By Elaine Dunn
This Lunar New Year had many people, linguists included, puzzled. And the media had a field day with clever headlines such as “The big ‘yang’ theory,” “Sod off sheep! It’s the Year of the Goat” “Whatever floats your goat,” “Sheep, goat or ram debate shepherds response,” etc.
By Liu Xiaohe, TCCDC
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center (TCCDC) presented “Dance of Joy V” on Feb. 7 & 8 at The O’Shaughnessy, Saint Paul.
By Greg Hugh
Over the years, David Fong’s Restaurant has been featured in numerous articles in China Insight, chronicling the many awards and recognitions it continuously receives. Its iconic status in the Twin Cities community, especially in Bloomington where it is located. There also has been much coverage given to owners David and Helen Fong. When they retired approximately 20 years ago, it was turned over to #1 son, Eddie Fong. China Insight checked in with Eddie to see how the transition has gone.
By Pat Welsh, contributor
While the Taiping Rebellion was gaining ground, the Qing Dynasty also had to contend with another foreign incursion from France and England. Russia and the United States also were involved, but only in diplomatic efforts.
By Greg Hugh
Today, few would guess that Shanghai once played host to a bustling community of 18,000 – 20,000 Jews -- the focus of the exhibit “Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1932-1941).” For Jews desperate to flee the Nazi regime but barred from entry almost everywhere, Shanghai was the “Last Place on Earth” and a rescuing Noah’s Ark.
By Chang Wang and Joe Pearman, contributors
Editor’s note: Most business articles written these days that focus on China concentrate on doing business in China; they discuss the country’s regulatory scheme, operational protocols, or business etiquette. This conversation instead focuses on doing business with China and the Chinese people, describing some of the ins and outs of interacting with Chinese individuals or firms in the contexts of cross-border communications and negotiations. Through this conversation, the authors hope to help the business community become aware of the miscommunication that stems from the “parallel universes” the American and the Chinese inhabit, to expose the hidden rationales underscoring the official narratives of Chinese history, and to reveal cultural and linguistic misunderstandings that frequently occur during the process of finding “common ground.”
For the purpose of this conversation, “China” and “Chinese” are narrowly used: “China” refers to mainland China, not including Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan; and “Chinese” refers to the Han ethnic people who live in mainland China.
Chang Wang, a native of China, is the chief research and academic officer at Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Joe Pearman, a native Minnesotan, is an undergraduate student majoring in business at the University of Minnesota.
In case you haven’t heard, The Chinese Heritage Foundation has commissioned San Francisco Opera for a production of “Dream of the Red Chamber,” featuring music by world-renowned Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng and an English-language libretto by the composer and Tony Award-winning Chinese-American playwright David Henry Hwang (China Insight, February 2014). The commissioned opera is planned for a fall 2016 premiere.