2015 Diversity in Business Award goes to China Insight contributor Chang Wang

By Elaine Dunn

Chang Wang, attorney and chief research and academic officer of Thomson Reuters and a regular contributor to China Insight, is one of the honorees to receive 2015 Diversity in Business Award from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.  The award recognizes some of the Twin Cities’ leading business leaders, owners and executives from ethnic minority community and the GLBT community.  The winners are those who play strong leadership roles inside and outside their jobs and serve in industry associations or community organizations.  China Insight interviews Wang as he reflects on important persons and events in his life and career. 

 

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Major General William S. Chen, highest-ranking Chinese-American to serve in the U.S. Army

By Greg Hugh

Major General William S. Chen (retired) recently presented an autobiographical account of his life, incorporating some parallels with those of his father.  The presentation was co-sponsored by Peking University and Tsinghua Alumni Associations.  The presentation was delivered in English and was held on the campus of the University of Minnesota.  The meeting room was filled to capacity and included a multigenerational and ethnically mixed audience. 

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Lu Weiming launches his recent book “The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation”

Lu Weiming launches his recent book “The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation” 

by Greg Hugh

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, with support from the City of St. Paul and Lowertown Landing, hosted a reception on December 10 to launch Lu Weiming’s latest book, “The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: Building a Livable Creative Village” at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.

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Tradition of quality food and service continues at David Fong’s Restaurant with Eddie Fong

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.

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Jane Wilson, Honorary Chinese Minnesotan of Note

Lucia Jane Wilson passed away on May 23 and the Twin Cities Chinese community lost its dear “Aunt Jane.” Jane Wilson became involved with the Chinese community when she volunteered to be a Chinese Sunday School teacher at Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1946. Wilson taught and befriended many Chinese war brides in her time at Westminster. She nurtured these friendships for over 40 years after the Sunday School closed. Because of the support, care and compassion Aunt Jane showed the Chinese community for over 60 years, she was named an honorary Chinese Minnesotan of Note in 2010 by the Chinese Heritage Foundation and the story of her involvement in the Twin Cities Chinese community was featured in the September 2010 issue of China Insight. The article is reprinted here along with her obituary.

By the Advisory Committee of the Chinese Heritage Foundation, with Sherri Gebert-Fuller of the Minnesota Historical Society

For many years following World War II, Jane Wilson was the superintendent of the Chinese Sunday School at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis.

Westminster had a long history of involvement with Chinese immigrants in the Twin Cities. Dating back to 1882 when the first Chinese men started arriving in Minnesota, the men of the Westminster congregation had responded promptly to their needs: help in language and business skills. During the 1920s as a few Chinese women began to arrive, the women at Westminster got involved and organized a Chinese Sunday School for them and their children. The School met on Sunday afternoons after the morning church service. In addition to regular Sunday School teachings, the teachers taught English and other social skills. Soon it became a tradition for subsequent Chinese immigrants to send their families to the Westminster Chinese Sunday School.

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