By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

China's most celebrated dancer, Jin Xing, and her company Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai, recently performed at the Orpheum Theatre as part of Northrop Dance.  Jin Xing's courage, fighting spirit, and beautiful artistry have contributed to her great success as a dancer and owner of China's only independent dance company, which is the resident dance company at the Oriental Arts Theater in Shanghai. Her choreography is graceful, subtle, and filled with visual appeal. Jin Xing is also an accomplished film actress and she is known her support of human rights, artistic freedom, and community activism in China.


Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (New York: Ballantine Books, 2009). 290 p.  ISBN 9780345505330

This is a story that deserves to be told and retold many times and in numerous ways.

Here’s the gist: soon after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that declared particular areas of the United States to be military zones, resulting in the removal of Japanese and Japanese-Americans from the West Coast to so-called “relocation camps.” Most of the relocated were American citizens, many of them born in the United States. And the “relocation camps” were in fact prison camps in the most austere surroundings. Indeed, some of the camps consisted of nothing but barren land and barbed wire. The internees, known euphemistically as “evacuees,” had to build their own prisons.

By Anthony James, Staff Writer

The decorative and culinary purpose of porcelain runs deep in modern American culture. In the 1940’s or 50’s one probably couldn’t find a nuclear family household without its glorious china cabinet. Still, Chinese porcelain is not as popular today as it was in past history, but the artifacts and remnants of its pieces are extremely valuable to collectors and historians in contemporary society.


By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

Cultural Perspectives: 100 Years of Chinese American History in Minnesota from 1911 to 2011 – A Story from Within recently opened at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC). It was supposed to kick off during the International Festival of Burnsville on June 18, 2011 that included an Opening Reception but, unfortunately, the International Festival was canceled because of the constant rain that occurred throughout the day.

By Albert Leung, Staff Writer

In June of 1982, a 27 year old Chinese American named Vincent Chin went out with friends to celebrate his engagement in Detroit, Mich. What was supposed to be a celebratory and joyous outing unexpectedly turned tragic.

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