Fall is a great time to get out after work and do some networking. It’s also great for learning about U.S.-China relations and Chinese investment in the Midwest. We have three events slated for fall so far, and we’ll probably see at least one more come up before the snow hits the ground in December. Here’s the lineup
CHINA Town Hall — Oct. 16 after work
Local Connections, National Relfections
We are teaming up with the National Committee on United States-China Relations Oct. 16 to offer a live teleconference on U.S.-China relations and our keynote speaker will be President Jimmy Carter.
The event will be from 6 to 8 pm at the Digitorium in Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. You can click here to learn more and register.
We’ll have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a local talk by China hand Michael McCune. Join us for a national discussion on U.S.-China relations.
Beer and Guanxi — October tentative
Good Food, Good People, Good Guanxi
Come join us at this free event from 6 to 8 pm at Rhinegeist for networking, games, food and drinks. Our YP Committee members are currently finding the appropriate date. Stay tuned for the release of that information.
Our goal is to build a community to join the movement for making Cincinnati a more international city. So, if you are looking to meet new people and discuss ways of making Cincinnati better, you won’t want to miss this event.
Cincinnati Checklist — Nov. 12 after work
A Discussion on Chinese Investment in Middle America
Miller Canfield and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce will hold a discussion panel on Chinese investment in Middle America. You can register at this link or by clicking the button above.
The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Nov. 12. It will feature networking, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails in the historic Chef’s Room of the Phoenix club in downtown Cincinnati.
The panelists — Yanping Wang, Shusheng Wang, and Matthew Steele — have intimate knowledge of Fuyao Auto Glass as they have worked to implement their expected $250 million investment in Ohio, the largest by a Chinese company ever in our great state. Join us to learn about how this massive deal went down and what we can expect for the future of Chinese business in the region.
September turned out to be one of the busiest months for the Chinese Chamber this year. All in all, we had three Chinese delegations come to Cincinnati to build new partnerships and learn about economic development opportunities in our fair region. We had lots of photo opportunities as well. Check out some of the moments we shared with our new friends from China. You can also view our Facebook album at this link here.
The Beijing Bar Association members will be in Cincinnati in two weeks and we’ve been invited to join them for lunch. Click this link to register. The event is free for members of the Chinese Chamber.
This mixer luncheon will run from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 24. It will take place at the Frost Brown Todd offices in the Great American Tower. Our executive director is working to sort out parking arrangements and will have more information next week.
At the luncheon, you’ll get the chance to speak with about 15 young and veteran lawyers, as well as, party officials from Beijing to talk business, culture, and other interests. The event should prove to be a great networking opportunity that could not have happened without the help of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Frost Brown Todd.
Today is Mid-Autumn Festival, a day of “intangible cultural heritage” in Mainland China.
The official harvest festival is celebrated all over eastern and southeastern parts of Asia. It falls on the the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar during a full moon, which is in September or early October.
Apparently, the harvest festival originated in China during the Shang Dynasty, as early as 16th century B.C.E. It became popular during the Tang Dynasty in 600 C.E. Suffice it to say the activity has happened on the same date for thousands of years. Some of the characteristics of the festival include gathering together, giving thanks and praying for a bountiful future.
In our modern age, the Chinese take this time off as a national holiday to travel, be with family and attend public displays. The BBC published a great look at the festival at this link. Here’s our favorite photo.
Two Delegations are Coming to Cincinnati
Join them for lunch September 24
Mark your calendars. Thanks to the work of Felix Chang at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, we’re going to have the chance to meet with the members of both the Beijing and Chongqing bar associations. Frost Brown Todd will host the two delegations at their offices on the 33rd floor of the Great American Tower downtown. You can get all the details and register at this link. The event is free for members.
Also, our newly formed Young Professionals Committee will hold a networking event on the evening of Sept. 18. The committee members haven’t quite decided on a location, but it could be one of the sushi shops on West McMillan St. We’ll announce all the details next week on our Facebook page.
Finally, our Programs Committee has been working diligently to put together a great dinner party for our annual Lunar New Year Gala. They have almost finished making their choice for the menu, time and location of the event. By this time next month, we’ll be announcing all the details. But for now, you can go ahead and mark your calendars for Feb. 6, 2015.
Greetings and welcome to Cincinnati.
Or in other words:
University of Cincinnati welcomed nearly 1,000 new international students to its ranks this week. They landed at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (more colloquially known as CVG) early this week and received simple toiletries — how nice — and a free ride to their new homes.
Oh yeah and one third (about 250 students) are from China. The other large groups come from India and Saudi Arabia mostly, but our sources; i.e. the international office, say the largest group is the Chinese students.
We’re throwing a party for them tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 15) from 2 to 5 pm at the 86 Club on Short Vine. If you have the time, come join us. We’ll have food, music, games and prizes. A panel of Chinese professionals who live in Cincinnati will also join us to talk about life in the Queen City.
Our goal is to engage this community and help to thrive in Cincinnati. We hope they study hard, graduate fast and get jobs locally. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce has found that 72 percent of international students want to stay in Cincinnati. It makes sense to help them gain the best opportunities possible.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley kicked off his immigration task force July 24 and the Chinese Chamber has been added to the ranks.
The mayor surrounded himself with about 80 of the volunteers who will make up this task force during a press conference in the marbled corridors of Music Hall this month and he made it quite clear that his focus is direct foreign investment.
It’s been a project of his since the beginning; the endeavor is just now gaining traction.
Attracting more foreign-born people to live, work and invest here makes the region more competitive. And it draws new sources of capital, innovation, productivity and excitement, Cranley said.
The Chinese Chamber has been added to the committee chaired by Bob Stevie, treasurer of Cincinnati Sister Cities, to attract foreigners to Cincinnati for possible investment and immigration.
Strikingly enough, the Chinese Chamber’s membership committee has been working on a program for which Stevie has shown much approval. In fact, a member of the membership committee is in China right now pitching the idea of tourist packages to Cincinnati. He will be speaking with Chinese tourism agencies and government officials about the opportunity.
The goal of this tourism program is to collaborate with local organizations to put together a lovely sightseeing package and set aside optional time for viewing residential areas, schools, universities, hospitals, etc. We want to capture some of the billions of dollars that are spent by Chinese tourists travelling abroad, and if possible, entice them to live and work here.
After all, Cincinnati is far behind more vibrant cities in the nation of similar size when it comes to percentage of the population that was born abroad. Cincinnati’s percent of foreign-born residents stands at just 5 percent, compared to 13 percent nationwide. To become greater, Cincinnati needs more diversity. The Chinese Chamber will lend its strength to that effort.