Professor of History Thomas Wilson spoke about Confucian philosophy has influenced modern Chinese cuisine and how “…Confucius has become a brand in a sense," in an article in the Chicago Tribune. In “Philosophy influenced Chinese cuisine,” published on Jan. 10, Wilson summarized the trend. . "It's marketable, and Confucius is the friendly face of civility that kind of replaces the scary face of Mao in past days."
Wilson observed that, “Confucian thought really came to the fore with the Ming Dynasty in the 14th century and held sway over the imperial system until a republic was established in 1912. Confucius had the biggest impact on ritual practices: the veneration of ancestors, the structures of family life, the interaction of the living and the dead."