Monday, September 17, 2018

Coming Up Next: It's Mid-Autumn Festival Time! Wes Radez of Chinese American Family Joins Us






The Saturday, September 22 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim will feature Wes Radez, the creator of Chinese American Family. The Oakland, California resident started this wonderful cultural resource that serves Chinese American families -and everyone else! 

Chinese American Family “focuses on cultural parenting topics like holidays, food, history and language while reaching a diverse community of families that includes Chinese Americans, multicultural couples, adoptive parents and other Americans with connections to Chinese culture.” Amen to that. 

I am among many to admit that Year 2018 has been progressing at light-speed. 

Try not to be too alarmed if you forgot that Monday, September 24 is the annual Mid-Autumn Festival. 

I’ve invited Wes Radez to be on Conversations so we can learn more about this second-most important Chinese holiday -the first being Chinese New Year. You’ll hear about how to celebrate this harvest festival dedicated to “giving thanks, for nature’s abundance and for joyful reunions with loved one.” It arrives annually with the full moon on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. 

Go to this link on ChineseAmericanFamily.com to learn more about the Mid-Autumn Festival. While you’re at it please subscribe to Wes Radez’s web site. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did! 

Finally, you’ll hear Wes review Crazy Rich Asians, the new blockbuster movie that is sweeping theaters around the world. His comments are poignant and spot-on. 


As always, we’ll feature the Confucius Moment, the Weekly Almanac, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts and more!

Remember that our weekly broadcast begins 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via live-audio-streaming. 


Can’t listen in realtime? Fear not; we have you covered. 

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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!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Coming Up Next: Edward Burman & The Terra-cotta Warriors: Exploring the Most Intriguing Puzzle in Chinese History




In March 1974 a group of Chinese peasants digging a well in drought-parched Shaanxi province accidentally unearthed fragments of a clay figure. This was the first evidence of what would become one of the greatest archeological discoveries in world history. 

Near the unexcavated tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi- who in Year 221 B.C. proclaimed himself the first emperor of China- lay an entire army of terra-cotta soldiers, horses and more -interred for over 2000 years. 

On the Saturday, September 15 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim my distinguished guest is Edward Burman, the author of the newly-released book The Terra-cotta Warriors: Exploring the Most Intriguing Puzzle in Chinese History. 


Edward Burman holds a degree in Philosophy and Fine Art from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He has published 18 books focusing on a variety of historical subjects. 

Burman has been a trustee of the Xi’an City Wall Heritage Foundation -the only foreigner to hold such a position. 

He makes his home in the United Kingdom, but on the broadcast schedule he will be on the phone from Sardinia in Italy.

We’ll feature the Confucius Moment, the Weekly Almanac, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts and more!

Remember that our weekly broadcast begins 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via live-audio-streaming. Can’t listen live? Fear not; we have you covered. All our shows are archived and made freely available on our special channel on podcasts.com.


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. 

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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!





Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Coming Up Next: Professor Benjamin Railton and Yung Wing, First Chinese to Graduate from an American University


Yung Wing, Year 1900. 


Across America schools, colleges and universities have returned from summer vacation. Among those enrolled are Chinese students -the largest group of foreign students studying in the country today. Who was the first to graduate? 

On the Saturday, September 8 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim we’ll be welcoming Professor Benjamin Railton, Ph.D., of Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Dr. Railton is also the President Ex Officio of the New England American Studies Association and past president of the Northeast Modern Language Association. 

Railton is also a blogger. Peruse his blog located at AmericanStudier.blogspot.com.

He penned a fascinating article that caught my eye on ConnecticutHistory.org. Yung Wing was the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university -in this case Yale College in 1854. Go to this link to read his article. 


Stay tuned for the Confucius Moment, the Weekly Almanac, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts and more!

Remember that our weekly broadcast begins 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via live-audio-streaming. 


Can’t listen live? Fear not; we have you covered. All our shows are archived and made freely available on our special channel on podcasts.com.



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, August 28, 2018

Coming Up Next: Cy Feng of the Honda International Center, Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii






On the Saturday, September 1 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim I will be welcoming back Mr. Cy Feng of the Honda International Center (HIC) at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu. 

HIC was named after Paul S. Honda, a Hawaii community leader, businessman and philanthropist. Honda had a vision of bringing students of various backgrounds around the Asia Pacific Rim to study and learn together and chart a peaceful path towards a bright future. In this encore interview with Cy Feng he will present HIC’s educational mission, activities and how you can also come and study here. 

Mr Honda’s life was colorful. He died on July 31, 2016. Go here to read his obituary. 

I’m delighted to announce that I will be returning occasionally to HIC to teach East Asian student groups in Hawaii on short-term study programs. It’s good to be back with former and new colleagues.

We’ll feature our regular segments. It’s also Labor Day weekend throughout the USA!

Remember that our weekly broadcast begins 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via live-audio-streaming. Can’t listen live? Fear not; we have you covered. All our shows are archived and made freely available on our special channel on podcasts.com.



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, August 23, 2018

Coming Up Next: William Chu and Chinese Baseball




Coming up on the Saturday, August 25 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim I will be welcoming self-described baseball fanatic William Chu, the first-generation Chinese American New Yorker behind the Chinese baseball blog site ChineseBangqiu.com.

“I believe that baseball is for everyone. Domestically, I want to increase baseball’s profile with Asian-Americans.” That sounds like a home run to me -and I’ll bet that’s true for you.  

There are a growing number of Chinese nationals and Chinese Americans who are players in the major leagues. Baseball has won many fans in places such as Japan and South Korea -and China, too! 

Tune in for our featured segments: the Confucius Moment, the Weekly Almanac, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts and more!

Mark your calendars! Remember that our weekly broadcast begins Saturday 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via live-audio-streaming. 


Can’t listen live? Fear not; we have you covered. All our shows are archived and made freely available on our special channel on podcasts.com.




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!


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Interprets Old and Modern China: Rose Quong, Chinese Actress, Appears Before Woman's Club, Greenwich Connecticut USA (1936)

Source: The Greenwich Press, Greenwich, Connecticut USA
January 23, 1936.


Miss Rose Quong, the Chinese actress with a long experience on American and European stages, presented a unique interpretation of ancient and modern China before a large audience of the Woman's Club of Greenwich in the Masonic Temple yesterday afternoon. Dressed in a flowing Chinese kimono elaborately embroidered in  blue with her hair drawn back in coils at her ears in the traditional Chinese fashion, Miss Quong belied her Oriental appearance by speaking clear, an accented English no different than that spoken by any number of cultured American actresses.

If her speech was Broadway, her presentation was wholly Chinese, however. After discussing China briefly and comparing the Oriental with the western world, she presented a program of monologues illustrative of Chinese life, poems, stories and Chinese proverbs. The poems she first recited in English and then chanted in Chinese.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the program that was Miss Quong's discussion of Chinese philosophy, illustrated with the proverbs so dear to every Chinese heart. Among those which, she said, best expressed her people's philosophic attitude towards life were the following:

If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily. 

Never stoop to tie your shoestrings in another man's melon patch. 

Better to be a tiny piece of jade than a whole tile.

As an illustration of the influence on Chinese life and thought of the teachings of the great Chinese philosophers, Miss Quong said that the first words that a Chinese child learns are from Confucius: Man by nature is born good. She contrasted this serious thought with the first words in the first English primer she ever saw. They were: The cat sat on the mat.

Preceding the main portion of the program, Mrs. Maynard W. Linn, commissioner of the Greenwich Girl Scout Council, discussed the needs of the council and the functions that it performs in Greenwich. 

"There are 2000 girls in Greenwich who have no connection with character agencies," she declared. "The Girl Scouts perform a service not only to girls but to the community as a whole, and are a privilege that all can enjoy."





Coming Up Next: Hans van Roon and Mongols, China and the Silk Road: Archeology and History of the Silk Road





On the Saturday, August 18 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim I will be welcoming from Rotterdam in the Netherlands Mr. Hans van Roon. 

He is the blogger behind Mongols, China and the Silk Road: Archeology and History of the Silk Road

Little was known on the mysterious, remarkable heritage of the ancient Silk Road -that is, until a century ago when explorers and archeologists uncovered the ruins of ancient cities. These same explorers who braved the deserts of Central Asia and China brought the wonders of the ancient silk roads to the world’s attention. 

The work continues today in the 21st century. Eclectic, cosmopolitan, sophisticated societies dotted the region with a bewildering universe of cultures, languages and religions -Chinese, Indians, Mongols, Turks, Persians, Buddhists, Nestorian Chrstians, Manicheans and others. 

You can learn about the latest through van Roon’s blog site (here) and Twitter (here). 

My own introduction to the Ancient Silk Roads came in the form of a stunning exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Along the Ancient Silk Routes: Central Asian Art from the West Berlin State Museums. It was the first time such an exhibit was held in the USA. I was escorting a university group on a field trip, and to this day I recall how riveted we were. The catalog is no longer in print, but you can find it freely available online via Google Books here and here via Archive.org

We'll feature the Confucius Moment, the Weekly Almanac, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts and more!

Remember that our weekly broadcast begins 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/10:30 p.m. Beijing Time on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere via live-audio-streaming. Can’t listen live? Fear not; we have you covered. All our shows are archived and made freely available on our special channel on podcasts.com.




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!