Friday, December 28, 2018

The Final Broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim




It's time, my friends! 

Please tune in tomorrow, Saturday, December 29, 2018 for the final broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut and WGCH.com anywhere.

This month marks the 81st anniversary of one of China's most horrific tragedies in its modern history: the Nanking Massacre. I'm featuring an encore interview with Dr. Ying-Ying Chang, mother of the legendary author the late Iris Chang who authored The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. I hope you listen, that we never forget and that the Nanking Massacre be more prominently studied in American history courses. 

The show will feature the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China and Chinese Fun Facts.

There's good news to share, too. You may remember my show interview with Documentarian Rick Quan regarding No Ordinary Joe: The Allen Joe Story. This wonderfully touching documentary will be shown at the Asians on Film Festival January 19-20, 2019 at Monk Space in Koreatown, Los Angeles, California. 

President Trump signed into law the Chinese American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act the night before last week's broadcast. At last, approximately 20,000 Chinese American veterans of World War II will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. A grateful nation salutes those who served so bravely and those of you who advocated for them and this well-deserved legislation. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim started three years ago after I returned from China in 2015. I was a guest of the Chinese government in honor of my late father and his fellow China Marines who served in World War II. The ten days I spent in China witnessing the 70th year commemoration of the end of the war was transformational. This program was one of the most profound accidents in my life and career. 

I am grateful to those of you who have been on the show or with me behind the scenes who made this broadcast a success. Likewise, I am grateful to Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd. for having the foresight and vision to underwrite this show. That goes for our other sponsors and advertisers both past and present. 

As a bonus to you I've uploaded tomorrow's show to our archival channel on Podcasts.com in case you cannot listen live in realtime. Click this link and enjoy!

Are we finished? Well, not by a long shot.


Starting Saturday, January 5, 2019 we're starting a new show! Please tune in for Asia Today with Jeffrey Bingham Mead on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut and WGCH.com anywhere starting 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time. 

We're expanding our horizons to include all of Eastern Asia, Southeast Asia and related communities across America -and even beyond. The colors, textures, voices and the ever-evolving traditions of Asian culture have been taking the world by storm. 

If you know me, I'm looking to have my insatiable curiosity satisfied. You're welcomed -as always- to be a part of this journey. We're always looking for support for this new show. Our aim is to attain national syndication, too. I'm always looking for interesting guests. Please contact me! 

That's a wrap! Stay in touch, be well and best wishes to one and all for a fantastic Year 2019. From the bottom of my heart to yours, thank you! Xiexie! 

Warmest gratitude,

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
P.O. Box 183, Honolulu HI 96810-0183 USA
P.O. Box 184, Greenwich CT 06836 USA



Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Special Thank You! Final Broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Saturday, December 29 -And A New Beginning!




As we conclude the third year of the Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show I look back with a great deal of joy. 

When the show started broadcasting on Radio 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut and online via WGCH.com I had no idea that so many lives would be touched -and that my experience here would be personally transformational. 

Throughout this time I've met and welcomed some of the most extraordinary people -all united in a shared interest and admiration for Chinese culture. They -far more than me- are the ones who made this weekly broadcast the success that it is to the point where the show was approved for national syndication. 

I am deeply gratified and humbled, particularly to the show's title-sponsor, Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd. Beijing AmBridge had the vision to recognize the potential this first-of-its-kind English language broadcast would bring. The same hold true for the leadership and staff at 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut. 

From the bottom of my heart thank you! Xiexie! 

Times change and so must we. 

It is with some heartfelt emotions that I must announce that the final broadcast of the current run of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim will be on Saturday, December 29, 2018. 

But as we close one door another opens -and I'm excited, as I hope you will be.

Starting on Saturday, January 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time a new, successor show with a twist will begin its run on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere. 


Asia Today with Jeffrey Bingham Mead will expand our passions and our horizons like never before. You can count on plenty of China and Chinese content in this new show. That's a promise! 

We'll also turn our attention to the cultures and peoples of Eastern Asia and Southeast Asia -and associated communities across the USA- that makes them so interesting and exciting. 

Japan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China -the list goes on! 

I hope you share my insatiable curiosity about this part of the world we share together. There's much to cover in a weekly half-hour radio program. With your interest and support we'll get it done! 

All Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim shows will continue to be archived on Podcasts.com, all freely available without a pay firewall. 

The blog site at MarvelsofChina.blogspot.com will continue to be available, and you can still contact me via email here at MarvelsofChina@gmail.com, too. 

I will be keeping you on the email list of Asia Today with Jeffrey Bingham Mead. I'll be enlisting your help in getting the word out.

You can also count on this: I will be working night and day to make this new show second-to-none in the pursuit of its mission. We're aiming for a broadcast experience that will inspire smiles and bring peoples of all walks of life together in the spirit of friendship. 

By setting a high-bar for excellence we'll be immediately seeking national syndication across the USA with the help of Jeff Webber of Jeff Webber Media, investors, underwriters and sponsors to make that goal a reality we can all be proud of. 

Come join us! We'd love to have you. 

Thank you all! Our best days lay ahead! 

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
P.O. Box 183, Honolulu HI 96810-0183 USA
P.O. Box 184, Greenwich CT 06836 USA

Coming Up Next: Rebecca Woodland and Food & Friendship Tour of Vietnam and Angkor Wat, Cambodia 2019




My friends, contrary to popular perception I'm rather easy to impress. 

Fancy, schmaltzy parties are fine and dandy. Simplicity reigns supreme with me though. A healthy serving of interesting friends, good food and an abundance of laughs increases the wow-factor in my voyaging corner of the Universe. 

Happy? Content? Satisfied? I wouldn't want it any other way. 


My guest on the Saturday, December 22, 2018 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim is Rebecca Woodland

She has been leading people of all backgrounds like you and me on adventures to Vietnam and Angkor Wat, Cambodia combining the best of food and friendship on cross-cultural explorations like none other anywhere. 

Based in Honolulu, Hawaii USA where I recently caught up with her, I asked Rebecca to share the good news of her next Food & Friendship Tour of Vietnam and Angkor Wat, Cambodia. 

What's the good news? There's much to say, as always. This is open to everyone! Learn more at RebeccaWoodland.net and on a special page I've posted here at MarvelsofChina.blogspot.com

With 96 million people, bustling cities, beautiful beaches, meandering rivers and some of the friendliest people on Earth, Vietnam will tantalize you. Food is at the heart of Vietnamese culture. Its cuisine has spread itself across the world with its distinctive mixes and ranges of flavors. 

We will feature the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China and much more as the show unfolds.


Please join us on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time on 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and on WGCH.com anywhere via live audio streaming. See you then!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Pre-empted December 8, 2018




What a pleasure it is to be back in America's Aloha State, Hawaii! 

I arrived here early this morning after a series of convoluted flights across North America. My plans are to be in Honolulu while hosting Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim.

Our next scheduled broadcast of the show has been postponed to Saturday, December 15. Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut -the location of our flagship station 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere- will be playing football. Ours is not the only show being pre-empted for the occasion.

Mark your calendars: We will be back on-the-air Saturday, December, 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time. 

We'll be featuring an encore interview from Year 2016 with Douglas Chong, the head of the Hawaii Chinese History Center in Honolulu's Chinatown. Chong is a Chinese cultural historian, consultant and director. 

In 2016 the world paused to observe the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the father of modern China. This was particularly important in Hawaii because Dr. Sun lived his formative years here. Douglas Chong is considered one of the world's most luminary authorities on Sun Yet-sen's life and activism in the Hawaiian Islands. 

As the leader of China's 1911 revolution, Sun Yat-sen inspired and organized a movement that overthrew the Qing Dynasty that reigned over China for nearly three hundred years. Born near Macau on November 12, 1866, Sun moved to Honolulu, Hawaii after completing his primary school education to live with his elder brother Sun Mei. Sun Yat-sen studied English, mathematics and science at Iolani School in 1882 and received a prize for his outstanding performance in English from King David Kalakaua. Sun later enrolled at Oahu College, now Punahou School, before returning to China. 

We'll have this and so much more on Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's Saturday, December 15 show. It starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com anywhere. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Support The Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show's GoFundMe Campaign




We are presently concluding the third successful year of the Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show on its flagship station 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut USA and WGCH.com anywhere via audio streaming.  We've started a GoFundMe campaign in order to gain the support needed to get us started on our fourth year on-the-air. 
It all started three years ago. I was a guest of the Chinese government for its 70th year anniversary of the end of World War II in September, 2015. 
Why me? My late father was one of the last of the 'China Marines' who fought in the war against Japanese militarized imperialists. He was in Tianjin for the official surrender and stationed in Beijing until April 1946. I never knew that my late father and the other China Marines are considered national heroes among the Chinese people.  

When I returned to the USA I was interviewed on a daytime talk show on 1490 WGCH . They were so impressed with my performance that I was offered a half-hour weekly spot right then and there! Two months later -and with a Beijing-based title sponsor I was on-the-air. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim  -like my trip to China- was transformational. The show has been a positive one, connecting people and reporting on culture and history like nothing like it before. We've accomplished much -and there's more to do.

Why am I  asking for funds? In order to continue the show I need to raise funds for airtime fees all radio stations require. Contrary to some perceptions we are not employees of the radio station; most of us function as independent contractors. 

This fundraiser is intended to pay for a portion those annual airtime fees.  You can also contact me if you want to be a guest on the Conversations segment, or if you would like to sponsor or advertise on the show. 

The show has been approved for national syndication, too! In the future we want to broadcast from two stations in New York City, and others in Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

For now I need to get our airtime obligations to our flagship station 1490 WGCH Greenwich Connecticut taken care of. 

Want to know more? Listen to the show on WGCH.com  on Saturday mornings starting 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time. 
Go to this link to listen to archived shows going all the way to our inaugural broadcasts in early 2016. 

I see a bright future for the show. There's more need than ever for Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim to continue.  Please join with me! I'd love to have you as a listener and a sponsor. Small investments have a way of adding up. 
Thank you! Xiexie!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Coming Up Next: Professor Xu Xin of Nanjing University and the Heroism to Dr. Ho Feng Shan (Encore)





Tune in to the December 1, 2018 broadcast as I feature an encore interview with Professor Xu Xin, China's most renowned Judaic scholar. We will hear about Ho Feng-Shan, a Chinese diplomat in Vienna who risked his own life and career during World War II to save thousands of European Jews fleeing the Holocaust. 


Professor Xu is the founder and director of the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish and Israel Studies at Nanjing University. He has been a scholar of Judaism, Jewish culture and the history of Chinese Jews since 1986.

Among his many accomplishments, Xu led a team of scholars on an abridged Chinese translation of the Encyclopedia Judaica and served as its editor -a book that was used by Chinese diplomats when China and Israel opened diplomatic relations in 1992. The Chinese edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica won an award of Excellent Book by Bureau of Press and Publication of Shanghai and East China in 1994, and an award of Excellent Reference Book by General Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China in 1995.

He has also edited Legends of the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng (with Beverly Friend); Anti-Semitism: How and Why; A History of Jewish Culture, and more. Xu has also written numerous articles on Judaic topics. 

Xu was also the first Chinese scholar to introduce modern Hebrew literature to Chinese readers. he has also created Masters and doctoral programs on Jewish history and culture. 

Xu has served as a visiting professor and taught at Chicago State University; Florida Community College and Montclair State University. He was a guest speaker at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1988) and at Tel Aviv University (1993 and 1998). In 1995 he was a fellow at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies (1996 and 1998). 

Professor Xu has delivered over 500 lectures in the USA, Israel, Canada and the United Kingdom at such institutions of higher learning as Harvard University, Yeshiva University, Yale University, University of Chicago, Boston University, Princeton University, UCLA, USC, Brown University, City University of New York, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, Ben-Gurion University, University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Montreal, York University and various other universities, organizations and institutions. 


Xu launched 12 Nanjing testimonies at the University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation which is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. 

His three-week summer seminars for Chinese scholars and graduate students from departments of history and western civilization at other universities enable them to incorporate material on Judaism into their classes. 

His activities have been widely reported by such newspapers and magazines as Chicago TribuneJerusalem PostNew York TimesHarvard University GazetteThe Jerusalem ReportThe Jewish WeekThe Forward, China's Talents, Xinhua Daily, Modern Express, and China Daily.

In 1996, Professor Xu was awarded a Special Government Allowance by the State Council of the People's Republic of China

Xu's essay on Modern Hebrew Literature won a Second Place of Excellent essays on Social Sciences by the Bureau of Higher Education of Jiangsu province in 1994. 

His book, A History of Western Culture, was named as National Planned Textbook in 2006 for Chinese colleges. Xu has won five titles of Excellent Teacher Award since 1994.

In 1995, he was honored with the James Friend Memorial Award. In 2002, Bar-Ilan University's Board of Trustees and the Senate of Israel awarded him the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa in recognition of the important research he has done on Jewish people in China.

He is a member of a number of academic organizations in China, such as Jiangsu Writers' Association, the Association of All-China Comparative Literature, the Association of Translators of Jiangsu, and the Society of World History Studies of China. Currently he serves as President of the China Judaic Studies Association and vice-president of China Association for Middle East Studies.





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