Sunday, November 29, 2009

166. Dr. Wang Talks about the Cultural Exchanges betweem the U.S. and China, the Largest and most trusted media company in Northwest Indiana promotes Dr. Wang's speech to its readers. In the introductory article, titled " VU (Valparaiso University) forum will examine the cultural exchanges between the U.S., China, it introduces main content of Dr. Wang's talk. The article says, Dr. Wang, Manager of Queens Library at Hollis, and an adjunct professor at St. John's University in New York, has written on the cultural ties between China and the U.S., including: "How China Helped Shape American Culture: The Founding Fathers and Chinese Civilization," "Asian Dry Rice and Slaves' Living Environment: Thomas Jefferson's Efforts to Transplant the Rice to the United States" and "Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Chinese Civilization." More is available through this link. The Hanban also published on its official site some summary of Dr. Wang's speech.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

165. Honoring the 2,560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius

September 29, 2009
Mr. AL GREEN of Texas (for himself, Mr. CAO, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. HONDA, Ms. CHU, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Ms. WATSON, Mr. ELLISON, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. SCOTT of Virginia, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Ms. FUDGE, Ms. KILROY, Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia, Mr. BECERRA, Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. CLEAVER, Mr. PASCRELL, Mr. NADLER of New York, Ms. MCCOLLUM, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. CARSON of Indiana, Ms. CLARKE, Mr. ACKERMAN, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. BISHOP of Georgia, Mr. SCOTT of Georgia, Mr. CLAY, Ms. WATERS, Mr. MEEKS of New York, Mr. MILLER of North Carolina, Mr. SABLAN, Mr. SHERMAN, and Mr. FILNER) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


Honoring the 2,560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius and recognizing his invaluable contributions to philosophy and social and political thought. Whereas September 28, 551 B.C., is recognized as the date on which Confucius was born in the town of Qufu, in what is now the Shandong Province of China;
Whereas Confucius, who is one of the greatest thinkers, teachers, and social philosophers in history, developed a philosophy that has deeply influenced, and continues to influence, the social and political thought of countries around the world, including China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam;
Whereas Confucius counseled introspection, self-cultivation, sincerity, and the observance of respect within social relationships as a means of achieving justice and attaining morality in personal and public life, reflecting a moral fiber of the highest degree;
Whereas the teaching of Confucius that `what one does not wish for oneself, one ought not to do to anyone else; what one recognizes as desirable for oneself, one ought to be willing to grant to others' is a model for ethical behavior and for the promotion of harmony among us;
Whereas Confucius taught that an ideal government is founded upon loyalty, respect for elders, and recognition of the importance of family; and
Whereas Confucius taught that politicians must be models of truthfulness and morality, which serves as a reminder to all of our duty to serve with the utmost honor and respect: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives honors the 2,560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius and recognizes his invaluable contributions to philosophy and social and political thought.
More information is available through this link. You also can find information regarding Benjamin Franklin and Confucian moral philosophy in the previous posts, such as Item 142.

164. Dr. Dave Wang's Comment on the Founding Fathers

Mr. Lee A. Daniels issued his paper The Intolerable Barack Obama

In the following you can find Dr. Wang's comment: Mr. Wesley Pruden should know also that our founding fathers of this great nation made great efforts to draw nourishment from traditional Chinese culture to build a new society in North America. Should we label them “Panda Huggers”? I don’t believe that the founding fathers were godlike persons without any flaws. I do believe that the founding fathers were the figures with great wisdom. To understand them comprehensively need more than one quote. It is not even “politically correct” if one just put out one sentence from the founding fathers’ numerous sentences, regardless of the environment that they made the sentence , in order to prove one’s subjective judgement.

Friday, November 20, 2009

163. A Big Dose of the Chinese Ethos May Well Be Returning To America

I just read the following article carried in November 23, 2009 issue TIME
Magazine, "Five Things We Can Learn from China," by Bill Powell. Mr.
Powell is a senior writer for TIME in Shanghai. Prior to current his
post, he was Chief International correspondent for Fortune based in
Beijing and then New York. He also served as Newsweek bureau chief in
Moscow, Berlin and Tokyo. In this article Mr. Powell points out five things that the United States, one of the youngest nations, should learn from China, one of the oldest nations, including ambitious goal, focus on eduction, take care the elders, save more and look over the horizon.

Dr. Dave Wang's research reveals that to learn from China is not strange to the Americans. It started as early as the colonial era in North America. During the early period of the founding of the United States, some eminent colonists, including the founding fathers found that China, the far away ancient empire, was a place where they could borrow useful ideas and technologies which could help with their efforts to build a new nation there. As a result, we saw one of the largest cultural borrowing movements in American history during the formative age of the United States. Chinese plants, such as rice, soybeans, peaches, oranges, mulberries, all kinds of flowers were transplanted into the colonies, Chinese technologies, such as architectural design, silk production, central heating and canal construction, were introduced; Chinese philosophies, especially Confucianism, were also brought over.

Interestingly enough, you will find that the main contents that Mr.Powell called for his fellow Americans to learn from China were what the founding fathers, such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, worked hard to borrow from traditional Chinese culture. We should admire the wisdom of the founding fathers. History can provide a lot of good lessons for us today. The examination of their efforts to draw nourishment from traditional Chinese culture will continue to provide valuable lessons for our efforts to overcome the difficulties caused by current economic recess worldwide.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

162. Dr. Wang Made his Speech at Valparaiso University

On November 6, 2009, Dr. Wang delivered his speech at Valparaiso University. In his speech Dr. Wang answered the question,what made it possible for the founding fathers’ borrowing from the Chinese culture? He gave out three reasons; first of all, the founding fathers were free. They didn't have ideology or politically correct in their mind. They did not worry about that someone would label them Socialists, or even Communists. There was no Red Scare. The Senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957), wasn't born yet. The second one was that they could find what they wanted from Chinese culture. The third reason was that Chinese culture was available in North America. Americans could learn all manner of subjects from agriculture, science, philosophy, art and technology from books on China produced in Europe.

Monday, November 9, 2009

161. Dr. Wang Gave Speech at the China Institute

Founded in 1926 by a group of American and Chinese educators, including John Dewey and Hu Shih, China Institute in America is the oldest educational and cultural organization in the United States focused on advancing a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community. The Institute offers innovative, high quality programs, activities, courses and seminars that are open to – and designed for – people of all ages and backgrounds.
On October 24, 2009, The Renwen Society at China Institute invited Dr. Wang, Manager of Queens Library at Hollis and Adjunct Professor of St. Johns University, delivered his speech on the topic, China in the shaping of American culture. In this lecture, Dr. Wang discussed the founding fathers' efforts to draw nourishment from Chinese culture. His lecture revealed the historical facts that during the formative era of American culture, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, borrowed with wisdom of learning from foreign cultures positive elements from Chinese civilization.

One of the most popular Chinese newspapers in the United States, China Press reported his speech.

You also can listen to Dr. Wang's speech on line thanks to the kindness of the USWTV. COM a well known news media company based in New York. In the following you can read the above introduction to his speech in Chinese.






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