Thursday, December 21, 2017

525. Educators from Bangladesh Recommended This Blog

Another country was added on the list of the countries that Dr. Dave Wang's research papers reached.  It was amazing an educational district from Bangladeshi has recommended this blog to its colleges and universities. In case that my readers don't know where the district is I quoted the following paragraph from the Wikipedia:

Gazipur District (Bengali: গাজীপুর জেলা) is a district of Dhaka Division in Bangladesh.
Gazipur (Town) has 9 wards and 31 mahallas. The area of the town is 49.32 km2. The town's population is 123,531; male 52.52%, female 47.48%; density is 2,505 per km2. Establishments such as Islamic University of Technology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, and others are located here.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

524. Influence of Confucianim on the United States

The influence of Confucianism on East Asia has been widely recognized, however, its influence on the United States has been rarely known. Dr. Dave Wang will conduct a  workshop that will introduce the influence of Confucianism on the United States on January 27, 2018. More information regarding the workshop is available here.

Dr. Dave Wang will talk the following topics:

1. How Confucianism had an impact on the founders when they worked for cultivating new virtue for the new nation.

2.He also examines the process that the US government adopted Chinese civil service examination system in order to overcome political corruption in the 19th century.

3.In the meantime, Dr. Wang will demonstrate the influence of Confucianism on the agricultural management before the Second World War and Confucianism’s impact on US legal debates.

Through this workshop, you will have basic conception on the positive impact of Confucianism on the development of the United States.

Dr. Dave Wang is Manager of Queens Library at Laurelton and Adjunct Professor, St. Johns University. He has studied the influence of Chinese traditional culture on the history of the United States for many years. His academic articles, such as “Ideas from the East, The Founders of the United States and Chinese Wisdom,” “Benjamin Franklin and China, ---A Survey of Benjamin Franklin’s Efforts at Drawing Positive Elements from Chinese Civilization during the Formative Age of the United States” were published by various academic journals in the United States, Japan, India and Europe, such as The Virginia Review of Asian Studies , Asia Times and other journals. Some of his articles have been adopted as history text by various graduate schools, universities, and high schools in the United States for their culture and history courses. Some famous scholars and writers have often quoted his articles in their publications.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

523. “儒学对美国文化发展的影响”在北外汉学中心讲座成功举行

王小良教授长期从事中华文明对美国的影响研究,他首先引用20世纪美国著名作家托马斯·默顿(Thomas Merton)的话,指出“世界的思想界再也不能局限于欧洲和美国”,阐释了中华文明对世界文化发展的重大意义,并具体从五个方面介绍了中华文明对美国建国以来产生的影响,包括美国独立、道德原则、公务员制度、农业管理制度、以及法律制度等多个层面。

Monday, November 13, 2017

522. Dr. Dave Wang's Speech Has Been Cited Again

Pierre Beaudry cited Dr. DaveWang’s speech in his article, THE EPISTEMOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ‘FILIOQUE published on August 31, 2017. Please read the paragraphs below:

How do you consider the future? That was the question that Benjamin Franklin attempted to solve when he opposed the creation of the Cincinnatus Society  whose intention was to tie down the American descendants of the Revolutionary War heroes with the glories of the past as the determining factor of the future. This fallacy was insightfully restated recently by the managing librarian of the Queen’s Library at Laurelton in Queens, New York City, Dr. Dave Wang, who spoke at a Schiller Conference in that city about Confucius and Benjamin Franklin. Wang said: 


“In 1784, after the Revolution, some veterans hoped they could hand down their glories, their titles, to their descendants. They organized the Cincinnatus Society for this purpose. Franklin was not happy about the idea of handing down your title, your glory, to the next generation—that’s the inheritance system, or the aristocratic system of the Europeans, which was just what our Revolution opposed. What’s the meaning of the Revolution, if we restore the European aristocratic inheritance system? That’s totally wrong. We should adopt the Chinese merit system, and people with talents will be selected to serve the public.”  (Dr. Dave Wang, Confucius and Benjamin Franklin, EIR, April 28, 2017, p. 33. See also Dr. Wang’s blog at

The point that Wang was making was precisely to emphasize the fact that the founding fathers had fought the War of Independence for the purpose of  breaking with the Zeisian oligarchical system of Europe and replace aristocratic inheritance with a government where the citizens and public servants would be fundamentally oriented to the future.

521. Washington regarded Europe as only a sideshow

Washington regarded Europe as only a sideshow that must not divert attention from the permanent strategic interests of the US . He had not wanted to do business with England after the revolution. In October 1783, six months before the Empress of China started her virgin voyage to China, Washington made it clear in his letter to Marquis de Lafayette, a general in the American Revolutionary War and later a leader of the Garde Nationale during the French Revolution, that "I do not incline to send to England (from whence formerly I had all my goods) for anything I can get upon tolerable terms elsewhere." Where could the Americans trade for what they needed? His solution was for the newly founded US to develop its commercial relationship with China.

Even before the departure of the Empress of China, Washington had discussed the possibilities of this engagement with people like Ezra Stiles, the president of Yale College. Washington had realized that the American merchants "will carry the American flag around the globe itself, and display the thirteen stripes and new constellation, at Bengal and Canton, on the Indus and Ganges, on the Whang-ho [the Yellow River] and the Yang-ti-king [Yangtze River], and with commerce will import the wisdom and literature of the East." While the Empress of China was still on her way to China, Washington told Thomas Jefferson that "from trade our citizen will not be restrained".                 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

520. 吉师知名校友王小良博士返校讲学



519. 王小良先生受聘我校客座教授并作专题讲座



518. 身在异国情系母校--知名校友王小良回校之旅

 带着对母校发展的关心,带着对母校的感恩之心,王小良博士于2016年10月18日回到母校,在3天的行程中,王小良博士给外国语学院、政法学院师生做了“中华文明与美国民主制度的发展”学术报告,就中华文化对美国建国和民主制度发展的影响,阐发了自己独到的见解,并与外国语学院、政法学院及学校相关部门负责人就“中华文化与世界发展”问题进行了交流。 在校活动期间,校党委书记许才山、校长杨景海、副校长李海波分别与王小良就学校发展、学术交流、学科建设等进行了富有成效的交流,并对校友如何更地发挥在学校发展建设中的重要作用提出了自己的建设性意见。校友办主任兼校友会秘书长张颖全程陪同。

517. 百年征程:中华文明与美国民主制度的发展

地点: 第十教学楼10126教室


516. 首届“儒学在海外之儒学在美国”学术研讨会在我校举行


515. 中国文化与今日美国


514. 儒学在美国学术研讨会在西安举行



513. 国际亚洲文明与美洲研究会会长王小良博士访问我院


512. 推动儒学与中华文化海外传播 促进世界文明交流互鉴




511. 儒学对美国文化发展的影响


王小良教授长期从事中华文明对美国的影响研究,他首先引用20世纪美国著名作家托马斯·默顿(Thomas Merton)的话,指出“世界的思想界再也不能局限于欧洲和美国”,阐释了中华文明对世界文化发展的重大意义,并具体从五个方面介绍了中华文明对美国建国以来产生的影响,包括美国独立、道德原则、公务员制度、农业管理制度、以及法律制度等多个层面。







Sunday, October 1, 2017

510. Benjamin Franklin and Chinese Statistics System

Only three years prior to the formal Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, who had expressed his dissatisfaction with the British management of the colonies, worked to create an improved and more efficient management. In 1773, Benjamin Franklin expressed that he was deeply impressed by the effectiveness of the statistics system of the Chinese Imperial Court. He recorded in detail how local officials collected economic information and reported to the imperial court. From his letter to ThomasPercival, we know that Franklin learned that the Chinese provincial authority held accurate information on the population and the “Quantities of Provision produc’d.” The provincial authority then reported this information to China’s imperial court; in order that the imperial ministers “can thence foresee a Scarcity likely to happen in any Province, and from what Province it can best be supply’d in good time.” He then gave a detailed description of how the local officials had obtained farmers’ household information: “each House is furnish’d with a little Board to be hung without the Door during a certain time each Year, on which Board, is marked certain Words, against which the Inhabitant is to mark Number or Quantity.”

More discussion on the issue can be found from the article below: 


Sunday, September 17, 2017

509. Dr. Dave Wang's Research Has Become More Popular

I just browsed the web and find the following information through which one can find influence of Dr. Dave Wang's research in the field of Chinese cultural influence on the United States.

Firstly, I will bring you to the very powerful book, Smithsonian Stories: Chronicle of a Golden Age, 1964-1984, written by Dr. Wilton Dillon, the famous cultural anthropologist in the world introduced Dr. Dave Wang and his research to his readers.  Next, you will find that the prestigious George Washington University is promoting Dr. Dave Wang's paper, Benjamin Franklin and Chinese Civilization. Thirdly, Culture Open Asia,  a new site on Asian culture and the world, reveals that not many people know about Chinese cultural influence on the United States. The site has been amazed by Benjamin Franklin's study of Confucian moral philosophy. Finally, it is very interesting that Northwest Times reported Dr. Dave Wang's speech Valparaiso University.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

508 Dr. Dave Wang's Research Cited

We have found that Dr. Dave Wang's examination of Chinese cultural influence on the United States have been cited by various publications. I have found a website cited his study of Benjamin Franklin's love of China.

According to the owners of the site, they wanted to use the website to "share and spread vibrant cultural news that are unfolding the charms of the Culture Cities of East Asia." In the follow please enjoy the quote from the article, Confucius, the light of the enlightenment

According to Dr. Dave Wang, Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the US and the face of the 100 dollar bill, wrote an essay eulogizing the moral philosophy of Confucius in the paper that he owned, The Pennsylvania Gazette. As well as this, in a letter he wrote to George Whitefield, in 1747, he made the shocking confession that “Confucius was my example. I followed Confucius.” G. Creel, a late professor of Sinology at the University of Chicago, explained that Thomas Jefferson was also greatly influenced by Confucius and China. He said that the implementation of the public education system that the theorist of US democracy and drafter of the Declaration of Independence devoted his whole life to was inspired by Confucius and China.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

507.Benjamin Franklin and Confucian Merit System

During the 1780s, the founders of the young American republic faced the tremendous challenge of creating a stable political system to preserve their hard-earned national independence. Soon after the conclusion of the War for Independence, the Founding Fathers realized that the election of capable public servants would be one of the major factors that determined the destiny of their new nation. Many of the founders believed that the ideal government official would not only have a strong educational background, but also display exemplary moral virtue.[1]

However, this sentiment was not shared by all citizens; in particular, some veterans of the War for Independence sought to establish certain systems that would enable them to pass their honors to their descendants. In 1783, these veterans organized the Society of Cincinnati to counter the prevailing beliefs of the founders.[2] Benjamin Franklin expressed uneasiness with the Society’s desire to mimic the European hereditary tradition by forming “an order of hereditary knights.”[3] Franklin wrote,

My Opinion of the Institution cannot be of much Importance. I only wonder that when the united Wisdom of our Nation had, in the Articles of Confederation, manifested their Dislike of establishing Ranks of Nobility, by Authority either of the Congress or of any particular State, a Number of private Persons should think proper to distinguish themselves and their Posterity from their Fellow Citizens, and form an Order of hereditary Knights, in direct Opposition to the solemnly declared Sense of their Country.[4]

[1] U.S. Office of Personnel Management
[3] Benjamin Franklin, To Sarah Bache (unpublished), Passy, January, 26th, 1784. It is available on line at
[4] Ibid.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

506. Dr. Dave Wang's Post in this Blog Has Been Translated Into Spanish

El tiempo vuela. Va a ser el cuarto año antes de que comencé este blog, para presentarle el estudio del Dr. David Wang de los Padres Fundadores de Estados Unidos y China. He encontrado que sus publicaciones y discursos sobre los esfuerzos de los padres fundadores para sacar alimento de la cultura china para construir una nueva nación se están volviendo más y más popular. Por ejemplo, sólo tiene que teclear "Benjamin Franklin y China" en google, usted puede encontrar siguiente 21 anuncios, ya sea la promoción o la introducción de su investigación sobre las actitudes de Benjamin Franklin hacia la civilización china.

 Antes de disfrutar de los listados, quiero contarles una historia. No hace mucho, un amigo mío, me dijo: "Hermano, yo de hecho haber aprendido mucho de su weblog muy contundente y esclarecedor sobre los esfuerzos de los padres fundadores de utilizar la cultura china para construir una nueva nación en América del Norte. ¿Qué hay de China ¿sistema político?" Esta es una pregunta muy interesante. Le dije, "Los padres fundadores aprenderían nada de valor a sus esfuerzos. En esa parte, no tenían la ideología en su mente. Sin embargo, no querían a recoger algo que no es útil para su propósito de construir un fuerte de la sociedad en el Nuevo Mundo. "No sé si mi respuesta a su pregunta es suficiente. Si alguien tiene una mejor respuesta, por favor no dude en hacérmelo saber. Para ayudar a los demás es nuestro placer.

Friday, July 21, 2017

505 The US Dosn't Understand Chinese Thought, Really?

Mr. Jeffrey Bingham Mead, the President of History Education Council of Hawaii State, sent me an article yesterday, Why the US Doesn’t Understand Chinese Thought – and Must..The writer of this article says, as a scholar of Chinese philosophy, he believes it’s at least as important to understand how China thinks. I totally agree with him. More importantly, the main founders of the United States agreed with him when this country was established.

Its author is Bryan W. Van Norden. According to him that universities in the United States should teach Chinese civilization. Clearly, it is well understood that Americans need to understand Chinese ideas. However, readers of this blog and Dr. Dave Wang's publications have been fully aware of Chinese cultural influence on the founding of the United States. During the formative age of this nation, the founders, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and others worked hard to borrow from Confucius moral principles in their efforts to start new virtue of the new nation.

Friday, July 7, 2017

503. The United States Develops out of West and East Civilizations

I have written this blog for over ten years. Readers of it are from all over the world. From Dr. Dave Wang's pioneering reseach they have learned historical fact that the founders of this nation draw positive elements from Chinese civilization and used the elements tireless in their efforts to create the new nation in north America.
I have to point out that it is impossible for anyone to ignore influence and contributions of Chinese civilzation on the development of the United States. It is a hard fact that the United States came into being not only because of West but also Chinese civilization. For exmaple, it was the Chinese merit system in selecting public civil servants that helped lifting the United States out from the century of corruption.

The acceptance of the Confucian merit system changed the history of the United States. To assume the merit system “is not merely a mode of procedure and an economy, but has become a vital question of principle and public morality, involving the counterpoise and in no small degree the stability of the government itself.”[1] The merit system elevated the United States up to “a new and higher standard in official life.”[2] It has been recognized that the adoption of the Pendleton Act “amounted to nothing less than [a] recasting of the foundations of national institutional power.”[3]
It was impossible to build a democratic society on the foundations of the Spoils System. When applied to American politics, the Spoils System caused tremendous turnover of federal employees with every new presidency in the White House. Public employees were chosen based on party affiliation rather than on their knowledge and dedication to their positions. As President Theodore Roosevelt aptly said, the spoils system “was more fruitful of degradation in our political life than any other that could have possibly been invented. The spoils monger, the man who peddled patronage, inevitably bred the vote-buyer, the vote-seller, and the man guilty of misfeasance in office."[4]
It took a great, combined effort to eliminate the Spoils System and return the United States to the democratic roots that Benjamin Franklin had originally envisioned. During America’s Century of Corruption, many presidents struggled with the inefficiencies of the system as well as disgruntled supporters who were denied government positions. Thomas Jefferson suffered a permanent blow to his reputation when he denied James Callender; James Garfield lost his life when he rejected Charles Guiteau. The civil service reform movement elevated the status of president beyond that of a “petty job broker” and restored faith in the nation’s founding principles by allowing any qualified person to serve his or her country.

[1] Dorman B. Eaton, Civil Service in Great Britain: A History of Abuse and Reforms and Their Bearing Upon American Politics, New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1880, p.438.
[2] Ibid.,  p.VI.
[3] Stephen Skowronek, Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative
Capacities, 1877-1920,  New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982, p.67.
[4] Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, in a letter dated February 8, 1895.
[5] Thomas Jenckes, The Civil Service Report, p.124


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

502. Dr. Dave Wang's Gift for Celebration of the Independence Day

I was a little bit busier yesterday, July 4, 2017. Therefore I post it this post today to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the founding of the United States. Please don't feel surprised at reading Dr. Wang's paper of examining the founders' efforts to introduce Confucius moral principles in the time of unfolding the history of the United States. In the following please find the open paragraph of his paper:

Confucius and the founding of the United States don’t seem to be related. Confucius, the Latinized name of Kongzi (孔子) (c. 550-476 B.C.), was a great philosopher and educator who lived at the end of “the Spring and Autumn Period” (771-476 B.C.) in China. The founding of America in the 1770s was a period in which the founders of the United States waged their death-or-life struggle to overthrow the imperialist rule of the Great Britain.  However, despite their differences, a close relationship actually existed between them. The United States’ founders applied many values from Confucian moral philosophy while founding of the United States.[1] Their recognition of Confucian ideas can be seen in places such as the house of James Madison (1751-1836), the father of the Constitution and the Bill ofRights, which had a portrait of Confucius. In addition, Thomas Paine (1737-1809), author of Common Sense, considered the Chinese sage to be in the same category as Jesus and Socrates.[2] Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), the Creator of the American Spirit, made the solemn statement that Confucian moral philosophy was valuable to the human being in general.[3] Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, also promoted Confucian moral principles in his inaugural speech in 1801. In his personal scratch-book, Jefferson placed a poem about an ideal Chinese prince that was recommended by Confucius. Other founders such as John Adams (1735-1826) and Benjamin Rush (1746-1813) also regarded Confucius highly in their efforts to make a blueprint for the new nation. These founders urged the citizens of the United States to adopt positive elements from Confucian moral philosophy and follow these moral examples to cultivate and advance their own virtues

[1] Dave Wang, The US Founders and China: The Origins of Chinese Cultural Influence on the United States, Education About Asia, Fall, 2011, pp.5-11.
[3] Benjamin Franklin, Letter to George Whitefield, July 6, 1749. It is available on line at 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

501. Benjamin Franklin and Confucian Merit System

Most Western countries today have adopted some form of the Confucian merit system, one of China’s greatest contributions to modern democracy. Interestingly enough, despite now being one of the cultural icons of the West, the United States adopted the Confucian system later than many of its European peers.[1] It was only in 1884 that Congress passed the Pendleton Act, alternatively known as the Civil Service Reform Act, which initiated a long-overdue reform of the US civil service system. The passage of the Pendleton Act marked the US federal government’s embracement of the Confucian merit system.  Although the passage of the Pendleton Act represented the first time the Confucian system gained legal credence within the United States, it was not the first time such a change had been suggested. About a century earlier, American “Founding FatherBenjamin Franklin (1706-1790) had proposed that the fledging nation look to the ancient Chinese merit system for selecting public servants.

For more information concerning the topic one can read Dr. Dave Wang's paper,


[1] History of Civil Service Merit System of the United States and Selected Foreign Countries, together with Executive Reorganization Studies and Personnel Recommendations, compiled by The Library of Congress Congressional Research Service, for the Subcommittee on Manpower and Civil Service of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, House of Representatives 94th Congress, 2nd session, December 31, 1967, U.S Government Printing Office, Washington, 1976, p.4.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

500. Dr. Dave Wang's Paper on Benjamin Franklin was Twitted

My readers can tell that this the 500th post of this weblog. It is a perfect post to show you Dr. It is not new that Dr. Dave Wang's publications were used as history class texts in both under graduate and graduate level. No one should feel surprised to find that famous scholars with world reputation cited Dr. Dave Wang's publications. However, today I was surprised finding that Dr. Dave Wang's paper was recommended by Mr. Matthew Schofield. It was posted almost two years ago. Through his post Mr. Schofield from Australia recommended Dr. Dave Wang's paper, Benjamin Franklin and Chinese Civilization.  I believe that my readers like me will be surprised when one found out that he is not an academician but an entrepreneur.

Following the link of the paper, Benjamin Franklin and Chinese Civilization, I have found surprisingly that 79 people have recommended the same paper as Mr. Matthew Schofield. This certainly can serve as an indicator of showing world wide influence of Dr. Dave Wang's examination of the US founders' efforts to borrow from Chinese civilization in their struggle for a new nation in North America.  I would say that Dr. Dave Wang's influence has widely been beyond academic world.

Monday, June 19, 2017

499. Dr. Dave Wang's Talk on Benjamin Franklin and Confucius Translated into German

Thanks to the Schillar Institute's hard work, Dr. Dave Wang' presentation that introduces some of his works on Chinese culural influence on the early United States has been translated into German.

Konfuzius und Benjamin Franklin

Von Dr. Dave Wang
Dr. Wang ist Leitender Bibliothekar der Queens Library in Laurelton im New Yorker Stadtbezirk Queens und Lehrbeauftragter an der katholischen St. John’s University in New York. Er hielt bei der New Yorker Konferenz des Schiller-Instituts am 13. April den folgenden Vortrag; die schriftliche Fassung ist leicht bearbeitet.
Guten Tag. Ich habe, wie wir alle, den Vortrag von Dr. Patrick Ho sehr genossen. Ich habe viel über die chinesische Kultur und über die neue Initiative, die die Chinesen gestartet haben, gelernt.
Bevor ich meinen Vortrag beginne, möchte ich noch Herrn Bill Jones und John und Renée Sigerson vom Schiller-Institut danken, die diesen Vortrag möglich gemacht haben. Ich glaube nicht, daß ich hier eine gründliche Darstellung meiner Forschungen geben kann. Ich will Ihnen aber meine Publikationen über den kulturellen Einfluß Chinas auf die Vereinigten Staaten vorstellen.1
In einem meiner frühesten Papiere über den chinesischen kulturellen Einfluß auf die Vereinigten Staaten schrieb ich, daß wir hier über den Amerikanischen Traum sprechen. Der Amerikanische Traum hat in China angefangen. Schon bevor die ersten Kolonisten landeten, hat es den chinesischen Einfluß gegeben. Denn die Virginia Company, die die Erforschung Nordamerikas förderte und einen Ort für die erste Landung aussuchen mußte, wollte möglichst nahe an einem Ort landen, von wo aus sie weiter nach China gelangen konnte.
Frankreich half bei der Amerikanischen Revolution. Warum? Die Franzosen waren sich sicher, daß George Washingtons Guerillas den Unabhängigkeitskrieg ohne internationale Unterstützung, im wesentlichen aus Frankreich, nicht gewinnen könnten. Und einer der entscheidenden Gründe, warum Frankreich diesen Krieg unterstützte, war es, zu verhindern, daß die Briten den Handel mit China monopolisieren könnten.

498. Dr. Dave Wang's Research Papers Still Interested Dave Wang's pioneering research in the field of Chinese civilization's influence on the founding fathers continues to attract readers worldwide. For example, it was in last year when the books and movies cite included Dr. Dave Wang's two published papers in its widely liked website, including
Benjamin Franklin and China ---A Survey of Benjamin Franklin’s Efforts at Drawing Positive Elements from Chinese Civilization during the Formative Age of the United States
and From Confucius to the Great Wall: Chinese Cultural Influence on Colonial North America.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

497. Dr. Dave Wang Gave an Overview of His Exciting Work on Benjamin Franklin's Dissemination of Confucius

I have found that another language that introduces Dr. Dave Wang' s exciting study of the US founders and Chinese civilization. This time it is French.

Elle a été suivie par le Dr. Dave Wang, qui a donné un aperçu de son passionnant travail sur l’étude et la diffusion par Benjamin Franklin du confucianisme et la science et la technologie chinoises dans les colonies américaines puis dans la jeune République américain, et par Mike Billington d’EIR, qui a exposé les méthodes utilisées par les Britanniques aux XIXème et XXème siècles pour diffuser parmi les Chinois une fausse image de la « pensée occidentale » (vidéo).

It was followed by Dr. Dave Wang who gave an overview of his exciting work on the study and dissemination by Benjamin Franklin of Chinese Confucianism and science and technology in the American colonies and then in the young American Republic.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

496. US Founders and Revival of Silk Roads

In his new paper, "Commerce is Destiny: Revival of Silk Road, Civilization and Sino-American Relations" Dr. Patrick Mendis again cited Dr. Dave Wang's academic papers on the US founders' efforts to use positive elements from Chinese civilization to build a great nation in North America.

In his academic papers, Dr. Dave Wang has revealed the following historical facts to students of history and general readers:

The American Founding Fathers were practically attracted by Chinese civilization. In colonial north American Chinese products were seen everywhere, including Chinese tea, silk, porcelain, wallpaper, Chippendalefurniture and other products. All the founders, including Dr. Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were heavy drinkers of Chinese tea. To overcome commercial dependence on British imports, Dr. Benjamin Rush used Chineseporcelain as a weapon to bring up national consciousness of the colonists. He helped set up “a china manufactory” for “the service of America” in Philadelphia. About the same time, George Washington worked hard to grow Chinese flowers at his Mount Vernon estate. Jefferson used Chinese gardening and architectural designs at his Monticello home.

Friday, May 12, 2017

495. Dr. Dave Wang's Research Article Has been Translated into Danish

Readers of this weblog know that Dr. Dave Wang's academic papers have been translated into some international languages, including Chinese, Italian and Japanese. I have found an introduction to Dr. Dave Wang's research on Benjamin Franklin and Confucius in Danish.  To my knowledge, it was the first time that Dave's article found in Danish. See the snatched picture below. It was done by the Schiller Institute.

Below I provide you with the English Translation:

April 4, 2017 - On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth (1706-1790), Professor Dave Wang of St. John's University published an investigation Of Franklin's extensive studies of Chinese philosophy and technology. In his The introduction states that "Franklin's efforts to involve positive Elements of Chinese civilization in the development of building an American Civilization had a major influence on Franklin's contribution to the formation of American civilization. His lifelong correspondence and miscellaneous survivors Papers show he was taken in and amazed at Chinese culture. He Explored virtually any aspect of Chinese civilization, right from that Spiritual to the material. He believed that China was the oldest, and, from Long experience, the wisest among nations. " Here are some quotes from Franklin, from Wang's survey. ( Continue to read it on line)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

494. Confucius Ideas and Thomas Jefferson's Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

Russell Freedman, one of America's premier biographers for young people , wrote the book in 2002, titled Confucius: The Golden Rule Hardcover . In this book Freedman presents his readers the remarkable life and far-reaching influence of Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher.
Confucius had influenced the United States, as we learned from Dr. Dave Wang's research. The  influence has been far greater than many people realize in world today. The Jesuit missionaries introduced Confucius and his works to Europe in the 16th century. Some of the them became scholars in the field of China studies and some of them were hired by the Chinese imperial courts. It was in this period of time when the Lun Yu, known in Europe as the Analects of Confucius was translated into Latin.

According to Freedman, European philosophers, statesmen, and writers were surprised by finding that more than 2,000 years earlier, in the “mysterious Orient,” (p.38)  Confucius had lectured the "same thoughts " the European thinkers were thinking. The Europeans "were impressed by Confucius’s teachings about the honest use of language, by his attacks on hereditary privilege, and by his ideas concerning good government." (p.40). The Europeans were shocked by the doctrine that "a ruler must have the consent of his people, and if he fails in hisduties, then the people have the moral right of revolution." Confucius' ideas influenced the development of democratic ideals both in Europe and America." People in the world today are able to find Confucius' influence on the founding of the United States by reading Thomas Jefferson’s preamble to the Declaration of Independence: