Although the Chinese American community has always strived to be good citizens, history has shown that they have not been treated fairly and need to let their Congressional leaders know that their service to our country needs to be recognized. Like many minorities, Chinese Americans overcame discrimination to serve their country bravely and honorably and we need to encourage the Congress to act favorably on this proposal to commemorate the service of these Chinese American veterans.
[NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2017] — The Committee of 100 (C100), an organization of leading Chinese Americans, urges the 115th United States Congress to pass the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R. 2358/S.1050), and award the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the Chinese American Veterans of World War II in recognition of their dedicated service during the war.
Introduced in the House and Senate on May 4, 2017, the Chinese American WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act has received bipartisan sponsorship (Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) were the original lead co-sponsors in the House (H.R.2358), and Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Thad Cochran (R-MS) were the lead co-sponsors in the Senate (S.1050)), and is awaiting additional Congressional sponsors.
C100 commends Representatives Royce and Lieu, and Senators Duckworth and Cochran, along with other Members of Congress who have subsequently signed on as co-sponsors, for their leadership in recognizing the military contributions of Chinese American servicemen and women who volunteered or were drafted at a time when the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was still in effect. Despite ongoing anti-Chinese sentiment at that time, more than 13,000 Chinese Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II and sacrificed for their country in the face of discrimination and injustice.
During this time, Chinese Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces in all theaters of war, including at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Guadalcanal, and Solomon Islands in the Pacific Theater, and on all fronts of the European and African Theaters. The 14th Air Service Group, an all-Chinese American unit assigned to the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers) under the command of General Claire Chennault in the China-Burma-India Theater helped provide transportation, supplies and and communications support at a critical time during the war. Chinese American women also demonstrated skills, loyalty and patriotism in the Women’s Army Corps, the Army Air Force, and the U.S. Naval Reserve Women’s Reserve. Altogether, Chinese Americans were crucial to the success of the war effort.
By Joy Guo, Contributor
On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the Twin City Civic Chinese American Forum had held its sixteenth public event, a talk and discussion about civic leadership, cohosted by UCA, Beijing University Twin City Alumni and sponsored by the CLF Foundation.
The Forum was set to discuss how to inspire Chinese and Asian Americans to participate in civic endeavors and public service. Forum attendees strongly agreed that Chinese Americans should be more inclusive, bipartisan, compassionate and respectful with each other in public and civic life; Community leaders should inspire Chinese Americans with different socio-economic backgrounds to engage in all kinds of civic activities. These approaches are ultimately the only ways leading our community forward.
More than a hundred Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans (Vietnamese and Hmong people) came to attend the event and discussed.
The forum was organized by the Peking University Alumni Association (PKUAA-MN), co-hosted by the Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM), Minnesota Chinse Physicians Association, Asian American Center for Excellence, Minnesota Chinese Coalition, the Tsinghua University Alumni Association, and Chinese for Social Justice. This is the second of the four UCA (United Chinese Americans) civic leadership forums, sponsored by the CLF Foundation for the fall season of 2017. The first UCA CLF was successfully held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 30, 2017, just one week before.
Nine speakers from the grassroots, city, county, state and federal level government were invited to give a talk. They are federal judge of Minnesota, state senators, legal scholars, former Chinese city council member, former candidate for state representative, and leaders of local community organizations. During the discussion, they explained how the judicial and legislative branches of government of Minnesota work; they shared their experience of public service, and discussed the topics that Chinese and Asian American communities are most interested in and concerned about.
Supported by Chinese American Association of Minnesota and its President Mr. Yan Bingwen, this forum is part of a series of mid-autumn festival celebration in Twin City, MN. President of the Alumni Association of Peking University Jennifer Huang gave the opening remarks, while former president of the Alumni Association of Peking University Joy Guo and Gloria Liao, co-hosted the forum.Add a comment
By Judy Hohmann, contributor
The first-ever Chinese Garden in Minnesota opened officially to great international fanfare and a watery welcome on Sept. 18, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen.
Amidst mild rain showers, the “Garden of Harmonious Beauty” showcased a blend of Chinese cultural elements of architecture, rocks, water and plants — integrating artistry with nature. The new Chinese Garden celebrated the completion of Phase 2 design and construction with global partners, donors and supporters from the Arboretum and Chinese-American community. Guests previewed a customized pond and garden path, gated viewing platform, moon gate entry, peony pavilion, peony and plants garden, and trio of Qinling Mountain rocks from Shaanxi Provincial Government in central China.
Dignitaries included University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, who spoke of the long-standing sister state relationship between Shannxi Province and the State of Minnesota. In fact, Kaler stated the 103-year relationship of China and the University of Minnesota — with the Pan brothers and friend from Shanghai, who made their way in 1914, from the land of terra cotta soldiers to the land of 10,000 lakes — to study engineering and mining technology at the U. Currently, there are more than 5,000 alumni living in China, and, over the years, more than 8,000 students from China have earned University of Minnesota degrees. Right now, nearly 3,000 Chinese students are on campus.
Shi Chengjun, deputy director general of the Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government spoke on behalf of the Shaanxi Friendship Delegation; and Liu Jun, Deputy Consul General of the Chinese Consulate in Chicago, Ill., also shared remarks about the continuing garden partnership with the Arboretum garden and University.
From the Chinese-American community, Hoyt Hsiao provided a donor’s perspective on behalf of his family’s lead donor role for the Chinese garden path, named for his parents, Fred and Jennie Hsiao. Kaimay Yuen Terry, who with her husband Dr Joseph Terry, funded the moon gate, recognized the Chinese American Association of Minnesota and the many community supporters of the Chinese Garden. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation President Todd Wagner then invited the event guests to join in a toast and ribbon cutting, and to explore the new garden.
Closing the program was a performance by the Shaanxi Provincial Folk Orchestra playing traditional Chinese musical instruments. A “family photo” of the extremely talented musicians, dignitaries and community supporters was taken at the conclusion, representing the community brought together by the new Chinese Garden. The Chinese Garden opened to all Arboretum members and visitors in late September.
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By Pat Welsh, contributor
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed everything for the foreign interests in China. Foreign concessions in Shanghai ended as Japanese troops arrested and interned all foreigners in China’s cities living under their occupation. They were no longer neutrals; they became enemy aliens.
In February 1942, Japan invaded Burma (now known as Myanmar). At first, Japan had no intention of taking Burma, except Burma seemed to be an easy acquisition as the country was only lightly defended by the British. Then too, seizing Burma would cut off a supply route to China as well as be a real threat against India.
In Washington D.C.. Lieutenant General Joseph W. Stilwell received orders that would, over four years, initiate a very different Chinese relationship with America. Stilwell was to command some Chinese troops operating in Burma. In any case, both General George Marshall in Washington and Chiang both viewed Stilwell operating as Chiang’s junior partner. Under Chiang and his uneasy relationship with Stilwell, Chiang had both the United States and the British Empire as allies against Japan.
Xinhua, Sept. 13, 2017
[BOZEMAN, United States] - "We're very excited that China removed a ban on US beef imports," said Fred Wacker, a third-generation rancher of Miles City in the northwestern US state of Montana, where there're about three heads of cattle for every person.
Two months ago, as part of the 100-day action plan to boost economic cooperation between the United States and China, the two countries reached a deal to reopen Chinese markets for US beef.
China banned US beef imports in 2003 amid concerns over mad cow disease. After the lifting of the ban, ranchers in Montana like Wacker are eager to tap the huge potential of Chinese markets, which have around 300 million middle class consumers.
However, Montana currently doesn't have a large processing plant to handle beef exports to China. Most US meat producers that have been approved to export beef to China are located in the Midwestern states of Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.