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
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
By Albert Leung, Staff Writer
Taiwan’s fight for independence has been ongoing since the island was occupied by Japan prior to World War II. Its tumultuous political history and current political situation continues to be a misunderstood and widely unknown issue among those in the United States. By Albert Leung, Staff Writer
Taiwan’s fight for independence has been ongoing since the island was occupied by Japan prior to World War II. Its tumultuous political history and current political situation continues to be a misunderstood and widely unknown issue among those in the United States.
In the upcoming film Formosa Betrayed, the movie hopes to shed light and incite discussion on Taiwan’s political past and its struggle to be recognized as an independent and sovereign country. The film, directed by Adam Kane, is based on true events and depicts FBI agent James Kelly’s (James Van Der Beek) investigation into the murder of Chicago college professor and political activist Henry Chen. Kelly’s investigation leads him to the two suspected murderers who flee to Taiwan for refuge after realizing the FBI was on their trail. 
film - murderAgent Kelly is dispatched to Taiwan to continue the investigation. Upon arriving, he quickly finds himself clashing with the local U.S. State Department, Taiwanese government and investigators, and Chinese Mafia. As his search for the killers continue abroad, Kelly uncovers the brutal techniques once employed by the Republic of China government in Taiwan to quell dissent against the government and their desire to reunite the island with mainland China.
“One reason why I wanted to tell this story is because I feel like the Taiwan situation is poorly understood. Frankly not just in the U.S. but also in Taiwan and China,” said co-star, co-producer and story writer Will Tiao. “This is a part of history that we feel isn’t that well known so we wanted to portray it so people can feel and understand where these emotions are originating for the Taiwanese.”
Tiao handle multiple responsibilities for this film and was the main catalyst behind the making of the movie when he first began writing the story in 2005. Tiao also established the film production company Formosa Films and began filming Formosa Betrayed under his new company.
“This movie is an attempt to tell the story of my parents’ generation who are from Taiwan,” said Tiao. “They had friends who were persecuted and some were cases involved murders. I went out and researched this material through congressional materials, past press coverage and the number of books that were written about the subject, and then created the story version of this movie.”
Formosa Betrayed is a thrilling and engaging drama that will surely enthrall audiences in its active and unpredictable storyline. The film attempts to not take a political stance but it is easy to sympathize with those who are lobbying for Taiwan’s independence.
The former television star James Van Der Beek delivers a strong silver screen performance in this film and showcases his more mature acting abilities. Hopefully his recognizable face and past fame will help convince American movie-goers to see Formosa Betrayed and not make it seem like a foreign film with difficult subtitles.
Having shown in numerous film festivals this past year, Formosa Betrayed has already garnered a bevy of awards including Bestfb - hir res poster Feature Film and Best Actor at the 2009 San Diego Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.
The film will surely help bring more awareness to the topic to the public once it hits theaters on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Boston. Other cities across the United States and Canada will be announced later.
Understanding the Formosa Conflict
Editor’s Note:  While CHINAINSIGHT does not take a position on this topic, we feel it is important to understand the Taiwan (Formosa) situation so we are providing the following background information that was furnished to the media by the film’s producers.
•   What is Formosa?
Formosa is the Portuguese word for ‘island.’ In 1590, a Dutch navigator aboard a Portuguese ship spotted the island of Taiwan and declared it “Ilha Formosa”, meaning “beautiful island.” Formosa became Taiwan’s name for the next four centuries.
•   What was/is Taiwan’s relationship with China?
Taiwan and China do not have official relations, as China maintains that Taiwan is part of its territory.  However, the Chinese government has never actually ruled Taiwan.  China maintains hundreds of missiles pointed at the island of Taiwan as a threat against declaring its independence.  Economically, trade flows between Taiwan and China are over $100 billion. 
•   What was/is Taiwan’s relationship with the United States?
The United States does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation.  It maintains a “One-China” policy, which states that there is one China, which Taiwan is a part of.   However, under the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States is obligated to “help defend” Taiwan in case of attack from mainland China.
•   Does the Chinese government recognize the people of Taiwan as Chinese?
The Chinese government considers Taiwan as part of its territory, and thus considers all residents of Taiwan as Chinese.  Many on the island of Taiwan disagree with this, and call for a separate identity as Taiwanese.
•   Do Taiwanese consider themselves Chinese?
The issue of identity is complex in Taiwan.  Roughly people in Taiwan can be divided into two groups – those who came with the KMT and Chiang Kai-Shek (and their descendents) tend to call themselves Chinese.  Those whose ancestors have been in Taiwan for many generations tend to call themselves Taiwanese.
•   What is the One-China policy and what is Taiwan’s position regarding it?
The One-China policy states that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the sole legitimate government of mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.  All countries seeking diplomatic relations with the PRC must acknowledge this policy and refrain from maintaining official relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan.
There are two different camps in Taiwan regarding the issue.  Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) does not agree with the One-China principle and states that Taiwan and China are two separate countries. However the Kuomintang (KMT) is supportive of the One-China policy and moving Taiwan towards becoming an official part of the PRC.
•   Why is the Taiwan-China issue still relevant today?
Because the fight for Taiwan independence is ongoing and poses a complicated problem for the world’s nations seeking to create economic ties with both Taiwan and China’s booming economies.
•   What are the global implications of Taiwan declaring independence from China?
There are over 1500 missiles currently pointed from mainland China towards Taiwan, in case Taiwan declares independence.  In 1996, when Taiwan held its first democratic elections, China lobbed 2 missiles near the island to warn it from declaring independence.  President Clinton sent two U.S. battleships in the Taiwan Strait in the largest show of U.S. military force in Asia since the Vietnam War.
The threat of a military conflict over this issue is ongoing. The United States is obligated under the Taiwan Relations Act to “help defend” Taiwan if it is attacked.  Taiwan independence is the most likely source of military conflict between China and the United States.

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