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.

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer  

The preceding headline was the topic of the June U.S.-China Business Connections (UCBC) meeting attended by a standing room only group. The presentation was delivered by Warren Vollmar, President, Forest Source, Inc.

At the beginning of his presentation, Vollmar noted that China is at a crossroads regarding creating an infrastructure for its power and energy needs.  It faces many conflicts with its need for energy vs. development, development vs. the environment, environment vs. energy, rural vs. urban, energy costs vs. social costs, food vs. fuel, cheap energy vs. reliability and alternative energy vs. cheap energy. 

These conflicts can be attributed to China’s meteoric rise resulting in the second highest use of energy in the world and it is estimated that vehicle use by 2020 will exceed the United States.  In 2006 China consumed 7.4 million barrels of oil per day of which 46 percent was imported and it is estimated that it will need to import 80 percent of its oil by 2020.  Because of this growth, 70 percent of China’s economic output is from heavy industry, and the country is faced with the need to urbanize.  It plans for 400 new cities by 2040 that each will have over 500,000 people and needs to move over 600 million people.  Current energy growth exceeds GDP by 1.2-1.4 percent Unfortunately, 70 percent of China’s energy comes from coal which saw demand double from 2000 to 2006. 

It is estimated that China has half of the world’s coal-fired plants and will boost CO2 worldwide by 14 percent.  According to Vollmar, half of all coal plants built 2001 to 2005 were small, inefficient and polluting: making China the largest polluter of CO2.  Besides rolling blackouts in the south and southeast, people in China are suffering devastating health consequences. Vollmar also discussed China’s Development Plans for 2020 that includes a goal to quadruple 2000 GDP of US$1.8 trillion, double energy production, increase per capita GDP from US$850 (2000) to US$3,000 and attain “Three Transcendences”:Sustainable Development, Peaceful Rise as a Great Power and Rule of Law:Harmonious Socialist Society. China also plans to implement an aggressive environmental plan with a goal of a 20 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2010 and produce 15 percent of all energy from renewable resources by 2010.  It is also seeking 36 MPG for passenger vehicles in 2008,to enact a national building code and close many coal-fired plants by 2010.  The country also plans to quadruple nuclear capacity to 40 GW by 2010.  Nuclear power is the third most important generation method after coal and hydropower, and China is the third largest producer in Asia after Japan South Korea according to Vollmar. 

In his closing remarks, Vollmar stated that China’s energy situation is presenting some great business opportunities for Minnesota companies that are limited only by imagination.  He proceeded to list the following categories as a few of these areas:  engineering and project management services; pollution control; healthcare products and services; advanced, efficient building materials; rapid transit systems; household and commercial heating systems; inexpensive, efficient appliances and lighting; electric and fuel efficient bikes and vehicles; solar component engineering and production; and cellulosic biomass advances. Forest Source, Inc. is a company that focuses on helping the environment, rural development and energy production and, according to Vollmar, the company manufactures wood pellets to replace home heating fuels such as propane gas and fuel oil, or to replace coal and natural gas used by utilities and commercial operations. Wood pellets are CO2 neutral, non-polluting, sustainable and renewable alternative fuel resource.  Mr. Vollmar can be reached at 612-423-4672 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

TOPICS FOR FUTURE UCBC MEETINGS The topic for the next meeting on July 9 will be “Talking Through an Interpreter: Communicating Effectively in China” and will be presented by Sheila LeGeros from LeGeros International. The topic for the meeting on Aug. 6, 2008 will be “Fitting a Big Box in a Crowded Country – Is China changing Wal-Mart or is Wal-Mart Changing China?”  Dr. David Davies from Hamline University will be the speaker. All of these presentations are breakfast meetings that begin at 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave., Wheelock Whitney Hall, Rm. L3000, Minneapolis. To make a reservation to attend any of these meetings, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Jim Smith at (612) 865-6543.  The cost is US$20 per person (UCBC members and college students are FREE).



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