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Education Leaders from Guangzhou, China Visit Triton College

Thursday, August 31, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Dr. Sue Campos, the dean of Triton College’s Health Careers and Public Service programs, leads a group of educators from Guangzhou, China on a tour of Triton’s Health and Sciences building on August 29. | Submitted photo

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Proviso Township Residents–China May Have Your Jobs

chinaAn employee in a forklift cruises past Chinese shipping containers. Photo by Business Insider.

Monday, December 15, 2014 || By Michael Romain

New study estimates 4,600 jobs lost in 7th Congressional District from ’01 to ’13 due to U.S. trade deficit with China

A recently released study (PDF: EPI US China Trade Deficit Study) by the liberal Economic Policy Institute (EPI) estimates that between 2001 and 2013, the U.S. has lost about 3.2 million jobs due to its growing trade deficit with China. About 132,500 of those lost jobs were from Illinois, with a small fraction of the state’s total loss – about 4,600 jobs – disappearing from the 7th congressional district. That data point ranks it 315th hardest-hit among the country’s 436 Congressional Districts (including the District of Columbia).

Illinois’s 7th Congressional District, which is represented by Congressman Danny K. Davis (D), covers much of the western suburbs (including Oak Park, River Forest and a range of Proviso Township suburbs such as Maywood, Bellwood and Melrose Park), in addition to a vast expanse of Chicago’s West Side.

A country’s balance of trade enters into a deficit when the amount of goods and services it imports exceeds the amount of goods and services it exports. When this happens, more money is going out of the country than is coming in.

“Each $1 billion in exports to China from the United States supports some American jobs. However, each $1 billion in imports from China displaces the American workers who would have been employed making these products in the United States,” the study notes.

“Since China entered the World Trade Organization in 2001, the massive growth of trade between China and the United States has had a dramatic and negative effect on U.S. workers and the domestic economy. Specifically, a growing U.S. goods trade deficit with china has the United States piling up foreign debt, losing export capacity, and losing jobs, especially in the vital but under-siege manufacturing sector,” EPI states.

The study also mentions that some congressional districts in Illinois, along with those in states such as New York and Georgia, were “especially hard-hit by trade-related job displacement in a variety of manufacturing industries, including computer and electronic parts, textiles and apparel, and furniture.”

Illinois had six of the top 20 hardest-hit congressional districts in the nation and had the fourth-highest job loss among states in the country, but its 7th Congressional District was not nearly as hard-hit as many of the nation’s hardest-hit districts, which include some iconic and wealthy locales.

For instance, the three hardest-hit Congressional Districts all spanned California’s Silicon Valley, encompassing places like Cupertino, home of Apple; Palo Alto, home of Hewlett-Packard and Stanford University; and Santa Clara, home of National Semiconductor. In all, those three districts – the 17th, 18th and 19th – lost more than 150,000 jobs between 2001 and 2013, the study claims. VFP

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Kite Runner: Why This Maywood Native Wants To Import A Chinese Passion To His Hometown

Screenshot 2014-07-06 at 12.11.11 PM(Valane Spaulding setting up for yesterday’s Family Kite Day at Conner-Heise Memorial Park. Photo by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press). 

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LaTrina Spaulding, Tiffney Hughes, Valane Spaulding, LaShaundra Murphy. Photo by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 || By Michael Romain

MAYWOOD–When newlyweds Valane and LaTrina Spaulding honeymooned to Beijing this year, the city’s thriving kite-flying culture made such an impression that Valane brought back some of that aerial passion to America–and in particular, Maywood, the place where he grew up.

“There were people flying kites in every park in Beijing that we came across,” Spaulding said. “It took me back to my childhood days. We don’t do that anymore.”

Those nostalgic moments in China would lead to yesterday’s Family Kite Day held at Conner-Heise Memorial Park on 10th and Washington, from 11 AM to 5 PM.

“I’m just trying to bring a little life, a little color, into our community,” said Spaulding, a Proviso East alumnus.

What began as a way to spread financial literacy and security to people in his community has spawned into a far more encompassing endeavor.

Spaulding, who majored in Finance at the University of Illinois and currently resides in downtown Chicago, has created an organization called Integrating People’s Options to formally facilitate more community events like the one yesterday. He envisions hosting basketball and softball tournaments, and 5K and 10K runs–right here in Maywood. His wife LaTrina, Tiffney Hughes and LaShaundra Murphy comprise the organization’s administrative team.

“I love my community,” Spaulding said. “I love my people, so when I read the news and I see the stuff that’s happening in Maywood–that hurts me. I ride through this community and I don’t see anyone in the parks. I hate that.”

At least for one overcast, but temperate, Saturday afternoon, however, one park in the Village was animated by an Imperial City pastime imported to the Village of Eternal Light. VFP

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