Friday, August 12, 2016
470. Ideas from the East: American Founders and Chinese Wisdoms
When the Empress of China, the first commercial ship of the
anchored the Chinese shore in August 1784, the Chinese merchants quickly realized
that the crew members were not British. The crew members were, in fact, Americans
from the newly established United States— China’s
newest trading partner. By sea the journey had taken over half a year. For the United States, China was still a far-away land.
Yet in spite of the great distance between these two nations, Chinese culture strongly influenced the fledgling
States. Five years ago Virginian Review of Asian Studies published my study of China’s tangible cultural influence on the United States.
It has been noted that
America’s founders loved particular Chinese ideas
and used them help their efforts to build a new nation in North
America around the founding era. In this essay, I will introduce the
particular Chinese ideas that were introduced to America
as they laid the philosophical and cultural foundation of the United States.
 Dave Wang, Chinese Civilization and the
Tea, Ginseng, Porcelain ware and Silk in Colonial America, Virginia
Review of Asian Studies, 2011. United States