[NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2017] — The Committee of 100 (C100), an organization of leading Chinese Americans, urges the 115th United States Congress to pass the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R. 2358/S.1050), and award the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the Chinese American Veterans of World War II in recognition of their dedicated service during the war.

Introduced in the House and Senate on May 4, 2017, the Chinese American WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act has received bipartisan sponsorship (Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) were the original lead co-sponsors in the House (H.R.2358), and Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Thad Cochran (R-MS) were the lead co-sponsors in the Senate (S.1050)), and is awaiting additional Congressional sponsors.

C100 commends Representatives Royce and Lieu, and Senators Duckworth and Cochran, along with other Members of Congress who have subsequently signed on as co-sponsors, for their leadership in recognizing the military contributions of Chinese American servicemen and women who volunteered or were drafted at a time when the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was still in effect.  Despite ongoing anti-Chinese sentiment at that time, more than 13,000 Chinese Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II and sacrificed for their country in the face of discrimination and injustice.

During this time, Chinese Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces in all theaters of war, including at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Guadalcanal, and Solomon Islands in the Pacific Theater, and on all fronts of the European and African Theaters.  The 14th Air Service Group, an all-Chinese American unit assigned to the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers) under the command of General Claire Chennault in the China-Burma-India Theater helped provide transportation, supplies and and communications support at a critical time during the war.  Chinese American women also demonstrated skills, loyalty and patriotism in the Women’s Army Corps, the Army Air Force, and the U.S. Naval Reserve Women’s Reserve.  Altogether, Chinese Americans were crucial to the success of the war effort.

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The subject line of one recent email read, ”I invested $20 in bitcoin – see how much I made in one week”  Well … the coin (pun intended!) can flip both ways.  You can lose big time in bitcoins in one week also!

The price of bitcoin dropped from  $4.971 on Sept. 1 to about $3,226 on Sept. 14.  What happened?

Australia’s Financial Review quoted a source who said China used to have “the most favorable approach to bitcoin,” but almost overnight, it became the most unfriendly. 

The 19th plenary session is scheduled to begin on Oct. 18 when new leaders for the next five years are to be picked.  A lot is at stake for the Chinese Communist Party.  Perhaps the clampdown on bitcoin trading is one way to ensure social and financial stability leading up to the political powwow.

Robert E. Lee and Chiang Kai Shek. Both historical figures of their respective countries’ civil wars and both out of favor at the moment. While this is a relatively new problem facing U.S. officials, their Taiwanese counterparts have been dealing with the problem since 1999. Some 200-plus Chiang statues have been relocated from public schools, government office buildings and other locations to a lakeside park. As the number of memorials grow in the park each year, so do the number of visitors, mostly taking selfies. U.S. officials may wish to take note! ♦

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Despite how their government may feel about President Donald Trump, not all Chinese are mad at the U.S. president.  Many, though, are mad about Trump-look-alike balloons!  Huh?

Forget the masks and toilet paper rolls; the latest Chinese manufacturer to cash in on the Trump train is a balloon factory.  

To welcome in the Year of the Rooster, a Chinese balloon factory created giant inflatable rooster balloons crowned with Trump’s signature “golden mane.”  The inflatables don’t come cheap either.  A 30-ft version, available through Taobao, will set you back USD 3,000.  A smaller 6-ft version can be had for USD 52.

By Elaine Dunn

Xi Jinping has propagated his “Chinese Dream” since 2012.  But, being a BIG soccer fan, he has been sowing seeds for another dream to become reality - a dream soccer team.  In January 2016, China published its first soccer instruction kindergarten textbook nationwide.  There also are textbooks for middle and senior grades.  Soccer has become serious business officially. 

Chinese are competitive.  However, much to the chagrin of the country's soccer fans, the Chinese national team has only qualified for the World Cup once, in 2002, where it failed to score a single goal and was eliminated in the group stage!  During the 2014 World Cup opening match, there was a single fan waving a Chinese flag in the stadium.  That met with mixed sentiments on the Internet.  "Does he mean to remind the entire world that China failed to qualify?" was one pointed comment!  Ouch.  


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