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By Elaine Dunn, April 2021

For this writer, memories of growing up in Hong Kong in the ‘60s consist of much fun, freedom and feckless activities.  This was a decade when Hong Kong grew in wealth and population at an unprecedented rate.  Still, back then, probably most HK citizens knew things would be quite different when the territorial lease from China is up and the British colony goes back to China. 

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By Elaine Dunn, April 2021

On March 20, the Chinese National Cultural Heritage Administration released important archaeological findings from the 3,000-year-old Sanxingdui archaeological site.  It said the artifacts could provide new insights on the ancient Shu (1250-1100 B.C.state, now part of Sichuan Province, in southwest China.  

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By Elaine Dunn, February 2021



Typical couplets pasted on doorway for Chinese New Year

     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.

NYChinatown      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.

By Judy Hohmann, contributor


The fall season brings many Minnesota traditions, old and new.  Why not make fall a reason to celebrate Chinese culture, too? 


Start with the tradition of a changing Minnesota landscape, as it transforms from green to brilliant displays of red, orange, purple and yellow.  Whether on paved walkways along urban lakes or wooded trails, you will feel the magic of Mother Nature’s most colorful season. Two serene spaces at opposite ends of the metro area infuse the beauty of Chinese culture: The new St. Paul-Changsha, China Friendship Garden of Whispering Willows and Flowing Waters at Phalen Regional Park — in an urban neighborhood of St. Paul; and the University of Minnesota-Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government, China Garden of Harmonious Beauty at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum — in the growing southwest community of Chanhassen, showcase distinctive interpretations of the classic Chinese garden design.  Each garden prominently features gifts from Chinese government partners, ranging from a gilded pavilion to three mountainous rocks. The harmony with nature in the form of water, rocks and plants will uplift your mood and cultural pride. 

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Red pagoda at the Landscape Arboretum, Chaska


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