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With a handful of snowstorms travelling through the country over the past few weeks, it may not feel like spring is coming anytime soon. But as we enter the month of March, the spring equinox isn't too far behind. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, spring equinox in 2021 falls on Sat., March 20, at 5:37 a.m. This will mark the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

I’m sure many of you are happy to see February in your rearview mirror now that we have survived some brutal, bone chilling, sub artic temperatures.

We have not had much to celebrate during the past year during which we have suffered a public health crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic that exacerbated a depressed economy along with a contentious election that has divided the nation.

Add to that, the violent hate crimes against Asian Americans you heard about beginning last spring haven’t stopped either. In fact, they may be worse than ever.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, Asian Americans have reported being targeted in 3,000 hate incidents nationwide, with many crimes occurring in California’s Bay Area, New York City and other parts of the country. Check out the anti-Asian article on page 1.

Despite President Joe Biden’s recent executive orders condemning anti-Asian racism, the attacks, especially those targeting Asian senior citizens, have continued with alarming regularity.

There’s a lot of tension between communities of color because the model minority myth pits ethnic groups against one another.

Speaking up can be uncomfortable for many Asian Americans as many of us may have been explicitly brought up to be quiet or to mind our own business earlier in life. The Chinese community chose to maintain a low profile and even chose to create their own Chinatowns. Yet, if there’s ever a time for Asians to overcome our apathy and fears, it is now. Recognize that our silence during racial injustices will be remembered and has an impact as Black lives continue to be disportionately lost in America. Speak up and take action. It’s time for Asian Americans to show solidarity now and make the message clear that all lives matter, Black or otherwise, and should have always mattered.

Asians, especially the Chinese in America, need to be more involved in politics and philanthropy. We don’t need to start at the top as Andrew Yang (2020 U.S. presidential candidate) and Jeff Jiang (2020 Minnesota State senator candidate from Eden Prairie). Start at the grassroots level to see whether or not you are comfortable and work your way up.

Check out the article on page 9 about the philanthropy of the multigenerational Bergad family. It is never too early to learn or participate. You can simply donate to a cause like the Minnesota Chinese Garden (page11) or volunteer your time with any organization or cause of your choice. There is no shortage of excellent organizations that need funding or volunteers.

Be sure to read on page 10 about the landmark study that reveals historic contributions, ongoing challenges and stereotypes of Chinese Americans or go to contributingacrossamerica.economist.com.

Another organization that could be of interest to many of you is Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC).  Check them out on our paper or at https://asamunitycoalition.org/our-story/.

Thank you for continuing to support China Insight and feel free to contact Elaine Dunn or me if you have any ideas about future content or wish to discuss an article that you feel would be of interest to our readers. We welcome learning more about members from the Chinese community who are active in politics or philanthropy. 

Stay healthy and best wishes from all of us at China Insight.

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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.

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