Sunday, January 31, 2016

429. Dr. Dave Wang's Paper Goes Beyond its Academic Persuasiveness


My readers would like the news that well-known financiers from China has found that Dave Wang's brilliant analysis of Benjamin Franklin's "Drawing Positive Elements from Chinese Civilization during the Formative Age of the United States" goes beyond its academic persuasiveness and reveals core beliefs shared by our the United States and China.

GEP CAPITAL Group then tells its reader, "Over 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin made visionary pronouncements about the mysterious Middle Kingdom, a place he never visited. True, Ambassador Franklin is rarely amongst the names that appear on any list of China experts, but in his day the great American patriot was intrigued and knowledgeable about China. Franklin remarked: "Forewarned is fore-armed", and this remains a befitting admonition for the 21st century, as well, when cautious due diligence and an awareness of history can help avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary missteps. Reading St. John University's Dr. Dave Wang's brilliant analysis of Benjamin Franklin's "Drawing Positive Elements from Chinese Civilization during the Formative Age of the United States" goes beyond its academic persuasiveness and reveals core beliefs shared by our two countries."  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

428. Asian American Journal and Dr. Dave Wang's Research


Asian American Journal published the article that introduces local tea maker found help from Dr. Dave Wang's paper on Chinese civilization in the United States. I show you the snapshot below:


Monday, January 25, 2016

427. China Will Come to Benjamin Franklin's Home

Benjamin Franklin, one of the main founders of the United States, would be definitely happy reading the news that the Franklin Square will host the first ever Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival this spring, April 22-June 12, 2016, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. has announced. My readers probably have learned that Franklin expressed to his friend, "I would like to visit China if I were young."

Philadelphia was one of the centers that intellectuals of the thirteen colonies discussed about China and its cultures. It was in Philadelphia where Franklin published in his widely circulated weekly newspaper, some chapters of Confucius classics in 1737.

According to the news report, "Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a Chinese dragon and more. In addition to the light installations, visitors will also enjoy performances, crafts by artists, a variety of food options, and still be able to play mini-golf and ride the carousel at the Square."

My two cents recommendation to the organizers is to make a giant Confucius Lantern. Ben, who throughout his life admired Confucian moral philosophy and promoted it in North America,  would be absolutely delighted seeing the lantern in his beloved hometown.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016

426. Russia is Number One in Pageviews by Countries


My readers are from all over the world. I usually don't check who reads and from which country. The United States has always been the most represented country in visits to my blog. I felt a little bit surprised at the finding today. I have thought the readers from the United States always occupies the first place. However, I was wrong at least for the period from January 7 to 14, 2016. It is hard to believe it if you don't see it in person. Please see the screen shot I did today. The Russia is number one in the readers list by country.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

425. Dr. Dave Wang's Research Helps Art Dealer


Anyone who thinks that an academic paper has no practical value would likely to change his opinion upon reading this post. Dr. Dave Wang's paper, Ginseng: the Herb that Helped U.S. Commerce, has been cited by, Arader Galleries, a famous art dealer to promote traditional artworks.  A reader can access the quotation from Dr. Wang's article through its on line exhibition: China: European Perspective of China 16-19th Centuries. For your convenience, I show you the snap shot below.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

424. Dr. Dave Wang's Paper Helped Local Business Flurishing


Usually, an academic paper helps other scholars to deepen their research and general readers to gain knowledge on the subject. With this post I would like you to enjoy the fact that Dr. Dave Wang's examination of traditional Chinese civilization in North America has helped entrepreneurs to create and develop traditional business. Jon Strother wrote a Special  report for The Post and Courier, in which he told his readers the true story of how a business man created a traditional tea store and make a big business in the United States. From his report we know that Mr. Kyle Brown, from Charleston, South Carolina "has found a strong connection between the early tea trade and Charleston. The Holy City, New York, Boston and Philadelphia represented the four major ports of entry for Colonial tea imports. Little wonder then that Charleston staged its first revolutionary “tea party” even before Boston's more famous one. The tea seized on Charleston's docks in 1773 in response to the British Tea Act was stored in the Old Exchange and then sold a couple of years later to help fund the Revolution. Subsequent protests in Charleston simply dumped the tea into the harbor. 
Despite the setbacks imposed on the tea trade by the Revolutionary War, Americans' thirst for tea continued to grow. According to Dave Wang in an article for the 2011 Virginia Review of Asian Studies about China's cultural influence on the United States, “The Chinese-American tea trade increased steadily after 1785. With the increase of population and wealth, the American people demanded larger and larger quantities of tea.”
 
Jon also told us that "Now there are growing signs of revived interest in historical teas and tea-ways, and Brown's radar is finely tuned to them. Oliver Pluff's teas are currently carried at more than 200 historic sites across the country, from Monticello to Yosemite National Park. “Tea marries really well with history,” he says, “and that's really what we're about.”
 
It will be cool when I drive down to Kyle's traditional tea shop in the south and enjoy his historical tea sometime in the near future.





 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

423. George Washington Sorounded by the Imports from China


In the early morning of a day in the late 1780s a patrician gentleman stood in his house in Mount Vernon, his feet cushioned by straw carpeting from China. As he relaxed, he enjoyed Chinese Hyson tea from a Chinese porcelain cup and watched his golden Chinese pheasants strutting on the lawn. Before he ate breakfast, which was served with Chinese porcelain wares, he sat at his table reading news on American trade with China. Later, as he went for a walk around his property, he checked on his geese and pigs also from China. In the afternoon, he would survey his Chinese flower gardens on his farm.

The man was George Washington, first President of the United States. He has a true appreciation for Chinese imports. He personally involved in spearheading U. S. trade with China.