Thank you to all of you who joined and supported us last Friday for our 2017 “Building Bridges” Lunar New Year Gala, Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank! The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Year of the Rooster in style with over 350 members of our region’s Chinese and international business communities.
Please visit our Facebook page to see more photos from our signature annual event!
COALITION FOR IMMIGRANT DIGNITY
COALITION FOR IMMIGRANT DIGNITY FORMS, ISSUES RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ACTION ON IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT
Yesterday afternoon, President Trump announced two executive actions regarding immigration, including construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and several aggressive strategies to enforce our nation’s outmoded immigration laws. The orders are unworkable, irrational, and wrong.
These policies have one basic goal – fostering divisions harmful divisions among cities, among co-workers, among parishioners and neighbors. But the people of Greater Cincinnati will not be divided. Here in this town President Trump’s efforts will fail.
In our beloved community we remain devoted to unity – committed to basic human decency for all.
To celebrate this unity we have formed the Coalition for Immigrant Dignity, an alliance of labor, civil rights, faith, and charitable groups. Coalition members are employers and employees. We are clergy and parishioners, clients and social workers, students and teachers, vendors and clients, patients and care givers, parents and children, sons and daughters.
We are first generation, we are 12th generation, we are new arrivals – refugees, visa holders, and others patiently waiting for an opportunity to enter on the pathway to citizenship. We are citizens and immigrants together. We believe in one another.
30 years have now gone by since Washington D.C. leaders came together to craft comprehensive updates to the nation’s immigration laws. A generation’s worth of D.C. leaders have failed to deliver needed changes. With these executive orders, the nation’s collective failure is now occupying center stage.
All who oppose these orders are encouraged to join our local Coalition for Immigrant Dignity.
Our coalition brings thousands of men and women together, makes them members one of another. We will share with one another common tools for common goals. We will educate, advocate and organize to oppose unjust deportations, defend the DACA program, and prevent harassment and bullying in all forms. Our goals are goals for all America – and our enemies are the enemies of all progress. The two cannot be separated.
Join us at our next meeting. For more information email or
这些政策有一个基本目的 – 在城市之间，同事之间，教区居民和邻居之间造成危害性极大的分裂
在我们所爱的社区，我们仍然致力于团结 – 为所有人致力于基本美德的建设。
Chinese Chamber Board Member Profile
Cheryl Young, Assistant Provost for Global Initiatives, Miami University
As an international education professional, as well as an experienced administrator in continuing higher education, Cheryl brings multiple perspectives to international education and enthusiastically embraces the ideals of extended and lifelong learning in formal, informal, and virtual settings in local and global locations.
Cheryl has an academic background in English Literature and Educational Curriculum and Leadership, with degrees from Miami University and the Wellesley Institute for Leadership & Management in Higher Education.
Cheryl in a resident of Oxford, Ohio, and enjoys traveling the world in pursuit of learning opportunities, connections to cultural diversity, and promoting Miami University global initiatives. Cheryl joined the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors in July 2016.
EB5 of Ohio is a local EB-5 Regional Center in Cincinnati, OH.
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a federally-sponsored investment program coordinated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The goal of the program is to facilitate the flow of foreign investment in the U.S. economy and promote the creation of U.S. jobs.
The EB-5 program provides foreign nationals with the opportunity to become conditional residents upon making an investment of $1 million, or $500,000 if in a designated Targeted Employment Area (TEA). The investment must be in new commercial enterprise and the investment must create, directly or indirectly, ten (10) new jobs for U.S. workers. Once this requirement is met, the investor may obtain permanent residency.
EB5 of Ohio was founded by Nigerian American Chinedum Ndukwe. The son of two Nigerian immigrants, Chinedum played for the Cincinnati Bengals for 4 years, and upon retirement, launched Kingsley and Co., a real estate investment and development firm. Chinedum was attracted to the EB5 program because it creates local jobs, stimulates the local economy, is a helpful tool for immigration, and is a great resource for developers as it offers low interest financing.
Chinese Chamber Board Member Profile
Jin Kong – Social Entrepreneur, Attorney, Adventurer
2016-17 Board Chair, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Jin Kong (孔进, 字 德昌), Esq., was born in the Gobi and grew up in Beijing. He came to Cincinnati at age 12 and attended Walnut Hills High School. After college, Jin enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and was deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in 2004 with the 1-24 infantry battalion. He was honorably discharge in 2006 and worked for The American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis thereafter. Jin attended IU Robert H McKinney School of Law at night and after graduating in 2013, he went to work for a large regional full service firm focusing his practice in health care, regulatory compliance, and international business. Jin is an Applied Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified by International Society for Six Sigma Certifications and a LEED GA by U.S. Green Building Council. He currently practices law part-time at Kong Esq., LLC and focuses on China, non-profits, social startups, health care (Medicare and Medicaid), elder law (Social Security), and community advocacy.
As a Social Entrepreneur, Jin is the Founder and Pathfinder of BrainBox ltd, a boutique consulting company focused on making sustainability simple and doing good measurable. BrainBox takes a proprietary process-based approach to help clients realize value in their triple (social, environmental, and economic) bottom-line. Additionally, BrainBox applies Lean Six Sigma principles to helping clients, non-profits and social enterprises, measure their impact by establishing logic models and data points in order to continuously improve. BrainBox offers workshops, guidebooks, and tailored consulting services based on client’s needs and budget.
In addition to BrainBox ltd, Jin is working with a team of professionals on a multilingual publishing and technology startup. The goal of this startup is to promote Cincinnati’s people and places through authentic stories, connect the city’s culture and heritage through quality content, make available a resource guide in many languages, and promote the region’s businesses, organizations, events and activities through printed books, web portals, mobile applications, and iBeacons.
Jin spends his leisure time writing on Confucian Merchant Philosophy and its overlap with modern day social entrepreneurship. His hope is to help inspire a global culture of human resilience grounded in virtue and wholeness.
Providers and Hospitals Prohibited Against Discrimination and Expected to Provide Language Assistance to those with Limited English Proficiencies
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in May of this year released its final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. This Section prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities receiving funding from HHS (e.g., Medicare and Medicaid, and Health Insurance Marketplace participants).
This final rule incorporates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. It does not, however, specify whether Section 1557 prohibits against discrimination re sexual orientation; but it is worth noting that HHS prohibits such discrimination “as a matter of policy.” Covered entity under this final rule (not to be confused with HIPAA’s “covered entity”) are also required to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to those individuals with limited English proficiency (e.g., provide oral and written translations).
Hospitals and providers are required to be in full compliance by October 16, 2016. Please note there is a private right of action (including class action) under this Section 1557.
You can find the final rule here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/
HHS’ policy on Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons is here: https://www.justice.gov/sites/
This week we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Harvest Festival or the Moon Festival. This is a special holiday in Asian cultures. Next to the Lunar New Year, this holiday is the second most important. I’ve always thought of it as the equivalent of Thanksgiving in the U.S. It is a time for gathering family and friends, give thanks for the harmonious times, and pray for good fortunes.
Here in the Midwest, we are far away from the warmth of this holiday and the smell of fresh baked mooncakes, the soft glows of lanterns, and the days-off to celebrate. As an immigrant of more than 20 years, I have grown accustomed to the lost and longing. But I remind you, our member companies, and the good people of this Greater Cincinnati region that this is a special time for those who do celebrate. I ask that you share your smiles and open your hearts. Learn about the traditions and folklores of this important festival. Ask about the ten suns and the story of Chang-E. Don’t be afraid to try a piece of mooncake, and no it is not the same as a moon pie. Welcome and embrace the difference, celebrate together the meaning and substance to your diversity and inclusion efforts.
And for all those who do celebrate this Mid-Autumn Festival, I wish you:
Jin Kong (孔进, 德昌)
Chairman, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Chinese Chamber Member Profile
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Rhonda B. Schechter, Senior Associate, Frost Brown Todd LLC.
Rhonda is an attorney in the Health Law and Corporate/Business practice groups at Frost Brown Todd LLC, and serves as the Secretary of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce. She assists clients, particularly those in the health care industry, with a range of business issues including mergers and acquisitions, vendor and physician contracts, and compliance with Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation and other regulatory schemes. She has broad-based experience advising clients on hospice care, medical residency programs, and meaningful use of electronic health records.
Rhonda received her J.D. in 2009, graduating first in her class (summa cum laude) from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the Northern Kentucky Law Review and as a justice of the Moot Court Board. Prior to receiving her J.D., she taught college language courses and worked with various international businesses as an administrator and consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Studies and French from Earlham College and a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Indiana University. Rhonda is fluent in French, conversational in Mandarin Chinese and also speaks some Japanese.
Rhonda is a graduate of the “Boardway Bound” program offered by ArtsWave (formerly the Fine Arts Fund) to train individuals to serve as board members for local arts organizations. She served on the board of Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute and currently serves on the board of directors of The Children’s Law Center, an organization based in Covington, KY that works to protect and enhance the legal rights of children.