Tuesday, March 29, 2016

440. France the First Place In Terms of Pageviews by Countries



This blog attracts its readers from all over the world. Generally, the United States has always been the most represented country in visits to my blog. However, this is not guaranteed. Sometimes, more readers have been found from other countries. For example, during the period from January 7 to 14, 2016. The Russia is number one in the readers list by country. Today I have found that France provided more readers than any other countries during the period from March 22 to 29, 2016.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

439. Chinese Scholars Citing Dr. Dave Wang's Papers


As you can find from reading of this blog, it shouldn't be new for you to recognize the fact that Dr. Dave Wang's academic papers have been widely cited among scholars, history teachers and professors in the United States. However, I have noticed that his papers are also starting to make inroad into Chinese academic circles. Below you can find a Chinese writer's work, in which he cited Dr. Wang's Article,  The US Founders and China - Association for Asian Studies.

Friday, March 18, 2016

438. Dr. Dave Wang's Blog Posts Were Cited by Professor Michael St. Clair


In his new book, The Great Chinese Art Transfer: How So Much of China's Art Came to America, Professor Michael Clair cited Dr. Dave Wang's blog posts. Through reading of his excellent book, a reader will learn the history of millions of Chinese works of art came to collectors and institutions in the West, in particular to the United States. Readers will also have a big picture how the Europeans and the Americans collected arts, such as paintings, bronzes and ceramics, as well as sculptures and jades, created by the Chinese over several centuries. No doubt, Professor Clair presented us the history of one of the greatest outflows of Chinese culture’s artistic heritage in human history. This is a very readable book full of knowledge and information on Chinese arts.
 
 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

437. 王小良研究推动新时代茶文化




【侨报记者管黎明3月5日纽约报道】中国传统的茶叶文化如今在纽约和许多美国的大城市越来越流行,星巴克旗下的 Teavana 连锁茶店出售各种来自中国和其它地区的茶叶,虽然价格不菲,但却经常出现供不应求的局面。而皇后区 Laurelton 图书馆馆长王小良长期以来有关中国文化对早期美国影响的研究,也为许多茶叶经营者提供了历史方面的启发和鼓舞。
  南卡州首府查尔斯顿的《信使邮报 (The Post and Courier)》去年刊登的一篇有关当地一位茶商的故事近来被许多英文网站转载,而这位茶商便是许多受到王小良的研究鼓舞的人士之一。
  根据《信使邮报》的报道,当地的一位茶叶爱好者凯尔·布郎 (Kyle Brown) 2009年创立了奥利夫·普拉夫公司 (Oliver Pluff  & Company) ,经营传统的散装茶叶,但他对公司的走向并没有清楚的概念,因为不知道茶叶会不会被普通消费者接受。在布朗读到王小良在《佛吉尼亚亚洲研究评论》 (Virginia Review of Asian Studies) 的论文《中华文明与美国:茶叶,人参,陶瓷,丝绸在殖民时期的美洲》(Chinese Civilization and the United States: Tea, Ginseng, Porcelain Ware and Silk in Colonial America, Virginia Review of Asian Studies 2011, pp.113-131. )时,布朗茅塞顿开。他坚定了对开设传统茶馆的信心,并专门经营殖民地时期风格的茶叶品种。如今经过六年的努力,他的茶馆已经在美国多个地区开设了分店或销售点,包括在托马斯·杰裴迅的故居博物馆、华盛顿州的亚色迈特国家公园 (Yosemite National Park)等200多个历史博物馆和景点销售。威廉斯堡殖民基金会 (the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)还特地邀请他参加商品博览会,并订购了他的18世纪殖民地风格的茶叶。
  王小良表示,他在自己的研究文章中指出,在1785年之后,伴随人口和财富的增加,美国人对茶叶的需求越来越大,正是由于这一巨大需求遇到了英国方面的税收政策的压制,才导致了后来的波士顿倾茶事件。而实际上在波士顿的事件之前,查尔斯顿等城市已经发生过小型的茶税抗议行动。当时,查尔斯顿、费城、纽约和波士顿是美国最主要的茶叶经销港口。
  除了对茶叶文化的推动,王小良的早期历史研究也受到许多中美关系学者的关注,甚至在去年9月份中国国家主席习近平访美期间,国务卿克里和习近平本人在致辞中都曾引述他的研究成果。在2015年9月25日欢迎习进平主席访美的午餐会上,美国国务卿克里在欢迎词中直接引用了王小良的论文《本杰明·富兰克林与中国》。他说:“富兰克林博士绝对地迷上了伟大的学者孔子和中国。作为学者本身,富兰克林尽可能地学习中国的东西,包括养蚕、丝绸工艺、船的设计、蜡烛的制作和室内取暖的设备。他的一项发明富兰克林火炉,实际上正是基于中国的思想。”而习进平在答谢讲演中也回应说,“克里国务卿刚刚对我们说,这个房间是以本杰明·富兰克林的名字命名的,富兰克林是美国的开国元勋之一。富兰克林先生同中国有着紧密的关系。他如此尊重中国伟大的哲学家、思想家、儒家学说的奠基人孔子,以至于亲自在美洲人民中传播孔子的道德哲学。”
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