by Greg Hugh | Publisher China Insight
Entered the Year of the Rabbit. New starts. New hopes. New dreams.
It was not a good start for the Year of the Rabbit -- a start none of us would have dreamt of nor wished for: two mass shootings in California affecting the Chinese communities, perpetrated by Chinese. If there could be a silver lining to such tragedies, it is the coming together of others in the communities to lend support. One such example is the Asian Hall of Fame Trauma Advocacy Initiative (p. 1) (Page numbers refer to the pdf version of China Insight)
This issue (pdf verison) also recaps some of the local community activities celebrating the Lunar New Year. Note there are some additional events and celebrations taking place this month as well that are mentioned within this issue. An aside, New York City was ranked best city for celebrating the festival. It has nine Chinatown neighborhoods, the largest Chinese and Chinese American populations of the 200 biggest U.S. cities ranked, with the largest Chinese and Asian Meetup groups. San Francisco came in second, followed by Los Angeles. The Twin Cities, sad to say, did not rank. However, to be positive, it did not land in the “Worst Cities” list either! Let’s see if we can put Twin Cities on the “Best Cities” list next year!
Author: Toshi Yoshihara
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: January 2023
Softcover: 173 pages
Toshi Yoshihara is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. He was previously the John A.van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the US Naval War College and coauthored “Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to US Maritime Strategy.”
Yoshihara holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.
In 2016, he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in recognition of his scholarship on maritime and strategic affairs at the Naval War College.
Reviewed by Francis P. Sampa | Asian Review of Books | Jan. 3, 2023
China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) did not just appear out of nowhere with China’s rise to military superpower status in the 21st century, though there has been very little written in English about its origins. Until now: Toshi Yoshihara, traces the PLAN’s beginnings to the Chinese Civil War and the early years of Mao Zedong’s rule in his new book “Mao’s Army Goes to Sea.”
Considered one of America’s foremost experts on the modern Chinese navy, Yoshihara’s boo “ Dragon Against the Sun: Chinese Views of Japanese Seapower” won the 2021 Kokkiken Japan Study Award. His”Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to US Maritime Strategy” (co-authored with Naval War College professor James Holmes) is in its second edition (2018) and has been translated into several languages. Before that, Yoshihara (again with Holmes) wrote “Chinese Naval Strategy in the 21st Century: The Turn to Mahan”(2008). He believes that to understand China’s approach to seapower “requires an acquaintance with its maritime past.” And he draws on Chinese-language sources to provide insights about that past, including PLA histories and writings, and Republic of China (ROC) sources.
By Elaine Dunn | January 2023
In July 2018, Canada imposed a 10% tariff on one of the most iconic of U.S. exports -- ketchup. (In 2016, the U.S. exported 66% of its ketchup production, worth $228 million, to Canada.)
What could be more American than burger, fries and ketchup?
The ubiquitous red condiment that Americans slather on top of hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, pork chops, ribs and fries was invented by Henry Heinz, right? Not quite! Despite being found in 97% of U.S homes, ketchup has a storied past shaped by centuries of trade, with origins in Asia, most probably China. Surprise No. 1!
Furthermore, the precursor to our current ketchup consisted of no tomatoes! Surprise No. 2! Instead, the earliest Chinese concoction that dates back to approximately 500 years ago was a fish-based sauce made with fish entrails, meat byproducts and soybeans. Losing your appetite for ketchup? Hang on, don’t fret … the original (Chinese) version of ketchup bears little resemblance in appearance and ingredients to the current thick red sauce as we now know it!
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