Open statement from Midwest USA Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Dear Community Leaders,

solidarityThe Asian American communities are gravely saddened and concerned about the recent sharp increases in attacks and violence on law-abiding, hardworking Asian Americans. Asian Americans traditionally love this great country of ours. They are proud to contribute, to help build this  great country and serve in the armed forces of this great nation.

The Asian American communities are deeply concerned about the lack of safety these days and call for actions to return to civility and treat each other with respect, dignity, and equality, for which America is proudly known and standing.

Regards,

Lee Wong, US Army (retired) with over 20 years of active-duty service (24/7) to the nation
Chairman of the Board
Midwest USA Chinese Chamber of Commerce (fka. Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce)


The following organizations and persons endorse the above statement:

  • Adam Hayden, Seeds of Peace / Kids4Peace
  • Aarti, Noah, & Zoe, junior high school students with Kids4Peace Cincinnati
  • Alfonso Cornejo, President, Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA
  • Allison Reynolds-Berry, Executive Director, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center
  • Bakhtavar Desai, President, Zoroastrian Association of Ky, OH, & IN
  • Bao M. Nguyen, Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati 
  • Barry E. Cobb
  • Bleuzette Marshall, PhD, VP for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact, University of Cincinnati
  • Brent Cooper, President & CEO, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Bryan Wright, Executive Director, Cincinnati Compass
  • Carla D. Walker, CEO, think BIG strategies
  • Cathy Heldman, Regional Director, American Jewish Committee
  • Charleston Wang, Interethnic Council of Greater Cincinnati, Asian American Hour WAIF 88.3 FM
  • Charmaine McGuffey, Sheriff, Hamilton County
  • Chip Harrod, Board Chair Michael Hawkins, Tamie Sullivan, and Tammy Bennett, EquaSion
  • Chris Burns, City of Montgomery Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate
  • Cynthia Cummins, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue
  • Daniel B. Cunningham, CEO, Long-Stanton Group
  • Daniel J. Hoffheimer, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Denise Driehaus, Hamilton County Commissioner
  • Dr. Amir Izhar, Board Chair and Henry Hane, Executive Director, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Eliot K. Isaac, Police Chief, the Cincinnati Police Department
  • Eric H. Kearney, Esq., President & CEO, Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Felicity Tao, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association
  • Geneva Blackmer, Program Director, the Interfaith Center at Miami University
  • Helen Rindsberg, President, Cincinnati Asian Art Society.
  • Inayat Malik MD, Past Board Chair, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati 
  • J. Neri , Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition
  • Jackie Congedo, Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati
  • Jaipal Singh, CHAATRIK Architecture
  • James Buchanan, Board Chair, Interfaith Cincy and Foreign Policy Leadership Council
  • Jan Armstrong Cobb, EquaSion and A Mighty Stream
  • Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Cincinnati City Councilmember
  • Jeff Liu, President & CEO, Fuyao Group North America
  • Jessica Baron, EquaSion
  • Jill P. Meyer, President & CEO, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Joseph A. Hinson, President & CEO, West Chester ▪ Liberty Chamber Alliance
  • Joe Mallory, President, Cincinnati NAACP
  • Justin Kirschner, Associate Director, Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Kazuya Sato, President, Cincinnati Chapter Japanese American Citizens League
  • Koji Sado, Board President, and Anne Golden, Executive Director,  Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
  • Kristin Burgoyne, Executive Director, RefugeeConnect
  • Lynn Tramonte, Ohio Immigrant Alliance
  • Majid Samarghandi, CEO, Triton Services Inc
  • Malcolm and Priscilla Dunn
  • Margaret A. Fox, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati
  • Mark Jeffreys, CEO 4Sight and Cincinnati City Council Candidate
  • Marlaina A. Leppert-Wahl , Ph.D., Wilmington College
  • Marvin Cunningham, President, Long-Stanton Mfg.
  • Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr. Presiding Bishop, Second Episcopal District Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Mary A. McDonald, Mayor, City of Trotwood
  • Mary Carol Melton, Festival of Faiths Steering Committee
  • Michael Howard, CEO, Nichefire
  • Mitchel Livingston, VP Emeritus and Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Michele Young, Cincinnati AJC Black Jewish Table of Understanding
  • Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director, World Affairs Council & Michele Mansfield, Board Chair, World Affairs Council
  • Miriam Jackobs, Women’s Interfaith Network of Cincinnati
  • Paige Williams, Dear Art Academy of Cincinnati Students, Faculty, Staff, Board of Trustees and Alumni
  • Pastor Henry Zorn, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
  • Pastor Nicole Kelly, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Anderson Township
  • Paul M. Booth, Cincinnati Office of Human Relations
  • Patrick Lonneman, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Peng Zhang, Society of Chinese American Professors & Scientists
  • Rabbi Gary P. Zola, Past President, MLK Coalition of Greater Cincinnati
  • Rabbi George Barnard, Northern Hills Synagogue
  • Rabbi Karen Thomashow, the Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis
  • Rabbi Meredith Kahan and Board President John G. Cobey, Rockdale Temple
  • Rebecca Newlin, Board Chair, the Interfaith Center at Miami University
  • Rev. Heather Buchanan Wiseman   St. Thomas Episcopal Church
  • Rev. P. Marshall Wiseman   Christ Church Cathedral 
  • Rev. Paula M. Jackson, the Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador
  • Rev. Stacey Midge, Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church
  • Rick and Zeinab Schwen
  • Roula Allouch, member of EquaSion and CAIR
  • S. Nemat Moussavian, M.D., EquaSion and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Samina Sohail MD, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Shakila T Ahmad, Allergy & Asthma Specialty Center
  • Sharline Martin, President of the Board, Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
  • Sikh Community of Greater Cincinnati
  • Stephan Vance and Dr. Deborah Vance, Baha’i Faith and EquaSion
  • Teresa M. Davis
  • Terrie Puckett, Executive Director, the Grail in the US
  • The Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center
  • Umama Alam, EquaSion 
  • William Madges, Faculty Director, Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Xavier University
  • Yvette Johnson-Hegge, Executive Coordinator, YWCA Cincinnati
  • Zejiang Yang, Sichuan-Chongqing Friendship Association

July Newsletter 商会简报

Building on our Successful Trade Mission

What we were able to accomplish in our 2018 China Trade Mission were incredible. In as little as 17 days, the Chinese Chamber trade delegation visited 11 cities with 145 million population in total and 2.65 trillion USD in GDP. We came back with two signed agreement to build friendship cities relationship between Cincinnati and Chongqing, and West Chester and Jiaozhou. Subsequently, the Mayor of Chongqing, Mr. Tang Liangzhi, came to visit Cincinnati on May 24, 2019. Mayor Cranley received the delegation in his office and received a letter of invitation from Mr. Tang to attend the Smart China Expo, held in Chongqing from August 26 to 29.

The Chinese Chamber once again took on the responsibility to organize Midwestern businesses to go exhibit at the Smart China Expo. While the Expo itself is little known to many, it is a very high level expo co-organize by the top state-level ministries in China, such as the Ministry of Science & Technology, the Ministry of Industries and Information Technologies and the State Academy of Science, etc. It aims to promote trade and technological advancements in emerging industries such as big data, smart cities, artificial intelligence, smart grid, smart homes, smart driving, as well as more conventional industries such as precision and advanced manufacturing and materials. Applications of such technological advancements can be used for consumer and industrial segments and are considered in high demand for the China market in the years to come.

Midwestern businesses in the US can benefit from exhibiting at this expo and engaging in dialogues with business partners and professionals attending the expo. The Chinese Chamber has secured a booth designated to the Midwestern Regional with 1500 square feet at the Expo.

Give us a shout if you are interested in joining our delegation

We’re happy to announce that REDI Cincinnati has sponsored the expo once again and we welcome Midwestern businesses to contact us for opportunities to collaborate at this expo.


Artificial Intelligence in PA

The Chinese Chamber has done such a great job, we now have businesses from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and several other Midwestern states joining the chamber. In a recent visit to Pittsburgh, Executive Director Leo Chan reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh team to launch a local chapter. This chapter will help the Chamber service Western PA area with more focused efforts as the region is booming with emerging industries especially in the artificial intelligence (AI) sector.

We have invited speakers from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Uber AI, Labs and Argo AI, all are leading players in the automated driving and artificial intelligence business. There will be a lunch and learn to celebrate the local chapter launch and these speakers will share views on the industry latest development trends.

Stay tuned for more information soon!

New Member Spotlight: EB5 of Ohio

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.

New Chairman’s Welcome

Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce (G4C) Chairman’s Welcome

Dear G4C members,

I am honored to serve as your Chairman during this 2016-17 year. I want to thank our immediate past Chair Michael Kou, of Growth by Export, for his dedication and service to the G4C. Under his leadership, this Chamber experienced a tremendous transformation. I look forward to continuing his hard work and I am committed to doing my best in executing the responsibilities charged to me. Michael will remain with the Board as Chair Emeritus and will continue to serve as our trusted advisor. Also I want to thank Catalin Macarie (UC), Kevin Kahn (K2 Industrial Controls International), and Louisa Luk (Green Energy Enterprises) for their hard work as part of the outgoing 2015-16 executive team.

We now begin the year of the Monkey and prepare to welcome the Rooster. This is a transitional year for G4C and we are under new management. Tessa Xuan, Executive Director, is hard at-work building organizational processes and volunteer capacity to ensure our viability and sustainability. We are lucky to have her and she needs all of our support. My goal this year is to assist her the best I can to stabilize and grow this Chamber, to build a succession plan for our volunteer leadership ranks, and to promote awareness and engagement among G4C members and the region at-large. I am fortunate to have a strong Executive Committee to help with the heavy lifting and to help accomplish this. A special thanks to:

  • John Guo from 5/3 Bank (1st Vice Chair of Membership)
  • Franklin Lim from Kroger (2nd Vice Chair of Programs)
  • Hui-Pin Sepulveda from Deloitte Tax (Treasurer)
  • Rhonda Schechter from Frost Brown Todd (Secretary)

In China, there is a saying: 德本財末 – virtue first, wealth follows. This Chamber was founded as a group of Chinese restaurateurs who thought to help themselves by helping each other. Over the years, many others have come and gone and made this Chamber what it is today. As we struggle to define the Chamber’s identity, associated of Chinese? Of Asians? Or of Americans who are doing business in China? We come to realize such an inquiry begs the fundamental question of why we are coming together. We are not here to benefit one person, one race, one culture, or one country in particular. On the contrary, we are associated together because we are all vested in our connection with the richness of Chinese culture, as well as our mutual interests in our professional endeavors. We are associated because we believe in the timeless Chinese virtues pertinent to the changes around us; we believe the sizable impact China will have on our common future. And most importantly, we are associated together because we want to make the Greater Cincinnati region more diverse and prosperous than we found it.

So we come together as a “Chinese Chamber” charged with the task of taking care of one another in these trying times. In light of the recent racial tensions, global terror, and growing distance between all of us, I stand with my fellow board members committed to deliver to you, our members, a Chamber of Commerce worthy of its name and tradition.

Yours truly,

Jin Kong, Esq.

Board Chairman 2016-17