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.
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
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.
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)!!!
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.
November 2020
– 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.
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?
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.

Minnesota exports, including agricultural, mining and manufactured products, grew almost 12 percent to US$5.3 billion in the second quarter of 2011 – a record quarterly high. The national export growth rate was 18 percent. Vermont was the only state with decreased exports during this period.

Minnesota exports, including agricultural, mining and manufactured products, grew almost 12 percent to US$5.3 billion in the second quarter of 2011 – a record quarterly high. The national export growth rate was 18 percent. Vermont was the only state with decreased exports during this period.

For the manufacturing sector alone, Minnesota manufactured exports were up 10 percent to US$4.7 billion in the second quarter of 2011, while U.S. manufactured exports increased 15 percent.

Note: Reports based on 2011 data cover export data based on the Harmonized System, which include manufactured and non-manufactured exports such as agriculture and mining but not services.

Consistent Strong Demand in Asia and North America Drives Growth

· The state's strongest-performing regions were Asia and North America, where state export growth rates exceeded national growth rates. Minnesota exports to North America increased 19 percent (or up US$298 million) to US$1.9 billion, with strong gains to both Canada and Mexico. The state's exports to Asia jumped 18 percent to US$1.8 billion (or up US$272 million), led by Japan, China and the Philippines.

·  Minnesota sales increased 10 percent to US$217 million to Central and South America – led by expanded opportunities in Brazil (up 17 percent to US$76 million, ranked 18th) – and by 6 percent to US$141 million to the Australia-Pacific region – led by Australia (up 6 percent to US$126 million, ranked 12th). State exports also grew well to the Middle East (up 8 percent to US$86 million).

·  Minnesota exports declined by 4 percent to US$1.1 billion to the European Union. Export trends to the EU were dampened by export declines to the Netherlands, France, Ireland and Germany, despite strong performances by Belgium and Italy. State exports also fell by 4 percent to other countries in Europe to US$91 million.

Cereals, Electrical Machinery and Mineral Fuel Lead Growing Product Groups

·  Exports of electrical machinery products increased 22 percent to US$698 million between the second quarters of 2010 and 2011. The main growing product segments were industrial furnaces (fueled especially by a US$30 million increase in sales to China), integrated circuits (driven by a US$26 million gain in exports to the dominant market, the Philippines) and telecommunications equipment (where growth was widespread and included Italy, Japan and Germany).

·  Exports of cereals (mainly corn) jumped 296 percent to US$197 million. Japan was the primary market for the state's cereals, accounting for 57 percent of these sales. Booming exports of corn to Japan jumped from less than US$18 million to US$112 million over the past year. The next largest markets also showed strong growth: Mexico (up 1,520 percent to US$28 million) and South Korea (up 151 percent to US$26 million).

·  The strongest-growing segments of vehicle products were passenger vehicles (including snowmobiles) (up 60 percent to US$138 million, with the strongest gains in Canada and Italy), tractors (up 90 percent to US$37 million, with the strongest gains in Canada), vehicle parts (up 53 percent to US$40 million, where the leading growth markets were Canada, Mexico and South Korea) and public transportation vehicles (up 90 percent to US$20 million, virtually all sold to Canada).

·  Medical exports (proxy of HS 9018 to HS 9033) dropped by less than 1 percent, indicating a relatively encouraging sign, given the quarterly slide in medical exports since the first quarter of 2009. While medical exports declined to the Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore and Ireland, they grew strongly in rising medical markets such as China (up 15 percent to US$76 million), Canada (up 25 percent to US$58 million) and South Korea (up 62 percent to US$27 million). Although declines in sales of orthopedic and artificial body parts persisted (down 25 percent to US$132 million), sales of medical measuring instruments were up 36 percent to US$82 million.

·  Mineral fuels and oil exports jumped 237 percent to US$166 million, primarily to Canada, which accounted for 99 percent of these sales.

·  Exports of ores, slag and ash (mainly consisting of iron ores) dropped 44 percent to US$128 million. This decline resulted from drops in demand in France, Germany and Belgium, which had uncharacteristically large purchases in the second quarter of 2010 but no purchases in the second quarter of 2011. Minnesota's usual primary market for these goods, Canada, had a modest drop of 6 percent to US$113 million.

Minnesota Quarterly Export Statistics is the most current resource available for tracking the state's manufactured export trends and is prepared for the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) by the Department of Employment and Economic Development's (DEED) Analysis and Evaluation Office (Thu-Mai Ho-Kim, 651-259-7180).  Starting with the first quarter 2011, the quarterly and annual statistics reports will primarily cover export data based on the Harmonized Tariff System (Schedule B), collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) and distributed by the Global Trade Information Services, rather than data based on the North American Industry Classification System industries (NAICS), collected by the USDOC and distributed by the World Institute of Social and Economic Research.  Thus, current and future reports may not be comparable to past reports; all reports are available on the DEED website on the Export Statistics page ( 

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