Pronouncements(March 2021)
March 1 2021
by Gregory J. Hugh, Publisher – CEO, China Insight, Inc.
With a handful of snowstorms travelling through the country over the past few weeks, it may not feel like spring is coming anytime soon. But as we enter the month of March, the spring equinox isn't too far behind. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, spring equinox in 2021 falls on Sat., March 20, at 5:37 a.m. This will mark the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC)
March 1 2021 According to the Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC) Preamble: Asian Americans shall either win equal citizenship UNITED or suffer discrimination separately. To aspire to live as equals in a free market system like the U.S.A. where we represent one of the smallest minorities, we must UNITE to acquire sufficient strength to fight off discrimination
committee100Study_202103
March 1 2021
[NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2021]
– Committee of 100 (C100), the nonprofit leadership organization of Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, healthcare, and the arts announced a landmark study on the historic contributions of Chinese Americans to the fabric of American society.
2 Physicists 202103
March 1 2021
by Elaine Dunn.
March 8 is International Women’s Day. Since 1911, women the world over have been honored for their achievements, be it in the cultural, economic, educational, historical, political or social fields on this day. March 8 is also a day for women from all backgrounds to come together to break down barriers for gender parity and women’s rights.
Bergad
family 202103
March 1 2021
This article by Sarah Lemagie, reprinted with permission from the Minneapolis Foundation, first appeared in the foundation’s website on Dec.7, 2020.
When the pandemic struck Minnesota this spring, Pearl Bergad reached out to her two sons and their wives: We’ve built up a pretty substantial reserve in our Donor Advised Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation, she pointed out. Let’s do something with it now.
Book Review 202103
March 1 2021
Reviewed by J.D. Mabbot, contributor
Niklas Hageback’s “The Downfall of China or CCP 3.0?” is an insightful look at inside the policies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that will decide whether it will face an impending downfall, or yet again can manage to transform itself radically and weather the storm.
CNY Photos 202103
March 1 2021
by China Insight
View the wonderful photos from local Chinese New Year Celebrations.
Publisher’s Pronouncements (Feb 2021)
January 30 2021
by Gregory J. Hugh, Publisher – CEO, China Insight, Inc.
Now that Joseph R. Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, the country needs to unite again after experiencing a tumultuous period under the previous administration leading to a tragic demonstration at the nation’s capital on Jan. 6.
Garden fundraising
30 January 2021
By William Zajicek, contributor.
The St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden, located in Phalen Park, Saint Paul, is seeking additional funds ($160,000) to complete Phase I of the garden construction and begin Phase II.
CNY do’s and don’ts
30 January 2021
By Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
Feb. 12 will be start of the Year of the Ox, which, according to Chinese tradition, is a symbol for wealth. So … here are a few tips on how to ring the year in the Chinese way.
App deadline for CGM
30 January 2021
by Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project enters its fifth year with great anticipation for the award ceremony of the Congressional Gold Medal to more than 3,000 veterans who have applied for, and confirmed for this honor.
local national speedskating champion
30 January 2021
by Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
Whether the 2022 Winter Olympics will take place as planned in Beijing or not (China Insight, January 2021) is anyone’s guess at this point, but to the many hopeful participants, their training and laser-sharp focus are on getting to one of the three medal-winning podiums in their event in whatever city it may take place.
CGM
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 https://exhibits.cjh.org/bocian.
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.
Garden202011
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)!!!
HKU
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.
Enjoy!
GoodJob_Deed
November 2020
[ST. PAUL]
– 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.
The average American might be surprised to learn that people in China feel fairly free to express their political opinions and, what’s more, many are not satisfied with specific civil and political rights. But these are among the surprising conclusions a University of Vermont political scientist has drawn from a research project he recently presented at three Asian universities.

“Basically in China people are free to say their opinions,” said assistant professor Matthew Carlson, “as long as you don’t organize. If you organize you’re likely to get in trouble.”

Carlson’s research is based on in-depth personal surveys conducted by Tokyo’s Chuo University from 2005 to 2007 in 29 Asian countries, ranging from the most democratic to the worst authoritarian regimes in the region, comparing responses with democracy scores released by Freedom House, an independent, nonpartisan organization in New York. In China, 2000 people were interviewed.

"If you compare Chinese responses against those of other Asian societies, there is a considerable degree of criticalness expressed about political and civil rights," said Carlson.

Carlson’s work delves into the complexities of how populaces perceive these conditions in their country. Respondents were asked questions ranging from satisfaction with the electoral process to their evaluations of corruption in the political system. He argues that while much attention is focused on expert opinion, perception of human rights by everyday people is unknown.

"Most of the studies," Carlson said, "focus on established democracies. We know much less about what people think about human rights in democratizing or authoritarian countries."

To the extent that conclusive patterns emerged, Carlson found that in the most democratic countries, such as Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, citizens were more likely to be critical of their governments while those living under the most oppressive regimes, Cambodia, Turkmenistan, people were the most positive.

In China the results were mixed, sometimes puzzling. In general, citizen levels of satisfaction were much higher than the ratings given to China’s government by Freedom House, although not so high that they suggest a fear to speak candidly. And yet 30 percent of respondents expressed satisfaction in the electoral process, a number which appears quite high given the lack of direct elections at the national level in China. "If citizens don’t have accurate information about actual political conditions, it is difficult to offer a meaningful or even critical opinion," Carlson said.

Carlson, who presented his findings this summer in Beijing, Taipei, and Seoul as a recipient of the East Asia Institute’s Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, argues that the limited access to information in China, rather than fear of reprisal, is one explanation for the apparent disconnect between public and outside expert opinion.

“Anything that challenges the notion of building this great, strong China,” Carlson said,” the elites are fearful about. The media and internet are highly controlled.”

As for the 2008 Summer Olympics China [hosted], Carlson says that we have to view China’s human rights situation in both the short term and the long term. In the short term he sees questionable evidence that hosting the Olympics has improved conditions.

"Anything that could tarnish the image of the Olympics," Carlson said, "political authorities have swept under the rug. They’re using the glory and prestige of the Olympics to show Chinese citizens and the world that China is strong and to further legitimize their continued rule over the country.

"In the long term, Carlson said, political science is not always accurate when it comes to making predictions. But, he admits, "They’ve unleashed this event. The question is, how much longer can the communist party keep accurate information about domestic political conditions and the outside world from getting in?" Source: Newswise 

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