By Greg Hugh

The dreams of several basketball legends recently came true when the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced its class for 2016.  Unlike Cooperstown or Canton, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. is not linked specifically with the American pro league.  It also honors international players, amateurs, women, coaches, contributors and referees.  The criteria for admittance to the hoops hall is less focused on American professional on-court performance.  

In 2002, Yao Ming went from the basketball courts in his native China (where he had already played five seasons of basketball) to being a first overall pick in the NBA Draft.   

However, the NBA had never seen a player like Yao Ming.  Not only is he 7'6" tall, he is Chinese.

By Elaine Dunn

The U.S. representative at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw this October is no stranger to Minnesota.  Eric Lu was the winner of the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition in 2013.  Before heading off to Warsaw for one of the world’s most important and prestigious piano competitions, Lu will be in town performing at the local Frederic Chopin Society’s pre-season all-Chopin recital on Sept. 20.  (Concert details at

By Elaine Dunn

Chang Wang, attorney and chief research and academic officer of Thomson Reuters and a regular contributor to China Insight, is one of the honorees to receive 2015 Diversity in Business Award from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.  The award recognizes some of the Twin Cities’ leading business leaders, owners and executives from ethnic minority community and the GLBT community.  The winners are those who play strong leadership roles inside and outside their jobs and serve in industry associations or community organizations.  China Insight interviews Wang as he reflects on important persons and events in his life and career. 


By Greg Hugh

Major General William S. Chen (retired) recently presented an autobiographical account of his life, incorporating some parallels with those of his father.  The presentation was co-sponsored by Peking University and Tsinghua Alumni Associations.  The presentation was delivered in English and was held on the campus of the University of Minnesota.  The meeting room was filled to capacity and included a multigenerational and ethnically mixed audience. 

By Greg Hugh

Over the years, David Fong’s Restaurant has been featured in numerous articles in China Insight, chronicling the many awards and recognitions it continuously receives.  Its  iconic status in the Twin Cities community, especially in Bloomington where it is located.  There also has been much coverage given to owners David and Helen Fong.  When they retired approximately 20 years ago, it was turned over to  #1 son, Eddie Fong.  China Insight checked in with Eddie to see how the transition has gone.

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