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The staff of ChinaInsight are pleased to reconnect with you after enjoying our own summer hiatus that we normally take during the month of August. Our all-volunteer staff have had a chance to recharge.  We hope your summer has been a fulfilling one, although a bit too hot for my taste.

As summer ends, Minnesotans are again able to enjoy many traditional outdoor events that have been limited over the past few years due to COVID-19, and can participate in popular events like the Aquatennial, the State Fair and the Renaissance Festival once more.

While Minnesotans still await Labor Day (signifying the end of summer) and await the arrival of Indian summer, Chinese Americans get to celebrate yet another festival. The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which this year occurs on Sept. 10.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a festival celebrated by East and Southeast Asians to mark the end of the autumn harvest. The festival is also commonly known as the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It is an important holiday for the Chinese where families get together, worship the moon, and celebrate the harvest.

The names of the festival and the customs in each country and region may differ. The festival is called Zhōngqiū Jié in Mandarin, and is referred to by many other names in different countries. However, the main essence of the festival remains the same, focusing on family, prayers and thanksgiving.

The Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival has been in existence for more than 3000 years, dating back to the emperors of China who worshipped the full moon, thanking it for abundant harvests. It is the second-most important festival in China, coming right after the Chinese New Year

Kicking off early in the Twin Cities will be the celebration held by the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society (see page 4).  For additional details, visit www.mnchinagarden.org.

The Mall of America celebrates the Moon Festival on Sept. 25 (details on page 5.) CAAM celebrates autumn on Oct. 15 (page 5).

As you may all know already, we regret a Chinese institution has decided it is time to call it quits. The Fong family announced in July its restaurant, David Fong’s, will close its doors on Aug. 31, 2022. As one of the longest family-owned and operated restaurants, the Bloomington-based facility has decided after 64 years it is ending the business while it was at its top so the current owner, #1 son, Eddie Fong, can enjoy his retirement.  Needless to say, the community is greatly disappointed but accepts the family’s decision and is grateful to have had the opportunity of enjoying its offerings while it lasted.

Owing to the overwhelming desire by customers who wanted to dine one last time at David Fong’s, the restaurant only opened for dinner the last month, since the staff needed to use the normal lunch shift to properly prepare for the dinner crowd.  Again, they had to curtail ability to fill take-out orders since the wait time was exceeding an hour.

ChinaInsight congratulates the Fong family on a fantastic business and is proud to report that over the years, we have featured about 15 articles about David Fong and his family. If you are interested in reading them, visit www.chinainsight.info and search for “David Fong.” Our most recent article appeared on page 12 of our Nov.-Dec. 2021 issue, which you can access under our past issue tab.

As always, thank you for your support and please do not hesitate to contact Elaine Dunn or me if you would like to share any ideas about what we can do to make ChinaInsight THE newspaper for the community.

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