the main culture. The colonists’ efforts have provided us with an ideal way of dealing with other civilizations.



531. China Through American Eyes



 Dr. Dave Wang's works was cited by Wenxian Zhang in his new book China Through American Eyes: Early Depictions of the Chinese People and Culture in the US Print Media. This book was published on February 20, 2018. 

My readers know that it is not usual for other prestigious authors who have quoted Dr. Dave Wang's examination on impact of Chinese civilization on the founders of the United States. This is the newest book I have found that this author cites Dr. Dave Wang's papers published by Virginia Review of Asian Studies. 





Monday, March 12, 2018

530 Pearl River in New York


There is a Pearl River in New York. However, the NY Pearl River is not a river but a town. How come a town was named after a name of a Chinese river. There are several explanations about its origin.  According to vikipedia, there are basically two explanations, including the first one, a town resident named Dr. Ves Bogert found small pearls in mussels that thrived in Muddy Brook, and  a lady suggested the name "Pearl River". The second account was that a resident wanted to enhance the local business image by renaming it Pearl River. Based on the fact that New York served as a trading center between China and the United States during the early period of the United States, it is reasonable to agree with the second account.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

529. US Sinologist reveals links between Confucian culture and founding of US



I have found this report that reports Dr.  Patrick Mendis, a friend of Dr. Dave Wang, and  a Rajawali senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, at a forum in Tsinghua University to discuss his research on the Chinese culture and American civilization.

An educator, diplomat, and member of the U.S. State Department's National Commission for UNESCO, the Harvard scholar shared his research and insight regarding the intellectual traditions and architectural symbols of the Confucian and Greco-Roman heritage that inspired America's founding fathers in their atypical pursuit to establish a flourishing new republic across the Atlantic Ocean.
 
The above picture shows that Dr. Mendis has familiar with Dr. Dave Wang's research and quoted in his book, now has been translated into Chinese. 
The influence of the great classical scholars of Greece and Rome is easily discovered in the Greco-Roman facades and architectural design of Washington, D.C., and its Federal Buildings and the surrounding sculptures. But the most popular writings of the founding fathers demand a more concerted scholarly effort to locate and identify the Confucian inspiration in America's founding. In his scholarly research, Professor Mendis focused on primary sources and historical references, both in the U.S. and Europe, to illustrate China's contribution to the early American republic.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

528. An Epoc of History: Confuciius and the Founders of the United States




In 1784, after the Revolution, some veterans hoped they could hand down their glories, their titles, to their descendants. They organized the Cincinnatus Society for this purpose. Franklin was not happy about the idea of handing down your title, your glory, to the next generationthats the inheritance system, or the aristocratic system of the Europeans, which was just what our Revolution opposed. Whats the meaning of the Revolution, if we restore the European aristocratic inheritance system? Thats totally wrong. We should adopt the Chinese merit system, and people with talents will be selected to serve the public.