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!
GoodJob_Deed
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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Narrated by Li Yining, collated by China Today staff reporter Liu Qiong
 
Li Yining is a well-known Chinese economist with an impressive set of responsibilities. Currently he is president of the Market Economy Academy of Peking University, honorary president of the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University (and its doctoral supervisor for work related to national economic policies), member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and deputy director of the Subcommittee of Economy of CPPCC. Li Yining didn't start out thinking of himself as a "numbers guy." Born in 1930, his earliest career aspirations were to "bring salvation to the people through science" and "rejuvenate the nation through industry."

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has named Dr. Kei-Mu Yi its director of research to replace Dr. Arthur J. Rolnick, who will retire July 31, 2010. Yi, currently vice president and head of Monetary and Macroeconomic Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will become senior vice president and director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on Aug. 16, 2010.

Reflecting a weak world economy, Minnesota’s manufactured exports were valued at US$3.7 billion in the third quarter of 2009. Exports fell by 17 percent (US$757 million) since the third quarter of 2008. U.S. exports fell by 21 percent.
 
Among the 20 largest exporting states (Minnesota ranks 20th), Minnesota had the fifth-smallest export decrease, behind Kentucky with the smallest decline (2 percent), and Texas, Indiana and Tennessee with the next-smallest declines (15 percent). Utah (14 percent growth to US$2.7 billion, ranked 26th) and Wyoming (4 percent to US$242 million, ranked 47th) were the only states to experience positive export growth during this period.

By Ding Qingfen, China Daily
 
Foreign direct investment (FDI) to China more than doubled in December, in the latest sign of economic recovery in the world's fastest-growing economy.
 
FDI skyrocketed by 103.1 percent from a year earlier to [US]$12.14 billion, compared to the 32 percent year-on-year growth in November, the Ministry of Commerce said on [Jan. 15].

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer 
 
The first 2010 meeting of U.S.-China Business Connections (UCBC) held in January at the Metropolitan Community and Technical College in Minneapolis, Minn. was attended by a capacity group that filled the packed meeting room.

China Today’s editors predict how China will grow its economy in 2010
 
China Today Editor's Note: Since the beginning of 2008, China's GDP growth has shown a perfect "V" shape, indicating a solid recovery from the global economic slump. There is no doubt that China has achieved the goal of 8 percent GDP growth in 2009, but how will the economy grow this year? Our editors have made the top 10 forecasts for how China will grow its economy in 2010. 

COMMENTARY

By Louis Kuijs, Senior Economist, World Bank Office, Beijing 
 
Increasing the role of domestic consumption is one of the key objectives of China’s 11th Five Year Plan. China’s overall economic growth and development in recent decades has been truly impressive. However, it has been accompanied by some imbalances. A relatively low and declining role of consumption has been one of the key imbalances, together with increasing income inequality, intense use of resources and impact on the environment, and a rising trade surplus. The imbalances are largely an outcome of China’s capital-intensive, industry-led pattern of growth.  The 11th Five Year Plan (2005-10) aims at redressing the imbalances, in large part by adjusting the pattern of growth.

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