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.
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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.
By Chen Weihua, China Daily

SEATTLE, Washington - Mayors from both the United States and China shrugged off the ideological conflicts that have come to underscore bilateral trade between both nations and said on [April 19] they only care about the bottom line.

 By Chen Weihua, China Daily

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Yue Huafeng, vice-mayor of Xi'an, Shaanxi province, presents a gift to Rogers Weed, director of the Department of Commerce of the Washington State on Tuesday at the meeting of the US-China Initiative on City-Level Economic Cooperation being held in Seattle, Washington. Chen Weihua / China Daily

SEATTLE, Washington - Mayors from both the United States and China shrugged off the ideological conflicts that have come to underscore bilateral trade between both nations and said on [April 19] they only care about the bottom line.

A 70-member Chinese delegation, comprising businesspeople, mayors and vice-mayors from large and medium-sized cities such as Shanghai, Chongqing and Xi'an, attempted to demonstrate their strong interest in strengthening cooperation with their U.S. counterparts at a [April 19] meeting for the US-China Initiative on City-Level Economic Cooperation.

"The lower the level, the less ideological it is," said Rogers Weed, director of the Department of Commerce of the state of Washington. 

His words were echoed by Mark Funkhouser, mayor of Kansas City (Missouri), who said: "We don't have that [kind of politics], this event is a positive thing."

At the meeting, Chinese mayors tried to impress their U.S. counterparts and potential investors by touting their strengths.

Ma Zhengqi, vice-mayor of Chongqing, a sister city of Seattle for the past 28 years, described the largest city in western China as an undeveloped region. But he painted a five-year blueprint in which Chongqing will make leaps in urbanization, industrialization and internationalization.

He talked about the city's fast improving transportation and infrastructural facilities and inexpensive land and utilities prices in Chongqing.

Yue Huafeng, vice-mayor of Xi'an, Shaanxi province, introduced his city, the site of the terracotta warriors, as a natural history museum on par with Athens, Rome and Cairo.

He said he believes the city's ancient wonder should not cloud people's understanding of modern Xi'an.

He described Xi'an as China's version of Seattle since both cities have a strong aviation industry and are leaders in education and technology.

On [April 19], Xi'an's bureau of commerce and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost bilateral exchange and cooperation.

In his presentation, Wang Guozhong, vice-mayor of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, brought along Shi Zhengrong, founder of Suntech, while Xu Liquan, mayor of Weifang, Shandong province, made the city's international kite festival a top selling point. 

A total of 41 U.S. cities sent their mayors and representatives to the conference.

"It's a great thing and a huge opportunity for cities in the United States to talk with cities in China for real economic benefit. This is not a zero sum game and this is good for both sides," Funkhouser said.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said it's important for his city to identify its advantages and build on its strength "so we can successfully trade with Chinese cities and regions which are building their strength in the global economy".

The state of Washington exported US$9 billion in goods to China, making it one of the top U.S. exporters to the country.

McGinn said mayors in both the [United States] and China are facing tough challenges created by the global financial crisis.

Shanghai Vice-Mayor Tu Guangshao, who led the Chinese delegation, described the trip as a result of the second round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which was held in Beijing last May, as well as President Hu Jintao's visit to the [United States] in January.

He said cooperation between cities will establish a new platform for cooperation between the two countries. 

Zou Jiayi, an official from China's Ministry of Finance, said the event will pave the way for the third round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, expected to be held in the [United States] next month. At the state level, the first China-US Governors Forum will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in July. 

Zhou Qiang, head of Hunan province, and Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire signed an agreement in February to formalize ties, which seeks to foster face-to-face discussions between U.S. governors and Chinese provincial leaders over trade and education.

"Expanding exports is key to our economic recovery," said Gregoire, who chairs the National Governors Association. 

Zhou Qiang called the governors forum a "wonderful platform". 

"We can solve problems from our bilateral trade and economic disputes through the forum," he said. Besides trade and investment, the forum is also expected to address issues of energy, environmental protection, cultural exchange, tourism and education.

Local-level exchanges have grown steadily in recent years. In 2010, more than 110 local government delegations from both countries exchanged visits. So far, 36 U.S. states have set up friendship ties with Chinese provinces while 161 U.S. cities have established sister-city relationships with Chinese cities.

Four U.S. governors, including former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, went to China to promote business ties.

Source: China Daily

 

Editor's Note: A delegation from Shaanxi Province, China, the Sister State of Minnesota, lead by its governor, Zhao Zhengyong, recently visited Minnesota. During their visit they met with Minnesota Trade Office representatives, toured the University of Minnesota, the 3M Company, the law offices of Dorsey & Whitney, met with board members from the U.S.-China People's Friendship Association-Minnesota Chapter, toured the State Capitol and were hosted by Governor Mark Dayton at an Official State Dinner.

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