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256. The Origins of Chinese Cultural Influences on the US
Walking from the east entrance up the steps to the SupremeCourt building, one can see a sculpture of Confucius along with Moses and Solon. The sculpture may serve as an indicator of the impact of Confucius in the formation of American culture. Indeed, Chinese cultural and technological influence on what would become the
started even before
this country was born. United States
Chinese culture became important when some of the
US founders looked for resources that could be mobilized
in their efforts to build a new nation after declaring independence from .
Chinese contributions to early Great Britain
were varied. In their efforts to cultivate personal virtue and to educate the younger
generations to be virtuous, several founding fathers sought guidance from
Confucian philosophy. The founders also adopted Chinese inventions to
facilitate the social and economic development of colonies and introduced
elements of Chinese agriculture to America North America.