F.T. Summaries

On September 27th, 2014 at the International Hotel in Dallas, Tieman H. Dippel, Jr. spoke to the AVG Flying Tigers Association for their 73rd Annual Reunion Grand Banquet.  His presentation, Building Bridges of Honor, was a tribute to the Flying Tigers extraordinary history, where  conscience which often provided the concept of Warrior’s Honor builds unique bridges.

After the presentation, Mr. Dippel had the opportunity to meet Mr. John T. Ma, the cryptographer for General Claire Chennault in China, who also served as President of a charity, Books for China Fund.  It believed strongly that strengthening the library collections of universities in China will help the modernization of China which in turn will promote peace and prosperity in the world.  The books for China project collects books from private collections of scholars, retired professors, libraries, and publishing houses for distribution to major Chinese Universities, and has done so since 2005.

Three of the main institutions of China, the Central Party School, the Chancellors of the State Council, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences have supported The Language of Conscience Series of books as a bridge on morality, ethics, and cultural values between China and the West, and were noted in the Presentation.  The Language of Conscience Series embodied the core values of the AVG Flying Tigers in their dedication to honor and conscience which took them as volunteers to China, it evolved as a part of the celebration of the 73rd Reunion that copies of Mr. Dippel’s speech, AVG posters, and history of the AVG Flying Tigers were prepared to be sent to these major institutions in China related to the support of The Language of Conscience Book Series.  Sets of books were also sent to the Philosophy and History Departments of the major Chinese Universities with additional information on the Flying Tigers including the history and years after their participation in World War II, in recognition of Mr. Ma and his personal efforts of bridge building over the many decades.

As these materials were being assembled, it was noted that because of their breadth it would be hard for students and professors to have a top down view of the thirty-year process of discussions, often between think tanks, leadership groups, and other organizations, such as the Texas Lyceum’s Five Year Collaboration Agreement with the Central Party School to bring about a comparison understanding of Eastern and Western values.  An executive summary guide was needed. 

Ms. Sylvia Odenwald, a publisher with Odenwald Publications, but also an editor over many years of The Language of Conscience Series of books, undertook the preparation of summaries, drawn from the books, that would help students understand the historical perspective and research specific parts.  The materials explained the impact of the books over a thirty-five year period in the United States and on some of the economic growth concepts that are often described as the Texas Economic /Cultural Model.  One of the key reasons for the publication of The Language of Conscience by the Central Party School involved its focus on ethical behavior and governance within society and its explanation of the nonprofit system which can serve as an evolution between the more centralized ownership organizations of China and market economies.  Parts of these materials were from external research, but much of the additional discussion to bring historical perspective was based upon interviews with Mr. Tieman H. Dippel, Jr., who after review validates the accuracy of her writings.  Her concept involved primarily presenting the relevant materials in the following order:


     1. A Historical Biography of Tieman H. Dippel, Jr. as an author and business leader.

    2. A broad description of The Language of Conscience Concept as a philosophical approach reorganizing how you think often determines what you think, so to bring unity focuses on common values and dignity with a specific process. 

    3.The interrelationship of The Language of Conscience Series both in the timing of books and specific purpose. 

     4. One Father’s Last Words which serves as the core introduction to most of the books giving the perspective of honor and family values from which they are developed in order that perspective is not lost.

    5. The New Legacy with an understanding of its impact because ethical governance needs to be combined with economic growth and the creation of wealth.  The New Legacy, as the first book in the series, focused largely on what was learned from the original Texas Lyceum and how the combination of the three great powers, economics, politics, and culture need to be coordinated in order to produce the greatest opportunity.


We express our sincere appreciation to Ms. Sylvia Odenwald for her work in these endeavors.  They are available for use and quotation by scholars studying the individual works or concepts.

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