Free entry to July 11-12 family event on shores of Lake Phalen in St. Paul
[SAINT PAUL] The 2015 Dragon Festival, inspired by the Asian tradition of dragon-boat races, has added modern touches for a more interactive, hands-on experience that draws on all the senses.
By Elaine Dunn
Chang Wang, attorney and chief research and academic officer of Thomson Reuters and a regular contributor to China Insight, is one of the honorees to receive 2015 Diversity in Business Award from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The award recognizes some of the Twin Cities’ leading business leaders, owners and executives from ethnic minority community and the GLBT community. The winners are those who play strong leadership roles inside and outside their jobs and serve in industry associations or community organizations. China Insight interviews Wang as he reflects on important persons and events in his life and career.
China Daily, June 18
China's Hong Kong Legislative Council on Thursday vetoed a motion of the proposed universal suffrage for selecting the region's next chief executive in 2017.
After a nine-hour debate which started on Wednesday, 28 lawmakers of the Legislative Council voted against the motion while eight voted in favor.
By Li Xiaokun, China Daily, May 26
On Tuesday, Beijing issued its first white paper on military strategy, ushering in greater military transparency by giving details of the direction of its military buildup to other nations.
The document of about 9,000 Chinese characters revealed a list of new expressions that have never before appeared in Chinese white papers.
By Greg Hugh
A reception was recently held in the atrium of the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis to open a new exhibit, “Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America,” presented by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
The exhibition consists of 24 banners that show in pictures and text the legal history of Asian Pacific peoples in the United States through three pivotal events: the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.
By Elaine Dunn
“The earliest spacecrafts made by human is China’s kites and rockets.” Words on a Chinese kite in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Ah, June, finally! Summer’s in sight. Time to get out with the kids and enjoy the fresh air and summer breeze … and with kites!
Much has been uttered about kites: from the off-handed brush-off, “Go fly a kite!” to Churchill’s insightful “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” to the inspirational “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” from author Anais Nin. Whatever has been said about kites, one thing is for sure – kites are fun!
By Elaine Dunn
To those of us who were around in 1989, the words “June Fourth” or “Tiananmen Square” conjure up the horrific images of students bloodied and killed by their own government during the night; bodies piled high and shoved with disregard into a corner of a hospital. It also brought up the image of a lone man holding a shopping bag in each hand, blocking the advancement of a row of tanks in bright daylight the following day.
Yet, 26 years after the Tiananmen Square Massacre, there is a whole generation born after that date who may know nothing about this historic moment in the Chinese struggle for democracy. If you search the Internet in China or in any Chinese media site, you will find “no match” come up repeatedly. To this day, the Chinese government does not acknowledge the carnage that took place the evening of June 3 through early June 4, 1989.
SAN FRANCISCO — This June, visitors to the Asian Art Museum will get a snapshot of some of China’s most exciting artists from the country’s booming contemporary art scene. The museum’s special summer exhibition “28 Chinese” offers glimpses of contemporary Chinese art through a group of 28 artists, ranging from those in the spotlight like Liu Wei, He Xiangyu, Huang Yong Ping and Xu Zhen to the internationally acclaimed Zhang Huan and Ai Weiwei. These artists have made a significant impact on the art world and expanded definitions of contemporary art in China. On view June 5 through Aug. 16 at the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition features 48 artworks, revealing powerful responses to China today, as well as perspectives and attitudes towards tradition.