If traffic is any kind of an indicator, it appears that the COVID-19 crisis may have abated as people are hitting the road in response to relaxed social distancing requirements in the State of Minnesota. The timing could not have happened at a more appropriate time as the weather is warming up so people can enjoy dining outdoors and all kind of outdoor activities, including sports. We still have a ways to go get COVID-19 under control, but at least we can move about responsibly and slowly return to a normal life.
It’s refreshing to see the community again come to life as many organizations are winding down social distancing gatherings and beginning to transition away from Zoom meetings and are now able to hold events as normal.
As summer heats up, so do the number of great local outdoor activities scheduled throughout the Twin Cities area to capitalize on the arrival of summer vacations. This bodes well for all the graduation ceremonies and parties that will be held throughout the Twin Cities area and we congratulate the Class of 2021, and wish them great success as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.
With the return of live performances is the CAAM-Chinese Dance Theatre Spring Recital listed on page 5 and the Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center Rhythm of Spring III on page 8.
See page 6 to learn about Peking Garden Restaurant returning to business and the awarding of the Stanley Chong Scholars by CAAM on page 7.
China Insight would like to congratulate Melody Zhou on page 11 for being awarded the Rotary Women in Leadership Award. We also want to take this opportunity to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day even though in mainland China, Father's Day (the third Sunday in June) is relatively unknown. It isn't a public holiday, but expats in China might celebrate it. Perhaps their family, friends, or coworkers might honor some Western fathers on the day.
This was not always the case though. During the WWII years, Father's Day was celebrated on August 8. The Republic of China government wanted to celebrate the soldiers who died and honor fathers. They chose that date because in Chinese, August 8 can be shortened to "bā bā" (八八 'eight eight'). This sounds like the informal word for father (爸爸, bàba). This tradition dropped off in the mainland, but was continued in Taiwan under the Republic of China government.
In Taiwan, Father's Day is not an official holiday, but is now widely observed on August 8. People often take their father out for dinner, give gifts, or at least call them to give them a greeting. (Baba Jie means 八八节 or 爸爸节/ 父亲节: 'August 8 Day' or 'Fathers' Day'.)
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