February 15, 1992 |
It's Friday night and 17 emigres from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong are gathered in Monterey Park where, as members of the new West Coast Chamber Orchestra, they are rehearsing a varied repertory under the baton of Liu Dunnan. They plan to play some Bach and Grieg before getting down to their true mission: performing traditional Chinese music scored for chamber orchestra.
June 13, 1993 |
COMING TO AMERICA ONE DAY IN THE SUMMER OF 1991, WITHOUT WARNING OR EXPLANATION, Zhou Wei and Xiao Chen were released from an Immigration and Naturalization Service prison in Texas. They had no money, no food and no idea where they were or how to contact the relatives in New York City they had never met. And it was pouring. The two men, both just shy of 21, were overwhelmed with joy.
May 22, 1990 |
More than 200 scientists asked the Chinese government Monday to allow Fang Lizhi and his wife, Li Shuxian, to leave China and threatened to boycott scientific conferences there until the human rights activists are free to emigrate. The scientists, led by Soviet physicist Yuri Orlov, also urged the U.S. government to put more pressure on China to permit the two to leave their refuge at the U.S. Embassy without threat of arrest.
October 26, 1989 |
The House voted Wednesday to suspend for three years the deportation of illegal immigrants from three nations recently torn by civil strife--China, El Salvador and Nicaragua. It is estimated by the government that there are as many as 800,000 Salvadoran immigrants, 200,000 Nicaraguans and 45,000 Chinese nationals currently living in the United States, either on temporary visas or illegally. About half of the immigrants from El Salvador are believed to be living in California.
September 3, 1989 |
The Chinese government has made a "preliminary decision" to reduce the number of graduate students sent for study abroad, an official newspaper reported Saturday. In place of the young graduate students, an increased number of older scholars will be sent overseas for shorter visits on non-degree programs and exchanges, according to He Dongchang, vice minister of the State Education Commission, who was quoted by the China Daily.
October 10, 1989
China for the first time has refused to accept Chinese illegal immigrants being returned from Hong Kong, a Hong Kong government spokesman said. A total of 70 were scheduled to be repatriated to the neighboring Chinese province of Guandong, but Chinese officials refused to accept them at the border. The Hong Kong spokesman said that talks are being conducted on the incident. Under a 1982 accord, China has routinely accepted illegal immigrants returned by Hong Kong.