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.


Although there are many interesting legends and stories explaining the start of the Chinese New Year festival, the main two reasons for the festival are:

To celebrate a year of hard work, have a good rest, and relax with family

To wish for a lucky and prosperous coming year

Chinese believe a good start to the year will lead to a lucky year.  Chinese traditionally celebrated the start of a new year of farm work, and wished for a good harvest (when most were farmers).  This has now evolved to celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for profits and success in various vocations. There are many traditions followed by Chinese, which you may find in past January-March issues of China Insight at More modern activities include watching the CCTV Gala, sending instant message greetings, and cyber money gifts. Browse through this issue to find details of local organizations celebrating Chinese New Year, including Mall of America and the CAAM Chinese Dance Theatre.  

We invite you to let us know how your own organization celebrated Chinese New Year by submitting a brief recap of your event along with any photos with captions.  We also welcome anyone who wishes to comment and share their experience on an event they may have attended.  To be considered and included in the March issue, please submit your information to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than February 14, 2017.

As always, we appreciate your support and wish all of you a healthy and prosperous Year of the Rooster.


Gregory J. Hugh

Publisher - CEO - China Insight, Inc.  

CAAM Horizweb2

Terms Of Use

Terms of Use All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without prior written permission of the publisher. For permission requests, contact [email protected] with subject line “Permission request.”


CHINAINSIGHT (CI) is published monthly ((except July/August and November/December are combined) by China Insight, Inc., an independent, privately owned company started in 2001 and headquartered in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

CHINAINSIGHT is the only English-language American newspaper to focus exclusively on connections between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Our goal is to develop a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures and business environments and to foster U.S.-China cultural and business harmony.