Hi Pu Ying:
Your Erie Chinese Journal was the first newspaper I read after I
returned to Solon Ohio from 6 weeks Asia Pacific.
I read the latest 2 editions from cover to cover. I found 5 articles
and ad that caught my eyes. Below are my comments.
I. 2012 Olympic in London UK
The article you wrote, or some one els wrote, was quite good and
fair. I do have concerns on treatments of Chinese Badminton players.
I was in China/Hong Kong when they were disqualified. They did not
get the needed support from their coach, Chinese Government and
Chinese blogger as well as CCCTV-5 that broadcasted around the clock
on Chinese Team in London.
Unlike the Korea and Indonesia, the Chinese received no support
until the 2012 Olympic Man Single Badminton Champion (I believe Liu
Dan) spoke out two or three days later. He spoke from his hearts. I
was very angry and hurt by this lack of suport by Chinese
government. If PRC believes Olympic is "友誼第一,比賽第二“ then it kidding
itself and its people. Everyone that worked and trained very hard
and made it to Olympic is only for one thing - TO WIN A GOLD OR
METAL, meaning top three place. So, the pair of Chinese Badminton
Players were no different. The bloggers and Chinese media changed
their tune and went to the extreme after International Herold, owned
by NY Times, published an article outlining why sometimes you need
to purposely to loose in order to win. The article sited USA
Baseball and Football as well as why Japanese women soccer team did
not want to score a point when they played the S. Africa team - to
rest and force the US players to travel back to London, a journey of
more than 3 hundred kilometers.
Without the support from anyone, the pair decided to retired. I hope
one day you have a follow-up write up with them.
Your article did not mention the Chinese Students (mainly from
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Oversea and ABC) took to the street in Washington
DC in protect against US government transferring 釣魚島 administrative
rights to japan. There were more than 18,000 participated in 2 days
of demonstration in May 1972. I was there along with now President
of Republic of China, 馬英九!
In my opinion, 釣魚島 is not the issue. China in conjunction with
Taiwan, should "internationalize" 流球群島。If I am not mistaken it does
not belong to Japan. The US just transferred its obligations and
responsibility to Japan. Once it is "internationalize", 釣魚島 will
fall out of it.
III. CLEVELAND CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE
I saw the ad and went to Berea Cuyahoga County Library to see the
performance. WOW!, we were very happy that we went. We learned the
history and the meaning of:
b. Zhong Hu, Er Hu, and many other Hus.
c. Di Zi
d. Gu Zhen
Compare to the profesional performance we saw in Beijing, the
Ensemble haa a way to catch-up. Nevertheless, they are quite good,
particularly the invited kids from audience to participate at the
end of the show. You can see that Americans are very interested when
it comes to Chinese music, folks songs paly by Chinese instruments.
Too bad there were only few of Chinese in the audience, although the
room was packed and some have to stand-up. My wife said it was worth
the 1.5 hours time we spent there.
I am very happy that this organization is not becoming active. I
first attended this orgaization's sponsor event was in 1980 when we
just moved into Solon Ohio. I was nice to see all the pictures in
this article. They were all my old friends....
V. THE NEW SZECHUAN GOURMET
My wife and I went to the opening today, We were treated royally
from the owner to the waitresses. Since we cannot eat too spice food
- doctors order, we order the one we were recommended but with mild
spice. Allow me to rate these 5 dishes we ordered.
2 Cold and 3 Hot dishes:
1. 川面x子鷄 - Excellent. No different than the high priced restaurant
my Chongqing customers took me earlier this year.
2 川北涼粉- Excellent. Better than what I ate before.
3 魚香蝦 - very good
4 魚香egg plant - good - the egg plants could be more tender.
5. 麻婆豆腐 - Excellent. This dish is quite different than any
restaurant that sells this dish in Greater Cleveland area.
The price for this dishes were very reasonable. I have no
reservation to recommend others to eat there! However, I must remind
you that you must tell the waitress easy on salt and "hotness". You
cannot help it with the oil as it is part of Szechuan cousin.
Finally, allow me to congratulate your 10th Anniversary. It is not
easy to maintain such quality only Chinese New/Journal in Greater
Cleveland. Keep up the hard and excellent work!
Thanks and wishing you the best
Ray Hing, Solon Ohio 印尼出生美籍華人