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.
Covid
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?
Republicans
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.

Over 65 local business people and students attended the US China Business Connections (UCBC) monthly meeting held at the Metropolitan Community and Technical College on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009.   Rodney Hiel, Managing Director of Asia Business Consulting, delivered “Selling to China - Marketing Strategies for Today's Economy”.  Over 65 local business people and students attended the US China Business Connections (UCBC) monthly meeting held at the Metropolitan Community and Technical College on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009.   Rodney Hiel, Managing Director of Asia Business Consulting, delivered “Selling to China - Marketing Strategies for Today's Economy”.   

The program agenda included:
* Today’s China Market
* Where’s the Growth
* Where’s My Customer
* How Do I Get To Them Today?

The presentation began with a current description of the China business landscape and the success U.S. businesses are having in China through a recent survey of over 7,000 U.S. companies in China published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce office in China.  A variety of statistics were revealed such as 2008 profitability levels, revenue and operating margin changes from 2007 to 2008, and 2009 revenue forecast of which 71 percent of the firms believe their 2009 revenues will range from unchanged to up over 50 percent.  The China market description left a favorable impression on the audience wishing to do business in China.

Mr. Hiel then presented the growth opportunities available in China.  He categorized them into 3 areas: 1) Government Stimulus Spending, 2) Consumer Spending, and 3) Domestic Oriented Provinces.  Next, he compared the U.S. stimulus package and the China stimulus package in relation to its GDP and the affect on its respective economies.  He stated the impact of spending on China’s economy was approximately 13 percent of its GDP whereas the United States’ spending was less than one percent.  The US$580 billion Government Stimulus Package was broken down to the amount spent in each category and he outlined which businesses would benefit from the stimulus spending.  The Consumer Spending was partly helped by government rebate incentives for various electronics purchases as well as the Sales Tax Reduction for automobiles purchases.  The last category he stated was Domestic Oriented Provinces.  This has not been very prevalent in the U.S. media.  This opportunity focuses on provinces where industries that produce for domestic consumption did better than those provinces that focused on exports.  Provinces with fewer exports and manufacturing for domestic consumption continue to realize double digit GDP growth with strong economies.  Looking closely at these provinces can reveal opportunities and some even have lower entry costs.

After identifying the growth opportunities, Mr. Hiel provided the insight to how to find new customers.  He applied the location of these growth opportunities to direct the audiences’ attention to their target markets; he said, “By finding your target within the geographic areas of the stimulus, this will provide a strong indicator as to the location of your most desired customer.” 

After finding the customer, Mr. Hiel then presented some ways to access your customer today.  He recommended using internet technologies and leveraging partnership opportunities.  He presented several ideas in how a company might use search engines and social Web sites for branding opportunities to market one’s products to the China customer.  He then described a method Asia Business Consulting successfully uses to enter the China market. Leveraging Partnership Opportunities is a 2 step process: 1) Find companies already selling to your prospective customers in China, 2) Partner with them for a mutual benefit.  This can reduce the time to market and avoid many barriers to getting into the China market.  Successful partnerships he described included the General Mills and Nestle joint venture of Cereal Partners Worldwide, the Polaris and Bobcat Long Term Strategic Alliance, and a few others.

Mr. Hiel concluded the presentation describing the services of Asia Business Consulting.  This consulting firm specializes in the strategic planning process to efficiently enter the China market.  It has a large network of experts that are China based Fortune 500 executives, multi level government officials, and administrators, professors, and students/alumni networks of 2 of the top MBA programs in China from which it gathers, processes, and formulates its research.  This combines a multiple expert perspective in their research and provides a unique, on the ground, up to date information for their clients to make sound business decisions.  The research then incorporates a thorough analysis of all possible business activities in China such as sourcing, manufacturing, and selling to China in order to obtain the full value of the investment a company will make to sell their products in China.

For more information on this presentation or their services, see their company Web site at www.asiabusinessconsult.com.  For information on upcoming UCBC events, visit www.ucbcgroup.org.

 

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