Saturday, December 31, 2016

480. Borrowing Positive Elements from Chinese Culture

As we approach the new year, I want to take a moment to reflect upon 2016. In Chinese, the phonetic pronunciation of "2017" can be slightly tweaked to mean "go forward together." I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for my readers all across the world. All research needs readers--without readers, any research would be meaningless. The growth of my readers over the years indicates that there is increasing interest in how Chinese culture influenced the development of the United States. Today, the bilateral relationship between the United States and China is one of the most important in the world. If history can be a teacher, I predict that the United States will continue to benefit from borrowing positive elements from Chinese culture, as did the Founding Fathers in centuries prior.

In 2016, Dr. Dave Wang published the paper, Ideas from the East: American Founders and Chinese Wisdom, (

Sunday, December 4, 2016

479. The Traditional Tea Becomes Popular Again

Who said that academic research focusing on history has no relationship with current economic development?  This report may help change your way of thinking. In one of the oldest continuous newspaper of the nation, The Post and Courier, winner of Pulitzer Prize, Jon Strother wrote a special report on May 26, 215. It is titled "Steeped in the Past,"

In colonial era, Chinese tea, such as Bohea, Congou, Singlo, Hyson, Souchong were popular among the colonists. Jon made it clearly, "in truth, they are the names of teas once popular in early America that have faded into relative obscurity." However, those teas and the stories behind them have been started to be alive because the research done by scholars. Jon reported, according to Dr. Dave Wang in an article for the 2011 Virginia Review of Asian Studies about China's cultural influence on the United States, "The Chinese American tea trade increased steadily after 1785. With the increase of population and wealth, the American people demanded larger and larger quantities of tea. " 

The scholar's research has also helped business men to promote and develop their businesses related to traditional culture. I hope that Kyle Brown, the founder and owner of local tea purveyor Oliver Pluff & Company, will flush over the country.