We are seeking your input as to the future direction of ChinaInsight …
Is this the end or a new beginning?
By Greg Hugh
Now that the Chinese New Year and the Beijing Olympics are behind us, the world’s attention is facing an international crisis as Russia has attacked Ukraine. No doubt that will overshadow the news cycle as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Life goes on as we all will have to deal with the consequences
We begin our 21st year of publishing and continue our mission of promoting cultural and business understanding between China and the U.S. along with providing a bridge between the Chinese and American communities of the Twin Cities area. However, we also are going to be making some hard decisions concerning continuing our mission or not. If we continue, what direction should we go?
Although ChinaInsight began as a free, printed newspaper back in 2001, it continues now to be available digitally at . For those of you that are not familiar with ChinaInsight, we are proud that during the previous 20 years to have been involved with the following:
· The St Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden, poetically known as 柳 明 園 (Liu Ming Yuan), Lub Vaj Phooj Ywg (Garden of Friendship), and Garden of Whispering Willows & Flowing Waters, is a community-based, volunteer-driven public garden developed through long-term collaboration among the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society (MCFGS), the St. Paul Department of Parks & Recreation, the Phalen Park neighborhood, and Twin Cities Hmong and Chinese communities. The city of Changsha is St Paul’s sister city in south China.
· Supported the campaign to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Chinese American Veterans of World War II that was spearheaded by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.
§ In collaboration with the Chinese Heritage Foundation, established A Passage to China in 2008 which became an annual event at Mall of America that promotes Chinese history, culture and customs through interactive activities for all ages with over 40 organizations from throughout the Twin Cities communities participating as a FREE event for the general public
§ Planned and hosted a forum on how to do business in China with speakers from Zhejiang Province
§ Developed a relationship with a WTO Training delegation from Zhejiang, China to promote business relationships between Zhejiang and Minnesota
§ Sponsored events held by the Chinese American Association of Minnesota, Asian Media Access, Dragon Festival and the China Center at the University of Minnesota
§ Sponsored and partnered with the Minnesota Timberwolves to promote all Timberwolves and Houston Rockets games featuring Yao Ming since 2002 resulting in the Timberwolves’ sponsorship of a China Expo at the Target Center in March 2004
§ Assisted and accompanied Governor Jesse Ventura on the trade mission to China in 2002
ChinaInsight is proud to have been involved over the years in initiating events such as these, in spite of tepid support from the community that provides minimum communications or advertising support. Consequently, we have relied on a dedicated volunteer staff which reduces our financial burden since this is what we have chosen to do to support the community.
That being said, as ChinaInsight begins its 21st year of publishing, we are soliciting comments from our targeted readers as to how our mission statement could be updated to better reflect current relations between the U.S. and the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) which has become more confrontational on many fronts. We have typically remained neutral on most issues that affect these two countries over the years. Would you like to see us take a different approach? Why?
The U.S.-China relationship is the most complex bilateral relationship for the United States. Over the last 30 years, Sino-American relations have undergone an impressive transformation from animosity and conflict to candid dialogue and constructive cooperation. These two vast and complicated countries have found limited common ground on issues of trade, investment and, more recently, security. But key issues remain unresolved, and the potential for troubling divergence is real as China becomes an economic powerhouse, a military force in Asia, and a potential rival to U.S. hegemony. What role should ChinaInsight take in covering these future developments?
Although there is not too much we can do to change whatever trajectory is in motion, the Chinese community needs to become more proactive and become more involved as citizens by getting involved in politics, charitable giving and other activities to shatter the “model minority” label and work together instead of as factions within their own communities.
Also, we would like to see ChinaInsight grow so we are interested hearing from those who are interested in joining us as a staff member, as investor or as a board member.
Please be sure to read about the various Chinese New Year celebrations covered in this issue.
Thank you for your continued support and our best wishes for your continued good health. Please contact me directly at [email protected] or 612-723-4872 with your comments.