Shaw-Lundquist celebrates 40th anniversary

Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc. celebrates 40th anniversary

By Greg Hugh

Founded in 1974, Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc. is a second-generation family-owned general contractor. Today, it is one of the largest Asian American contractors in the United States, with offices in Hudson, Wis. and Las Vegas, Nev.

Shaw-Lundquist has always been a family-oriented organization, so it was a natural transition

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Chinese Heritage Foundation holds 8th Annual Open House

By Shilyn Chang, Staff Writer

The Chinese Heritage Foundation (CHF) held its eighth annual open house last month.
Its abundant guest list and numerous honorees reflected just how much the foundation
and its members have flourished and contributed to the Chinese community in Minnesota
since its start in 2004. The gathering was a tribute to CHF’s dedication to encouraging the
growth of Chinese education and culture. Several speakers from institutions around the
metro area highlighted the contributions of the foundation, and how those contributions
had facilitated various Chinese events in the Twin Cities.


Chinese Heritage Foundation Open House 2012



Fall is in the air and it is time for our open house again.  We send
all of you a special invitation to join us as we celebrate our 8th
year of meaningful achievements and success.  We
sincerely hope you will come and help us celebrate.

Attached is our invitation with more information.  Please feel free to
bring family and friends, and let us know you are coming!

Summaries of Selected Summer Activities - 2012

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

As summer draws to a close and many families may be hitting the road for one last outing or preparing to send their children back to school, the staff of China Insight is also resuming publication after taking a month off to reenergize themselves.  Following are highlights from a few summer events that took place during our summer hiatus. 

Dragon Festival Boat RacesDragon Festival

The annual 2-day event at Lake Phalen was enjoyed by all despite the record heat that accompanied it.  Complete details and results of the Dragon boat races can be found at


Minneapolis-Harbin 20th Anniversary Celebration

Harbin Official and Mpls Mayor RybakA delegation from Harbin, China, lead by its mayor, Song Xibin, recently visited Minneapolis to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its sister city relationship with the City of Minneapolis.  Minneapolis has sister relationships with nine other international cities.  The delegation participated in Minneapolis’ 5th Annual Sister Cities Day Celebration & Ice Cream Social at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.  In addition to sightseeing and shopping at Mall of America, the delegation were guests of honor at a dinner hosted at the home of Mary Warphea, co-president of the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association-MN.

The 20th Anniversary Celebration was held at the Walker Art Center that was attended by local government officials along with members of the Chinese community during which greetings and gifts were exchanged along with an invitation from Mayor Song Xibin for all Minnesotans to visit Harbin.  The evening ended with the delegation from Harbin participating in the Acquatennial Torch Light parade.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebrations are strong at Best Buy Corporate Campus

By Ben Torell, AEN Member at Best Buy

May was Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and was celebrated at many places all over the country, but not many corporate communities encourage celebrations as big as the ones that are held at Best Buy Company’s Corporate Campus in Richfield, Minn.

Best Buy encourages and allows time for a steering committee to plan and fund many free events around the corporate campus throughout APA Heritage Month. The Asian Employee Network (AEN) is one of many employee groups that meet regularly to encourage diversity and participation in awareness events throughout the year. Over 4,800 employees and subcontractors call the campus their workplace and most of them pass through an area called “The Hub”. It is an attractive, centrally located area in the middle of four buildings and has Sandy's Place, a cafe with a 6,500-square-foot servery with nine different restaurant food stations and an 880-seat, 17,000-square-foot dining room.


China Insight to celebrate its 10th anniversary of publication

cifirsteditionBy Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

China Insight was conceived back in 2001 when 3 young, entrepreneurial co-workers from China decided that publishing a newspaper would be a good way to generate interest and leads for a consulting business which resulted in the printing of China Insight's first issue in February, 2002. Well, next month China Insight will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary.


Engaging the young while remembering the old at the Chinese Heritage Foundation open house


On a brilliant Sunday afternoon close to 100 people came to the Chinese Heritage Foundation's 7th annual open house at Gramercy Park to celebrate another eventful year in the Foundation's young history. Under the watchful eye of gourmand Yin Simpson a festive table of hors d'oeuvres (hot crab dip, tea leaf eggs, peanut puffs, almond cookies, pea pod chips and fresh fruit, etc.) greeted attendees upon their arrival. A warm hum of conviviality abounded as old, as well as newly found, friends sat next to each other and got caught up on community news.


Chinese Senior Citizens Society holds 26th Anniversary Banquet


Chinese Senior Citizen Society board members

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

The 26th Anniversary Banquet of the Chinese Senior Citizens Society (CSCS) was held recently at the Peking Garden Restaurant in St. Paul and was attended by a sellout crowd of over 240 people which caused some minor problems with registration and getting everyone seated.  Unfortunately poor acoustics also made it difficult for those in attendance to hear very much but eventually Sunthi Paul who attempted to serve as the MC for the evening eventually was able to get the gathering to settle down and the program under way.


A short history about Chinese American military veterans

By Philip Chin

The stories of the many Chinese Americans veterans who have served in the American military from the Civil War until the present has been completely forgotten or ignored.  This is even more deplorable as they serve as a counter to the accusations and negative stereotypes about the loyalty and courage of Chinese Americans that we have regularly been treated to in the popular media over the past decades.


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