Saturday, May 28, 2016
452. Chinese Cultures and Traditions That Have Been Adapted in The US
It is widely acknowledged that it is practically impossible to pinpoint every single instance of Chinese culture and tradition in the United States. For Joseph Rodriguez, one of the reasons is that “many individuals are practicing their traditions both in public and in their homes with their own family members and friends, and personally, I love it.”
However, for Dr. Dave Wang, the most important reason is that the founders of this nation assimilated elements of Chinese culture in the culture of the United States. I would like to quote Dr. KirillO. Thompson below,
"For his part, Jefferson saw the importance of Confucius' virtues for keeping his ideals alive, augmenting happiness, and improving the country over time. In his inaugural speech in 1801, Jefferson declared:
Let us, [……] pursue our republican principles; our [……] representative government. [……] enlightened by a benign religion, [……] inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man, adoring a providence, which by its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here, and his greater happiness hereafter; with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? (Italics added)."
Dr. Thompson has further made it clear that all the virtues Jefferson "enumerated in his inauguration speech were precisely the moral principles that Confucius had instructed."