Publisher’s Pronouncements (Feb 2021)
January 30 2021
by Gregory J. Hugh, Publisher – CEO, China Insight, Inc.
Now that Joseph R. Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, the country needs to unite again after experiencing a tumultuous period under the previous administration leading to a tragic demonstration at the nation’s capital on Jan. 6.
Garden fundraising
30 January 2021
By William Zajicek, contributor.
The St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden, located in Phalen Park, Saint Paul, is seeking additional funds ($160,000) to complete Phase I of the garden construction and begin Phase II.
CNY do’s and don’ts
30 January 2021
By Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
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.
App deadline for CGM
30 January 2021
by Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project enters its fifth year with great anticipation for the award ceremony of the Congressional Gold Medal to more than 3,000 veterans who have applied for, and confirmed for this honor.
local national speedskating champion
30 January 2021
by Elaine Dunn, China Insight.
Whether the 2022 Winter Olympics will take place as planned in Beijing or not (China Insight, January 2021) is anyone’s guess at this point, but to the many hopeful participants, their training and laser-sharp focus are on getting to one of the three medal-winning podiums in their event in whatever city it may take place.
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.

By Chang Wang, contributor

ChangWang CAPM r72In May 2020, Governor Tim Walz appointed 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 Insight caught up with Wang for him to share his background and reasons for serving on the Board and the Chinese Minnesotan communities. 

China Insight: Where are you from?  How long have you lived in Minnesota? 

Wang: I was born in Beijing, China.  I have been living in Minnesota since 2003.

CI: What academic and/or professional steps brought you to where you are today? 

Wang: Before coming to the U.S., I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in filmmaking from Beijing Film Academy and a Master of Arts. in comparative literature and cultural studies from Peking University in China.  In 2000, I enrolled in the contemporary art history program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2003, I received a Master of Arts in art history and, at the same time, was admitted into the University of Minnesota Law School. 

After receiving a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the U of M Law School and passing the Minnesota Bar Exam in 2006, I began to work for Thomson Legal & Regulatory (commonly referred by Minnesotans as "West Publishing"), first as Global Strategist and Legal Consultant, then as Chief Research and Academic Officer. 

From 2009, I began teaching American law and comparative law courses in law schools in the U.S., China, Korea, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Australia, and Brazil.  In 2018, I joined Kingsfield Law Office, which consists of a group of senior law professors who specialize in international law litigation and immigration law petition. 

I have published six books on comparative law, in English and in Chinese. 

CI: What is your current role in your profession and/or the community? 

Wang:  I am practicing law as a partner of Kingsfield Law Office. 

I also hold associate and adjunct professorships at several law schools, teaching law regularly.  

In 2016, I joined Governor Mark Dayton's Diversity and Inclusion Council's Civic Engagement Committee, participating in drafting the Civic Engagement Plan in Minnesota. 

In 2017, Governor Dayton appointed me as a trustee of the Minnesota Zoological Board. 

In 2018, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court appointed me as a member of the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education. 

I am also an Advisory Board member of the University of Minnesota China Center, which engages me in various community education programs. 

In 2014, I published the first Chinese language book about Minnesota – "New Tales of the Twin Cities: The History, Law, and Culture of Minnesota." Chinese Minnesotans and Chinese students have well received the book. 

Also, I frequently analyze and comment on U.S.-China relations, Asian and Chinese American culture, and current affairs.  In addition to China Insight, I also regularly contribute to:

BBC Chinese (HK-based Chinese language news service); 

Caijing (leading Chinese language magazine with world distribution); 

Minnesota Times (local Chinese language newspaper for Chinese Minnesotans);

Chinese Minnesotans (Chinese language online platform).

CI: What do you believe you bring to the Board and the communities the Council serves? 

Wang: Serving on the Council allows me to:

Contribute to the larger Asian-Pacific communities; 

Build bridges among the Chinese Minnesotan community and other communities; 

Educate and distribute authoritative and authentic information from the State and the Council to the Chinese community; 

Utilize my knowledge and expertise in law and cultural studies to assist the governor and legislators in making informed decisions. 

CI: What is your impression of CAPM's role within Minnesota? 

Wang: I am impressed by the Council's work.  The Council is charged with advocating on behalf of Minnesota's Asian/Pacific Islander (API) communities.  I see the Council is actively building trust between the state government and Minnesota's API communities by advocating for the needs of API communities; engaging with diverse API communities, from newly arrived to long-established, to understand their evolving needs; and building and maintaining strong and diverse partnerships.

CI: What are its current focuses, esp. in reference to the Chinese Minnesotan community? 

Wang: There is no single "Chinese Minnesotan community."  The approximate 35,000 Minnesotans of Chinese heritage come from very diverse cultural, linguistic, educational and religious backgrounds.  The Council is responsible for representing all Chinese in Minnesota and advocating for all API.  The Council is always reaching out to and hearing from different groups about different viewpoints and various concerns.  We are in the throes of a pandemic; as such, the Council has been actively supporting state government to ensure that it addresses a number of key issues, including a strong focus on the increased anti-Chinese/Asian sentiment, translated materials, and challenges faced by Chinese Minnesotans. 

CI: What are some of your hobbies or interests?

Wang: As a Buddhist, I love all sentient beings.  We have three "immigrant" dogs: Bill Sr.(father), Bill Jr. (elder son), and Bill the Regular (younger son), all related.  They were born in Beijing but later came to the U.S. with us, for a better life and colder weather.

Left to right: Bill Sr., Bill Jr., Bill the Regular in Minnesota snow

Buddhists believe in reincarnation, and I am positive that I already had a connection with Minnesota in one of my past lives.

As an avid book lover, I have a collection of more than 10,000 books in my library.  I spend a few hours per day reading history, biography, and literature.  Some of my favorite authors are Asian-Pacific writers: Lin Yutang (Chinese), Viet Thanh Nguyen (Vietnamese American), Chang-Rae Lee (Korean American), Yi Chong-jun (Korean) and Yasunari Kawabata (Japanese), to name a few.

CI: What, if anything else, would you like members of state government and the Council's community across Minnesota to know about you? 

Wang: In 2016, in a legal thriller movie, I played a leading role as a Chinese diplomat working in the U.S., I believe my unmistakable Chinese accent got me that role.  (See photo on p. 1.)

Wang once served as the interpreter for President Jimmy Carter, who is Wang's role model for public service and integrity.  

CI: How can the community reach you?

Wang: Feel free to reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or concerns related to the Chinese Minnesotan communities.  I also encourage you to visit the Council's website at https://mn.gov/capm/ and follow the Council's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CAPMnews/ and on Twitter: @CAPMnews. 

 

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