Publisher’s Pronouncements (Feb 2021)
January 30 2021
by Gregory J. Hugh, Publisher – CEO, China Insight, Inc.
Now that Joseph R. Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, the country needs to unite again after experiencing a tumultuous period under the previous administration leading to a tragic demonstration at the nation’s capital on Jan. 6.
Garden fundraising
30 January 2021
By William Zajicek, contributor.
The St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden, located in Phalen Park, Saint Paul, is seeking additional funds ($160,000) to complete Phase I of the garden construction and begin Phase II.
CNY do’s and don’ts
30 January 2021
By Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
Feb. 12 will be start of the Year of the Ox, which, according to Chinese tradition, is a symbol for wealth. So … here are a few tips on how to ring the year in the Chinese way.
App deadline for CGM
30 January 2021
by Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project enters its fifth year with great anticipation for the award ceremony of the Congressional Gold Medal to more than 3,000 veterans who have applied for, and confirmed for this honor.
local national speedskating champion
30 January 2021
by Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
Whether the 2022 Winter Olympics will take place as planned in Beijing or not (China Insight, January 2021) is anyone’s guess at this point, but to the many hopeful participants, their training and laser-sharp focus are on getting to one of the three medal-winning podiums in their event in whatever city it may take place.
CGM
January 3, 2021
By Greg Hugh.
It has been a long and uncertain journey, but Chinese American veterans who served their country in World War II were finally awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Dec. 9, 2020.
Efforts to enact the Congressional Gold Medal Act for these Chinese American veterans first began in December 2016. An exploratory committee led by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) set out to secure the support of members of Congress. The bill, first introduced to the Senate and the House of Representatives in May 2017, was ultimately passed on and signed by President Donald Trump Dec. 20, 2018.
NY Chinatown images
December 31, 2020
by China Insight.
While air travel is still risky health-wise and lockdowns are common, here is a chance for us to “travel” and see New York City’s Chinatown.
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and the Center for Jewish History (CJH) are co-hosting a new online exhibition, “An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown,” at https://exhibits.cjh.org/bocian.
Beijing 2020 Olympics
December 31, 2020
by Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing opened with great fanfare. It was China’s debut on the world stage, an opportunity to showcase its history, culture and its athletes to a global audience. Fast forward to the 2022 Winter Olympics. Once again, Beijing will be the venue. However, circumstances are quite different.
2021 Chinese Holidays
December 31, 2020
Compiled by China Insight.
China’s 2021 holiday schedule will, per tradition, include two week-long holidays: Chinese New Year, aka Spring Festival, which will take place Feb. 11-17; and the National Day Holiday, Oct. 1-7.
Society Fat Size
December 31, 2020
compiled by China Insight.
On Nov. 11, a netizen posted an image of an apparel size chart seen at a Taiwanese chain store in China, saying, “I was shocked when I saw this size chart at a RT-Mart today. Am I completely rotten?” That image and post went viral and it enraged the online community, causing the company’s China Division to issue a public apology the following day.
Garden202011
November 2020
by Bill Zajicek, president, Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society.

There were two large volunteer projects at the garden this summer/fall. As a result, the rock garden was completely weeded and mulched; the donor stanchion received a new coat of paint, the Hmong Heritage Wall was painted, and as a gift from the Minnesota Peony Society, nine peonies were planted: three each of herbaceous “Krinkled White,” herbaceous “America Red” and tree peonies (Fuji-Zome-Goromo, Renkaku, Tai Hai)!!!
HKU
November 2020
By Elaine Dunn

The Hong Kong University (HKU) appointed two mainland Chinese scholars to its governing council, one of whom is alleged to have direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Book Review 202011
November 2020
By China Insight

You may notice the more-than-usual number of books included this issue. With Christmas giving around the corner and the snowy winter approaching, China Insight thought these titles may provide gift ideas or just material for a “good read” in front of the fireplace.
Enjoy!
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November 2020
[ST. PAUL]
– Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Steve Grove announced the #GoodJobsNow campaign with Rick Trontvet from Marvin Windows in Warroad and Traci Tapani from Wyoming Machine in Stacy.
Covid
October 2020
Like other com- munities, our Chinese American commu- nity has been hit hard physically, mentally and economically.
Fall Colors
October 2020
In this year of coronavirus, we can find joy in the beauty of nature and celebrate festival traditions with tastes of mooncake on the trail.
Publisher Pronouncement
October 2020
With the 2020 U.S national election approximately a month away, will Asian American voters make a difference in the U.S. political fabric?
Republicans
October 2020
The resolution “calls on all public of- ficials to condemn and denounce anti-Asian sentiment, racism, discrimination, and re- ligious intolerance related to COVID-19”
Canton Fair
October 2020
The 10-day virtual 128th session will go online from Oct. 15-24.

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“...I have never worked on a country where the eagerness to learn was greater than in China”

Pieter Bottelier, Former Chief of Mission, China, World Bank (1993-1997)

 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the China-World Bank Group partnership—a partnership that has made an important contribution to shaping China’s modernization and development.

Minnesota export trends turned around in the first quarter of 2010, gaining 17 percent from the same period a year ago – the first year-over-year quarterly increase since the third quarter of 2008. The state exported US$3.9 billion in manufactured exports in the first quarter of 2010, representing a gain of US$569 million from the first quarter of 2009.

Minnesota's exports grew slightly less than U.S. manufactured exports, which gained 20 percent during the same period.

The third WTO Review of China’s trade policies and practices and their impact on the functioning of the multilateral trading system took place in Geneva on 31 May and 2 June 2010.

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

A contingent representing the tourism industry of Minnesota recently attended the China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market (COTTM) held in Beijing, China. COTTM is the only business show dedicated to the China outbound travel and tourism industry.

Now in its 6th year, COTTM has become a firm fixture in the industry calendar. Over 200 exhibitors from 50 countries attended to showcase their destinations, travel products and services to a high number of Chinese hosted buyers. COTTM 2009 visitor numbers were up nearly 5 percent to a staggering 3,258 – all eager to secure the best destinations and deals for the Chinese outbound market.

The Chinese outbound market is growing at a phenomenal rate. China’s outbound tourism market is expected to exceed 51 million tours in 2010; a rise of 7 percent from 2009.   As the Chinese economy continues to grow (up 9 percent in 2008) and private incomes increase, traveling abroad is now becoming a regular part of Chinese life. The World Tourism Organization predicts that China will be the fourth largest source of outbound tourists by 2020 with a predicted 100 million travelers per year.

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(left to right) Doug Killian, Director Tourism, Mall of America; Paul Sherburne, International Marketing Manager, Explore Minnesota Tourism; Melody Zhou, General Manager, CIAC Travel, Inc.; Daniel O’Neil, Vice President of Strategy and Sales, Bloomington Convention & Visitor Bureau

COTTM provided the National Tour Association, USA (NTA) and its American pavilion members with an excellent way to meet Chinese outbound companies. As NTA’s member, CIAC Travel exhibited at the 2010 COTTM in Beijing with Explore Minnesota, Mall of America, and Bloomington Convention & Visitor Bureau. The delegation included Ms. Melody Zhou, General Manager of CIAC Travel; Mr. Douglas Killian, Tourism Director of Mall of America; Mr. Paul Sherburne, International Marketing of Explore Minnesota; Mr. Dan O’Neill, Vice President of Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Prior to the opening of  COTTM, the delegation met with the largest tour operator in China – China Travel Service, and had successful meetings with general managers of outbound U.S. department and MICE department. The delegation also hosted a dinner at the Presidential suite of Raffle's hotel Beijing. The following guests were in attendance: Mr. Sandeep Bahl, China Director of Delta Airline; Mr. Hanxing Gu, Vice President of CITS (China International Travel Service Ltd), Mr. Hui Wang, General Manager of Beijing Baosheng Air Service Co. Ltd. Ms. Hua Ren, Producer of CCTV International. During the dinner different ways and opportunities to promote Minnesota as a destination were discussed. 

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(Left to Right) Doug Killian, Daniel O’Neil, Sandeep Bahl, Director of China & Hong, Kong, Delta Airlines; Melody Zhou, Jeffrey Hammerly, International Tourism Manager, Travel Portland; Paul Sherburne

 

Cash for new plants, major expansion of research and development
 
By Ding Qingfen (China Daily)
 
SHANGHAI - PepsiCo, the world's second-largest food and beverage company, announced on Friday it would make an additional investment of US$2.5 billion in China over the next three years, a move indicating the company's growing confidence in the massive market.

By Andrew Moody, China Daily
 
BEIJING - Is it too late to enter the China market? Foreign companies have long seen the country with its 1.3 billion people as a potential bonanza. But have those foreign companies who have yet to make their move missed the boat?

By Albert Leung, Staff Writer 
 
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For curious internet users in mainland China looking to find information on the Web, they can no longer can say they “Google-it.” The search engine giant pulled out of the Chinese market this past March citing their refusal to continue censoring and filtering search engine results for the Chinese government and accuse China of attempting to hack into their infrastructure. 

May Meeting
The topic of the UCBC May monthly breakfast meeting on May 5, 2010, will be The Politics of China’s Power to be presented by Ron Bosrock of Global Institute.
Mr. Bosrock will explore two of the main pillars of China's rise as a global economic power: its politics and its military. The "China mentality" that guides its growth goes well beyond being a Communist state. The extensive planning, acceptance of internal "mistakes", opening and closing of markets, nationalistic attitudes and much more are choreographed into a delicate martial arts dragon dance. Within that dance are steps leading to opportunities for American business.

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