More About the Author
Charlotte Harris Rees has appeared on television and National Public Radio in the United States and Canada, in numerous news articles around the world, and has given PowerPoint presentations - including at the Library of Congress, the National Library of China, Stanford University, Tsinghua University (China's Harvard), Switzerland, the University of Maryland, City U of NY, the China Institute (NYC), Portland (Oregon) State University, the University of London, Royal Geographical Societies in London and Hong Kong, Nanjing University, and Simon Fraser University (Canada) - about her family's map collection and the early arrival of Chinese to America.
Her books: Did Ancient Chinese Explore America? (2013), New World Secrets on Ancient Asian Maps (2014), Chinese Sailed to America Before Columbus: More Secrets from the Dr. Hendon M. Harris, Jr. Map Collection (2011),and Secret Maps of the Ancient World (2008, 2009)are all endorsed by Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, retired Chief of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress and other experts. These books are listed by WCILCOS (The World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies)
Since early 2003, Mrs. Rees, a senior researcher and a graduate of Columbia International University, has intensely studied the possibility of very early arrival of Chinese to America. In 1972 her father, Dr. Hendon Harris, Jr., found in an antique shop in Korea an ancient Asian map which led him to write a tome of almost 800 pages which contended that by 2200 B.C. Chinese had reached the Americas by sea.
Initially a skeptic of her father's theories, Mrs. Rees' research on this subject was originally to prove for herself whether he could have been right. In 2003 she and her brother took the Hendon Harris, Jr. Map Collection to the Library of Congress where it remained for three years while being studied. In 2006 she published an abridged version of her late father's book, The Asiatic Fathers of America: Chinese Discovery and Colonization of Ancient America. Dr. Cyclone Covey, Professor Emeritus at Wake Forest University, who for over 60 years has studied the early history of America and the Chinese connection, has been her research mentor. Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee has served as an advisor.
Mrs. Rees' father, Dr. Hendon M. Harris, Jr. was born in 1916 in Kaifeng, China to Baptist missionary parents. As a child Mrs. Rees lived for four years in Taiwan then later for a year in Hong Kong where her parents were missionaries. Currently her home is in Virginia in the USA.
Her books and PowerPoint presentations bring together many academic studies revealing evidences of very early arrival of Chinese to America and a discussion of her visits to sites in North America where ancient Chinese were reported to have visited. According to Rees, the Chinese descriptions of those areas are too accurate for us to now deny that Chinese had been there.
Recently at one location on that route another researcher found the names of two early Chinese kings. That petroglyph has been validated by leading US experts in ancient Chinese who dated them to the period 1200 - 200 B.C. Her web site is www.HarrisMaps.com.