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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Mergers and acquisitions in Asia have long been the subject of speculation; this is especially true in China, with stories of multibillion dollar deals and government interference; the most recent occasion being the failed Coke-Haiyuan deal.

As countries in the East Asia and Pacific region prepare themselves for an expected surge in joblessness resulting from the global slowdown, a ray of hope may be emerging with signs of China’s economy bottoming out by mid-2009, says the World Bank's latest half-yearly assessment of the region's economic health.

The World Bank released [April 8] its poverty assessment report for China. The report brings together findings from multi-year analytical work undertaken by the World Bank on a policy-oriented assessment of poverty and inequality in China. A distinguishing feature of the report is its effort to robustly establish key underlying facts using large-sample, and in most cases, nationally-representative data, and to provide empirically-grounded analyses supplemented with in-depth qualitative work. The work received a great deal of support from the State Council's Leading Group for Poverty Alleviation and Development, and was done in close collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and a team of prominent Chinese and international researchers.

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The March meeting of UCBC will be held Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2009. This breakfast meeting will feature a panel presentation by Mike Xiong (Co-founder of UCBC) of Thomson Reuters; Hong Cai, US Bank; and Sam Wils, US Bank. The topic will be: From Revolution to Reform to Response to Global Financial Crisis: Socialism with Chinese Characteristics'

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The April meeting of UCBC will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2009. The topic will be China Business Travel Tips featuring speaker Melody Zhou and others CIAC Travel.

The UCBC meetings are held at Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Wheelock Whitney Hall, Room L3000 (3rd Floor), Minneapolis, MN 55403. 

The fee is US$20 per person.  UCBC members and college students are free.  Everyone can bring a guest who can be admitted for half price (US$10).  To register, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Jim Smith at 612-8656543.

For free parking at the MCTC Ramp, please mention your name for the UCBC meeting to the parking staff. The MCTC parking ramp is located at 1420 Hennepin Avenue (north side of Hennepin Ave). Additional information on parking: http://www.minneapolis.edu/parking.cfm

The topic of the February U.S.-China Business Connections (UCBC) monthly meeting was “China Resources and Services at the University of Minnesota.” Presenting were Ms. Joan Brzezinski, acting director of the new Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota (CIUMN), and Dr. Yongwei Zhang, director of the China Center. Brzezinski and Zhang each spoke about the services their departments offer to the community.

By Don Miller, Associate Editor, Money Morning

China’s giant [US]$585 billion (4 trillion yuan) economic stimulus package is showing signs of taking effect. Economists now project that China will be the likely leader of an elusive worldwide economic recovery.

2008 has been a challenging year for China.  Apart from the global financial crisis, which took a toll on China’s national economy, the Sichuan-Wenchuan Earthquake had tremendous and devastating impacts to China – its people and its growth.

China's top 10 economic news stories of 2008, selected by the editors-in-chief and deputy editors-in-chief from 16 news outlets in Beijing together with famous economists in China, were announced on Dec. 30 in Beijing.

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