China Meet and Greet: Events News

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.

Welcoming University of Cincinnati’s New Chinese Students

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Greetings and welcome to Cincinnati.

Or in other words:

同学们,欢迎!

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.

Chinese Chamber Added to Ranks of Cincinnati Mayor’s Immigration Task Force

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.