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.

A Passage to China:

Greetings:

China Insight is pleased to announce that it will again be collaborating with the Chinese Heritage Foundation (CHF) and has finalized plans to hold A Passage to China (APTC) at the Mall of America (MOA). The dates for this year’s APTC will be April 4 and 5, so mark your calendars and make plans to participate in this free, cultural family-oriented, interactive event.

passagetochina2009A Passage to China:

Greetings:

China Insight is pleased to announce that it will again be collaborating with the Chinese Heritage Foundation (CHF) and has finalized plans to hold A Passage to China (APTC) at the Mall of America (MOA). The dates for this year’s APTC will be April 4 and 5, so mark your calendars and make plans to participate in this free, cultural family-oriented, interactive event.

Last year’s inauguration of this event at Southdale Mall was enthusiastically received and we look forward to presenting an even more exciting event at the Best Buy® Rotunda at the MOA where we will have more space to be able to showcase over 40 local Chinese organizations that will present hands-on activities along 3 travel itineraries through different regions of China.

Some of the activities to be included will be the making of lanterns, opera masks and harmonicas; learning to do brush calligraphy, paper folding and using chopsticks; also an opportunity to play games in Chinese trivia, puzzles or riddles. At the end of each itinerary, travelers will bring their completed/stamped “passport” to the CHF table to claim a prize: a Chinese hong bao (red envelop) containing an “ancient” coin on a string necklace.

On Sunday, April 5, there will also be continuous cultural performances throughout the day: singing, story telling, dances, and fashion shows. There will also be demonstrations of Chinese painting and flower arranging. Children will also be invited to participate in lion dances and also an opportunity to make their own jianzi (an ancient Chinese shuttlecock game) and butterflies. These activities will take place at Rotunda and the nearby Sears Court which will provide a much quieter venue for the performances and seating for the audience.

In our effort to reach school students throughout the metropolitan area, we are launching a Butterfly Project for schools. We will be contacting schools and suggesting that their art/Chinese classes make butterflies (out of any materials they wish), within a prescribed size range, to represent distinctive species native to specific regions of China, attach them all to a string, and bring the string to the MOA for public display on our butterfly tree. This simple project will integrate several important areas of a student's learning: art, science, geography and cultural diversity. More information will be forthcoming in the March issue of China Insight and at the CHF Web site.

Promoting cross cultural understanding and harmony is one of the main missions of CHF and China Insight is pleased to be part of this cultural journey at the MOA. While this is a great opportunity for the Chinese community to share its rich culture, history and geography, it is a tremendous undertaking and we invite other members of the community to participate by volunteering and consider providing financial support. For information on how you can be involved, contact either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos of last year’s event may be viewed at http://chineseheritagefoundation.org/news/pastevents2008.php

In closing, we invite you to make plans to attend the event and recommend that you even consider organizing this as an event to be enjoyed by your family, business, organization or school. A Passage to China is a rare opportunity to experience the many facets of China that will be conveniently presented at the MOA and there is no cost to attend!

 


Sincerely,


Gregory J. Hugh


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