By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
My wife Linda and I recently returned to our hometown - Chicago’s Chinatown - over the Labor Day weekend to join many of our old acquaintances in celebrating Chinatown’s 100th Anniversary and hold a reunion. Former residents of Chicago’s Chinatown came from California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and other parts of the country to reminisce with locals and family members during the three-day celebration organized by Helen (Tomatoes) Moy, to whom we all owe a great “thank you!” We know it wasn’t an easy task, and arranging for John Moy to be the “official” photographer was a bonus.
Newswise — Workers for big multinational companies who spend time on a foreign
assignment have a higher than normal turnover rate when they come back home, and
a new study suggests that’s because they don’t feel fully appreciated for their global
“Home may not have changed, but it is not the same place because repatriates themselves
have changed after having been expatriates,” says Maria Kraimer, a professor of
management and organizations in the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business
who headed the research team. “Those who take international assignments often feel
fundamentally different after returning, yet they may not see their development reflected
in their treatment by their firms.”
By Kent Clark, China Correspondent
Our first partnership to sell our English language learning website was with a book store company; as a point of reference, it would be similar to Barnes & Noble. This company, which is privately held, teamed up with the local government to create an international children’s education center that teaches everything from art and drama to English and even some yoga (yoga for elementary school students never quite caught on). Their marketing manager was a college classmate of my wife- there’s that guanxi thing again- and they needed some non-Chinese teachers to put the “international” in their international education center. I looked at them as a great way for our no-name brand to piggyback on a well-known brand, and instantly have access to their students. After the usual haggling about what each side would get out of this endeavor, we ended up signing a one year contract with them. We would teach their English classes and be a general presence in their institution, and they would in turn assist us with pushing our product to the parents of their students.
by Teng Fei [滕飞], based in Shandong and an intern of Hong Kong Wenhui [文汇] Newspaper
‘Bury me by the upper peak of this tall mountain;
So that I may see the mainland.
But I cannot see the mainland;
All I can do is weep.
Bury me by the upper peak of this tall mountain;
So that I may see my home village.
But I cannot see my home village;
I can never forget.’
For the majority of Chinese mainlanders who escaped to Taiwan in the wake of the Communist takeover in 1949 and who have since spent the remainder of their lives here, their dying wish has been to see their homeland one more time. But most of them died before travel became possible across the straits. Their only remaining wish became one of yearning for their ashes to be carried home and buried there.
By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
One of the most important holidays in Chinese and other Asian cultures is the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, so the date on the Georgian calendar is different from year to year but it is always on the full moon which this year occurs on Sept. 30, 2012. This holiday dates back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China’s Shang Dynasty. It was first called Zhongqiu Jie (literally “Mid-Autumn Festival”) in the Zhou Dynasty.
Since the Moon Festival takes place at harvest time, it is a good occasion to celebrate the abundance of Mother Nature and is a time to gather with family and friends under the full moon sky while eating moon cake if you are Chinese, or pomelo fruit (native to Southeast Asia) or barbecued delicacies by other Asian countries.