By Greg Hugh

What does a child adopted from China by an American couple experience as they grow up in the U.S.?  The idea for this article was proposed by Ming Tchou, founder of the Chinese Heritage Foundation, whose mission is to preserve and promote, through grant making, the understanding of Chinese history, culture, and heritage among all Minnesotans.  Tchou thought it would be interesting to get a perspective from such a child, so she and I selected Summer Ahern to be the subject of this article

Summer was adopted by Will and Beth Ahern, residents of Chanhassen, in 1999 when she was 15 months old. 

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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a month that celebrates and pays tribute to the contributions generations of Asian Pacific Americans have made to American history, sciences and culture.

Like most commemorative months, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month originated in 1978 when Congress passed a law directing the president to issue a proclamation designating the week beginning on May 4, 1979, as Asian Pacific American Heritage Week.  On March 28, 1979, President Jimmy Carter issued Presidential Proclamation 4650, which highlighted the significant role Asian Pacific Americans have contributed to American society. 

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The name Chang Wang should be familiar to China Insight readers.  Wang was the recipient of the Council of Asian-Pacific Minnesotans’ Asian Pacific Leadership Award, the University of Minnesota “China 100” Distinguished Chinese Alumni Award, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Award in 2015.

He also has been a regular and consistent contributor to this publication since 2013.  His articles – “Dancing with the Dragon” (November 2015-January 2016), “Doing Business with China and the Chinese People” (January-June 2015), “Last Lecture” (January and October 2014), “Living within Parallel Universes” (February and March 2016), “Luckiest Generations” (April-September 2016) to name a few – offer depth and insight into the Chinese psyche and social norms.

By Elaine Dunn

“It is my dearest wish that young people… see life according to the facts as they are, that they will face these facts, and that they will not be deceived by ideals that are meant to deceive or even control them.”  Elsie Elliott   June 2, 1913 – Dec. 8, 2015

The 1960s were turbulent times.  Protests and demonstrations abound around the world.  The decade of transformation saw women emerge as leaders fighting for cultural changes such as equal pay for equal work, and calling for an end to domestic violence and gender disparities. 

In the U.S., Gloria Steinem burned the bra for Women’s Rights.  Angela Davis was front and center in the Black Panther Party.  Across the pond, Bernadette Devlin was the fiery Irish socialist and the youngest person (she was 21) to be elected to UK’s Parliament … to name a few.

And in Hong Kong, there was Elsie Elliott.

To younger readers, you’re probably going, “Who?”  To older folks like me, she was a force to be reckoned with in Hong Kong for half a century!

By Chang Wang and Robert Webber, contributors


The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Section of Immigration Law recently hosted the Second Annual “Immigrant Attorneys Among Us - Successes and Challenges of Our Colleagues Who Were Born Outside the U.S.,” a panel discussion and a continuing legal education program .  Chang Wang, regular China Insight contributor, is a member of the Immigration Council at MSBA and served as a panelist at the program.  The panel was moderated by Robert Webber, chair of MSBA Section of Immigration Law.  Following is Webber’s conversation with Wang about his career at Thomson Reuters and in immigration law.  

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