By Zhang Chunyan, China Daily , August 18
Depreciation of China's currency offers opportunities for economies in Europe
Last week's depreciation of the yuan stoked fears that European exports to China could be hit. As the euro and the pound strengthened, concerns started to grow that companies selling goods to the second-biggest economy in the world would see their trading margins shrink.
By Tao Peng, contributor
This year marked the 13th year of Dragon Festival in St. Paul. The festival, as always, took place on the second weekend in July. There were a total of 28 dragon boat teams in the festival’s signature dragon boat race: 16 teams raced on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. In addition to race trophies, there were awards for “Best team spirit” and “Best team T-shirts.”
By Elaine Dunn
The U.S. representative at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw this October is no stranger to Minnesota. Eric Lu was the winner of the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition in 2013. Before heading off to Warsaw for one of the world’s most important and prestigious piano competitions, Lu will be in town performing at the local Frederic Chopin Society’s pre-season all-Chopin recital on Sept. 20. (Concert details at www.chopinsocietymn.org.)
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.