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!
Another article that will definitely be of interest to anyone doing or considering doing business with China is the article on pg. 10, an exclusive to China Insight. Mu Performing Arts has also announced casting and production details for “FOB,” the landmark 1979 play about the struggles of Chinese immigrants living in the U.S., p. 4.
Another event to mark on your calendar is the annual Passage to China. The 2015 event is scheduled a month earlier than usual, on March 12-13, at Mall of America. For additional details visit www.chineseheritagefoundation.org.
As China Insight begins its 14th year of publishing, as noted below, we are seeking a volunteer production manager who would become a valuable team member to help us continue our mission of providing business and cultural understanding between China and the U.S. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested or feel free to share this with someone you might know who would be an ideal candidate.
Thank you for continuing to support China Insight and feel free to contact me if you have any comments to aid us in continuing to serve the community.
Gregory J. Hugh