Happy Easter and hope as we continue to fight the coronavirus, we can celebrate the holiday with our families.
Although Easter is not an official holiday in China, Ching Ming Festival is. It is one of China’s largest festivals based off the lunar calendar. Ching Ming officially starts 104 days after the winter solstice, usually around April 4 or 5, (this year, it is April 5) but activities may start as early as 10 days prior. Ching Ming Festival (or Qingming) is also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day as it is the day Chinese remember their departed ones by visiting and cleaning their ancestors’ graves, making offerings of food and flowers, and burning joss paper.
Besides remembrance of the deceased, Chinese also enjoy the coming of spring on this day. Flying kites is also an important activity enjoyed by many people, young and old, during Qingming Festival. The uniqueness of kite-flying during Qingming is that kites are not only flown during the day but also in the evening. They tie little colorful and illuminated lanterns onto the string of the kite, which makes them look like flickering stars in the sky.
On a more serious note, since the start of COVID-19 pandemic we have seen a significant increase in violent attacks and harassment toward Asian Americans. Sadly, anti-Asian racism isn't something new. Centuries of anti-Asian racism in the United States have led to this moment. We have included a recap of a recent anti-Asian hate rally held in the local area (p. 1) plus several anti-Asian items in this issue. Do read the commentary on page 4 and the generous gesture by a recent victim.
The United States of America is a multicultural nation. Almost all races and cultures are represented in America. Considered a nation of immigrants, this country has faced and is still facing many racial issues from the Civil Rights Movement today. Racism and discrimination have always been the most discussed topics when it comes to any society problems. To understand this issue, we should try to find the causes and then think of appropriate ways to reduce them. What should government do to ensure equality of opportunity and ensure equality of outcome so everyone would have the freedom to do what they want, when they want without being judged by the color of their skin but by the outcome of their work?
If you would like to become involved in ending racism and hatred, we encourage you to visit the following websites, and .
Together, TEKsystems, Best Buy and the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Minnesota Chapter are proud to host the virtual Asian American Leadership Summit.
The Asian American Leadership Summit (AALS) aspires to build the next generation of leaders through authentic relationships, focused leadership development and opportunities to share knowledge and talent. There are four sessions to meet and learn from diverse leaders to share a range of perspectives, ideas and conversations focused on Asian experiences, stories and career paths. The summit is designed to create a meaningful dialogue to explores progress toward a more included and empowered culture for our Asian professional community and beyond.
Details and how to register for this free event are on page 12, or visit .
As always, please feel free to let us know if there are any other topics you would like us to cover or if there are any other ways we can better serve the community.