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七律:心底黃河 2021-02-24 15:47:10

心底黃河萬里清,秋波夜送一春程。

高低迷障開眸破,左右狂風合掌平。

兩岸同邀唯故月,九州分取又新晴。

東方未曉何方曉?濯影滄浪太白庚。


—— 颺

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China's tech transfer to the USA 2021-02-22 17:20:36

Yes, once upon a time, America did enjoy tech transfer from China. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a celebrated American poet, had a few famous lines about this uniquely Chinese technology:


"The willow pattern that we knew

In childhood, ...

Filled us with wonder and delight,

Or haunted us in dreams at night."


"The willow pattern" etched in Longfellow's fond memory speaks volumes about a down-to-earth wonder, namely, Chinese porcelain (or china). To a fertile mind like Longfellow's, Chinese porcelain was a dream come true, thanks to a technology invented and perfected in the Middle Kingdom. Rarely in the world ancient or modern can a technology be so poetically beautiful. No wonder George Washington, himself a highly cultured man, had a 302-piece dinner and tea set as his china treasure in Mount Vernon. There's something about china/China.


Today, no one can or should fault America for jealously guarding its technology against China. Ironically, in the early 19th century, it was the opposite. Back then, China was the one jealously guarding its technology against America. However, tech transfer happened in both cases anyway, now as before. Learning by whatever means from China, America ended up with a porcelain industry of its own. To be fair, though, American porcelain is no Chinese porcelain, just as Chinese microchip is no American microchip. A copycat can only do so much. Of course, it always takes more than a copycat to make illicit tech transfer possible.


--- by Lingyang Jiang


George Washington's "Cantonware"

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七律:戲詠天上人間 2021-02-20 19:50:15

飛觴不意白雲偷,憐有天仙急解愁。

人得地緣誇獨步,誰依水勢悔同流?

橫眉始見陶腰直,釣夢原知楚月勾。

商女寒宵終猛醒,隔江傳世讀春秋。


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