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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SAN FRANCISCO —Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) said [Jun. 28] that its board of directors has elected Elaine L. Chao, the former U. S. Secretary of Labor and the first Asian Pacific American woman to be appointed to a presidential cabinet, to the company’s board of directors, effective July 1, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO —Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) said [Jun. 28] that its board of directors has elected Elaine L. Chao, the former U. S. Secretary of Labor and the first Asian Pacific American woman to be appointed to a presidential cabinet, to the company’s board of directors, effective July 1, 2011.

Chao will serve on the board’s Finance and Corporate Responsibility committees. Her election makes her the 15th director on the company's board.

chao-e“Elaine Chao’s distinguished career spans the public, private and non-profit sectors, giving her extensive experience in leading large, high-profile organizations operating in complex environments,” said John Stumpf, Wells Fargo's chairman and CEO. “This makes her a valuable addition to our board, someone who will play an important role as she joins us in continuing to guide the company through unprecedented regulatory and market challenges. Her election is good news for Wells Fargo's many stakeholders.”

“Wells Fargo is among the most successful financial services companies in the world, with a long history of customer focus,” Chao said. “Joining the board as Wells Fargo nears the completion of its integration with Wachovia is a special opportunity to provide some new perspective to a company of significant importance to the U.S. economy.”

“Ms. Chao is an accomplished leader whose expertise in building constructive working relationships with diverse stakeholders offers valuable insights,” said Philip J. Quigley, lead director of Wells Fargo's board and chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee. “The board looks forward to working with her and benefitting from her experience.”

Chao was the nation’s 24th secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor, serving from 2001 to 2009, and the longest serving Labor Department secretary since World War II. From 1996 to 2001, and presently, Chao was and is a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation, an educational and research organization based in Washington, D.C. From 1992 to 1996, she was president and CEO of the United Way of America, and from 1991 to 1992 served as director of the Peace Corps. Her previous government experience also includes serving as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1989 to 1991; chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission from 1988 to 1989, and deputy maritime administrator in the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1986 to 1988. She has worked with Bank of America Capital Markets Group and Citicorp in New York. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in economics and has a master’s in business administration degree from Harvard Business School. She is the recipient of 34 honorary doctorate degrees. Chao is a member of the Board of Directors of Dole Food Company Inc., and a board member of several non-profit organizations, including the National World War II Museum.

 

Prior to her latest government service, she had served on a number of corporate boards, including the National Association of Security Dealers; Raymond James Financial; Northwest Airlines; and HCA Hospital Corporation of America.

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