Friday, July 23, 2010
193. HOW CHINA HELPED TO SHAPE AMERICAN CULTURE
The well-known academic journal in the field of Asian Studies, Virginia Review of Asian Studies carries Dr. Dave Wang's article in its 2010 issue.
HOW CHINA HELPED TO SHAPE AMERICAN CULTURE: THE FOUNDING FATHERS AND CHINESE CIVILIZATION
The transmission of Chinese culture to colonial North America, later to be the United States, is one of the most significant examples of the spread of Chinese civilization overseas where no significant direct contact existed. In the meantime, the efforts from the eminent colonists and the founding fathers of the United States to draw nourishment from the culture provide an excellent example of how American culture was influenced by Chinese culture.
The impact of Chinese culture on cultural, economical and political development of North America was evident. For instance, Confucius, who has been regarded as the very emblem of Chinese civilization, was very influential in colonial North America. Some eminent colonists, including Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Thomas Paine (1737-1809), John Bartram (1699-1777), and Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826), the pioneer of American geography, expressed their respecting for Confucius and his moral philosophy.
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