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“Voice of Asian Americans” finds new home in Shanghai after donation
By:Zhao Chunyuan  |  From:english.eastday.com  |  2021-09-18 19:04

Asian Week, known as the "Voice of Asian Americans", is the first nationwide mainstream weekly published in English in the United States introducing the life of Asian Americans. In recent American history, it has contributed greatly to the promotion of the image and social recognition of Asians. Today, more than 1,500 issues of Asian Week have found their new home in the Shanghai Library. On September 17, an online donation ceremony for Asian Week (by the Fang family, American expatriates from San Francisco) was held in the Shanghai Library.

The donation was witnessed by more than ten leaders and guests via video link in Shanghai and San Francisco, including Ms. Fang Li Bangqin, a famous American expatriate leader and owner of Asian Week; Chen Chao, director of the Shanghai Library; Wang Donghua, Chinese consul general in San Francisco; Bei Zhaojian, deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government; Ms. Yu Huiwen, one of the founders of the Charity Foundation and Mark Chandler, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the San Francisco Municipal Government.

At the online donation ceremony, Bei Zhaojian, said in his speech that this year marks the 41st anniversary of the establishment of the sister-city relationship between Shanghai and San Francisco. As one of the long-standing cooperation projects between Shanghai and San Francisco, this donation further promotes the historical and cultural exchanges between the two cities.

Chen Chao, director of the Shanghai Library, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Fang family for their donation of the Asian Week collection. Chen Chao said that more than 1,500 paper issues of Asian Week would be available to the public. The digital version of the issues will also be available for free browsing.

During the video link exchange, Ms. Fang Li Bangqin told the little-known story behind the donation. She said, "My husband, Fang Dachuan, was a Shanghainese, and he once studied at Fudan University. Now the Fang family have decided to donate Asian Week to the Shanghai Library and bring it back to its hometown. Thanks to the Shanghai Library for giving it a new home."

Asian Week was founded in 1979 by Fang Dachuan, an early San Francisco Chinese-American newspaper owner, with the support of his wife, Ms. Fang Li Bangqin. For more than 40 years, it has been run by the second generation of the Fang family, Mr. Fang Yiwei and Mr. Fang Yidai, and has earned the title of "The Voice of Asian Americans". Asian Week has published more than 1,500 issues and was converted to an online edition in 2009.