China Insight hopes that your summer has been an enjoyable and fulfilling one. It is good to reconnect with you after our summer hiatus to recharge ourselves.
This month, I am departing from my typical pronouncements and instead will focus on the article written by Bill Chen ( page 6) regarding the Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Chinese American Veterans. We strongly encourage you to read the article and to get actively involved in getting the proposed bills passed by Congress. As noted in the article, the genesis for the Gold Medal was initiated by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), which can be tracked at their dedicated website https://caww2.org/. CACA is the lead organization spearheading this effort and as we go to press, will be discussing this effort at their 54th Biennial National Convention being held in Chicago, Aug. 30-Sept. 2.
China Insight normally does not undertake nor sponsor any kind of causes, but is making an exception since we feel this is a no-brainer, non-partisan recognition that has been earned by Chinese Americans who served gallantly in World War II, which Bill Chen so eloquently presented in his article. Although the Chinese American community has always strived to be good citizens, history has shown that they have not been treated fairly and need to let their Congressional leaders know that their service to our country needs to be recognized. Like many minorities, Chinese Americans overcame discrimination to serve their country bravely and honorably, and we need to encourage Congress to act favorably and swiftly on this proposal to commemorate the service of these Chinese American veterans.
To assist you in contacting our Congressional leaders, we have drafted a suggested letter (below) that can be sent to members of Congress (or use it as cover for a petition) to ask for their support of this legislation (Letter also can be downloaded from www.chinainsight.info.). Please feel free to revise the suggested letter to suit your own needs/style. But please make sure you sign it () before you send it.
In Minnesota, we have secured the support of Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Representative Betty McCollum, and we still have a ways to go. To track the progress of the Congressional bills, we have listed the following websites:
Senate Bill 1050: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1050/cosponsors
While we hope all Minnesotans of Chinese American descent will do their part, our success will need the support of everyone throughout the country, so we are also including a website where you can contact your Congressional members of your state at:
We also encourage the leaders of all Chinese American organizations throughout the country to reach out to their members to get them involved in getting this legislation passed. These bills have been proposed, but need their Congressional representatives to vote their support.
While we expect the Chinese American community to lobby for this proposed legislation, we welcome participation from all Americans since a Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Chinese American Veterans would be appropriate in light of the racial unrest now being experienced in the country.
China Insight intends to use whatever resources it has available to get the Congressional Gold Medal approved. We will be reaching out to the newspapers and other media to publicize the effort. If you have any contacts or other suggestions, please contact me. It would also be extremely helpful if we can locate a living Chinese American WWII veteran so his/her story could be shared.
Our website, www.chinainsight.info, has been revamped so you can easily monitor the progress of this project.
As, always, thank you for your support and we hope you will get involved with the Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Chinese American Veterans initiative.
Gregory J. Hugh
All of us at China Insight hope you had a great holiday season and are managing to cope with the exceptionally frigid weather we are experiencing. We are excited to resume our regular publishing schedule after taking a month off. We are reenergized and proud to begin our 16th year of publishing. We continue to be committed to focusing on promoting cultural and business understanding between the U.S. and the Peoples Republic of China, along with serving the Chinese community of the Twin Cities.
As most of you may know already, Chinese New Year 2017 will occur on January 28. We wish all our friends in the community a Happy Chinese New Year (Gung hey fat choi) as we prepare to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, which 2017 will be year 4715, other rooster years are1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005.If you were born a Rooster, you will often find success when you allow yourself to be led by your instinct. Each Chinese zodiac year begins on Chinese New Year's Day.
What a difference a year makes. Last year we were experiencing a polar vortex and this year we were concerned whether we would have a white Christmas! Regardless, we have enjoyed another year and all of us at China Insight hope you had a great holiday season and wish you a healthy and prosperous 2015.
While many are recuperating from holiday celebrations, the Chinese community is already preparing for Chinese New Year. The beginning of Chinese New Year 2015 (according to the lunar calendar) begins on the New Moon, which in 2015, will be on the 19th Feb. This event is celebrated by millions of people in every single country and area of the world that you can think of. Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings and signifies a fresh start for everyone. Chinese New Year is very much a family event where the social side of things is concerned and is a time of reunion and thanksgiving. A number of events planned by local organizations are published throughout the paper and you also can visit our website at www.chinainsight.info for updates or to post how your organization will be celebrating the Year of the Sheep/Ram.
I also wish to draw your attention to the ladies of Circle 88. This group consists of some ladies who have known each other for more than 40 years, and who has decided to give back to the community by providing a Chinese meal at the Dorothy Day Center for the past 10 years. What a great representation of Chinese community service!
China Insight is proud to begin its 11th year of publishing and continues to be committed to focusing on promoting cultural and business understanding between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Recently, China Insight assisted the Minnesota Timberwolves in organizing an Asian Heritage Night when the Wolves hosted Jeremy Lin, the first Chinese-American player in the NBA, and the Houston Rockets.
As most of you already know, Chinese New Year will occur on February 10, 2013, so to all our friends in the community, we wish all of you a Happy Chinese New Year (Gung He Fat Choy) as we prepare to celebrate the Year of the Snake, which will be year 4711 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar.
Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends recently hosted an event that focused on explaining many of the customs and traditions that Chinese practice during the celebration of Chinese New Year. If you still want to explore more about how to celebrate, the Plymouth branch of Hennepin County Library will be holding such an event on February 9 as noted on page 10 along with a partial listing of other Chinese New Year celebrations that will be taking place in the Twin Cities. Since it is impossible for us to attend all of these events, we invite you to submit a follow up article and photos which we would consider including in China Insight.
The fall season is a time to prepare for winter and enjoy the annual ritual of watching the emergence of fall colors as nature does it thing. This being an election year, this annual change of seasons will be fraught with political intrusions that will test our patience and tolerance level to try to win our vote. In a democratic society as the United States of America, we are fortunate to be able to exercise our constitutional right to vote in a democratic presidential election every four years. This year China will also be experiencing a change in government leaders that takes place every 10 years but follows a much more different process.