January 3, 2021
By Greg Hugh.
It has been a long and uncertain journey, but Chinese American veterans who served their country in World War II were finally awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Dec. 9, 2020.
Efforts to enact the Congressional Gold Medal Act for these Chinese American veterans first began in December 2016. An exploratory committee led by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) set out to secure the support of members of Congress. The bill, first introduced to the Senate and the House of Representatives in May 2017, was ultimately passed on and signed by President Donald Trump Dec. 20, 2018.
NY Chinatown images
December 31, 2020
by China Insight.
While air travel is still risky health-wise and lockdowns are common, here is a chance for us to “travel” and see New York City’s Chinatown.
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and the Center for Jewish History (CJH) are co-hosting a new online exhibition, “An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown,” at
Beijing 2020 Olympics
December 31, 2020
by Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing opened with great fanfare. It was China’s debut on the world stage, an opportunity to showcase its history, culture and its athletes to a global audience. Fast forward to the 2022 Winter Olympics. Once again, Beijing will be the venue. However, circumstances are quite different.
2021 Chinese Holidays
December 31, 2020
Compiled by China Insight.
China’s 2021 holiday schedule will, per tradition, include two week-long holidays: Chinese New Year, aka Spring Festival, which will take place Feb. 11-17; and the National Day Holiday, Oct. 1-7.
Society Fat Size
December 31, 2020
compiled by China Insight.
On Nov. 11, a netizen posted an image of an apparel size chart seen at a Taiwanese chain store in China, saying, “I was shocked when I saw this size chart at a RT-Mart today. Am I completely rotten?” That image and post went viral and it enraged the online community, causing the company’s China Division to issue a public apology the following day.
November 2020
by Bill Zajicek, president, Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society.

There were two large volunteer projects at the garden this summer/fall. As a result, the rock garden was completely weeded and mulched; the donor stanchion received a new coat of paint, the Hmong Heritage Wall was painted, and as a gift from the Minnesota Peony Society, nine peonies were planted: three each of herbaceous “Krinkled White,” herbaceous “America Red” and tree peonies (Fuji-Zome-Goromo, Renkaku, Tai Hai)!!!
November 2020
By Elaine Dunn

The Hong Kong University (HKU) appointed two mainland Chinese scholars to its governing council, one of whom is alleged to have direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Book Review 202011
November 2020
By China Insight

You may notice the more-than-usual number of books included this issue. With Christmas giving around the corner and the snowy winter approaching, China Insight thought these titles may provide gift ideas or just material for a “good read” in front of the fireplace.
November 2020
– Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Steve Grove announced the #GoodJobsNow campaign with Rick Trontvet from Marvin Windows in Warroad and Traci Tapani from Wyoming Machine in Stacy.
October 2020
Like other com- munities, our Chinese American commu- nity has been hit hard physically, mentally and economically.
Fall Colors
October 2020
In this year of coronavirus, we can find joy in the beauty of nature and celebrate festival traditions with tastes of mooncake on the trail.
Publisher Pronouncement
October 2020
With the 2020 U.S national election approximately a month away, will Asian American voters make a difference in the U.S. political fabric?
October 2020
The resolution “calls on all public of- ficials to condemn and denounce anti-Asian sentiment, racism, discrimination, and re- ligious intolerance related to COVID-19”
Canton Fair
October 2020
The 10-day virtual 128th session will go online from Oct. 15-24.
HK Press
September 2020
On June 30, 2020, the Beijing government stepped in on Hong Kong’s governance and enacted the Hong Kong National Security Law
Lauren Food Blog
September 2020
March 16, 2020, a Monday, is a day I will never forget; it’s the day all my jobs essentially vanished. At the time, I was living in New York City, auditioning and performing.
Chang Wang - CAAPM
September 2020
Chang Wang, a regular China Insight contributor, to the Board of Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) to represent the Chinese Minnesotans at the Council and the State government.
China Garden
Septemebr 2020
These gardens are all more expensive than anticipated.


With hearts stricken by the devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province in the immediate days preceding this event, the Chinese community also made use of this occasion to illuminate the geography of that region. CHF provided a handout that listed charitable organizations that have set up special relief funds for this tragedy. Heading the list was the CAAM China Earthquake School Reconstruction Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation.*


Responding to enticing advance notices designed by volunteer graphic designer Will Ahern, families arrived at Southdale early and found the Center Court transformed into a section of the Great Wall in China, complete with a tower and colorful flags. Designed and executed by a team of enthusiastic volunteers headed by Hong Lin, Joy Shi and Charles Lee, this scenery provided a wonderful backdrop for the bustle of activities that began as soon as the event opened.


Heralded by an eruption of mock firecrackers (popping balloons) and a dragon dance that circled the mall on two floors, the event took off in a whirlwind of activities. Eye-catching activities such as paper folding, making red lanterns, opera masks and harmonicas, or using chopsticks soon had many children thoroughly engrossed. Games in Chinese trivia, puzzles or riddles, moved the energy level into high gear. The "passports" of these children were soon filled with stamps that were given at the completion of each activity. After securing a requisite age-appropriate number of stamps, these children rushed to the CHF table to claim their individual prize: a hong bao containing an "ancient" Chinese coin on a string necklace. Soon there were scores of these necklaces sparkling everywhere.


For the adult attendees there were CIAC Travel to answer questions regarding travel to China, and TeaSource to provide samples of premiere teas. Name translation and advice of fortune dispensed by Carnac the Wise added a dollop of humor to the festive occasion.


And no Chinese event would be complete without the showcasing of regional cuisine: Black Bamboo Restaurant and Tea House Restaurant were there to satisfy every palette with their authentic specialties.


Throughout the day there were continuous cultural performances under the tower of the Great Wall: singing, storytelling, dances, and fashion shows kept a diverse audience enchanted. Away from the tower and playing on the ancient Chinese musical instrument, guzheng, were Lisa Veronneau and Jarrelle Barton, two engaging performers who attracted a steady stream of listeners with their artistry and easygoing banter.


Permanently etched in the mind of the visitor is the scene of the dragon, danced by a group of students from Breck School, being chased by a stream of excited and giggling children.


These performances, together with the numerous interactive games and authentic cuisines, succeeded in transporting visitors on A Passage to China within the familiar surroundings of a shopping mall. Promoting cross-cultural understanding and harmony is a primary focus of both the Chinese Heritage Foundation and China Insight. With the overwhelming support of so many volunteers and organizations, a significant step in that direction has been taken.


A complete list of participating organizations, volunteers and performance schedule can be viewed at the CHF Web site:


*Chinese Heritage Foundation is a fund of the Minneapolis Foundation

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