overseas Chinese/Returnees Part 4

Army awards Medal of Heroism to 3 cadets killed in high school shooting

Feb 20, 2018

  • Cadet Peter Wang was being buried Tuesday wearing his JROTC uniform – and with him – the U.S. Army’s Medal of Heroism. Wang, 15, was wearing his JROTC uniform when he was killed in last week’s Parkland, Fla. high school shooting. “He was pointing the door open for other people to escape and then he was struck by the bullets,” classmate and friend Aiden Ortiz told ABC affiliate WPLG. “I want people to know he died a hero. He died saving many people.” Also Tuesday, the U.S. Military Academy, known as West Point, posthumously offered admission to Wang for his heroic actions during the shooting. It was Wang’s lifelong dream to attend the Academy.


Florida school shooting ‘hero’ JROTC cadet should receive military burial: Classmates

Feb 18, 2018

  • He saved lives in uniform and, his friends say, didn’t flinch in the face of an alleged mass shooter in a Parkland, Fla., high school last week. Now, friends of 15-year-old Peter Wang are trying to posthumously honor the “hero” by petitioning for a military burial. Were it not for the heroics displayed by Peter, his friends are certain the death toll on Wednesday would have been higher. When the mass shooter was marching straight for Peter’s classroom, according to one of his close friends who were there, Wang stood tall in full Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) regalia and sacrificed his life as he ushered other students and teachers to safety.


More Chinese Graduates from Foreign universities Returning Home: Forbes

January 27, 2018

  • Chinese graduates from foreign universities are returning home more than ever before, due to factors including the strength of the Chinese economy, especially in the technology industry, Forbes has reported. China is winning back more “sea turtles” — the Chinese expression to refer to people who have returned home after studying abroad — with fast growth in the technology industry in recent years, the report said. Large tech companies such as Tencent and Alibaba are expanding “exponentially”, while venture capital investments in smaller tech startups are growing at a fast speed, the report noted.


Chinese culture show features KevJumba, student performances

January 27, 2018

  • More than 100 students crowded in the Fenway Center for the third annual Culture Show by Northeastern’s Chinese Student Association Sunday. However, the crowd quickly quieted as the stage lights dimmed for the first act. The event featured a talk by Asian-American YouTube star Kevin Wu, widely known by his YouTube handle KevJumba, and performances by members of Northeastern’s Chinese Student Association, or NUCSA. “Predominantly, [NUCSA] is a club that focuses around providing a space for Chinese-American students, so we try to do shows that are relevant to our culture,” said Jess Yin, the club’s event coordinator and a fourth-year civil engineering major.


Overseas Chinese contributed to China’s development before – and can do so again

27 January, 2018

  • Chi Wang says generations of overseas Chinese supported each other and the country during tough times, and this is something the younger generation – and President Xi Jinping – should remember amid calls for ‘national rejuvenation’. Older Chinese also never failed to forget about friends and family back home. During economic hardships, those who were working abroad sent money to families there; during the second world war, this included sending money to help fight the Japanese invaders. When China opened up economically, they were among the first to contribute foreign direct investment when few trusted China’s economic potential. Overseas Chinese continue to play a large role in international businesses, and by sharing Chinese history and culture they’re able to promote understanding of China and friendships with people abroad. Even Chinese leaders have recognised the importance of engaging people abroad, whereas younger generations have not. Former Chinese leaders Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao all paid attention to overseas Chinese. When visiting other countries, they all took time to engage overseas communities and recognised their importance to China. Jiang and Hu both met groups of Chinese, including older residents and students during state visits to the US, and Jiang asked the Chinese embassy to invite Chinese scholars like me to talk to him.


New rules for visas to help Chinese ‘return home’


  • Ethnic Chinese living overseas will be able to apply for a Chinese visa starting next month that will be valid for multiple entries over five years, the Ministry of Public Security said on Monday. Under current rules, those in this group can apply for a visa with a maximum period of one year. The ministry also will prolong the validity period of residency permits for the group from three years to five years, the ministry said. The move aims to streamline the process for overseas Chinese to “return home” and to make it easy for them to visit families, conduct business and cultural exchanges and run personal errands in China, the ministry said.


Chinese Americans on tours to Guangdong to seek out their roots, and their emotional journeys

22 January, 2018

  • When Jason Zheng was growing up in San Francisco, he wasn’t proud of being Chinese. “I always had a need to fit into white culture and wanted to shed the Chinese part. I thought Cantonese sounded harsh, and Chinatown stinky. I just wanted to fit in,” he recalls. For nearly 30 years a non-profit has been helping Chinese Americans discover their family history in southern China – visits that can stir up strong emotions, reinforce participants’ Chinese identity and lift a veil on forebears’ sacrifices


649 Chinese nationals killed in overseas accidents in 2017

Jan 11, 2018

  • A total of 649 Chinese citizens were killed in various accidents outside the country, an official said on Wednesday. Guo Shaochun, director of the Department of Consular Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, revealed the figure during a press briefing held in Beijing, noting that traffic and tourism accidents accounted for more than half the death toll, Global Times reports. Indeed, 169 were killed in traffic accidents, while 156 died in incidents related to tourism, such as drowning.


Chinese consulate issues warnings of anti-Chinese attacks in Australia

December 19, 2017

  • The Chinese consulate-general in Melbourne on Tuesday issued a warning to Chinese students, encouraging them to take more safety precautions amid increasing attacks and insults targeting Chinese nationals in Australia. “Recently, attacks and insults targeting Chinese students have occurred in different places in Australia, therefore we warn all Chinese students in Australia to keep alert of possible danger and call the police and embassy if such incidents occur,” read the announcement.


Overseas returnees will help Chinese enterprises to go global in the future: report


  • An increasing number of Chinese overseas returnees will help Chinese enterprises to go global in the future, according to a report released by global recruitment specialist group Hays on Dec. 6, China News reported. According to the report, China’s vigorous economic growth and the strong demand from local companies for internationally-trained talents is attracting returnees from all over the world. Statistics shows that, in 2016, the total number of Chinese students studying overseas reached 544,500, while the total number of Chinese returnees reached 432,500, representing an increase of 5.72 percent over 2015.


University Honors Memory of Research Great Jerry Yang

November 28, 2017

  • It’s been more than eight years since the UConn community lost animal science professor Jerry Yang a few months shy of his 50th birthday, after a 10-year battle with cancer. But the Board of Trustees recently took a step to ensure that he will never be forgotten here on the Storrs campus. Yang, whose full first name was Xiangzhong, was internationally known for his research in embryo transfer and biotechnology. He is best remembered for cloning Amy, a Holstein calf born at UConn in June 1999, the first cloned farm animal in the United States.


Oscar nominations – the Chinatown bank saga behind Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, up for best documentary

13 November, 2017

  • Since its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last September, the documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail has been screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world and picked up a string of awards. On Tuesday it was shortlisted for a best documentary Oscar. Yet audiences continue to be shocked by the injustices meted out on a small bank serving the Chinese community in New York’s Chinatown. In 2012, Abacus Federal Savings Bank became the only US financial institution to be indicted in the wake of the crisis. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jnr indicted Abacus and 19 of its former employees on 240 counts. It was alleged that they schemed to inflate the income and other qualifications of loan applicants, and falsified documents to obtain mortgages through the Federal National Mortgage Association, known as Fannie Mae.


San Francisco’s first Chinese-American police officer dies

Nov. 12, 2017

  • Herb Lee, San Francisco’s first Chinese-American police officer, has died. He was 84. He investigated gangs and later worked in the juvenile and narcotics divisions. He was promoted to sergeant and became executive director of the Police Activities League, overseeing athletic and enrichment programs for poor children.


Why did 300 Chinese fathers vanish from Liverpool in 1946 after wartime service in British merchant navy?

4 Nov 2017

  • Kept secret by the British government, the disappearance of sailors who’d braved German U-boats through the second world war left many Eurasian children to grow up not knowing what happened to their dads. During the 1940s, about 20,000 experienced mariners were recruited in Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong to supplement the British merchant fleet and undertake hazardous convoy duties in the waters of the North Atlantic, infested with German submarines, and beyond. Liverpool was the de facto headquarters of this Chinese merchant navy. Many of the men, like Foley’s father, a marine engineer, met and fell in love with local women and settled in the city. “Chinese sailors were not only cheaper, they were also obedient, hard-working and didn’t drink and make trouble,” Han Qing, a professor of maritime history and culture with Dalian Maritime University, told the China Daily last year. “Even before the war, Chinese sailors had earned a good reputation in Europe.”


Vancouver city council approves apology to Chinese community

Nov 01, 2017

  • Vancouver city council has agreed to issue a formal apology for the historical discrimination of Chinese residents in Vancouver. The city will also push for a UNESCO heritage designation for Chinatown — though such a move, if effective, could take up to a decade to take effect. Historical legislation, policies and practices and other related archival material reflecting discrimination towards Chinese residents were compiled by the HDC based on historical records between 1886 and 1947. “Many of those kinds of bylaws, I think Vancouverites and most Canadians don’t know about.”


Shanghai Universities Go Overseas to Court US Graduates

Oct 24, 2017

  • As more Chinese students return home from overseas every year, 12 Shanghai universities have joined the fall hiring fray to entice U.S. graduates with teaching and research positions. “We are hiring for all subjects, with a focus on material science, communication and computer, mechanical engineering, business, and art, which are the key disciplines of [our] school,” Mei Weidong, a staff member at Shanghai University’s human resources department, told Sixth Tone. “The recruitment is not limited to overseas Chinese students, but is also open to high-level foreign experts,” Lu Qi, the vice director of human resources at Shanghai Jiaotong University, told Wenhui Daily.


China’s united front work follows foreign laws, customs


  • China’s united front work among overseas Chinese is conducted under the premise of respecting laws and major interests and concerns of local countries, a senior official said on Saturday. “Our practice is in line with the international convention… and we’ve been adhering to the principles of open, law-binding and mutual benefits,” said Zhang Yijiong, executive vice-minister of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the top body in charge of cooperating with non-CPC bodies and individuals.


Phillip Lim talks about ‘Made in China’ stigma and being Chinese at Shanghai Fashion Week

17 October, 2017

  • The Asian American designer feels a strong connection to China and wants to change the stereotypical view of manufacturing in the country as poor-quality. And while he identifies with all those things, Lim is today, at Shanghai Fashion Week, exploring his China connection. “I’m Chinese and I get asked a lot how does it feel to be Chinese but not to be from here”. “In Chinese culture, things are not spoken. Growing up in the West, you’re so used to being vocal,” he says, “but in Chinese families, at home it’s always about respect and things you won’t have to be told. A lot of values and nuances … there’s humility and hard work.” “It’s in my blood,” he says. “As I get older and older I feel more connected [to China] … Wen and I are children of immigrants, first-generation Chinese immigrants. We’re proud of who we are.”


Which ethnic minority group is the smartest in the UK?

October 11, 2017

  • Titled “Ethnicity Facts and Figures”, the website shows stats on how different ethic groups are doing in areas like education, health and housing. If you want to know whether white Britons earn GBP2 more per hour, you now have a one-stop centre at your disposal. Chinese teens get best grades in English (Yup, better than the Brits) Chinese teens score the most 3As in A-Level


Top political advisor asks overseas Chinese to contribute to national revival


  • China’s top political advisor Thursday asked overseas Chinese to make greater contributions to the Chinese nation’s rejuvenation. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks while meeting with members of China Overseas Exchange Association in Beijing. Yu spoke highly of the association’s role in establishing close ties with overseas Chinese, promoting international cooperation in economics, science and technology, culture and education, and enhancing exchanges between the Chinese people and the rest of the world.


China’s roving students are lured home

  • Historically, the Chinese student diaspora has headed abroad to study, guided by a belief that European or American MBAs were superior to those from Chinese institutions. But the qualitative difference between local and overseas schools is narrowing for Chinese students, as increasing numbers of domestic institutions have gained international accreditation that qualifies them for global rankings. The Shanghai-based China Europe International Business School (Ceibs) MBA course was ranked 11th best in the world by the Financial Times this year, up from 17th in 2016 and the highest of five Chinese schools in the top 100. It became the first Chinese institution to receive European Foundation for Management Development accreditation in 1994. Now 20 Chinese schools have achieved the standard, according to David Asch, EFMD’s director of quality services.


With many Chinese talents returning home, China gets set to overtake the U.S. in technology breakthroughs


  • A recent report by Goldman Sachs indicated that China has the resources and ambitious, high-level government plans to support artificial intelligence (AI) development and machine learning over the next few years. In the report, the investment bank identified four key factors for the growth of the AI industry – talent, data, infrastructure and computing power. By now, China already has the first three factors needed to fully embrace AI. Some talents who studied and worked overseas shared their stories with the Global Times to explain why they came back to China. Wang Jianzong, AI Senior Director of Ping An Group, said he was not hesitant when he made the decision two years ago to come back to China after spending many years in the U.S.


Overseas Chinese media urged to promote Belt and Road Initiative


  • Qiu Yuanping, director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, has called on Chinese language media around the world to play an active role in the Belt and Road Initiative. Qiu made the statement at the opening ceremony of the Ninth Forum on the Global Chinese Language Media, held in Fuzhou City, capital of East China’s Fujian Province, on Sunday. She called for overseas Chinese media to advocate for and spread the spirit of the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s proposal to build a Silk Road Economic Belt and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in cooperation with related countries.


Returning the favour: ‘China’s Nobels’ reward world-class researchers bringing top talent home

10 September, 2017

  • Mainland China’s richest science prize recognises recipients for work on molecular structures, quantum satellites and algebraic geometry. A decade ago, biophysicist Shi Yigong answered the call from his home country, resigning from Princeton University and heading back to China for good. Quantum satellite researcher Professor Pan Jianwei, 47, picked up the award for physical sciences while Peking University’s Xu Chenyang, 36, was the recipient in mathematics and computer science. All three scientists studied and worked abroad before returning to pursue research in China. Pan received his doctorate from the University of Vienna while Xu received his from Princeton. Beijing has encouraged Chinese scientists overseas to return to the mainland, offering job and research opportunities to elite talent.


Nationals embrace foreigners returning ‘home’


  • Overseas athletes of Chinese ancestry have made their debut at the National Games as China expands its talent search globally for future Olympians. There are more than 10,000 athletes competing at the ongoing games in Tianjin. But eight have drawn extra attention, not for their athletic achievements, but for their identities. The eight athletes, who are foreigners of Chinese origin or Chinese citizens living abroad, are the first group to benefit from a reform adopted to allow them to compete at the quadrennial event in Tianjin.


Taiwanese-American jailed for aiding Chinese nuclear program

Sep 1, 2017

  • A U.S. court on Thursday sentenced an American citizen to two years in prison for conspiring in the unlawful development of nuclear power technology in China, the Justice Department announced. Szuhsiung Ho, also known as Allen Ho, 66, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Taiwan, had pleaded guilty in January and was also ordered to serve a year of supervised release and pay a $20,000 fine.


Search for WWII Chinese-American veterans is a race against time


  • They are dying virtually every day, and Ed Gor is trying to find them before they do. They are the 20,000 Chinese Americans who fought in World War II. Nobody knows how many are alive. “The youngest who served would be 88 now. The oldest who is still alive is 101,” said Gor, the national president of Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA). “We’re trying to find them as quickly as possible.” For the veterans, many of their parents were not able to join their families in China or get them to the US because of the Chinese Exclusion Act.


NYPD cop’s daughter is born three years after his death

July 25, 2017

  • As mortally wounded NYPD cop Wenjian Liu lay in a Brooklyn hospital in 2014, doctors asked his stricken wife if she wanted his semen preserved so that she might someday have his child. “Of course she said yes,’’ a friend told The Post — and Tuesday, two-and-a-half years after Liu’s murder, his widow gave birth to their daughter. Liu’s widow, Pei “Sanny’’ Xia Chen, named the baby “Angel’’ as a tribute to her slain hero husband — whose police hat is now next to her bed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on the Upper East Side, said the pal, fellow cop widow Maria Dziergowski. The day Chen was artificially inseminated, “she had a dream that Wenjian was there in a white gown looking like an angel and that he handed her a baby, and he said, ‘It’s a girl, a little angel,’ ’’ Dziergowski said.


Case of missing China scholar rattles compatriots at U.S. colleges

July 18, 2017

  • For many of the 300,000 Chinese students at U.S. colleges and their parents back home, the presumed kidnapping of a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois confirmed their worst fears about coming to America to study. Xinyi Zhang, a 21-year-old student from China who is studying accounting at the same Illinois school that the missing woman was attending, said the case has stirred deep anxiety for her and her family in China. She said she had tried to shield her parents from details of the disappearance of Yingying Zhang, 26, who came to Illinois several months ago to study photosynthesis and crop productivity. But the Chinese media had covered the story too closely to keep them in the dark.