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.

Minnesota’s manufactured exports totaled US$3.6 billion in the second quarter of 2009. The state’s exports decreased 19 percent between the second quarters of 2008 and 2009. U.S. exports fell by 26 percent in the same period. Minnesota’s manufactured exports totaled US$3.6 billion in the second quarter of 2009. The state’s exports decreased 19 percent between the second quarters of 2008 and 2009. U.S. exports fell by 26 percent in the same period.

Exports from most Minnesota manufacturing industries declined significantly, with three of the top four largest industries suffering the largest declines: computers and electronics, transportation equipment and machinery. Exports to all regions declined.

The most severe declines were to North America (down 25 percent to US$1.1 billion) and the European Union (down 24 percent to US$961 million).

During the first six months of 2009, Minnesota exports dropped 19.2 percent compared to 24.1 percent nationally.

Exports Increase to Two of the State’s Top 10 Markets
* Among the state’s top 10 country markets, only China and Korea experienced an increase in Minnesota exports during this period.
* Malaysia (Minnesota’s 11th largest export market) and Saudi Arabia (19th largest) posted the largest gains in value during this period. Exports to Malaysia jumped US$44 million to US$93 million, while those to Saudi Arabia jumped US$16 million to US$36 million.
* Strong sales of machinery, food and fabricated metals to China helped to mitigate declines in computers and electronics, chemicals and primary metals.
* Exports to Korea increased by 9 percent, driven by strong demand for machinery (up 102 percent to US$50 million). Machinery was the dominant export and accounted for 35 percent of the state’s exports to this market.

Export Growth Was Limited to Selected Industries and Countries
* Although exports from three of Minnesota’s top four manufacturing industries computers and electronics (down US$188 million), transportation equipment (down US$187 million) and machinery (down US$89 million) – fell sharply between the second quarters of 2008 and 2009, some markets for these industries grew strongly.
* Strong gains in sales of computer and electronics products to Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Ireland helped to offset substantially weaker demand in the Philippines (down 65 percent to US$53 million), multiple countries in the European Union and Canada.
* Demand for Minnesota’s machinery products increased strongly in Korea, China, Malaysia and Taiwan. In contrast, sales of these products to Canada and Belgium (two of the top three markets) dropped significantly.
* Petroleum and coal products was Minnesota’s only manufacturing industry that had increased exports during this period. Exports grew 184 percent to almost US$23 million and were virtually all shipped to Canada.

Machinery, Electrical Machinery and Transportation Products Suffer Large Export Declines
* Machinery:
In Belgium, sales of the state’s machinery products (notably, centrifuges and filters; and liquid- and sand-dispersing equipment) plunged 52 percent to US$42 million. Sales to Canada and the U.K. were also down (by about US$33 million each), mainly for lifting equipment (Canada), spark-ignition engines (Canada) and computer-related parts (U.K.).
* Optics, Medical Instruments: Strong growth in sales of optic fiber products to Korea (up 652 percent to US$28 million) and Japan (up 107 percent to US$27 million), and of navigational products to the United Arab Emirates (from US$34,600 to US$10 million) and the United Kingdom (up 332 percent to US$5 million) helped offset lower sales of orthopedic/artificial body parts and calibration instruments.
* Electrical Machinery: The fall in exports of integrated circuits by 58 percent to US$83 million largely contributed to the drop in exports of electrical machinery. The Philippines accounted for most of that drop.

Minnesota Quarterly Export Statistics is the most current resource available for tracking the state’s manufactured export trends and is prepared for the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) by the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Analysis and Evaluation Office (Thu-Mai Ho-Kim, 651-259-7180). Past issues may be viewed at www.exportminnesota.com/itradestats.htm and results from manufacturing conditions surveys are located at www.deed.state.mn.us/facts/manufacturing.htm on DEED’s Web site.

 Industry-level export data based on North American Industry Classification System industries (NAICS) are collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) and are distributed by the World Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISER). Product-level export data based on the Harmonized Tariff System (Schedule B) are collected by the USDOC and are distributed by the Global Trade Information Services. Product-level export data provide additional information and insights on the industry-level export data.

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