As many of you are aware, record high temperatures have been set all week long in portions of the Midwest and South. Minneapolis set a daily record-high on June 20 with a high temperature of 101 degrees, breaking the old record of 98 degrees. It was also the first 100-degree day in the Twin Cities since May 2018. We should consider ourselves fortunate since the rest of the country is experiencing more severe, unusual climatic events while other parts of the world have endured an earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and South Asia experienced unprecedented floods.
As we gear up for the summer season, we are looking forward to a return of normal pre-pandemic life. Although the Dragon Festival has announced that it will not be held this year, Minneapolis has announced the return of the Aquatennial. (Check their website for the latest details.) Hopefully you will be able to observe 4th of July at your favorite fireworks location.
There are still a few activities that can be enjoyed outdoors, and we strongly recommend visiting either of the Chinese Gardens located within the Twin Cities area: The St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden of Whispering Willow and Flowing Waters at Lake Phalen Regional Park or the Chinese Garden at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.
The key to realistic planning in times of crises and to continue the battle against COVID-19 is to balance social and personal responsibility. Thus, the best we can do in the time of COVID-19 is to do what it takes, to the best of our ability, to flatten the curve. In our opinion, this means taking protective and preventative measures so that the number of cases is spread out over time so our healthcare system can more realistically manage those who are sick and need help. Thus, do not worry about what you cannot control. We can all function in a responsible manner without endangering others.
Asian Media Access recently helped organize several events that provided some safety training for the Asian community in reaction to the unfortunate rise in Asian-hate incidents and an upcoming event to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, see page 5.
We would also like to invite all artists to submit their work as noted on page 4; and read about the historic Jumbo Floating Restaurant on page 7. ChinaInsight is happy to recognize the students that were awarded scholarships by CAAM on pages 8-9.
Please note that ChinaInsight will not be publishing a separate issue for August. Our hardworking volunteer staff deserves 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 for coverage or have any comments or ideas to share on how ChinaInsight can better serve the community.