Saturday, March 11, 2017
夏威夷大学的著名汉学家唐格理（Kirll O. Thompson）对王小良的研究极为推崇。他在最近撰文高度评价王小良关于孔子对美国文化形成的影响的研究。他表示，许多研究17和18世纪西方历史的学者都将眼光局限在西方思想和西方的学术资料，但却漠视来自东方的影响；在这种学术氛围中，王小良博士通过他对美国开国元勋利用中华文明的积极因素建设新国家的研究开辟了全新的研究领域。唐格理表示，在他的几篇论文中，王小良博士已经证明，美洲的殖民者和开国元勋崇尚孔子，主动借鉴孔子的思想和道德观；比如詹姆斯·麦迪逊（James Madison 1751-1836）的家里悬挂着孔子的画像，托马斯·潘恩（Thomas Paine 1737-1809）认为孔子和耶稣基督以及苏格拉底具有同样的重要地位，本杰明·富兰克林更是印刷宣传册来推广孔子伦理中的许多普世价值理念，托马斯·杰裴逊在他的1801年总统就职演说中也提及孔子的道德原则，甚至在他的个人笔记本里，把孔子在《大学》里推崇的一个中国王子的诗歌选进来。
王小良多年来通过挖掘翔实的史料，从崭新的历史角度证明了中华文明对美国早期发展的积极影响。经过多年的不懈努力，他的关于美国开国元勋与中华文明的研究成果在世界范围内产生广泛影响。来自德国的著名美国研究专家阿尔弗雷德·赫农（Afred Hornung）在他的中美关系课上专门介绍王小良的文章《美国开国元勋与中国：中国文化对美国影响的缘起》（The US Founders and China：The Origins of Chinese Cultural Influence on the United States）；波士顿大学的教授麦克·克赖尔（Michael St. Clair）在他的新著《中国艺术大转移：大量的中国艺术品是如何来到美国的》（The Great Chinese Art Transfer —— How So Much of China's Art Came to America）中专门引用了小良的论文。
王小良表示，近来他的研究也受到国内学术界许多学者同行的关注，令他非常高兴。目前北京外语大学正在将他的论文翻成中文，包括《孔子与美国建国 —— 美国开国元勋以儒家道德哲学建立新美德的努力》（CONFUCIUSIN THE AMERICAN FOUNDING： THEFOUNDERS’ EFFORTS TO USE CONFUCIAN MORAL PHILOSOPHY IN THEIR ENDEAVOR TO CREATENEW VIRTUE FOR THE NEW NATION）等文章。另外，他的英文博客阅读量最近也突破了20万人次，读者来自世界各地，令他非常欣慰。
Friday, March 10, 2017
With this post I would like to introduce you Mr. Jeffrey Bingham Mead's introduction to Dr. Dave Wang's interview in March 11, 2016. We know through Dr. Dave Wang's research, Chinese exporting porcelain to North America was more than a common product or a mere commodity. Mr. Mead said that "It was a phenomenon that swept North America like nothing ever before. Porcelain from China was coveted by America's founders and many others. Some were so addicted to their cravings for Chinese porcelain that they went into debt -and paid the consequences. On this past President's Day holiday weekend in the USA you heard me welcome Dr. Dave Wang, a noted international authority originally from China who has researched, lectured and published on the ties between the American Founders and Chinese civilization. I met Dr. Wang in Chinatown, Flushing Queens in New York City to hear his findings about the impact of Chinese Export Porcelain on Americans and Europeans. I asked him to share his thoughts on the March 11 show. Here they are! Dr. Wang is the managing librarian of the Laurelton Library in Queens, New York City and an adjunct professor at St. John's University. We featured our usual explorations on Treasures of China, immerse ourselves in timeless Chinese wisdom on the Confucius Moment and more! I shared some announcements, happenings and events -and my impressions of the Asian food courts in Flushing Queens! I felt like I was back in Asia! Mark your calendar for the next broadcast on Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and anywhere via streaming audio on WGCH.com. "
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
With this post, I would like to quote from Jeffrey Bingham Mead's introduction to Dr. Dave Wang's study of the founders and Chinese culture. Jeffrey is a solid scholar in US history and president of History Education Council of Hawaii State. Recent years he is host of Radio Show Marvels of China.
On Saturday, February 18 my featured guest is Dr. Dave Wang.
Born and raised in Northeastern China, he is an adjunct professor at St. John's University, New York, branch manager of the Laurelton Library/New York City Public Library System in Queens, New York and a noted scholar, lecturer and writer on the subject of the influences of Chinese civilization on the U.S. Founders and the founding of the United States of America in 1776. Much of his research is freely available to all on his blog site, The U.S. Founders and China:
His research and commentary has been cited and featured in numerous professional publications, ranging from The Korean Journal of Medical History to the Virginia Review of Asian Studies. His findings have attracted much attention in the academic world, too. Dr. Wang has been invited to present papers at conference throughout the USA, Europe and China. His research has found its way to university-level history and culture courses.
Remember that event in American history called The Boston Tea Party? The tea that was dumped in Boston Harbor was from China's Fujian Province.
Dr. Wang has been a guest on our show before -and we full expect to have him back again.
We'll feature our usual explorations on Treasures of China, immerse ourselves in timeless Chinese wisdom on the Confucius Moment and more! I'll share some announcement about happenings and events, too.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. China Time on 1490 WGCH and anywhere via streaming audio on WGCH.comhttp://www.wgch.com/desktop.php.
See you on the air,
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Mr. Jeffrey Bingham Mead, the President of Hawaii State History Education Council sent me the paper, 'Holy grail of American ceramics' found in dig at American Revolution Museum. It reveals the fact that some local made ceramic wares in the site of Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The article reminded me of the article by Dr. Dave Wang. Please enjoy yourself with reading some paragraphs below:
The demand for Chinese porcelain and the efforts to get rid of
control over it helped to create the national conscience of the patriots.
Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), one of the founding fathers of the
United States, was among the first
group of colonists who put forward the concept of building a porcelain factory
in North America.[i]
Dr. Rush’s intention was to overcome the colonies’ dependence on Great Britain
for goods and trade. The endeavor of building such a factory was far beyond the
porcelain only. It demonstrated the colonists’ determination to be independent
from their motherland.
Go on in encouraging American manufactures. I have many schemes in view with regard to these things. I have made those mechanical arts which are connected with chemistry the particular objects of my study and not without hopes of seeing a china manufactory established in
in the course of a few years. Yes, we will be revenged by the mother country.
For my part, I am resolved to devote my head, my heart, and my pen entirely to
the service of Philadelphia ,
and promise myself much assistance from you in everything of this kind that I
shall attempt through life.[ii] America
The Americans wanted to diminish their reliance on taxed imports and ultimately their need for other goods controlled by
Their pursuing self supply of Chinese porcelain ware became a powerful call for
the patriotic support of American economical independence. Some colonists
attempted to establish a porcelain
manufactory company in Philadelphia
in 1769. They established the factory on Prime Street “near the present day
navy yard, intended to make china at a savings of 15,000 £. “[iii]
Benjamin Franklin, who was in London
at the time, showed his happiness seeing the achievement made by his
countrymen. He said, “I am pleased to find so good progress made in the China
Manufactory. I wish it Success most heartily.”[iv]
The AmericanChina Manufactory became noted for the porcelain ware it produced. More importantly, it succeeded in cultivating patriotic support. It set in motion “an intense competition between the young American factory and its English contemporaries.”[v] Although the porcelain factory lasted to 1772, it challenged
monopoly of the Chinese products and ultimately contributed to the winning of
American independence. Benjamin Rush stated clearly that he had regarded the
manufacture as an important means to mobilize the Americans to build a new
nation in North America: “There is but one expedient left whereby we can save
our sinking country, and that is by encouraging American manufactures. Unless
we do this, we shall be undone forever.”[vi]
[i] Michael K. Brown, Piecing Together the Past: Recent research on the American China Manufactory, 1769-1772, in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 133, no. 4, 1989, p.557.
[ii] Benjamin Rush to Thomas Bradford,
15 April 1768,
in L. H. Butterfield ed., Letters of
Benjamin Rush, Press,
vol. 1, p. 54. Princeton
[iii] John Fanning Watson ed. Annals of
. See also Michael K. Brown,
Piecing Together the Past: Recent research on the American China Manufactory,
1769-1772, in Proceedings of the American
Philosophical Society, vol. 133, no. 4, 1989, p.555. Philadelphia
[iv] Benjamin Franklin to Deborah Franklin,
1772, in Franklin
Papers. It is available on line at http://www.franklinpapers.org/franklin/framedVolumes.jsp
[v] Michael K. Brown, Piecing Together the Past: Recent research on the American China Manufactory, 1769-1772, in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 133, no. 4, 1989, p.573.
[vi] Benjamin Rush to probably Jacob Rush,
26 January 1769,
in L. H. Butterfield ed., Letters of
Benjamin Rush, Press,
vol. 1, p.74. Also in Princeton
University Journal, no, 1374, Pennsylvania 6 April 1769.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Readers from reading of Dr. Dave Wang's paper, "Benjamin Franklin and China. ---A Survey of Benjamin Franklin's Efforts at Drawing Positive Elements from Chinese Civilization during the Formative Age," have learned that Franklin loved Chinese culture and learned much from it. He made good use of the culture in aiding his efforts to build a new society in North America. For example, he loved Confucian moral philosophy, Chinese technology, Chinese products, such as porcelain wares and silk. He also loved Chinese plants and had some of them transplanted in North America. However, if you make the conclusion that Franklin loved everything from China, you will be wrong. With this post, I would like to point out one thing that Franklin didn't like.
It was the bed bugs. In 1750 in his widely circulated Poor Richard's Almanack , Franklin told his readers, the Bed Bugs was first brought from China in East-India Goods. He showed his fellow colonists how to destroy the bugs. He told them to prepare some boiling Water and "poured from a Teakettle into the Joints, &c. of the Bedstead, or squirted by a Syringe, where it cannot well be poured. The old Ones are scalded to Death, and the Nits spoilt, for a boil’d Egg never hatches. This done once a Fortnight, during the Summer, clears the House"
Nowadays there are many kinds of chemicals available to kill the bugs. However, personally I endorse Franklin's method. It produces no side effects, no pollution to one's own houses and environment in general.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
As we approach the new year, I want to take a moment to reflect upon 2016. In Chinese, the phonetic pronunciation of "2017" can be slightly tweaked to mean "go forward together." I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for my readers all across the world. All research needs readers--without readers, any research would be meaningless. The growth of my readers over the years indicates that there is increasing interest in how Chinese culture influenced the development of the United States. Today, the bilateral relationship between the United States and China is one of the most important in the world. If history can be a teacher, I predict that the United States will continue to benefit from borrowing positive elements from Chinese culture, as did the Founding Fathers in centuries prior.
In 2016, Dr. Dave Wang published the paper, Ideas from the East: American Founders and Chinese Wisdom, (www.virginiareviewofasianstudies.com/.../v18_12.-Wang-Chinese-and-Founders.doc)