Thursday, January 18, 2018

Coming Up Next: Matt LePere, Confucius Institute for Global Finance at Baruch College and Douglas D.L. Chong, Hawaii Chinese History Center



In early December, 2017 Baruch College held a formal opening ceremony on December 6 to launch the New York Confucius Institute for Global Finance (NYCIGF@Baruch). The Institute is an extracurricular, non-degree educational collaboration between Baruch College, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), and Hanban, an entity affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. 

In his opening remarks Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Ph. D., observed, “China is an important political and economic power—not just in Asia but throughout the world. Our goal is to provide all our students with a global perspective on world affairs and a critical awareness of the political and ethical issues that the world faces today.”

One of the Institute’s co-directors, Mr. Matthew LePere in New York City, will be my first guest on Conversations. We’ll hear about the mission of NYCIGF@Baruch, it’s programs and how you -our global audience- can learn more. This is a first-of-its-kind Confucius Institute that offers enhanced understandings of the dynamics between the American and Chinese global markets. 


My second guest returns to us head of the Hawaii Chinese History Center in the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown. Douglas D. L. Chong has been with us before. One of the time-honored traditions of Chinese culture -indeed, all cultures around the world- is the quest by individuals to discover their genealogical roots. There have been many scientific strides made available. 

Experts have traced the earliest ancestors of today’s Hawaiian and other Polynesian peoples to the southern regions of China many, many thousands of years ago. We’re looking forward to Mr. Chong sharing a few remarks. 


The Chinese Year of the Dog edges closer and closer by the day -and now you can purchase official United States Postal Service “Forever” stamps for the occasion! 

Tune in for the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China, the Weekly Almanac and more!


Tune in this coming Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time to 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and to WGCH.com anywhere via audio-streaming. We’ll make the broadcast available to those who cannot join us live on the archives site at podcasts.com where you can listen anywhere, anytime for free. 


Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.com. If you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Coming Up Next: Ms. Gao Hong, Chinese Pipa Soloist, Composer, Educator and Cultural Ambassador






Imagine the surprise I experienced when one of my associates with show title-sponsor Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd., contacted me in Honolulu with news of my next guest -who just happened to be across the Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki! 

Hey, it's a small world, right? 

On the January 13 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim you'll meet Ms. Gao Hong. She is a world-renowned Chinese pipa soloist, composer, educator and cultural ambassador in her own right. 


Our next Conversations segment will be coming to you from the world-famous Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki -just steps from the warm, tranquil waters of the Pacific Ocean. 

Gao Hong performs traditional and modern Chinese music. She also participates in cross-cultural collaborations. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she studied with the renowned pipa master Lin Shicheng of the Pudong School of pipa playing. Since 1994 she has been a resident of Northfield, Minnesota where she is on the music faculty and teaches at Carleton College, and is the director of the Carleton Music Ensemble

Learn more about Ms. Gao Hong at www.chinesepipa.com

For those of you with access to YouTube.com check out the following:

Gao Hong with Pandit Shubhendra Rao: Click Here

Chinese Pipa Master Lin Shicheng and Gao Hong: Click Here.

Gao Hong Performing 'Flying Dragon' (original composition):

The American National Anthem: NBA Timberwolves Game 2017:

In addition to featuring one of her stellar public performances -the American National Anthem on solo pipa at an NBA Timberwolves game at the Target Center in Minneapolis before a standing-ovation of 15,000 (see link above)- we will feature the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts, the countdown to Chinese New Year, the Weekly Almanac and more! 

Join us as we explore and celebrate Chinese culture this coming Saturday, January 13, 2018 starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and on WGCH.com anywhere via live-audio-streaming. 

Can't listen to the live broadcast? We've got you covered. The show will be uploaded to our archival channel on Podcasts.com and on the Shows and Host section of the WGCH web site. 


Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Broadcasts


SHOW # 101: January 6, 2018: Happy 2018! Aloha from Hawaii USA! The first broadcast of Year 2018 featured Mr. Douglas Chong of the Hawaii Chinese History Center headquartered in Honolulu's Chinatown. China's ancient Silk Road has captured and captivated the Western imagination for ages. In his book Religions of the Silk Road, author Richard C. Foltz observed that "it has given us images of fabled cities, exotic peoples, awe-inspiring mountains and deserts, and the death-defying feats of hardy long-distance travelers." Chong recently returned from Western China where he retraced paths trod by travelers of all sorts for untold centuries. He will be sharing with us his impressions of what he found there -including the world-renowned Mogao Caves. Also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, they form a system of 492 temples southeast of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road in China's Gansu province. This is a must-see destination for anyone traveling to China. We started off your calendar year with words of wisdom on the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts, Chop Sticks and the Weekly Almanac. As a public service to our listeners and friends around the world we here at Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim will be your one-stop-shop for all things wise and wonderful regarding Spring Festival celebrations.  Let the fun begin!




SHOW # 102: January 13, 2018Imagine the surprise I experienced when one of my associates with my title-sponsor Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd., contacted me in Honolulu with news of my next guest -who just happened to be across the Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki! 
Tune in to meet Ms. Gao Hong. She is a world-renowned Chinese pipa soloist, composer, educator and cultural ambassador in her own right.  Gao Hong performs traditional and modern Chinese music. She also participates in cross-cultural collaborations. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she studied with the renowned pipa master Lin Shicheng of the Pudong School of pipa playing. Since 1994 she has been a resident of Northfield, Minnesota where she is on the music faculty and teaches at Carleton College, and is the director of the Carleton Music EnsembleLearn more about Ms. Gao Hong at www.chinesepipa.comIn addition to featuring one of her stellar public performances -the American National Anthem on solo pipa at an NBA Timberwolves game at the Target Center in Minneapolis before a standing-ovation of 15,000 (see link above)- we featured the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts, the countdown to Chinese New Year, the Weekly Almanac and more! 




SHOW # 103: January 20, 2018: TBA



SHOW # 104: January 27, 2018: TBA

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy 2018!




Wishing you and yours Happy New Year 2018!


Coming Up Next: Douglas Chong in Hawaii, the Ancient Silk Road and Mogao Caves





Happy 2018! Aloha from Hawaii USA! The first broadcast of Year 2018 will feature Mr. Douglas Chong of the Hawaii Chinese History Center headquartered in Honolulu's Chinatown. 

China's ancient Silk Road has captured and captivated the Western imagination for ages. In his book Religions of the Silk Road, author Richard C. Foltz observed that "it has given us images of fabled cities, exotic peoples, awe-inspiring mountains and deserts, and the death-defying feats of hardy long-distance travelers."



Chong recently returned from Western China where he retraced paths trod by travelers of all sorts for untold centuries. He will be sharing with us his impressions of what he found there -including the world-renowned Mogao Caves. Also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, they form a system of 492 temples southeast of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road in China's Gansu province. This is a must-see destination for anyone traveling to China. 

But that's just the beginning! You'll start off your calendar year with words of wisdom on the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts, Chop Sticks and the Weekly Almanac.

But there's more! The January 1 Universal New Year we just celebrated is already but a memory. 

We hate to alarm you as we remind you that Chinese New Year -the Year of the Dog- is fast-approaching. 

As a public service to our listeners and friends around the world we here at Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim will be your one-stop-shop for all things wise and wonderful regarding Spring Festival celebrations. 

Let the fun begin this coming Saturday, January 6, 2018! Tune-in to 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and to WGCH.com anywhere via realtime audio-streaming at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. Beijing Time. 

Can't listen to the live broadcast? We've got your back! Our subscribers -and you're welcomed to become one- will have a link to the archived show on Podcasts.com. We'll post a link to this blog site, the show's Facebook wall, on LinkedIn and other media platforms. 



Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 


This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!





Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Coming Up Next: Mr. Jim Jang, President of the Friends of the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles





Good morning and aloha from Honolulu, Hawaii USA! 

I hope that you and your loved ones enjoyed your Christmas holiday break. 

We're rounding out Year 2017 with Mr. Jim Jang, president of the Friends of the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, California USA. He will be joining me on Conversations on the Saturday, December 30 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim.


The Chinese American Museum's (CAM) mission is to "foster a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, America's diverse heritage by researching, preserving, and sharing the history, rich cultural legacy, and continued contributions of Chinese Americans." 

It is the first museum in Southern California dedicated to the Chinese American experience and history of the region. The CAM is housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles' original Chinatown, opening on December 18, 2003 in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. 

President Jim Jang will be enlightening all of us about CAM's founding, its programs, current exhibitions and so much more. 

You can be sure that we'll feature the Confucius Moment, Weekly Almanac and other regular features. There's ample opportunities for exhibits to see and things to do where all-things Chinese is celebrated as Year 2017 sets and we anticipate the unfolding of a new year -2018 is looking very bold, prosperous and exciting to say the least!

So, please tune in this coming Saturday, December 30 to 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere. The live broadcast starts at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. Beijing Time. 

Can't listen at that time? We've got you covered! 

The recorded broadcast will be posted for all our listeners around the world at our archive site on podcasts.com  -you can freely listen according to your schedule anytime, anywhere as often as you want. 

To all my guests throughout Year 2017 -and my listeners around the world- I'm gratified to everyone for your support and continued interest in this show and its mission to explore and celebrate China's amazing dazzling culture, as well as nurture and illuminate the longstanding ties of friendship between the American and Chinese peoples. We eagerly look forward to Year 2018 as our journey continues. 




Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!




Thursday, December 21, 2017

Give the Gift That Connects Cultures and People: Support Marvels of China Pathways to the Pacific Rim



Ni Hao, friends and listeners!

As we are immersed in the gift-giving season, I’d like you to consider contributing to our year-end appeal. 

Please join in supporting the Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show. 

We are coming to the close of our second year on-the-air. What a year it has been! 

We like to point out that “everything Chinese is all the rage these days.” The show continues to educate, inspire and entertain our global audience about China’s amazing and dazzling 5000-plus years of culture and history -past, present and future. Our best days lay ahead.

A lot of work goes into research, writing, travel and administration. Our broadcasts, blog and social media platforms continue to grow in popularity throughout the USA and around the world. 

Your generous support and that of our title-sponsor -Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd.- affirms that this show is important and appreciated. We -together- are making a difference. 

Every donation large or small is appreciated. So, would you kindly consider keeping Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim going? 

I’d like you to consider advertising by joining as a supporting sponsor of the show of segments such as Treasures of China, the Confucius Moment, the Weekly Almanac and others -including new segments we'll roll out in Year 2018. 


We're expanding our horizons. Did you know that the show is heard in Chinese universities and colleges across China? 

We're also going on WeChat and its 700 million subscribers! That's worth supporting and celebrating! 

Chinese New Year arrives on February 16, 2018 -consider an auspicious gift or advertising opportunity as we countdown to Spring Festival and the Year of the Dog in 2018.

For our generous gift-givers who donate US$100 or more I’ll send you a shipment of authentic Hawaiian coffee! 


Please make your checks out and send your gift in US dollars to:
Jeffrey Bingham Mead
℅ The Pacific Learning Consortium, Inc.
P.O. Box 183
Honolulu HI 96810-0183 USA

In the memo line be sure to record it as ‘Marvels of China.’ If you prefer to donate online I’ll send you a secure  link upon request. 

I know that I can count on your support! 


Xiexie! Thank you! Wishing you and your families near and far a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. 

See you on the air,

Jeffrey Bingham Mead
Host, Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim
AM1490 WGCH and WGCH.com, Greenwich, Connecticut USA
Mobile Phone: 1-808-721-0306
Facebook: MarvelsofChina 
Archived Shows: Click Here!

Xiexie! Thank you for tuning in to Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. My weekly news blasts and blog site are here to connect you to my show on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH Radio, China and the other cultures of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Subscribe by email to MarvelsofChina@gmail.comIf you prefer not to receive messages please respond with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject-box of your email. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on WGCH.com in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email ambridge01@163.com

When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

The Pacific Learning Consortium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Greenwich, Connecticut sponsors of the weekly Confucius Moment. Now collaborating with the Admissions Network of Chinese Universities and Colleges by offering the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program. Now qualified Americans can study on full scholarships for their Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Chinese universities. Get started today by contacting PacificLearningConsortium@gmail.com.  Learn more online at www.pacificlearningconsortium.org. 

This weekly show is also made possible by individual listeners like you all around the world. Thank you!