NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN  Research Express@NCKU
Volume 2 Issue 2 - November 9, 2007
Commentary
Da Hsuan Feng
Google my father? - India, China and United States: What could/may happen in 21 century?
Jong-Liang Lin
Introduction to the Research Work Winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2007
Article Digest
Shih-Wen Hsiao
A Gestalt-like perceptual measure for home page design using a fuzzy entropy approach
Chung-Ming Huang
Network-Aware P2P File Sharing over the Wireless Mobile Networks
Yeong-Her Wang
Preparation and characterization of gold nanodumbbells
Article Digest
Chiung-Hui Tseng
Effects of Firm Resources on Growth in Multinationality
Tzu-Tsung Wong
Two-Stage classification Methods for Microarray Data
Opportunities
Activities
Editorial Group
Google my father? - India, China and United States: What could/may happen in 21 century?
Da Hsuan Feng


I am truly honored and a little embarrassed to participate in this meeting on issues that have profound implications for me personally, for United States and for the world.

I have to admit that today I am here under two “false pretenses.” The first is because the organizers invited me some months ago to come as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development of the University of Texas at Dallas. Since September 1, three weeks ago, I became the Senior Executive Vice President position of National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan.

The second is that I stick out like a sore thumb in this august group of individuals. After all, I am not an economist, nor a political or social scientist, not even a philosopher. I am merely a theoretical physicist who happens to be born in India, received all my advanced education, from undergrad to grad to postdoc, in United States, and visited Asia Pacific region in the past quarter of a century well over a hundred and twenty times. So my view of this issue maybe what the Chinese would refer to as 井底之蛙, or the view of the sky of a frog at the bottom of a well!

In October of 2005, at the Annual Convention of the Indian Institute of Technology North Texas Alumni Association, I was invited to give a keynote speech, which I entitled it India, US and China: Tripartite or Trinity in the 21 Century? How pivotal these three nations will be for the world in 21 century will depend very much on the intertwined relations between them.
Allow me to share something with you that is deeply personal but I believe has profound implication in what we are discussing at this conference.

I mentioned earlier that I was born in New Delhi, India. Besides the obvious reason that my mother (an American educated pianist) was there at the time, the whole family was there because my father (an NYU JD in 1937 but never practiced law and only journalism) was the chief English editor of the Kuomintang’s Central News Agency. A few weeks after my speech in Dallas, my son amazingly was also admitted to NYU law school. When he went for his interview, he dug-up information about my father. Since my father died in 1950, he seldom entered my mind. My son’s action actually surged my interest in my father.

A few days after what my son’s action, one Saturday morning, while I was net surfing, I suddenly had the urge to Google my father! I was not sure the precise English spelling of his name, so I just typed in “Paul Feng” and “India.”

What came out from the search startled me! Hooray for Google! The result of Google’s search produced the following website:
http://www.burmalibrary.org/reg.burma/
archives/200101/msg00016.html
. In it contains a mesmerizing article by an author named Manoj Das (I am hoping that maybe one of our distinguished Indian participants in this conference would know this gentleman) with the title “Forging an Asian identity.” It was published in The Hindu on January 7, 2001. The entire article is worth reading by all but the passage that startled me was as follows, which I like to share it with you here.

“…We in India have debated as much as other Asian countries have, about issues like the desirability of Western influence on our culture, its inevitability or otherwise, and the relation between tradition and modernity.