Chinese Garden at Arboretum
The first-ever Chinese Garden in Minnesota opened officially to great international fanfare and a watery welcome on Sept. 18, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen.
Montana Beef
"We're very excited that China removed a ban on US beef imports," said Fred Wacker, a third-generation rancher of Miles City in the northwestern US state of Montana, where there're about three heads of cattle for every person.
Congressional Gold Medal
On May 4, 2017, bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate for the award of the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the Chinese American veterans of World War II.
Bitcoin
On Sept. 13, China's Internet Finance Association stated that bitcoin lacked a legal foundation.
Dream in China
The Minneapolis-based Chinese Heritage Foundation’s commission “Dream of the Red Chamber” by San Francisco Opera will be touring the People’s Republic of China this month.
Pat Hui
Local artist Pat Hui creates exhibit to commemorate Su Shi’s 980th birthday
Let's have a look-see
A no-nonsense woman interrupted a wedding ceremony.
2nd War With Japan
With the seizure of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Nanjing in 1937, the undeclared war with Japan was under way.
Second War with Japan
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed everything for the foreign interests in China. Foreign concessions in Shanghai ended as Japanese troops arrested and interned all foreigners in China’s cities living under their occupation. They were no longer neutrals; they became enemy aliens.
Ying Li
Li loves to teach, and it comes as naturally to her as dancing and singing.
Fading Glories
Robert E. Lee and Chiang Kai Shek. Both historical figures of their respective countries’ civil wars and both out of favor at the moment.
Vivian Wei Wu
China Insight recently interviewed Wu via emails where she reflected on her career and her choice to be an investigative reporter, a highly dangerous profession in China.
Chinese Americans continue to contribute
In the Twin Cities, there are many Chinese Americans who have contributed to the fabric of American society.

Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Chinese American Veterans Initiative

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Although the Chinese American community has always strived to be good citizens, history has shown that they have not been treated fairly and need to let their Congressional leaders know that their service to our country needs to be recognized. Like many minorities, Chinese Americans overcame discrimination to serve their country bravely and honorably and we need to encourage the Congress to act favorably on this proposal to commemorate the service of these Chinese American veterans. 

 

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By Mary Warpeha, Co-President of US–China Peoples Friendship Association of Minnesota

On the pleasant fall evening of Nov. 17, an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed an excellent speech and Chinese food at the Pagoda Restaurant in Dinkytown.  Among the 120 persons in attendance were members of US-China Peoples Friendship Association of Minnesota, students and families from Breck School, members of the Minneapolis Sister Cities Committee and three groups visiting with the University of Minnesota China Center - 18 delegates from Chongqing Agriculture University, 17 trainees from the Mingda Leadership Institute, 3 from Beijing Fazheng Group.  Dorsey & Whitney and the China Center were major partners in this successful event.

By Mary Warpeha, Co-President of US–China Peoples Friendship Association of Minnesota

On the pleasant fall evening of Nov. 17, an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed an excellent speech and Chinese food at the Pagoda Restaurant in Dinkytown.  Among the 120 persons in attendance were members of US-China Peoples Friendship Association of Minnesota, students and families from Breck School, members of the Minneapolis Sister Cities Committee and three groups visiting with the University of Minnesota China Center - 18 delegates from Chongqing Agriculture University, 17 trainees from the Mingda Leadership Institute, 3 from Beijing Fazheng Group.  Dorsey & Whitney and the China Center were major partners in this successful event. 

With hunger satisfied, the guests settled in for an enthusiastic talk by guest speaker, Chicago Consul Huang Ping.  Accompanying Mr. Huang during his 3-day visit to Minnesota were Ms. Aiping Zhang (spouse of Mr. Huang), Ms. Jing Zhu, Vice Consul, Ms. Li Changhua, Consul for Education and Mr. Yu Xueyong Consul for Public Affairs. 

Walter Graff, Margaret Wong, Aiping Zhang, Mary Warpeha, Consul General Huang Ping, Linda Mealey-Lohmann, Li King Feng, Wang Guangfa

Consul General Huang spoke on one of his favorite topics - growth and change in his motherland and his hopes for an even more memorable future.  He reminded us that many more Chinese are living above poverty levels, incomes have improved, and the GNP is impressive with China rapidly catching up with second place GNP holder, Germany.  Through the interchange during President Obama’s visit, he feels there is a strengthening commitment to a partnership on climate change, the environment, space exploration and more.

The Consul General stressed that the United States and China no longer can be at odds with each other.  The time for partnership is here.  The Obama visit is a strong start.

He explained that a major incentive for economic and cultural cooperation is the recent approval for Chinese citizens to visit the United States as tourists.  Mr. Huang believes that there is high potential for Minnesota to reap benefits from this approval, and he is encouraging travel to Minnesota during his networking with Chinese officials.

NBA action is known to the very last detail among youth and adults in most of China – offering a potentially large market for new teams and exhibition games.  With an impatient market for sports entertainment by professional teams, 20+ cities will soon have NBA quality stadiums.  To check the potentials, the Consulate staff accepted an invitation by the Timberwolves to attend the Nov. 18 game against the Houston Rockets (unfortunately the Timberwolves lost to the Rockets).  Keep an eye out for sports engagements involving Minnesota and China.

Following Consul General Huang’s speech, Breck School teacher, Margaret Wong, lead Breck’s five Chinese exchange students and the audience in Yiyongjun Jinxingqu, The March of The Volunteers – China’s National Anthem.

As a small non-profit volunteer organization, USCPFA-Minnesota is reliant on the assistance and cooperation of many within our community.  Special thanks to the organizations –and especially CHINAINSIGHT –which publicized this event for us.

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CHINAINSIGHT (CI) is published monthly ((except July/August and November/December are combined) by China Insight, Inc., an independent, privately owned company started in 2001 and headquartered in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

CHINAINSIGHT is the only English-language American newspaper to focus exclusively on connections between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

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