By Jennifer Nordin, Staff Writer

The Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) will be on Jan. 26 this year.  The lunar New Year usually falls in January or February, but the exact date varies from year to year because it is based on the cycles of the moon (thus lunar) as opposed to the linear structure of the Gregorian calendar. 

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Three Chinese seamen arrive in the continental United States aboard the ship Pallas in Baltimore, MD.
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The Naturalization Act of 1790 restricts citizenship to “free white persons” of “good moral character.” The law would be enforced until 1952. In effect the Nation is divided between White and racial minority populations, each of whom would be accorded different and unequal rights and treatment. Racial minorities would be limited in their citizenship, voting, residency, jury, property, and family rights. Asian Americans, including Chinese Americans, would be directly affected by this legislation until it was rescinded by the passage of the Walter-McCarran Act of 1952.

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By David Dollar, World Bank

When historians look back on this period of history, they will likely identify China's reform and opening to the global economy as the single most important event. China's reform has propelled the country from a poor, backward status to a rank as one of the largest and most important economies in the world.

China still has a long way to go to emerge as a fully developed economy, but its prospects remain bright even in the midst of this global economic turbulence.

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The average American might be surprised to learn that people in China feel fairly free to express their political opinions and, what’s more, many are not satisfied with specific civil and political rights. But these are among the surprising conclusions a University of Vermont political scientist has drawn from a research project he recently presented at three Asian universities.

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