The cover of my book has come out after a thorough study. The cover of my book “China and and the Founding of the United States: The Influence of Traditional Chinese Civilization" was sent to me today. The concept of this design was proposed by me.
Above is the statue of the founding fathers of the United States. The horizontal crimson band in the middle represents traditional Chinese civilization. Crimson is true Chinese red.
It shows that Chinese traditional civilization influenced the making of the United States through the founding fathers of the United States.
China and the Founding of the United States: The Influence of Traditional Chinese Civilization
DAVE XUELIANG WANG
This book discusses examples of how the U.S. Founding Fathers were influenced and inspired by Chinese agriculture, architecture, and philosophy. China, then one of the most stable and powerful civilizations in the world, offered unique perspectives on various aspects of society which were distinct from the Founding Fathers’ European heritage. China provided an alternative set of social and political frameworks which supported the Founding Fathers’ efforts to craft a unique heritage for their young nation. These Founders sought to establish a political identity that was distinct from European aristocratic traditions.
Dave Xueliang Wang has taught at the University of Arizona and St. John’s University.
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Chapter 1: Ideas from the East: The Founders Used Chinese Wisdom to Build a Flourishing Society
Chapter 2: Technologies from the East: How the Founders Leveraged Chinese Technologies in the North American Colonies
Chapter 3: Plants from the East: The Founders’ Efforts to Transplant Chinese Plants to North America
Chapter 4: The Influence of Chinese Material Culture on Early US History
Chapter 5: Trade with the East: The Founders’ Efforts to Open China Trade
Chapter 6: Confucianism in the Making of US Democracy
Chapter 7: The Founders’ Legacy
About the Author
Pages: 302 • Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-7936-4435-0 • Hardback • September 2021 • $110.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-7936-4436-7 • eBook • September 2021 • $45.00 • (£35.00) (coming soon)
Subjects:History / Asia / China, Biography & Autobiography / Historical, History / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
American history courses never breathe a word about the significant influence that China’s ideas, philosophy, and technologies played in the founding and early development of the United States. Dr. Dave Wang’s book marvelously fills this gap in the study of America’s early history. He writes of the Founding Fathers’ admiration for and use of many aspects of Chinese culture. Who of us knew that George Washington, Benjamin Franklyn, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and others were so familiar with and so valued the achievements of Chinese civilization? Dr. Wang’s book is original, well written, and very timely at this particular period of history.
— Michael St. Clair, Emmanuel College, Boston
In view of the current political climate between China and the United States, Dr. Dave Xueliang Wang's fascinating study offers an alternative of cooperation based on the decisive influence of the Chinese sage Confucius on the Founding Fathers in shaping the moral constitution of the American political system. To read Dr. Wang's illuminating account of this amazing cross-cultural history reaffirms the importance and the value of learning from other civilizations for the benefit of creating a universal understanding. Dr. Wang has unearthed and covered an impressive range of Chinese, European and American sources to document the adoption of Chinese achievements in the areas of moral political philosophy, educational goals, agriculture, technology, and nutrition, facilitated by trade relations between China and America since 1784. The impact of his extensive material and thorough research support powerfully Dr. Wang's convincing argument that Chinese ideas determined the making of the United States as a new nation and that their recognition might serve as a guideline for contemporary transcultural relations.
— Alfred Hornung, Johannes Gutenberg University
鉴于当前中美之间的政治气候，王小良博士的迷人研究提供了一种合作替代方案。这种方案基于中国圣人孔子对开国元勋在塑造美国政治制度的道德构成方面的决定性影响。阅读王博士对这段令人惊叹的跨文化的历史的启发性描述，重申了向其他文明学习以促进普遍理解的重要性和价值。王博士发掘并涵盖了自 1784 年以来一系列令人印象深刻的中国、欧洲和美国资源，以记录中国在道德政治哲学、教育目标、农业、技术和营养等领域的成就，以及中美贸易关系的促进作用。他广泛的材料和深入研究的影响有力地支持了王博士令人信服的论点，即中国思想决定了美国作为一个新国家的形成，并且他们的承认可以作为当代跨文化关系的指导方针。
Everyone interested in American history, and the global circulation of ideas and technologies, should read Dave Wang’s remarkable book. It demonstrates that the framers of the American constitution were inspired not only by British liberal thinkers like John Locke—as is well known—but also by Chinese Confucian ideals—as is little known. Such global exchanges were encouraged by increasing travel in the eighteenth century. And ideas flowed from East to West as well as vice versa. Pioneers of the American Republic, like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, wanted to create a New World that differed from Old Europe. So they looked elsewhere for inspiration. And they saw … Confucian China: its plants; its technologies; and its ideals of responsible government, virtuous citizenship, and promotion by merit. This remarkable book shows how nations make their own histories—within a world of circulating ideas and technologies.
— Penelope J. Corfield, University of London
Dr. David Wang has unveiled a forgotten chapter of American history which showcases how the founders of the world's first republic were inspired and shaped by the best teachings of the world's oldest living civilization. A tour de force coming at a time of tension and ignorance when it is most needed.
— Matthew Ehret, founder of the Rising Tide Foundation and author of the Untold History of Canada