Sunday, August 15, 2010
I have found that Dr. Wang's research published in Italin and Chinese. Thanks to Japanese scholars, now it is availalbe in Japanese.
The transmission of Chinese culture to colonial North America provides one of the most significant examples of the spread of Chinese civilization from its center to overseas, where no significant direct contact existed. The founding fathers' efforts to draw nourishments from the culture demonstrates that how they developed the American culture by their incorporating the positive elements from Chinese culture.
The remarkable story of their efforts to draw nourishments from Chinese culture has served as an intriguing case study of the creation of a new civilization by adopting selected positive elements from other cultures and assimilating the elements into the new one. The eminent colonists' efforts have provided us with an insight of how drawing nourishments from other cultures has proven to be one of the best means of the development of civilization.
With China We trade is an article written by Dr. Dave Wang in March 2009. It is a very interesting piece. Mr. Jeffrey Mead, the President of Historical Council of Hawaii introduces this article in his well-known blog. He told his readers,
"Dave has spent a considerable amount of time and effort to uncover Early
America's ties to China and the China trade, asserting that Chinese
culture and civilization influenced the Founding Fathers of the
American Republic in 1776. Presently he is in London lecturing on this
topic as part of a global lecture series. We're looking forward to
having him come to Hawaii."
In this article, Dr. Dave Wang pointes out, "President Barack Obama told the American people in his inauguration address on January 20 that the United States was experiencing one of the worst economic recessions in history. "That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our economy is badly weakened ... Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered." To encourage the nation to fight against the recession, Obama turned to draw wisdom from the founding fathers, who led the fledgling US to rise above its first economic.' Dr. Dave Wang's whole article is availabe from this link.
The famous International economics also collected Dr. Dave Wang's article. Below is the the quote from the site.
"With China We Trade
Dave Wang (AT) Mar 11, 2009
President Barack Obama, in making Beijing a priority destination for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was following advice and interest dating back to George Washington and the Founding Fathers. Even in its earliest and most fragile days as a nation, the United States turned to China as a lifeline of trade." You can access the site from this link.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Dr. Dave Wang made his presentation in the topic of Influences from the East: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Chinese Civilization at the 21st Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia, 22-25 June 2010 in Singapore. You can find the photo on line taken by the conference reporter.
According to Dr. Wang, during the formative era of American culture, the founding fathers of the United States, including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, borrowed with the wisdom of learning from foreign cultures, positive elements from Chinese civilization. Franklin regarded Confucius moral philosophy as his guideline in his efforts to cultivate his virtue. Jefferson borrowed certain Chinese architectural designs, such as the railings below the dome and surrounding the walkways. The virtual consensus among the founding generation of American statesmen was to "pursue a political destiny separate from Europe." Jefferson, who believed a building was not merely a walled structure, but a metaphor for American ideology, and the process of construction was equal to the task of building a nation, incorporated Chinese architectural style in his creation of a new style-Jeffersonian Style, which is still popular today. The founding fathers' endeavor attested the American desire to build a new culture.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
History Education Council of Hawaii, one of the best institutions in national history education, promotes Dr. Wang's research on the influences from the East: The Founding Fathers and Chinese Culture.
The council introduces Dr. Wang's paper, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Chinese Civilization. You can find more information on the council's efforts from this link.