By Greg Hugh
A reception was recently held in the atrium of the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis to open a new exhibit, “Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America,” presented by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
The exhibition consists of 24 banners that show in pictures and text the legal history of Asian Pacific peoples in the United States through three pivotal events: the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.
By Elaine Dunn
“The earliest spacecrafts made by human is China’s kites and rockets.” Words on a Chinese kite in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Ah, June, finally! Summer’s in sight. Time to get out with the kids and enjoy the fresh air and summer breeze … and with kites!
Much has been uttered about kites: from the off-handed brush-off, “Go fly a kite!” to Churchill’s insightful “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” to the inspirational “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” from author Anais Nin. Whatever has been said about kites, one thing is for sure – kites are fun!
By Elaine Dunn
To those of us who were around in 1989, the words “June Fourth” or “Tiananmen Square” conjure up the horrific images of students bloodied and killed by their own government during the night; bodies piled high and shoved with disregard into a corner of a hospital. It also brought up the image of a lone man holding a shopping bag in each hand, blocking the advancement of a row of tanks in bright daylight the following day.
Yet, 26 years after the Tiananmen Square Massacre, there is a whole generation born after that date who may know nothing about this historic moment in the Chinese struggle for democracy. If you search the Internet in China or in any Chinese media site, you will find “no match” come up repeatedly. To this day, the Chinese government does not acknowledge the carnage that took place the evening of June 3 through early June 4, 1989.
SAN FRANCISCO — This June, visitors to the Asian Art Museum will get a snapshot of some of China’s most exciting artists from the country’s booming contemporary art scene. The museum’s special summer exhibition “28 Chinese” offers glimpses of contemporary Chinese art through a group of 28 artists, ranging from those in the spotlight like Liu Wei, He Xiangyu, Huang Yong Ping and Xu Zhen to the internationally acclaimed Zhang Huan and Ai Weiwei. These artists have made a significant impact on the art world and expanded definitions of contemporary art in China. On view June 5 through Aug. 16 at the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition features 48 artworks, revealing powerful responses to China today, as well as perspectives and attitudes towards tradition.
By Elaine Dunn
The Tweed Museum of Art (TMA) at the University of Minnesota Duluth will feature the art of internationally celebrated watercolorist Cheng-Khee Chee from May 12 through Sept. 20, 2015. Forty watercolors painted by Chee from 1974 - 2014, including “Duluth Depot” of 1974, the first painting Chee exhibited with the American Watercolor Society, as well as the monumental “100 Koi” completed in late 2014, will be on display.
Edited by Song Miou, Xinhua News
The Supreme People's Court (SPC) on April 15 streamlined procedure on accepting and hearing cases, another step toward an authoritative judicial system in China.
The rules, to take effect on May 1, state that any interference in court procedure will be severely punished.
To address difficulties for the public in filing cases, current accreditation by courts will be replaced by a case registration system. Authorities are determined to put an end to obstructive behavior by courts and officials meddling in cases.
By Pang Zhongying. China US Focus, April 1
It is quite unexpected that so many developed Western nations have joined other Asian nations in an enthusiastic response to China’s Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, an initiative that calls for the establishment of a multilateral financial institution to assist in infrastructure construction across Asia. The China-threat-theory-addicted Western media once again became excited, alleging that the development “signals the end of the American century and the inception of an Asian century” and that “China is enjoying its own Bretton Woods time.”
[NEW YORK] The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 7 through Aug. 16. Presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries, resulting in highly creative distortions of cultural realities and mythologies. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery. This exhibit coincides with the Museum’s year-long centennial celebration of the Asian Art Department, which was created as a separate curatorial department in 1915.