Wednesday, May 15, 2019

563. The East Asian Journal of British History Cites Dr. Dave Wang Paper

In his article, The Perception of Ginseng in Early Modern England and Its Significance in the Globalizing Trade, published in the East Asian Journal of British History, Heasim Sul cited Dr. Dave Wang's article, Chinese Civilization and the United States: Tea, Ginseng, Porcelain Wars and Silk in Colonial America, Virginia Review of Asian Studies, September 13, 2011. Ms. Heasim Sul was Vice-Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Yonsei University.

Monday, May 13, 2019

562. Another American College Adopted Dr. Dave Wang's Article

Washington College has used Dr. Dave Wang's paper in its class room. According to the introduction from the college's homepage,  Washington College was founded in 1782. It was the first college chartered in the sovereign United States of America. General George Washington
donated 50 guineas to its founding and also lent it his name. The general even served on its first Board of Visitors and Governors. The college's goal back then was to cultivate responsible citizen-leaders. Nowadays, the college is committed to giving its students the chance to succeed on their own terms.

Monday, April 15, 2019

561. Jennifer Milam Cites Dr. Dave Wang's Article

In her recent published book, edited by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu and Head, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Jennifer Milam cites Dr. Dave Wang's article,   “Thomas Jefferson’s Incorporating Positive Elements from Chinese Civilization.” Virginia Review of Asian Studies 145 ( 2012 ): 143 – 157 .  

The Book titled, Beyond Chinoiserie, published on October 16, 2018.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

560. The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies Recommends Dr. Dave Wang's Works

The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies will be published on April 24, 2019, recommends Dr. Dave Wang's publications on Confucian influence on the early history of the Unite States. The Companion aims to provide those who are interested in American Studies with "theoretical and applied essays that help to define Transnational American Studies as a discipline and practice" . With this post, I show you the snapshot of the page that my works are cited and recommended below. In the mean time, I give you brief introduction to the three editors of this great book. Nina MorganAfred Hornung and Takayuki Tatsumi. Dr. Morgan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transnational  American Studies (Stanford University) and a professor and founder of the American Studies program, at Kennesaw State University.  Afred Hornung is Director of the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and Research Professor of English and American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.Takayuki Tatsumi is Professor of American Literature and Critical Theory at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. He has served as President of The American Literature Society of Japan and The Poe Society of Japan, in addition to serving as Vice President of the Melville Society of Japan.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

559. Three Recent Academy Books Cite Dr. Dave Wang's Articles

Dr. Dave Wang's academic papers on the founding fathers efforts to borrow from Chinese civilization in the era when the United States was established have been widely cited by top scholars in recent years. With this post I will introduce you three great books that cite Dr. Dave Wang's work. You can tell that those three books were published in the period from 2016 to 2018.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

558. The Empress of China Sailed to China on February 22, 1784

Embodying Americans' hope to break through the British blockade and revitalize the depressed postwar economy, the Empress of China, the first American commercial ship after its independence, left New York for Canton (Guangzhou), China, on February 22, 1784. Before the Empress of China left the East River Harbor of New York, George Washington duly signed the sea letter, guiding the purpose of the Empress of China's voyage.

There was a great deal of uncertainty in the newly founded country. After the war for independence was over, the nation's fiscal system was on the brink of chaos. Many small farmers, the broad base of the new nation, were being thrown into jail for debt and many others were forced to lose their farms. The Congress, established under the Articles of Confederation, was attempting to bring order out of the turmoil. In Massachusetts, an agrarian revolt spread quickly.

In the meantime, Britain, which lost the war militarily, was seeking to defeat the Americans economically. It strengthened its economic pressure on individual states to compel them, one by one, to return to "Mother England". Britain closed all traditional trade partners to the new nation, and American merchants could no longer trade with Spain, Africa and West Indies. In the aftermath of the victory of the American revolutionary war, France, Holland and other European countries were willing to use the US as their market, but not anxious to take American wares in exchange.

Given the situation, commerce became "the lifeblood of America's recovery from its economic slump". New trade partners had to be discovered, new trade routes had to be opened and new connections had to be established. Otherwise, political independence wouldn't last long. It was in this critical situation that the first American voyage to China started.

557. Benjamin Franklin Published Confucius' Work in 1737

Probably, Benjamin Franklin was the first founding father, who published Confucian work in 1737.  I will show my readers the picture of his publication of Confucius work below. His publication of Confucius work helped spread Confucian moral philosophy in North American colonies. It also laid foundation for the Confucius' fever among the main founders of the United States  in the eve of the American Revolution.