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Book Reviews: Chinese Global Exploration in the Pre-Columbian Era: Evidence From an Ancient World Map
By Sheng-Wei Wang
January 1, 2024 122 reads
In the book, Dr. Wang thoroughly and rigorously investigates over 500 geographical items and dozens of annotations depicted on a rare and precious ancient Chinese world map named Kunyu Wanguo Quantu《坤舆万国全图》or Complete Geographical Map of All the Kingdoms of the World. The map is also known as Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the Earth, or Great Universal Geographic Map. The map was published in 1602 in China by Italian missionary Matteo Ricci. 【Full Story】
Chinese Global Exploration in the Pre-Columbian Era: Evidence From an Ancient World Map
By Sheng-Wei Wang
November 1, 2023 185 reads
How early did the Chinese explore the world? Did the Treasure Fleets, led by Admiral Zheng He, discover many parts of the world before Christopher Columbus? While it is known that Christopher Columbus discovered America and Europe ushered in the Age of Discovery, there is an ongoing debate on the "unknown" areas depicted in Western maps from the period and earlier. There is agreement among scholars that certain areas seem to have been mapped out prior to the arrival of Western explorers. 【Full Story】
Asiatic Echoes - The Identification of Ancient Chinese Pictograms in pre-Columbian North American Rock Writing, 3rd edition
By John A. Ruskamp, Jr.
April 1, 2022 443 reads
This book introduces previously unrecognized ancient written evidence that in pre-Columbian times multiple intellectual exchanges took place between Asiatic and North American populations. 【Full Story】
The Last Journey of the San Bao Eunuch, Admiral Zheng He
By Sheng-Wei Wang
December 1, 2019 1282 reads
China's early exploration of America, Zheng He, Gavin Menzies, treasure fleet, voyage, navigation, Atlantic Ocean, Fengdu, Cahokia mounds, Ricci's 1602 World Map (Kunyu Wanguo Quantu ), 1418 Chinese World Map, Ma Huan. An Account of the Western World Voyage of the San Bao Eunuch (《三宝太监西洋记》), Luo Maodeng (罗懋登) 【Full Story】
Through American Eyes: The Journals (18 May 1859-1 September 1860) of George Washington (Farley) Heard (1837-1874)
By Edited by Gillian Bickley
August 1, 2019 908 reads
Travelling out in 1859 to join his uncle’s then successful trading house, Augustine Heard & Co., George was hired on shipboard by fellow-passenger John E. Ward, the American Minister tasked with the ratification of the American-Chinese treaty. 【Full Story】
The Changing Giants: The U.S. and China
By Ifay F. Chang
May 1, 2017 1374 reads
The U.S. and China are the world’s two major countries undergoing rapid changes. If you follow the media, you will find that the U.S.-China relation has swung from worse to better, and better to worse in the past few years while each has been changing politically and economically. 【Full Story】
Kat Vespucci Takes Taiwan (English-Chinese Bilingual Edition)
By Ingrid Anders Translator Ching-sung Chin
February 1, 2015 1768 reads
Ingrid Anders, a DC Public Library employee and author of the Kat Vespucci series, and translator Ching-sung Chin have spoken on December 16, 2014, 【Full Story】
The Gold Story - 1949
By Sing-yung Wu Translator Sheng-Wei Wang
September 1, 2014 2457 reads
Author Sing-yung Wu (Wu Xingyong) obtained a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology at the University of Washington, Seattle, (in 1969) and a medical doctor degree at Johns Hopkins University (in 1972). 【Full Story】
Asiatic Echoes: The Identification of Chinese Pictograms in North American Rock Writing, 2nd Edition
By John A. Ruskamp, Jr.
December 1, 2013 2224 reads
For centuries, researchers have been debating if, in pre-Columbian times, meaningful exchanges between the indigenous peoples of Asia and the Americas might have taken place. 【Full Story】
China Dawn (Chinese)
By Robert L.(ipscomb) Duncan Translator Wendy Liu
June 1, 2009 3797 reads
China Dawn’s plot is built around three main characters, beginning in Shanghai, China, in the early 1930s: a young American diplomat just starting out in Shanghai; a young Japanese woman who escaped poverty at home to Shanghai; a young Japanese military officer serving in Shanghai. 【Full Story】
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