As we gear up for summer, we look forward to a return of normal pre-pandemic life. Although the Dragon Festival has announced that it will not be held this year, you should still visit Lake Phalen Park and check on the progress of the St. Paul–Changsha China Friendship Garden of Whispering Willows & Flowing Waters in St. Paul (update article on page 8).
Minneapolis has also announced the return of the Aquatennial so you need to check their website for the latest details. Hopefully you will be able to observe 4th of July and should check your favorite fireworks location for details of their celebrations. And, of course, the return of “the Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the State Fair, is welcome news to many!
As the United States celebrates the 4th of July, China will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party as reported in an article by Elaine Dunn on page 6.
Last month saw the return of live audience participation when the took the stage to perform live at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. See page 9 for article and summer schedule of classes.
Asian Media Access recently helped organize several events that provided safety training for the Asian community to deal with the unfortunate rise in Asian-hate incidents (page 1) and an upcoming event to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, see page 9.
Also, check out an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Minnesota International Chinese School (MICS) and the founding of the Chinese Community Center (CCC) which, according to the organizers:
· show the love people have for their homeland and community.
· build a platform for children and teenagers to interact and share their creativity
· show the dynamic energy of the new generation, and to express well wishes for our home and community
· instill in our youth a positive worldview and set of values with love for country, school and community.
The MICS painting and calligraphy competition is aimed at promoting culture, creating an interactive platform for youth interested in calligraphy or/and painting, to inspire more youth to promote and develop traditional culture through action, to increase their enthusiasm for learning, to express themselves, and to build confidence and improve together. For additional details and how to apply, go to .
Please note that China Insight will not publishing a separate issue for August. Our hardworking volunteer staff needs a break; but we will return in September. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy your summer and thank you for your continued support. Please do not hesitate to contact Elaine Dunn or me if you would like to suggest a topic or have any comments or ideas to share on how China Insight can better serve the community.