Now that we have closed the books on 2022, most of us hope that the New Year will not continue to be dominated by ongoing wars, economic upheavals and environmental disasters. Although, no one can say what will happen in 2023, I don't see the point of worrying. Many things are beyond our control. We can take care of our health and take preventive measures in that respect. As to climate catastrophes and World War III, not much can be done. We can try to help the planet, but humans, no matter what we think, cannot fix fires, hurricanes, weather, etc.
In my humble opinion, it is a waste of time worrying about everything, as it only makes you feel worse, so as we prepare for Chinese New Year, plan to celebrate the upcoming holiday with family and friends. The Chinese community has already been busy planning for Chinese New Year that will occur on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. We wish everyone “Gung Hey Fat Choi” as we prepare to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. You can read more about the Year of the Rabbit on page 1 and how some in the community will be celebrating with events listed on the following pages of this month’s edition of China Insight. Mall of America and the Minnesota Orchestra will hold special celebrations, CAAM Chinese Dance Theater will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary and Phoenix Chinese Dance Academy will perform at the O’Shaughnessy. In addition, the Asia Mall in Eden Prairie will be holding a week-long Lunar New Year celebration from Jan. 16-22.
All of us at China Insight hope you will enjoy a great lunar New Year season. We wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2023. As we resume our regular production schedule, we begin our 22nd year of publishing and continue our mission of promoting cultural and business understanding between China and the U.S. along with providing a bridge between the Chinese and American communities of the Twin Cities area.
In addition, on page 14, the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society has announced its plan for Phase II and extends an invitation for you to become a Bridge Builder.
As always, we appreciate your support and wish all of you a healthy and prosperous Year of the Rabbit.
Gregory J. Hugh
Despite the fantastic weather that trick-or-treaters recently enjoyed, we mid-westerners still need yet to prepare for our most challenging season of the year…winter. As hearty Minnesotans, we try to convince ourselves that we actually enjoy the change of seasons and before we know it, Thanksgiving will be upon us.
While we are moving farther into the autumn season, October is still staying a bit steamy. Strong chances of rain over the weekend might dampen your chances to check out early fall colors, but most of the precipitation is expected in northeastern Minnesota.
The staff of ChinaInsight are pleased to reconnect with you after enjoying our own summer hiatus that we normally take during the month of August Our all-volunteer staff have had a chance to recharge. We hope your summer has been a fulfilling one, although a bit too hot for my taste.
As many of you are aware, record high temperatures have been set all week long in portions of the Midwest and South. Minneapolis set a daily record-high on June 20 with a high temperature of 101 degrees, breaking the old record of 98 degrees. It was also the first 100-degree day in the Twin Cities since May 2018. We should consider ourselves fortunate since the rest of the country is experiencing more severe, unusual climatic events while other parts of the world have endured an earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and South Asia experienced unprecedented floods.