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Honolulu Hawaii USA October 1 2014

Honolulu Hawaii USA April 9 2013

DR. CHUCK YIM GEE will be celebration his 80th birthday on Sat Aug 17 2013 in Hong Kong - for additional information please contact Johnson Choi (UH TIM 1977) at johnsonwkchoi@yahoo.com 

For more than fifty years, Dr. Gee’s most outstanding contributions have been in the development of human resources through education and training that have enabled the industry to respond to challenges and adapt to changes throughout the past decades. He provided the leadership to the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) of the University of Hawai‘i as its longest serving dean, successfully fulfilling the goals and the visions of the school’s founders. During his tenure as TIM dean, he served on Hawai‘i State and U.S. national boards including three terms on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Since his retirement, the School of TIM has continued to elevate tourism management as a professional field and provided guidance and assistance to many other institutions in the Pacific
Asia region and the Middle East.

Within PATA, his efforts resulted in the establishment of the Education Authority, forerunner of today’s PATA Education Council, the creation of the PATA Foundation to support PATA objectives in culture, education, and the environment. He also established the Executive Development Institute for Tourism (EDIT) program at the School of Travel Industry Management, the first significant program for the development of executives in travel and tourism. Since 1979, EDIT has given rise to successive generations of new leaders involved in the regional growth of the industry. He also served as historian for PATA, co-editor of two editions of the history of PATA. As an academic scholar his textbooks are widely adopted by colleges and universities and recognized as seminal works in resort and hotel management in national, regional and international contexts. He was subsequently elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Hospitality Research in recognition of his consistent and outstanding contributions in the field of hospitality research. His many accomplishments are documented in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in the World. Dr. Gee’s contributions have extended beyond the Pacific Asia region and the Americas. He was active in the establishment of a network for education and training institutions including work with the World Tourism Organization (WTO). As co-author of the WTO Declaration of the Universal Right to Travel, the Macau Declaration on Tourism and Training, and the Declaration of Male on Sustainable Tourism and the Environment, he has advanced both PATA and WTO objectives in supporting travel as a fundamental freedom, human resource development, and sustainable development. His reputation as an international expert has extended beyond education and training and includes participation in the development of secondary destinations in the PATA region beginning with Chiang Mai, Thailand and more recent work in Taiwan.

Chuck Gee’s continuous efforts have consistently received recognition by governments and organizations and his many prestigious awards including two honorary academic doctorates, serve as a testament to his noteworthy achievements and to the strong foundations he established during his tenure as TIM Dean and the years thereafter. His most recent award was the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011). Other awards received over the years include the Award of Excellence for Tourism Education from the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China, PATA’s Presidential Award and Grand Award for Individual Educational Accomplishment, Academy of Tourism Organizations’ NOAH Award and the Travel Industry Association’s American Hall of Leaders Award. At the beginning of the new millennia, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin named him to its list of 100 individuals who made a difference in Hawai‘i during the 20th century for his work in education and tourism, and in 2001 the National Tourism Association established a permanent Chuck Yim Gee scholarship to honor his contributions

Honolulu Hawaii USA March 23 2013

United Chinese of Hawaii Elected 2013 Governors and Officials 

Congratulations to all of you for being elected as Governors and/or officials of the United Chinese of Hawaii on March 23, 2013. Today, March 26, 2013, is the second anniversary of UCH, and your term officially starts! We are glad to see our organization continues to grow, and we are confident to move forward under the leadership of the new Board.

The Election Committee would like to thank all UCH Governors, members, and friends, for your support, your valuable advices, and your cooperation during this transition period. With this official announcement of the election results, the Election Committee herein claims that it has completed its missions and therefore dissolves automatically.

Mr. Ted Li, UCH President for the term March 2011 - March 2013, and the VP's and Executive Committee members of the said term, would also like to thank all of you for your hard work and contribution in the past two years.

And please note that effective this date on, the tasks of the "Office of Secretary General" are allocated to the newly elected Chinese Secretaries Ms. Janet Huang and Ms. Ningjin Miao, and English Secretaries Mr. Tin Shing Chao and Ms. Tiffany Au --- you'll hear more often from them.

Mahalo, and best wishes for your new term!
Chock Wong, on behalf of the Election Committee, President Ted Li, and Office of Secretary General (of the previous term)

2013年夏威夷华人联合总会的换届选举已于323日顺利结束,特此发布选举结果

热烈祝贺各位的当选! 今天,
2013326日,是我们夏威夷华人联合总会成立两周年的大喜日子,同时,也是各位的新任期开始的日子!我们深信,在大家的共同努力下,我们这个年轻的组织将会继续茁壮地成长,为夏威夷的华人华侨的福祉,为我们的社区和城市的繁荣,作出更多的贡献。

选务委员会感谢在过去一个多月中,上届所有主席团成员、所有职员和会员,以及各界朋友们的支持合作和宝贵建议,促成了这次换届选举的顺利进行。在发布这个选举结果之后,选务委员会宣布完成了它的使命并自动解散。

李子健会长和上届的各位副会长和职员们,在完成了他们的任期之际,也借此机会感谢各位在过去两年中的努力和奉献。

谢谢各位!

夏威夷华人联合总会
2013年换届选举选务委员会

Election results of the 2013 Election for United Chinese of Hawaii 夏威夷华人联合总会2013年换届选举结果 on March 23, 2013

Governors 主席团

Advisers 顾问团(聘任)

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President Ted Li (second from the right)

President/Vice presidents 正、副会长
President 会长: 李子健 Ted Li
Vice President (VP)
副会长 (in alphabetical order 按姓氏英文排列):
陈富 Chan, Foo
程观忠 Ching, Robert
罗镇澄 Law, Tim
李耀强 Lee, Kenneth
刘定权 Liu, Ding Quan
彭鹤云 Pang, Howard
黄卓游 Wong, Chock
张嘉海 Zhang, John

Heads of Committees
各部门负责人

中文秘书:黄秋莹
, 繆寧晋
Chinese Secretary: Janet Huang, Ningjin Miao
英文秘书:赵天成,欧可欣
English Secretary: Tin Cheng Chao, Tiffany Au
财会部:林文忠,欧黄艷婷
Finance Committee: Wen Chung Lin, Tina Au
财务发展部:陈衡,骆健波
Financial Development Committee: Henry Chan, Ken Po Lock
会员发展部:谢锦辉,余张剑飞,王华松
Membership Committee: Willies Ta, Mary Yee, Lori Wang
外联接待部:罗鎭成,冯赛源,王镜平
Reception & Liaisons Committee: Frank Law, Cy Feng, James Wang
庆典宴会部:刁杨玉琼,梁陈金爱
Festival & Banquet Committee: Blossom Tyau, Betty K leong
文化娱乐部:李期鏗,苑丹,龚玉玲,刘淑美
Cultural Activities Committee: Qikeng Li, Dan Yuan, Yu Ling Gong, Amy Ta
宣传通訉部:何庆任,簫敬修,蔡港生
Communication Committee: Qing Ren He, Kenneth Siu, Johnson Choi
Webmaster
蔡港生(兼)Johnson Choi (concurrent post)
公关部:阮葆焯,古候定锦,杨华洲,王珂
Public Relationship Committee: Stanford Yuen, Francis Goo, Joseph Young, Ke Wang
稽核:刘建津,郑天照
Internal Auditors: Kin Chun Lau, Walter Chang

Grand Cypress Florida November 9 2012

Orlando Business Journal By Jim Carchidi

Paul Tang, General Manager and Managing Director of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is the 2012 Most Influential Men & Business Executive of the Year. Paul Tang is a distinguished UH TIM Alumni & Founding Members of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) 

As chairman of Visit Orlando, he helped Central Florida draw a record-breaking 55.1 million visitors in 2011. Following the sudden death this year of Visit Orlando CEO Gary Sain, Tang has helped keep the visitors bureau on solid ground while the search for a new CEO is under way. For his hard work, he also took top honors, and was named by Orlando Business Journal as the 2012 Businessman of the Year.

September 8 2012

滕紹駿 Fred Teng 獲「自由獎章」提名 記者劉爽紐約報導



「中國新聞周刊」 (News China) 英文版執行總裁滕紹駿 (Fred Teng,見圖)近日入圍「紐約郵報」第11屆「自由獎章」 (Liberty Medal) 提名人選,聞此喜訊,滕紹駿謙虛表示「僅是提名而已」,並強調自己會一直推動中美兩國加強交流和理解。

滕紹駿 1935 年出生於上海,五歲移居香港,1969 年移居美國,畢業於華埠蘇域柏高中及紐約市立大學,又在哥倫比亞大學統計學所進修,曾代表共和黨參選華埠選區的市議員、並擔任過美華協會紐約分會會長、紐約市經濟財務發展辦公室顧問、聯邦「中小企業管理署」 (SBA) 顧問委員會顧問等職,現在是紐約香港協會主席、中美交流基金會駐美國特別代表和著名媒體人。

「自由獎章」是由「紐約郵報」評選的大獎,其中包括領導獎、自由獎、勇氣獎、最勇敢獎、年輕的心獎、教育者獎、終生獎等多個獎項,滕紹駿獲提名的獎項為自由獎,「紐約報郵」7日刊登了關於滕紹駿的介紹。題為「架構網路築起溝通橋樑」 (Well Connected Networking to Build Bridges) 的文章寫到「如果社交也有學位的話,滕紹駿一定可以獲得博士學位」,提名他的紐約猶太裔社區關係協會 (Jewish Community Relations Council of New York) 副總裁 Michael Miller 表示,他是大家都知道的亞裔社區「萬事通」。

滕紹駿表示,自己有幸擔任過一些職務,這些職務成為一個為社區爭取資源的平台,「一杯水對某些人來說,只是一杯水,但對其他有需要的人來說,卻可能決定生與死」。無論是幫助低收入者申請社會福利、還是民眾參加倡導骨髓匹配、或為小商業爭取更多機會,只要是對社區有益,他都願意去做。

滕紹駿對中美議題一直非常關注,他認為最近的共和黨和民主黨全國代表大會,都減少了對中國的批評聲,是個好現象。他認為中美兩國要加強了解,互相幫助,比如讓更多中國遊客到美國來,不僅有利於中國了解美國,也幫助美國經濟。他非常願意搭建中美兩國友誼和交流的橋樑。

June 8 2012

Expressing the regret of the House of Representatives for the passage of laws that adversely affected the Chinese in the United States, including the Chinese Exclusion Act.

HRES 683 IH

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 683

Expressing the regret of the House of Representatives for the passage of laws that adversely affected the Chinese in the United States, including the Chinese Exclusion Act.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 8, 2012

Ms. CHU (for herself, Mr. SMITH of Texas, Mr. HONDA, Mr. ISSA, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. CLAY, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. SCHIFF, and Mr. JACKSON of Illinois) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

RESOLUTION

Expressing the regret of the House of Representatives for the passage of laws that adversely affected the Chinese in the United States, including the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Whereas many Chinese came to the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, as did people from other countries, in search of the opportunity to create a better life;

Whereas the United States ratified the Burlingame Treaty on October 19, 1868, which permitted the free movement of the Chinese people to, from, and within the United States and made China a ‘most favored nation’;

Whereas in 1878, the House of Representatives passed a resolution requesting that President Rutherford B. Hayes renegotiate the Burlingame Treaty so Congress could limit Chinese immigration to the United States;

Whereas, on February 22, 1879, the House of Representatives passed the Fifteen Passenger Bill, which only permitted 15 Chinese passengers on any ship coming to the United States;

Whereas, on March 1, 1879, President Hayes vetoed the Fifteen Passenger Bill as being incompatible with the Burlingame Treaty;

Whereas, on May 9, 1881, the United States ratified the Angell Treaty, which allowed the United States to suspend, but not prohibit, immigration of Chinese laborers, declared that ‘Chinese laborers who are now in the United States shall be allowed to go and come of their own free will,’ and reaffirmed that Chinese persons possessed ‘all the rights, privileges, immunities, and exemptions which are accorded to the citizens and subjects of the most favored nation’;

Whereas the House of Representatives passed legislation that adversely affected Chinese persons in the United States and limited their civil rights, including--

(1) on March 23, 1882, the first Chinese Exclusion bill, which excluded for 20 years skilled and unskilled Chinese laborers and expressly denied Chinese persons alone the right to be naturalized as American citizens, and which was opposed by President Chester A. Arthur as incompatible with the terms and spirit of the Angell Treaty;

(2) on April 17, 1882, intending to address President Arthur’s concerns, the House passed a new Chinese Exclusion bill, which prohibited Chinese workers from entering the United States for 10 years instead of 20, required certain Chinese laborers already legally present in the United States who later wished to reenter the United States to obtain ‘certificates of return,’ and prohibited courts from naturalizing Chinese individuals;

(3) on May 3, 1884, an expansion of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which applied it to all persons of Chinese descent, ‘whether subjects of China or any other foreign power’;

(4) on September 3, 1888, the Scott Act, which prohibited legal Chinese laborers from reentering the United States and cancelled all previously issued ‘certificates of return,’ and which was later determined by the Supreme Court to have abrogated the Angell Treaty; and

(5) on April 4, 1892, the Geary Act, which reauthorized the Chinese Exclusion Act for another ten years, denied Chinese immigrants the right to be released on bail upon application for a writ of habeas corpus, and contrary to customary legal standards regarding the presumption of innocence, authorized the deportation of Chinese persons who could not produce a certificate of residence unless they could establish residence through the testimony of ‘at least one credible white witness’;

Whereas in the 1894 Gresham-Yang Treaty, the Chinese government consented to a prohibition of Chinese immigration and the enforcement of the Geary Act in exchange for readmission to the United States of Chinese persons who were United States residents;

Whereas in 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii, took control of the Philippines, and excluded only the residents of Chinese ancestry of these territories from entering the United States mainland;

Whereas, on April 29, 1902, as the Geary Act was expiring, Congress indefinitely extended all laws regulating and restricting Chinese immigration and residence, to the extent consistent with Treaty commitments;

Whereas in 1904, after the Chinese government withdrew from the Gresham-Yang Treaty, Congress permanently extended, ‘without modification, limitation, or condition,’ the prohibition on Chinese naturalization and immigration;

Whereas these Federal statutes enshrined in law the exclusion of the Chinese from the democratic process and the promise of American freedom;

Whereas in an attempt to undermine the American-Chinese alliance during World War II, enemy forces used the Chinese exclusion legislation passed in Congress as evidence of anti-Chinese attitudes in the United States;

Whereas in 1943, in furtherance of American war objectives, at the urging of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Congress repealed previously enacted legislation and permitted Chinese persons to become United States citizens;

Whereas Chinese-Americans continue to play a significant role in the success of the United States; and

Whereas the United States was founded on the principle that all persons are created equal: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved,

SECTION 1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.
That the House of Representatives regrets the passage of legislation that adversely affected people of Chinese origin in the United States because of their ethnicity.

SEC. 2. DISCLAIMER.
Nothing in this resolution may be construed or relied on to authorize or support any claim, including but not limited to constitutionally based claims, claims for monetary compensation or claims for equitable relief against the United States or any other party, or serve as a settlement of any claim against the United States.

排華道歉案通過 APAPA肯定 - 眾議院通過「排華法案道歉決議案(Resolution683)」,亞太裔公共事務聯盟(APAPA)立刻發表聲明表示,決議案的通過代表美國國會正式為19世紀末制定的一系列反華法案表示遺憾,象徵歷史性的平反。亞太裔公共事務聯盟強調,雖然道歉案只是華裔爭取平權的一小步,但對華裔後代的平權而言具有重大標竿意義。n聲明指出,19世紀末期美國國會制定了一系列歧視華人的法案,包括影響最大的「排華法案」(Chinese Exclusion Act),造成華人妻子和兒女不能移民美國、華人不能在政府機關任職、不能投票、無法在美國擁有房地產、不許與白人通婚﹑在法院作證無效等。這些法案雖然在20世紀中期廢止,但對華人的負面影響至今仍存在,甚至還可能延續到未來華人的子孫。 亞太裔公共事務聯盟說,道歉案的通過是許多華裔組織共同努力推動1882專案的結果,「APAPA 1882」專案委員會很欣喜是團隊的一份子。同時,APAPA 1882專案委員會特別要向大眾致敬與致謝,因為沒有大眾支援,法案無法順利過關。 亞太裔公共事務聯盟引述法國政治思想家托克維爾(Alexis de Tocqueville)的名言:「美國是偉大的,因為她(人民和制度)是好的;如果美國不再是好的,那美國將不再偉大。」亞太裔公共事務聯盟指出,今日所有的美國人目睹了美國的偉大,希望大家記取歷史的教訓,使美國永遠偉大。

May 7 3012 Share

Supporting reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank to support United States Companies expanding Export activities

Dear Members and Friends of Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc)

These letters went to Capitol Hill this morning supporting reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank to support United States Companies expanding Export activities. As you’ll see on the attached final copy, we were among just over 180 chambers signed on to the letter that was delivered to all Members of Congress today. Also attached is the U.S. Chamber’s Key Vote letter, that was sent to House members to let them know that votes on the issue could be included in our annual scorecard, How They Voted.

As you may be aware, our timing couldn’t be better: an agreement on Ex-Im was reached late last week between House and Senate leadership and we expect House action tomorrow or Wednesday, with Senate action to follow. You might be interested in these clips:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2018144253_eximbank05.html 
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/75937.html 

Sincerely,
Johnson Choi
President
Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

April 30 3012 Share



I would like to inform you that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (“HKSAR Government” ) is inviting tender for the development of private hospitals at two sites in Hong Kong. 

Hong Kong will treat ALL tender domestic and foreign equally. The ICAC will ensure a level playing field for all interested parties http://www.icac.org.hk/en/home/index.html  

Promotion of private hospital development is one of the Government’s healthcare reform initiatives to increase the overall capacity of the healthcare system to cope with the increasing service demand and to offer more choices for patients who can afford patronage of private medical services.

The tenders are open to all interested parties worldwide. Details of the invitation to tender, including the tender documents setting out the requirement details, are available at the following websites of the Food and Health Bureau and the Lands Department of the HKSAR Government – 

http://www.fhb.gov.hk/en/tender/  

http://www.landsd.gov.hk/en/tinfo/tpage_m.htm 

The tender closes at 12:00 noon, 27 July 2012 (Friday) Hong Kong Time (GMT +8 hours). Enquiries related to the tender exercise may be directed to the Chief Estate Surveyor/Headquarters of the Lands Department (fax: (852) 2116 0764; email: ceshq@landsd.gov.hk).  

We encourage you to forward the information above to your counterparts and contacts who might be interested in expanding their health care businesses to Hong Kong. 

September 6 2011 Share

An Action Plan for Jobs—NOW

Write to your Senator & Congressman with auto fill form: http://www.votervoice.net/core.aspx?APP=GAC&AID=1067&issueid=26138&SiteID=-1 



By Thomas J. Donohue
President and CEO 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

It seems like everyone in Washington has a jobs plan these days. While the focus is welcome, the talk must translate into meaningful action. The 25 million Americans who are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking for work want to hear specific ideas that will jump-start job creation—and they want to see Congress act on them.

We’ve put together a jobs plan, based on practical, private sector solutions that we’re sending to the president and Congress today:

Expand trade and global commerce—Pass the three pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama to save 380,000 jobs and add hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Completing export control forms, spurring exports to Europe and Asia, and protecting intellectual property through patent reform and shutting down rogue websites would create thousands of additional jobs.

Produce more American energy—Open offshore resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska and create 244,700 new jobs. Expand access to federal lands for oil and gas exploration and add 530,000 new jobs. Approve the Keystone XL project, which would support 250,000 energy jobs.

Speed up infrastructure projects—Pass a multiyear highway bill, FAA reauthorization bill, and a water bill so states and communities can plan projects, hire employees, and prevent layoffs. Implement the Energy Savings Performance Contracts Program and create 35,000 jobs a year. Remove regulatory and permitting obstacles to 351 stalled energy projects and create 1.9 million jobs annually. Unlock $250 billion in global private capital for infrastructure projects here at home and create even more jobs.

Welcome tourists and business travelers to America—Create 1.3 million jobs by restoring the U.S. share of the travel market to 2000 levels by promoting tourism, expanding the visa waiver program, and reforming the visa application process without compromising security.

Streamline permits and provide regulatory certainty—Take up to $1 trillion in accumulated private capital off the sidelines and into business expansion by eliminating uncertainty caused by burdensome regulations. Expedite the permitting process to get job-creating projects moving.

Pass pro-growth tax incentives—Implement a repatriation holiday and generate up to 2.9 million jobs in two years, and temporarily reduce the capital gains tax rate to free up cash for hiring.

Timely action on these and other ideas could spur economic activity and create American jobs—without adding to the deficit. Now that Congress and the president are back in Washington, they must get to work so that 25 million Americans can find work.

Read more about the Chamber’s plan for jobs at www.uschamber.com/jobs

April 11 2011

Guangdong Provincial People's Government Oversea Affair Office 广东省人民政府侨务办公室主办

夏威夷华人联合总会 (United Chinese of Hawaii) 宣告正式成立



2011326日,夏威夷华人联合总会假座中华总商会会议室召开联合总会创会主席团第一次全体会议。出席会议的,有来自本州三十多个华人社团或公司商号的侨团会长或企业领袖,以及侨界知名人士近50人;另有十多位主席团成员因有其它事务请假。阵容鼎盛,精英云集,人才济济,可称一时之盛。

  夏威夷华人联合总会是本州侨界为适应新世代华人社区和侨界发展的需要而发起成立的组织。历经一年多的酝酿筹备,各方达成共识,确认这个联合组织的宗旨是促进夏州华人的团结、互助和合作,融合侨界的共识和力量,维护华人合法权益,提升华人社经地位,弘扬传播中华文化,推动友好交流和人民友谊。这个联合总会向广大华人华侨敞开大门,侨界人士可以以个人身份参加成为个人会员,也可以以侨团或商号名义参加而成为团体会员。

  夏威夷华人联合总会筹备委员会主席李子健(中华总商会前主席,夏威夷中国文化节庆组委会主席)主持了这次创会主席团全体会议。会议上通过了夏威夷华人联合总会章程,确认和通过了由
60多位侨领组成的联合总会主席团(Board of Governors)。会议选出李子健为该联合总会会长。接着,由新当选的会长推举主席团执委会,经全体到会的主席团成员讨论审核,通过了执委会的组成人员为如下11人: 执委会主席由李子健兼任;副主席3人(不分排名次序):张荣(中国大陆同胞联谊会会长),罗镇澄(越棉寮华人联谊会卸任会长),陈富(四邑会馆主席);秘书长黄卓游(明伦学校校长);财务委员林文忠(中华总商会执行副会长);组织委员牛先民(夏威夷华人茶会会长);公关委员张嘉海(熊猫快餐店夏威夷总经理);文化委员黄秋莹(东莞同乡会副会长);教育委员李期铿(夏威夷大學孔子学院中方院長);宣传委员何庆任(五邑联谊会前会长)。

在顺利完成上述议程之后,李子健代表创会主席团宣布:夏威夷华人联合总会正式成立!这标志着,夏威夷华人华侨团结互助、爱国爱乡,从此进入一个新阶段。

以下是夏威夷华人联合总会创会主席团名单(按姓氏英文顺序排列):

  欧黄艳婷(世界六通拳夏威夷总会副会长),包黄慧英(女,夏威夷银行执行副总裁),陈富,陈衡(四邑会馆及以义堂元老),陈昌汉(夏威夷潮州同乡会及潮州商会前会长),陈融生(东莞同乡会创会会长),章培志(顾问,檀香山市参议会议员),郑华楫(谷都三乡同乡会会长),赵天成(五邑联谊会会长),
Helen Char(檀香山华人妇女会会长), 陈锡林(隆都从善堂主席),陈燕(夏威夷孙中山基金会副会长),程爱莲(程族同宗会会长),蔡永强(中国夏威夷华商会会长),周照旺(黄梁都会馆主席),陈老寿(互助社主席),方显岳(中山纪念中学夏威夷校友会会长),龚玉玲(夏威夷太极健身会会长),古侯定锦(美中友协夏威夷分会主席),何庆任,何贵东(Classic Coins 总裁),黄秋莹,许允庄(潮州会馆主席),刘广义(中华总商会会长),刘建津(东莞同乡会前会长),罗镇成(潮州商会会长),罗镇澄,李冠球(Black Sand Capital 执行副总栽),李耀强(富都酒家东主),李期铿,李子健,林文忠,刘定权(著名国画家),骆健波(以义堂主席),龙勉(夏威夷中国大陆同胞联谊会前会长),雷博英(夏威夷中中同学会会长),路惟登(夏威夷华人联谊会会长),缪宁晋(夏威夷大学中国学生学者联谊会会长),牛先民,彭鹤云(隆都从善堂副主席),潘元芝(夏威夷香港商会会长),陈烈进(美国东西文化中心主席),佘贵人(顾问,夏威夷州众议院议长),萧敬修(萧氏宗亲会会长),谢锦辉(越棉寮华人联谊会会长),邓少芬(世界广东檀香山联谊会前会长),Violet Tam(檀香山华人妇女会前会长),邹锦荣(著名侨领和慈善家),刁杨玉琼(妇女界领袖),王镜平(夏威夷苏浙同乡会会长),王华松(夏威夷中国大陆同胞联谊会前会长),黄卓游,王新辉(著名华人律师),黄郑惠珍(崇正会会长),吴润华(华氏贸易有限公司经理),余张剑飞(广州同乡会会长),杨华洲(隆都从善堂及申明亭同乡会前主席),苑丹(夏威夷太平洋大学 中国学生会主席 ),阮葆绰(中华总工会主席),张嘉海,张圣日(夏威夷中国大陆同胞联谊会前会长),张荣。(夏威夷华人联合总会秘书处供稿)

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Beijing China April 11 2011

Dr. Juanita Liu, Dean of School of Travel Industry Management (UH TIM) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa appointed to Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) industry Council - source - ETurboNews

Information about PATA http://www.pata.org/  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Asia_Travel_Association 

L to R: Juanita Liu, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz and Walter Smith's Co

Three Hawaii execs appointed to PATA Industry Council - Professor Juanita Liu, Dean and Professor at the School of Travel Industry Management (UH TIM) at the University of Hawaii; Walter Smith, President of Smith’s Motor Boat Service on Kauai and Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Publisher of global travel industry publication eTurboNews and president of the Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) headquartered in Haleiwa, Oahu 

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is currently holding its 60th Anniversary Conference at the China World Hotel in Beijing from April 9-12, 2011. Part of the conference program included the appointment of delegates to its Industry Council, of which three appointees are from Hawaii.

The Hawaii delegates named are:

- Professor Juanita Liu, Dean and Professor at the University of Hawaii.
- Walter Smith, President of Smith’s Motor Boat Service on Kauai
- Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Publisher of global travel industry publication eTurboNews and president of the Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) headquartered in Haleiwa, Oahu

The Industry Council meeting took place in Beijing under the chairmanship of Luzi Matzig, CEO of Asian Trails Thailand. Discussion points included, among others, the China Consumer Confidence Index review in data for 2010, the China Outbound Travel Monitors 2011 key findings, outbound developing trends for China, the outbound leisure travel consumer behavior developing trend, and outbound key destination performance.

The delegates of the council also discussed PATA’s crisis support system and the importance of setting up a contingency plan to be ready to respond to crises, such the current situation in Japan.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association is the recognized authority on Asia Pacific travel and tourism. PATA provides leadership and advocacy to the collective efforts of government, state, and city tourism bodies; airlines; cruise lines; and travel industry companies. PATA’s mission is to enhance the growth, value, and quality of Asia Pacific travel and tourism. Thousands of travel professionals belong to PATA chapters worldwide.

Honolulu Hawaii USA March 25 2011

Taipei Taiwan Republic of China February 15 2011

 World Journal Newspaper March 6 2011

朱卓任 獲馬英九頒終身成就獎 - 通訊記者高振華檀香山報導 - March 07, 2011 06:00 AM

為展現台灣觀光旅遊業與政府拚觀光的決心及企圖心,台灣交通部觀光局215日在台北圓山飯店舉辦「觀光節慶祝大會」,此次慶祝大會中並頒發「終身成就獎」給公益平台文化基金會董事長嚴長壽及夏威夷大學前旅遊學院院長、現任夏大校董的朱卓任(Chuck Gee)教授。

此次大會是「旅行台灣
感動100」焦點儀式,由馬英九總統、吳敦義院長、交通部長毛治國及台灣觀光業界代表共同啟動感動摩天輪,象徵台灣百大感動旅遊路線及原味的感動將轉向世界舞台,讓台灣觀光業「兔躍國際、豐收大發」。

朱卓任曾任亞太旅行協會(
PATA)榮譽理事、美國三任總統(卡特、雷根、布希)首席旅遊顧問,及美國國務院和商務部駐世界旅遊組織理事會技術顧問,並曾積極協助台灣建立星級旅館評鑑制度、提升台灣觀光產業行銷發展的國際視野及台灣美食的國際形象,同時提供區域觀光規畫的具體方針。馬英九總統親自頒獎給朱卓任,感謝他義助台灣觀光業發展。

朱卓任的學生可謂桃李滿天下,幾位事業有成的弟子紛紛提出對師恩的感言,現任香港中國夏威夷商會主席蔡永強自
1974年求學時開始追隨朱卓任,對於他的為人處世有深刻印象,朱卓任對學生與朋友的付出全部相同,永遠願意傾聽他人的意見與問題。他人需要協助時,朱卓任也絕不吝嗇地給予援手。

朱卓任的無私奉獻與專業知識讓他聲名遠播各地。現任北京國際機場
Crowne Plaza旅館總經理的Eugene Ong、任凱悅酒店Grand Cypress副總及主任經理的Paul Tang、夏威夷美麗華酒店總經理Ted Sakai、香港城市大學教授Roberta Wong Leung等人,也都認為朱卓任獲獎實至名歸,認為他們今日的成就都是當年受教於他而打下的深厚基礎。朱卓任可謂亦師亦父,眾人均以曾身為其弟子而榮。


Testimony by UH TIM Alumni for the above news article

Dean Gee has been my teacher, mentor and friend since 1974. He has always treated his students, alumni and colleagues fairly. Dean Gee will always give you full attention and treat you with respect whether you are a student or an executive at high places. When seeking advises whether on a personal or professional levels, he will always take his time to listen and offer advises accordingly. His unselfish and professional approach working with people has earned him respects in Asia, North America and Europe. Johnson Choi, President, Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

From the first day since I knew Dean Gee as a TIM freshman in 1973, I found him to be someone with unselfish and genuine care for his students. I for one have benefited from his kind deeds. Till today, he has not wavered and continues to extend his wealth of knowledge and personal guidance to someone like myself. He set the example of integrity and humility, dosed with a warm personality and sharp of intellect. While I thank the TIM program for allowing me to have the foundation for a successful career, the fact is that Dean Gee put life into TIM and made me determined to make him feel proud of his students. I congratulate Dean Gee on his well deserved award. Eugene Ong, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Beijng International Airport

There are moments in your life that someone has made a significant impact that forever changes your life. My professional success is due to Dean Gee who was my mentor during my time in the UH TIM program. He sparked my passion to pursue a life time career in the hotel industry. Paul Tang, Vice President & Managing Director, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Dean Gee inspired me as a student to get involved if you want to see change happen. That lead me into service clubs on campus, and later into community involvement. He always pushed students to be their best, and represent the School of Travel Industry in a positive light. He was like a proud father when it came to the School and students. We were all very proud to be associated with the School of Travel Industry Management, and that carries through today. That is why we have an active alumni board, and are quick to gather and support the school whatever the need: fundraising, internships, participation in classroom. Students have a huge benefit in meeting and networking with graduates in the industry, thanks to the foundation built by Dean Gee. Ted Sakai, General Manager, Miramar Hotel Hawaii

Who have thought that I would surpass my wildest dreams and become the first foreign Dean of the Hotel and Tourism School at Shunde Polytechnic, Guangdong, China and the first foreign Dean of any college in all of China? I have Dean Emeritus Chuck Y Gee to thank for giving me the opportunities, guidance, and recommendations to have such a fantastic career in both the hospitality industry and in the educational arena. I have worked in top positions for over twenty years in prestigious international hotel companies and have worked in over 16 universities and colleges around the world. A great big mahalo to Dean Emeritus Gee for making it possible for me. He is my Guardian Angel and has made it possible for me to have such dream careers. Professor Roberta Wong Leung, City University of Hong Kong, Community College

 20110225 08:22 星島日報

夏大旅遊學院 Chuck Gee 教授獲馬英九頒「終身成就奬」 (本報夏威夷訊)

一年一度的台灣觀光盛事「觀光節慶祝大會」於二月十五日(星期二)上午在台北圓山飯店舉行,夏威夷大學旅遊學院前任院長ChuckGee在大會上獲馬英九總統頒發「終身成就奬」,消息傳來,此間觀光旅遊業者和夏大旅遊學院的校友們均非常喜躍引以為傲。

Chuck Gee 教授得意門生中國香港夏威夷商會主席蔡永強指出,ChuckGee教授獲馬英九總統頒發終身成就奬 (LifeTime Achievement Award)對夏州居民是一件非常榮幸的事。因為在夏威夷州,夏威夷大學和其旅遊管理學系內,很少有人能獲得外國元首頒發如此榮譽的獎勵。台灣是亞洲的四條龍(台灣、香港、南韓、新加坡),在過去二十年之內曾投資一百萬億美元在中國大陸,Chuck Gee 教授是中國香港夏威夷商會的創會會員及董事,其門生遍佈亞洲各地。

據報道,在觀光節慶祝大會上,馬英九總統曾致詞表示,台灣觀光在多元開放下,質與量都有亮眼的表現,締造了來台旅客破
556萬人次,觀光收入達新台幣5100億元,來台旅客滿意度超過90%等新紀錄,觀光旅館業與觀光游樂業營收也成長20%,看好觀光發展潛力,旅館業更加碼投資達1600億元!

他表示:未來産業與政府更應攜手合作,以「增加投資」,「提高品質」兩大方向,讓更多的國際旅客來台體驗友善的人情與安全的旅遊環境,並結合日前發布的台灣觀光新形象「
Taiwan The Heart of Asia」將台灣打造成「亞洲之心」,再創台灣的新高峰!

在慶祝大會上,與
Chuck Gee 教授同獲「終身成就奬」的尚有公益平台文化基金會嚴長壽董事長。

嚴董事長過去曾擔任台灣觀光協會會長,世界傑出旅館系統亞洲區主席,中華美食推廣委員會主任委員,亞太旅行協會理事等。

Chuck Gee 教授曾任亞太旅行協會榮譽理事,美國三任總統(卡特、列根、布殊)首席旅遊顧問,美國國務院和商務部駐世界旅遊組織理事會技術顧問,積極協助台灣建立星級旅館評鑑制度,提昇觀光産業行銷發展的國際視野及台灣美食的國際形象,並提供區域觀光規劃的具體方針。

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March 1 2010

http://www.hawaiibusiness.com/Hawaii-Business/March-2010/Want-to-Expand-He-rsquos-Your-Man/

Want to Expand? He’s Your Man (Hawaii) By Jolyn Okimoto Rosa Photo: David Croxford

Johnson Choi, founder and president of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, can tell right away if a business will be a good fit as a member.

He asks: Is your company only interested in doing business in Hawaii? “If you want to expand your business, we are right for you,” Choi says.

Choi founded the chamber in 2001 and has built its membership to 350 http://www.hkchcc.org/founding_members.htm http://www.hkchcc.org/endorsment-support.htm. Two-thirds are in Hawaii and the rest in Asia and across North America. The chamber was chosen as 2008 Minority Small Business Champion National Winner – a national award that recognizes outstanding advocacy on behalf of minority-owned small businesses http://www.hkchcc.org/sba.htm.

Every month, the chamber gets about 12 new-member inquiries. Most come “the old-fashioned way” – from referrals – but Choi says he also keeps in touch via Facebook, Twitter and Skype. Choi does it all, working as president and Webmaster, with the help of a part-time student employee.

Among the services provided by the chamber is what Choi calls business matchmaking. The chamber helps local members send out business inquiries in Asia. “Typically, unless the (Asian) company knows the (local) company, it might not respond,” he says.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Choi graduated from the School of Travel Industry Management http://www.uhtimalumni.org/, University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1977 and earned an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu http://www.chaminade.edu/ the following year. He divides his time between Hawaii, California and Hong Kong.

“We are not afraid to help, and we don’t charge initially,” he says. “And if we can’t help you, we are very honest about it. Why waste time and money?”

Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce
1-808-524-5738
www.hkchcc.org

January 12 2010

Hawaii’s BBB seeking entries for the 2010 BBB Torch Awards. 

The BBB Torch Awards program promotes trust in the marketplace and recognizes local businesses and charities for their outstanding commitment to fair, honest and ethical practices. In 2010, Hawaii ’s BBB Torch Awards celebrate businesses applying BBB Standards for Trust in their operations and public charities with policies included in BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability. 

Along with the trophy that symbolizes trust, BBB Torch Awards finalists and winners receive valuable publicity and community recognition. All finalists are featured in Hawaii’s BBB newsletter and Web site, related media announcements, and the printed program and videos presented at the awards event. Winners and finalists can also use the BBB Torch Award honors in their advertising, marketing and collateral material. 

The BBB Torch Awards are open to all Hawaii businesses and 501(c)(3) public charities. Details and entry guides are available on Hawaii’s BBB Web site. The deadline for entries is Feb. 26, 2010.  

Contact Hawaii ’s BBB Vice-President Bonnie Horibata with any questions about the BBB Torch Awards program by e-mail or phone at 628-3902 or 1-877-222-6551 x302 toll free from the Neighbor Islands

March 18 2008

We are informed by Mr. Steven C Preston, Administrator of the United States Small business Administration (SBA) Washington DC that Johnson Choi, President of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) has won the Top SBA Award in our category, the "2008 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year" as defined by the SBA is "To Honor Individuals Who Have Fulfilled a Commitment to Support and Assist Minority Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners" (Note: HKCHcc have won the "Hawaii award" as well as the "Regional Award" – topping the other Minority Small Business Champs in 50 States and Guam to qualify to compete and winning the "national" award, the top honor in our category). The award with be presented during the SBA National Business Week at the Mandarin Oriental Washington DC April 21 – 23. The award with be presented during the SBA National Business Week at the Mandarin Oriental Washington DC April 21 – 23. Winners will be meeting with President George Bush at the White House on April 23rd, 3 - 5pm http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/schedule/ ***

Webcasting - SBA will be webcasting all of the award events*** and the forums!! click on this link to log onto the website the day and time of the event and you will see a link to the webcast.

Among the featured speakers confirmed are Secretary Mike Leavitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative; Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker; David Latimore of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City; John Bryant of Operation HOPE, and other prominent business leaders, CEOs and politicos.

Small Business Week 2008 cosponsors include: Sam’s Club, Administaff, Raytheon, IBM, Chevron, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Cisco, Lockheed Martin, Salesforce.com, Lowe’s, Banco Popular, Minority Business Development Agency, General Services Administration, MyBizHomepage, Dun & Bradstreet, National Association of Development Companies, Direct Selling Education Foundation, Association of Small Business Development Centers, National Small Business Association, Federal Allies Institute, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Consumer Energy Alliance, National Federation of Independent Business, and SCORE

Honolulu man honored in D.C.

Honolulu businessman Johnson Choi was honored by the Small Business Administration as 2008 Minority Champion during a ceremony today in the nation's capital.

Choi was one of 10 small-business owners and leaders of small-business support organizations nationwide recognized for their support of entrepreneurs. The SBA Champion Awards were presented as part of the annual observance of National Small Business Week.

Choi, president of the Hong Kong-China-Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, works with many Asian immigrants to start businesses, particularly in the area of exporting. He won at the state and regional level before claiming the national title.

"The SBA is proud to honor these men and women as true champions of small business, whose tireless efforts have provided tangible and significant support to small businesses and to their communities," said SBA Administrator Steve Preston.

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Hawaii Women's Business Center hosts Small Business Awards Luncheon on April 30 2008 11:30am - 1:30pm at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Online Registrations: Individual Group of 10 - Return form with payment no later than April 25, 2008 to The Hawai'i Women's Business Center is located in downtown, Honolulu, in the Heart of Chinatown: 1041 Nu'uanu Avenue, Suite A, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817; Phone: 808.526.1001; FAX: 808.550.0724 Cost: $45.00 per person, $450 for table of 10 (Check payable to Hawaii Women's Business Center)

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June 2008 National Champion Johnson Choi wins one of the SBAs top awards by supporting ethnic businesses

National Champion

Johnson Choi wins one of the SBAs top awards by supporting ethnic businesses

Johnson Choi is helping bridge the gap created by cultural and linguistic differences.

As told to Kyle Galdeira

As president of the Hong Kong-China-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, (HKCHCC) Choi serves as a vital link between Hong Kong and Hawaii promoting economic opportunity and a healthy business climate. In April, Choi received the Small Business Association’s National Small Business Champion of the Year award for his work with minority businesses. Choi shared his thoughts about Hawaii’s ethnic small businesses:

On challenges faced by new immigrant businesses:
Some challenges include a lack of English-language skills as well as an inability to understand the penalty for not complying with rules and regulations. Also, there is a risk of being taken advantage of by other businesses, who know well that most ethnic business owners are afraid to deal with the authority and laws, which they might not fully understand.

On the most common opportunities for ethnic small businesses:
Most ethnic businesses focus on food or art and crafts. As a result, you have seen some of the fusion, merging the cooking and cultures of the East and West.

On what these businesses means for Hawaii:
They provide cultural diversity for the state, and the diversity could provide a cultural experience for local Hawaii residents and visitors alike. Also, it provides the opportunity to gain first-hand experience for Hawaii companies by interacting with ethnic owners, i.e. from China, and learn how business is conducted there before committing serious capital, time and resources overseas.

On his long-term goals:
Hawaii has become a state so dependent on federal money. Travel-related businesses have produced relatively low-paying jobs and the brain drain from Hawaii has continued since 1990. We are hoping to make Hawaii a friendlier place to do business.

On the most memorable challenge overseas:
For more than 20 years, the way trade promotion was conducted from Hawaii was wine, dine and hula girls, even when the trade mission was not focused on the tourist trade. The result is most businesses in Asia look at many of us, who are serious about trade and business, as coming to Asia just to have a good time.

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Wednesday, April 2 2008: U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Hawaii State winners will be introduced at the Hawaii State Senate when they convene at 11:30 a.m. An opportunity for an informal greeting the House Chambers will follow. Please meet District Director Andrew Poepoe and me in the outdoor Rotunda of the Capitol Building no later than 11:00 a.m. After brief introductions, we will proceed to the reception area of the Senate Chamber to meet Debbie from Senator Carol Fukunaga’s staff. She will arrange the seating and escort the winners onto the floor. After the presentations, there will be time for photos and greetings before moving to the House floor. Family members, staff and nominators interested in attending will be able to join me in the gallery above the chamber to observe the proceedings. From past experience, we usually finish introductions around 12:30 p.m. or so. We were not able to make any special arrangements for parking which can be at a premium when the legislature is in session. Please allow sufficient time to park your vehicles and meet us in the rotunda. Handicap parking is available in some metered stalls in the garage below the capitol.

Governor Linda Lingle and Lieutenant Governor James R Duke Aiona Jr of the State of Hawaii Recognition on April 30 2008 (click on the small picture for full view)

Hawaii State Senate Recognition on April 2 2008 (click on the small picture for full view)

Hawaii State House of Representative Recognition on April 2 2008 (click on the small picture for full view)

President George Bush "Proclaim" Small Business Week 2008 (click on the small picture for full view)

City and County of Honolulu Recognize Johnson W. K. Choi (click on the small picture for full view)

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Hawaii exec gets top U.S. SBA award Pacific Business News (Honolulu) /Pittsburgh Business Times

The head of a local chamber of commerce that helps Hawaii small businesses get into international trade with Asian nations has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration's national minority small-business champion.

Johnson W. K. Choi, president of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, was the winner of the state's 2008 award, which recognizes small-business advocates, and was also the regional winner.

"Johnson Choi is very deserving of this honor for his commitment to promote and encourage economic opportunity for small businesses owned by representatives from so many ethnic backgrounds," said First Hawaiian Bank Vice President Naomi Masuno, who nominated Choi for the SBA Award. "He is always willing to help small businesses in getting started, planning, and finding new customers through exporting. He shares an amazing wealth of knowledge, particularly with minority business owners interested in doing business in Asia."

Choi has assisted business owners for 20 years, helping to link import and export resources, as well as organizing seminars and workshops and developing Web sites and informational materials for small businesses.

Choi, who is also an active member of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council, has led three trade missions to Asia. He will be honored, along with the state's other top small-business winners, at the SBA's annual Small Business Awards luncheon on April 30 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa.

蔡永強獲州參院少數族裔小企業首獎 (本報夏威夷訊)

蔡永強(中)獲夏州參議院頒發獎牌,獎勵其獲得2008年少數族裔小型企業年度首獎,後排為參議員。周光世攝

夏威夷州參議院於4月2日(星期三)上午十一時半在其會期開始前頒發獎牌給2008年夏威夷州小型企業優秀獎得主。香港中國夏威夷商會(Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce)創會會長蔡永強 (Johnson W. K. Choi) 因獲得夏威夷州“2008年少數族裔小型企業年度首獎” (2008 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year),也受邀前往領獎。

這個獎項是由“全美國小企業行政署”(SBA)設立的。主要是在獎勵傑出的小型企業領袖,表揚他們對小型企業的支持,並能完成協助諾言者。蔡永強獲得了區域和夏威夷州獎。

3月23日,美國小企業行政署(SBA)正式宣布,蔡永強更上層樓,獲得“2008年少數族裔小型企業年度首獎”。消息傳來,此間中英媒體均紛紛報道,其政商學界友人也均紛紛登門致賀,非常風光。蔡永強預訂於4月21日至23日前往華盛頓首府領獎。

蔡永強表示非常感激此間第一夏威夷銀行及其副總裁 Naomi Masuno 協助其辦理獎項申請手續,也感謝香港中國夏威夷商會所有理事職員與會員的支持,因為沒有他們在太平洋和夏威夷兩岸的共同努力,他無法獲得此項最高榮譽。

蔡永強強調,“香港中國夏威夷商會”是美國第一個與少數族裔商業團體合作來促進夏威夷、北美洲、香港和中國的商業機會的商會。此為其能獲得少數族裔小型企業年度首獎的主要原因之一。

蔡永強也感謝其父母的培養和典範,才有今日的成就。也對其移民夏威夷第一位雇主Mrs. Carolyn Tong Chee(1955年水仙花皇后)和其夫婿Percival Chee醫生,鼓勵其自立創業表示感謝。

當然也不能忘了夏威夷大學旅遊學院前院長Chuck Gee做其良師,夏威夷大學商業管理學系的教授們授其有關國際貿易的知識。Hketo SF的Annie Tang、美國上海商會會長 Brenda Foster, Chuck Gee 院長、Hyatt Regency 副總裁 Paul Tang…等等的支持和鼓勵,蔡永強夫人Carmen 的諒解和支持,致上衷心的感謝。

4月2日夏州參議院的頒獎典禮,由參議會議長Hanabusa主持,挭陪arol Fukunaga提案,全部參議員通過決議,獎勵夏州小型企業優秀獎得主。夏州小型企業署長Andrew Poepoe和Jane Sawyer等在旁觀禮。

夏州小型企業署(SBA)計劃於4月30日在希爾頓夏威夷鄉村大酒店舉辦一場慶祝午餐會,祝賀當天得獎小型企業家們。

蔡永強再獲檀市議會表揚 (本報夏威夷訊)

蔡永強(右)接受表揚後,蒙檀市長韓納曼(左)召見,感謝其對小型企業的支持和貢獻。周光世攝

香港中國夏威夷商會創會會長蔡永強(Johnson W. K. Choi) 於4月16日(周二)上午9時在檀香山市議會再度接受表揚,之後並蒙檀香山市長韓納曼在其市長辦公室接見,以獎勵其對小型企業的支持和貢獻。

每年美國小企業行政署(SBA)夏威夷區辦事處均頒發獎牌給夏威夷州最優秀的小企業家和領導者。這些小企業家在島嶼經濟種種困境中,仍能克服萬難,創造商業生機,對社會貢獻良多。

蔡永強和香港中國夏威夷商會是獲得聯邦、夏州和檀香山市的“2008年少數族裔小型企業首獎”頭銜(2008 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year),他將於4月21日前往華盛頓首府領獎。

4月16日在檀香山市議會的會期中,首由譚鴻章市議員提案和報告蔡永強與香港中國夏威夷商會對小型企業的貢獻,於是眾位議員無異議通過接納譚鴻章議員的報告,即席頒發市議會獎牌給蔡永強。眾位議員並輪流上前與蔡永強握手致賀,然後一起拍照留念。

譚鴻章市議員說,做為香港中國夏威夷商會的總裁,蔡永強無私地貢獻其時間和努力在促進少數族裔小型企業家們的商業機會,其重點放在推動夏威夷、香港、中國和其鄰近區域的商業、貿易專業知識和科技的交流,期能達到經濟成果和生意來往。 蔡永強曾經主持超過40次的商業論壇,邀請亞洲和北美洲地區的商業領袖人物參會,並與許多國際機構和代表處建立良好關係,促成了三次成功的商務交流訪問活動。

市議會頒獎當天,夏威夷州小型企業署署長Andrew Poepoe 和助理 Jane Saner 也在現場觀禮。

夏州小型企業署計劃於4月30日(周三)上午11時在希爾頓夏威夷鄉村大酒店舉辦一場慶祝午餐會,祝賀今年所有的小型企業獎得主們。

Helping build Isles' trade with China By Curtis Lum, Advertiser Staff Writer

Johnson W. K. Choi, president of the Hong Kong-China Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, was recently honored as Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. Photos by REBECCA BREYER | The Honolulu Advertiser

JOHNSON W. K. CHOI
Age: 52
Title: President
Organization: Hong Kong-China Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce
Born: Hong Kong
High School: Rosaryhill High School, Hong Kong
College: University of Hawai'i-Manoa, School of Travel Industry Management; Chaminade University, MBA
Breakthrough job: Working for Carolyn Tong Chee to manage her hotel rental in Waikiki
Mentor: Chuck Gee, emeritus dean, UH School of Travel Industry Management
Major challenge: Not knowing anyone in Hawai'i; most of my college classmates left Hawai'i for Asia or the Mainland after graduation
Hobbies: Tennis, table tennis, good food
Books recently read: "Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant," by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Choi says his day usually starts at 4 a.m. and doesn't end until 6 or 7 p.m. — and "that typically runs six days a week."

Q. What kinds of local companies do well in Asia?

A. It's an interesting question because Hawai'i has a very good brand worldwide. But sometimes it's a bit more challenging for a Hawai'i company that has not ventured out of Hawai'i. I know there is a lot of effort to try and go to places like China. But China is a huge country and the other issues are the rule of law and the language barrier, so it's a little difficult for Hawai'i companies to use China as the first entry port into Asia. A good entry port would be both Hong Kong and Singapore. Hong Kong is a great entry point because it's smaller than the island of Kaua'i, but its population is 7 million and it has a high per capita income.

Q. Why are companies hesitant to do more exporting?

A. I think it has something to do with how the state has been conducting business. Hong Kong is almost like doing business in New York. You come to Hong Kong, you tell us what you have to offer, and if it matches we'll do business. There is not a lot of wining and dining and sightseeing. They discourage companies from bringing government officials. In a lot of ways a lot of small companies in Hawai'i tend to follow government type of strategy and it doesn't work in places like Hong Kong and Singapore.

Q. In what ways do you help local businesses?

A. We look at the type of products and services a Hawai'i company offers. If they have something unique that the businesses or the government in Asia want, and if the company is small but they have something unique, then we would try to pair them up with a larger company on the West Coast of the United States and go together to increase their size and also give more resources to the Hawai'i company.

Q. How long have you been with the chamber?

A. The chamber is seven years old and I'm one of the founding members. There are a lot of chamber of commerces in Hawai'i. Our chamber is a little different than the others. Our chamber's focus is to help Hawai'i companies to collaborate with companies outside of Hawai'i, primarily on the West Coast and the East Coast of the United States, to increase the size of Hawai'i companies and to look at Asia opportunities.

Q. Is it more of a trade organization?

A. It's more or less a trade organization, so we don't have the usual installation banquet and cocktail functions. We have events when there are people from the community who can offer advice or people who can help the local companies to expand their business.

Q. You and the other founding members have extensive backgrounds in Hong Kong and China?

A. I was originally from Hong Kong. I came to Hawai'i when I was 18 years old and went to the University of Hawai'i. I've been doing business with Asia since 1985, so I've been very active and we do have a small office in Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as in San Francisco.

Q. You're involved in other organizations, as well as your own business?

A. I run a business taking care of clients in terms of accounting, investment and other things. We're doing business under First Hawaiian Capital. That is my basic line of business. But for the last 13 years I've also helped clients from Asia, so I find opportunities for them or they help me with different opportunities in Asia. More and more of my business is connecting Hawai'i with Asia.

Q. How did you become an expert in exporting?

A. Back in 1984 I was with the first group of business people that went with the City Council to Hainan Island, which is on the southern tip of China, and signed a sister city agreement. From there on, I started to be exposed to more and more people in Asia and most of my clients are Chinese from Asia. So I just slowly increased my business exposure in Asia. It kind of fell into place for the last 15 to 20 years. No one is an expert in China. China is such a huge country. Sometimes I joke with my clients that if anyone tells you they're an expert on China the first thing you should do is pack up and leave. We only try to be good in certain areas, like Shanghai, Beijing, Quanzhou, because those three big cities have more than 78 million people, so for most Hawai'i companies that is a big piece for them to swallow.

Q. How did you wind up at the University of Hawai'i?

A. In the ancient Chinese society, you listen to your parents. At that time, the School of Travel Industry Management under the leadership of Dean Chuck Gee was a very good program. The reputation both here and also in Asia started kicking up some dust and people noticed it. My father said, "Maybe you should study hotel and restaurant management." At age 18 I didn't know what I should be doing anyway.

Q. Why did you stay?

A. I graduated from the TIM school, but unfortunately the pay for the service industry was not that great. After I finished college I got married and soon had children and got a mortgage and a car loan. I found that the service industry is a very tough business. So I decided, with the encouragement of my first boss, Carolyn Tong Chee, she said, "Johnson, what do you have to lose? Start your own business. If you fail, I'll hire you back."

With that assurance, I charged ahead, not knowing it was going to be very tough. I stuck it out, but it was tough because I'm not from here and I didn't have a lot of friends and family that I could go to. I basically had to start from scratch, which was not easy.

Q. You have a business and run the chamber. How do you manage your time?

A. It's not easy. My typical day I wake up at 4 in the morning, in my office by 5. My day usually doesn't end until 6 or 7 at night and that typically runs six days a week. I do enjoy a challenge. I go to work every day not knowing what to expect. Sometimes I go to work and I'm on crisis management every day. It's challenging, but interesting. I spend 40 percent of my time on nonprofit work. Besides the chamber, I also spend time with the U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association, as well as the Hawai'i Chinese Association and the School of Travel Industry Management alumni board. I'm also with the Rotary Club of Honolulu. I do believe in giving back to the community.

Q. You were recently honored by the Small Business Administration locally and nationally as the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. What do those awards mean to you?

A. Of course it gives me some publicity and recognition, especially in the Chinese community, because the SBA award was covered by the four major Chinese news media in Hawai'i. It's a tremendous exposure for me. I didn't expect to go all the way to the top. Sometimes when you don't expect it you get it. When I got it, I did not believe it and I faxed the letter to the local SBA office to verify that it wasn't a joke.

Breaking News/Updates Updated at 1:47 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Choi honored with national small business award

Johnson Choi, president of the Hong Kong.China.Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, has been honored with a national award by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Choi was named the SBA Hawai'i District's 2008 Minority Small Business Champion and this week was selected as the SBA's national winner. He competed with winners from nine SBA regions across the country.

For 20 years, Choi has provided advice to small business owners, organized business seminars and workshops, linked export and import resources, and developed Web sites and materials to disseminate to all types of small businesses.

Naomi Masuno, business banking officer with First Hawaiian Bank, nominated Choi for the SBA award and said he is deserving of the honor.

"He is always willing to help small businesses in getting started, planning and finding new customers through exporting," Masuno said. "He shares an amazing wealth of knowledge, particularly with minority business owners interested in doing business in Asia."

Choi and the other winners of the local SBA awards will be honored at the annual luncheon April 30 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Honolulu Hawaii USA March 24 2008

Bev Gannon, owner of Hali'imaile General Store and Joe's Bar on Maui, has been chosen Hawai'i's Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration. Gannon launched her entrepreneurial career more than 20 years ago with a catering business run out of her garage. She began with three workers in 1985, and now employs about 130. One of the 12 founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Gannon prepares her award-winning dishes in an old plantation store in Makawao.

Johnson Choi, who was recognized as the state Minority Small Business Champion, also won at the Western regional level and was named the national award winner in the category.

Choi, president of the Hong Kong-China-Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, works with many Asian immigrants to start businesses, particularly in the area of exporting.

Hawai'i had three other regional winners.

Bill Spencer, head of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, won in the category of Financial Services.

Pam Tumpap, of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, won in the category of Small Business Journalist.

David Fell, of Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery, won in the category of Small Business Exporter.

Other state winners:

Rex Matsuno, president of the Hilo, Hawai'i-based seafood company Suisan Co., received the Entrepreneurial Success Award;

Thomas Park, owner of Leather Soul, was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year;

Joann Seery, owner of BNI Hawaii, was named Women in Business Champion;

Jonathan Ota, fourth-generation owner of Tip Top Care & Bakery in Lihu'e, Kaua'i, won in the category of Family Owned Small Business.

Honolulu Hawaii USA March 24 2008: U.S. Small Business Administration Names Hawaii’s Best Small Businesses for 2008

蔡永強榮獲少數族裔小企業獎 (本報夏威夷訊) 

香港中國夏威夷商會 (Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc)) 創會會長蔡永強 (Johnson W. K. Choi) 最近接獲美國小企業行政署(SBA)通知,他獲選為“2008年少數族裔小企業年度首獎”(2008 Minority Small Business Champion Of The Year)。

喜訊傳來,此間政商學界人士及親友均為其高興,紛紛登門致賀。

蔡永強預訂於四月二十一日至二十三日前往華盛頓首府領獎。蔡永強曾經獲得夏威夷及太平洋區域的少數族裔小企業獎,此次再接再厲,更上層樓獲得聯邦政府頒發的首獎,擊敗全美國五十洲和關島的參選者,脫穎而出,實為華人之光。美國小企業行政署 (United States Small Business Administration (SBA)) 計劃於四月三十日(星期三)在此間希爾頓夏威夷鄉村大酒店為其舉辦一場慶祝午餐會,詳情日後將會宣布。

蔡永強為鴻利國際財經顧問公司總裁,其公司創立於一九八三年,提供各種不同的財經服務,專業於提供全面的保險,個人稅務策劃及財經顧問服務。

December 13 2007 Foshan Guangzhou China

Dr Roberta Wong Leung Awarded Foshan Government (Guangzhou China) "Friendship Award"

Every three years the Foshan Government awards a Friendship Award to outstanding foreign experts who have contributed to the development of Foshan. For the first time, an educator and woman from the University of Hawaii, USA, Dr Roberta Wong Leung, Dean and Professor of Shunde Polytechnic, Department of Hotel, Tourism, and Cuisine Management was awarded the Foshan Government Friendship Award on December 13, 2007. Dr. Wong is the 1993 distinguished alumni of the School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Member and Advisory Board Member of Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) with more than 15 collaboration partner and 20,000 members worldwide.

梁王巧云博士(美国) (顺德职业技术学院酒店与旅游管理系教授)

梁王巧云博士20057月被聘为顺德职业技术学院酒店与旅游管理系总监。

她具有
20年的国际酒店从业经验和16年酒店专业任教经验。她为顺德职业技术学院酒店及旅游管理系介绍国际酒店业和酒店管理专业发展情况,引进国际酒店业职业资格标准,积极参与酒店及旅游管理系的建设和发展。

2006年初,梁王巧云博士为酒店及旅游管理系毕业生的实习工作出谋划策,2004113名毕业生在港澳及内地的13家五星级酒店和9家旅行社进行实习。在学生实习过程中,她多次到实习点看望和指导学生。

20067月,梁王巧云博士参与联系澳大利亚教育机构BOXHILL TAFE和美国饭店协会,促成顺德职业技术学院与澳大利亚教育机构 BOXHILL TAFE 和美国饭店协会等就师资专业技术培训及学生获取美国饭店协会职业资格证书达成了合作意向。她还积极联络,促成学院与香港、英国等多所大学达成合作意向。

200610月,顺德职业技术学院承办第十六届中国厨师节暨岭南美食文化节学术报告会。梁王巧云博士参与此次报告会的联络工作,邀请了来自美国、加拿大、瑞士、新加坡等10多个国家的旅游业酒店专家及厨艺名家到会并做了专题讲座,出色地完成了任务。

*我院外籍专家梁王巧云博士荣获"佛山友谊奖" ***

2007
1213日晚,"佛山友谊奖"颁奖仪式在佛山市政府迎宾馆怡园举行,佛山市市长陈云贤、常务副市长周天明出席了颁奖仪式并讲话,我院科技处副处长刘晓顺、外事办郭永生老师参加了颁奖仪式。市长陈云贤向获得"佛山友谊奖"10位外国专家颁发了证书,我院外籍专家梁王巧云博士获此殊荣。

"佛山友谊奖"是由佛山市政府专门针对在佛山发展建设中有突出贡献的外国专家设置的奖项,每3年评选一届,每届10人。评选程序是外籍专家所在单位申报,各区组织部门审议推荐,由佛山市市长办公会议审定。

1999年以来,"佛山友谊奖"已经评选了5届,共有50名外籍专家获奖,前4届获奖人员全部来自企业界,我院的梁王巧云博士是"佛山友谊奖"开设以来唯一来自教育系统获此殊荣的外国专家。

December 13, 2007

To: Communications Director/President, Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce
From: Economic Census, U.S. Bureau of the Census

The time is upon us! Next week, starting December 17, more than 4 million American businesses, including 14,000 businesses in Honolulu County, will receive 2007 Economic Census forms. Businesses that do not receive a form (typically very small) are not required to do anything, but those businesses that receive a form are required by law (Title 13, U.S. Code) to complete and return it. The due date is February 12, 2008.

Many businesses may not recall the last census 5 years ago, and the form may come as a surprise. They may not realize how important their timely and accurate responses are to effective public policy, to their industry, or to your chamber.

The Web site www.business.census.gov tells your members about the Economic Census, and provides statistics they can use to assess and grow their business operations. Added to the site today are graphic "Industry Snapshots" for more than 1,000 industries.

www.business.census.gov/media suggests ways you can help get the word to your members - in your publications, in your e-mails, on your website, even in your presentations. The page presents resources for your communications in each month.

December 2007: Your Economic Census form is coming to your business in late December. It's important.

January 2008: Complete your Economic Census form. Your community is counting on you.

February 2008: Economic Census forms are due February 12.

Many thanks if the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce has already sent a notice about the Economic Census to your members. Now is a good time to send another to reinforce the message.

If you need more information about the 2007 Economic Census, or would like to arrange an interview, please contact Robert Marske, Laurie Torene, or Paul Zeisset at 1-877-790-1876, or e-mail us at econ2007@census.gov

Thank you for helping your members get ready for the 2007 Economic Census.

November 12, 2007

嘉賓雲集 非常盛況 少年孫中山銅像揭幕典禮 (本報夏威夷訊)

少年孫中山銅像揭幕禮禮成後,左起:韓納曼市長,中山市副市長馮煜榮,孫中山基金會副會長陳燕,香港著名雕塑家朱達誠在銅像前合影。周光世攝

檀香山市長慕非
韓納曼於十一月十二日(星期一)上午十時在華埠夏威夷劇院旁邊的公園主持了一項非常有意義的活動,就是孫中山公園正式命名儀式及少年孫中山銅像揭幕典禮,並歡迎檀香山姊妹市中山市人民政府副市長馮煜榮率領的代表團蒞臨檀市參加締結友好城市十周年紀念。

"孫中山公園之命名於去年已經檀香山市議會同意,這公園的位置在荷梯厘北街與拔圖街交界處,即夏威夷劇院的左側地區,原名為 "Gateway Park”。韓納曼市長於正式命名儀式上特別感謝夏威夷孫中基金會對這個公園的修建所付出的辛勞。

市長講話中緬懷孫中山先生少年時代在檀香山市的意奧蘭尼學校和普納荷學校讀書以及青壯年時代在此建立革命組織策動建立民主的中國,居功至偉,後人永遠紀念這位世紀偉人。市長說,檀香山市是一個偉大的城市,它以與中國偉大歷史人物孫中山有著歷史淵源而感到無比榮耀。

由於孫中山先生係於
13歲時抵達檀香山求學。夏威夷孫中山基金會會長陸關琪特別邀請香港著名雕塑家朱達誠先生製作了一座少年孫中山13歲時的銅像,安置於新命名的孫中山紀念公園內,以供遊客及檀香山市民敬仰和紀念。該座銅像亦於當日同時揭幕。

揭幕典禮上,市府與孫中山基金會特別邀請了孫中山先生在檀島就讀的兩間著名的私立學校意奧蘭尼學校和普納荷學校的學生演奏音樂及發表讚辭。普納荷學校校長
James K.Scott博士並親臨致讚辭,表示少年孫中山是年青人的楷模。

孫中山先生曾說:
這是我的夏威夷......我在這裡長大和受教育。在這裡,我開始懂得甚麼是現代,文明政府,這樣的政府意謂著甚麼。這句名言被刻在少年孫中山銅像旁邊的石碑上,供人思考和學習。

當天與會貴賓除檀市府各部門主管官員及孫中山基金會領導人物外,尚有孫中山先生的曾孫孫國雄和Peggy Sun,中山市人民政府副市長馮煜榮所率領的代表團,雕像家朱達誠伉儷,夏州眾議員程慧蘭及卡爾羅茲,檀市議員譚鴻章及Ann Kobayashi,中華總會館主席陳明,中華總商會會長貝英華及多個僑團領導人,檀市主要中英媒體均到場採訪,嘉賓雲集,非常盛況。

慶祝與中山締結姐妹城市十周年 - 檀島孫中山誕辰141周年紀念 (本報夏威夷訊)

為慶祝孫中山先生誕辰141周年和中山市與檀香山市締結姐妹城市關係10周年,夏威夷孫中山基金會於十一月十二日(星期五)晚上六時假座威基基希爾頓鄉村大酒店舉辦慶祝晚宴,協辦單位為中華總會館與中華總商會。

主客來賓三百餘人,包括政府官員,社團領袖,各界代表,還有來自故鄉的中山市人民政府代表團,駐洛杉磯總領事張雲送來賀信,上海宋慶齡基金會送來花籃,使晚會益增榮寵。

晚宴現場主辦單位安排有珍藏的孫中山先生親筆題詞“志在沖天”及其他歷史文物展出。孫中山先生曾就讀的意奧蘭尼學校弦樂團也在現場演奏音樂助慶。六時半許晚宴司儀李天文宣佈節目開始,請出揚德醒獅團三頭瑞獅上場,由檀香山市長慕非‧韓納曼和中山市人民政府副市長馮煜榮採青接獅,會場充滿喜樂氣氛。隨後,司儀請中華總會館主席陳明醫生上台致歡迎詞,並介紹主桌貴賓有檀香山市長韓納曼伉儷,中山市副市長馮煜榮,夏威夷孫中山基金會主席陸關祺伉儷,會長Steven Ai,中華總會館主席陳明醫生伉儷,中華總商會會長貝英華,孫中山先生的曾孫孫國雄和Peggy Sun,少年孫中山銅像雕塑家朱達誠伉儷等。

晚宴菜餚非常豐富,眾皆大快朵頤,席間鋼琴家Colin Fong演奏樂曲娛眾。韓納曼市長、馮煜榮副市長和陸關琪主席一起逐席向賓客敬酒問候,隨和親切,氣氛融洽。

餐後,司儀委請馮煜榮副市長上台講話,馮副市長指出,檀香山與中山市由於孫中山先生的歷史文化淵源將兩座城市緊密地聯繫在一起,1997年10月13日,兩市正式締結為國際友好城市,至今已十年。十年來,兩市不斷加強交流合作,先後互派訪問團近40批,人數達千餘人次。交往遍及經貿、旅遊、環保、醫療、衛生、教育、文化等領域。上個月,韓納曼市長曾率領代表團訪問中山,與中山市共同慶祝雙方結好十周年,此行來檀即為回訪,在檀市共慶十周年締結友好關係紀念。韓納曼市長也上台重申檀香山市對發展兩市友好關係的承諾,進一步加強雙方已存在的友好關係。陸關琪主席上台感謝少年孫中山銅像的模型捐款者,公布名單並贈送少年孫中山銅像的模型給韓納曼市長和馮煜榮副市長及所有捐款者留念。孫中山基金會會Steven Ai向大眾敬酒,中華總商會會長貝英華致謝詞。九時許晚會順利結束,眾皆盡歡而散。

Friday, June 15, 2007 - PRESS RELEASE: Representative Louise M. Slaughter, Chairwoman, House Committee on Rules - Representing New York ’s 28th District

MEDIA CONTACT: Frank Benenati (202) 225-2888 or John Santore (202) 225-2888

House Votes to Delay Implementation of WHTI Until June 2009

Washington, DC – Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28), Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, today announced that the House overwhelmingly voted to prohibit the implementation of Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) anytime before June 2009. The FY 2008 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill passed by the House of Representatives today by a vote of 268 to 150.

In addition to delaying WHTI, the bill also included language authored by Rep. Slaughter to withhold $100 million from the funds required by the Department of Homeland Security to implement WHTI until DHS has determined if driver's licenses can be enhanced to meet the WHTI’s requirements. The Slaughter language also requires DHS to fully test its proposed passport card before making it publicly available and develop a plan for land implementation that will be shared with the public. Finally, Rep. Slaughter's provision requires that DHS submit a report to Congress on the success of the driver's license pilot program, and reveal its overall WHTI roadmap before being allowed to put the proposed WHTI documentary requirements into place.

“After over two and a half years of fighting against WHTI, I am pleased to see that Congress overwhelmingly rebuked the Administration today by delaying the implementation of the flawed program until mid-2009,” said Rep. Slaughter. “We sent a clear signal that we don’t trust the Administration to get WHTI done right.” “Travel and trade which cross the northern border every day between America and Canada are critical to our economy and to northern economic security, and we must never sacrifice our relationship with Canada in a misguided attempt to increase border security. I have long said that economic security and physical security are not mutually exclusive. We can, and must, have both.”

United States House of Representatives, 2469 Rayburn House Office Building • Washington , DC 20515; (202) 225-3615 phone • (202) 225-7822 fax • www.louise.house.gov 

John V. Santore, Communications Director, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, 202-225-7300 (office), 202-580-9459 (mobile), john.santore@mail.house.gov (email)

April 3, 2007

Asia's film hub shines with talent

Hong Kong movie star Tony Leung is excited by his home city's emerging creative talent. Celebrated Hong Kong actor Tony Leung set the scene for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's (HKTDC) Entertainment Expo (EE) in March. Flushed with pride after watching the Oscars success of The Departed – a remake of Hong Kong's Infernal Affairs, a film in which he starred – the actor declared before the EE began that the local film industry was entering a vibrant new age. Mr Leung then met with local and international journalists in town to cover the expo. He was quick to point out that, with a rash of Hollywood remakes now on the cards, the world's focus had returned to Hong Kong as a regional hub of creative talent. "We are entering an exciting time," Mr Leung said. "We are all proud of Infernal Affairs and that it was picked up by Hollywood. People are looking to Hong Kong for inspiration once again."

Movies in the making - Mr Leung's words ring true when you consider negotiations are currently underway between Hong Kong studios and their Hollywood counterparts for the remake rights to Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Confessions of Pain and Johnnie To's Exile. Oxide and Danny Pang's The Eye is currently being reworked by an American studio into a blockbuster starring Jessica Alba. The fact that Hong Kong has in recent years strengthened its position as the leading force in the Asia entertainment world was reflected through a survey conducted at both the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) and the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF). Both events came under the umbrella of HKTDC's Entertainment Expo and attracted thousands of entertainment industry representatives from all over the world. A total of 332 industry reps were interviewed during the course of the two events and were asked questions relating to industry and market trends. The survey was carried out by an independent research company commissioned by the HKTDC.

Rich source of content - Overall, over half of the respondents said they had acquired entertainment content from Hong Kong during 2006. Trailing behind Hong Kong were the Chinese mainland, Japan, Korea and Thailand. A walk through the fairground at FILMART showed vendors were firm in the belief that Hong Kong was the place to do business. "This is the third year we have attended FILMART. This year, we had 10 sales companies on the stand, some of whom have attended in previous years," said Lisa Tremble, Head of Communications for the UK Film Council. "FILMART provides an ideal platform to meet new buyers and cement existing relationships, and this year was no exception. All of the companies feel they have made worthwhile contacts which will hopefully develop into long standing business relationships over the coming months."

Partners found - The survey also showed Hong Kong was known as the best place from which companies could explore co-productions with the mainland and other regions of Asia, and it was also the best place to meet buyers. For exhibitors, FILMART in particular gives overseas production houses a chance to share their products – and introduce their upcoming productions – with the Asia region. "We'll be back next year. FILMART offers a wonderful opportunity to show all aspects of French films," said Christine Pernin, Unifrance's representative for the greater China region, who brought acclaimed French director Luc Besson to Hong Kong this year. Her thoughts were echoed by Kim Behrendt of the German Film Service. "This is my second time at FILMART," she said. "It's a good opportunity to display German films and to build contacts with Asian film-makers." Overall, the FILMART survey reflected the growth of the burgeoning digital entertainment sector with around 90 per cent of respondents saying digital entertainment had the greatest growth potential, followed by television (78 per cent) and film (68 per cent). Lloyd Chao, Director of Business Development and Marketing for Hong Kong's Shaw Studios, said that overall the Entertainment Expo reflected the reputation the city had both throughout Asia and all over the world. "Hong Kong has long been an industry leader," he said. "And you can see that industry leaders are acknowledging the city as a centre for development in the region and as a way they can break in and become part of the Asian entertainment industry as a whole."

February 6, 2007

Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce has been working with Hawaii State Legislators to support the establishment of the "Asian Lunar New Year Commemoration Week". Right now it is moving through the Legislative Process. The following is a sample of the bill.

Report Title: Chinese New Year; Commemoration

Description: Establishes the Asian Lunar New Year Commemoration Week.

HAWAII HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES and HAWAII STATE SENATE

H.B. NO. 1103 and S.B. NO. 247

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2007

STATE OF HAWAII

A BILL FOR AN ACT

RELATING TO ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR COMMEMORATION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Chinese New Year is the preeminent day of commemoration of culture and arts for more than one quarter of the world's population. A special Chinese calendar is used to determine festivals. Various Chinese communities around the world use this calendar, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South East Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, and
Laos.

The beginnings of the Chinese calendar date back to the fourteenth century B.C. The Chinese calendar is the exact astronomical observations of the longitude of the sun and phases of the moon, which indicates that the Chinese calendar is heavily influenced by the same principles of modern astronomy. Determining the exact date of each Chinese New Year requires a number of astronomical calculations. Historically, the Chinese New Year Day has practically been regarded as the only day of the year when China's hard-working peasants allowed themselves to rest. Although celebrations of the Chinese New Year vary, the underlying message is one of peace and happiness for family members and friends.

The legislature finds that the prominence of Hawaii's Chinese population and the emphasis on promoting tourism from China warrants an official commemoration of Chinese New Year.

The purpose of this Act is to designate the Asian Lunar New Year as a week of commemoration.

SECTION 2. Chapter 8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"Asian Lunar New Year Commemoration Week. The one week period following the day of the Chinese New Year shall be known and designated as the "Asian Lunar New Year Week of Commemoration in Hawaii". This week shall not be construed as a state holiday."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

2/27/2007 - Hawaii State Senate - The committee(s) on TSG recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in TSG were as follows: 3 Aye(s): Senator(s) Nishihara, Kim, Trimble; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Tsutsui.

2/28/2007 - Hawaii State House of Representative The committees on INT recommend that the measure be PASSED, UNAMENDED. The votes were as follows: 7 Ayes: Representative(s) Cabanilla, Tokioka, Belatti, Mizuno, Rhoads, Shimabukuro, Awana; Ayes with reservations: none; 0 Noes: none; and 4 Excused: Representative(s) Bertram, Green, Takai, Ward.

Testimony by Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee (Feb 16, 2007)

Representative Yamane, Representative Cabanilla and House Speaker Say:

In view of the shortness of time before the hearing(s) of HB 1103 & SB 247, I am writing to offer my individual support by email for these two House Bills pertaining to the Observation of the Asian Lunar New Year.

As a Chinese-American who grew up in San Francisco with its large population of Asian-Americans, I have experienced the importance of the Lunar New Year in that city. Not only is the lunar new year period a significant part of the history and cultural life of the diverse Asian-American community, but it makes a major contribution to the economy of San Francisco itself.

Over the eight days of the celebration of the lunar new year, for example, San Francisco's Chinatown--the largest of any city in the USA, the City of San Francisco, the Chinatown Merchants' Association, Chinatown restaurants, grocery stores, and retail outlets and many others contribute to the activities. The entire community comes alive as flower vendors and food sellers set up street stalls to serve the interest of locals and visitors alike who come to buy branches of cherry blossoms, pots of red azaleas and sweetmeats for observing the lunar new year at home. It is a happy time for everyone in the community as the air is permeated with the sweet scent of narcissus and flavors of delicious food.  As in the old country, the lunar new year is a time to settle debts honorably and of promise and hope for a good year ahead, for success personally and in business ventures.

The culmination of the Chinese new year ends with a major parade, which is televised on a mainstream channel. Once with only local participants in the parade, today there are floats and marchers from other parts of the USA and outside of the USA as well. Visitors travel to San Francisco from everywhere to join in the lunar new year celebration, and the economic benefits extend beyond Chinatown to San Francisco's downtown hotels and businesses in other districts.

While neither HB 1103 and SB 247 provides funding for the lunar new year celebration, unlike the City of San Francisco which provides significant financial support for Chinese New Year as part of its tourism promotion, I believe that these bills do provide useful symbolic support and can encourage or spur action on the part of the various Honolulu Chinese cultural and business organizations, as well as interested individuals, that may result in a weeklong event to nearly rival San Francisco's Chinese New Year celebration and to help further diversify our tourism attractions in Hawaii. I, therefore, strongly support the HB 1103 and SB 247.

Chuck Yim Gee
Dean Emeritus
School of Travel Industry Management
University of Hawaii-Manoa

Testimony by Judy Liu, Past President, Hawaii Chinese Association

Dear Chairman Yamane:

Asian communities in Hawaii would very much appreciate an official state observance of the Asian Lunar New Year. It is a centuries-old major cultural tradition that we celebrate every year with re-dedication, special foods and ceremonies. Your favorable consideration would be most appreciated.

Aloha,
Judy Liu
1114 Punahou St Ste 2B Honolulu HI 96826
Past President - Hawaii Chinese Association

Testimony in favor of HB 1103 and SB 247, Director, TIM International Inc - Alumni Association of UH School of Travel Industry Management

I strongly support HB 1103 and SB 247 and Observing the Asian Lunar New Year in Hawaii. Your favorable consideration would be most appreciated.

Aloha,
Laszlo Ravasz
1053 Maunanani Street
Honolulu, HI 96825

Testimony by Clyde G. Min, CHA, Vice President, Asset Management, Host Hotel and Resorts

Aloha Kalani,

Hawaii is a great place to be from and to yearn to return some day, because of our great cultural diversity and the cultural/social benchmark we set for the rest of our country. My career has given me the opportunity of living in many Asian countries and in several states on the Continent. I first learned and experienced my Chinese ancestry thru my “Apo” or maternal grandmother in Hawaii, but did not fully understand or appreciated what she gave us as celebration food items until I actually lived in Southeast Asia and experienced similar foods by the Chinese communities celebrating various festivals and especially Lunar new year. I was able to better learn and understand my Chinese ancestry and to now share that by celebrating the Lunar new year while I was living in Florida , Virginia , and now Maryland . We always gather friends together during that time of the year and celebrate! When I visit home I can now appreciate the shops in Chinatown Honolulu and be a better shopper of Asian food products, but I am also a better “neighbor” because I understand more of the cultures of Vietnam , Singapore , Hong Kong , Korea , Taiwan , etc. These are just some of the Asian cultures that celebrate the Luna New Year.

I hope to catch up with you again … perhaps in Hana…

All the best,
Clyde

Clyde G. Min, CHA
Vice President, Asset Management
Host Hotels and Resorts
6903 Rockledge Drive, Suite 1500
Bethesda, MD 20817
T 240.744.5295
C 301.370.8432
F 240.744.5795
clyde.min@hosthotels.com 

Testimony in favor of HB 1103, Barbara Marumoto, Hawaii State House of Representative on March 6 2007

ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR IN HAWAII – HB 1103

According to testimony there are about 100,000 people in Hawaii that celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year. That is why I support this measure and why I introduced a similar bill. For 3500 years Asian families have gathered for traditional ceremonies and cuisine, first in China, then in all of Asia and throughout the world.

Favorable testimony on this measure arrived from Johnson Choi of the China-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong-Hawaii Chamber, as well as the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber.

It is well that we observe this important cultural holiday and a testament to the many Asian people who have worked to build a better Hawaii. From the Chinese who were one of the first immigrant groups brought over to work the sugar plantations to the more recent Southeast Asian ethnic immigrants, all have added to the rich tapestry that is contemporary Hawaii. We owe much to these vibrant, productive peoples, and this official observance of the Asian New Year is a great way to say "mahalo" to each and all of them.

January 16, 2007

Hong Kong's economy still the world's freest: survey

Hong Kong has remained the world's freest economy for 13 consecutive years, according to a new study released on Tuesday. Among 10 areas assessed in the 2007 Index of Economic Freedom, the territory ranked first in four: trade freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom and property rights.

The study, compiled by the Washington DC-based Heritage foundation and The Wall Street Journal, assessed the degree of economic freedom of 157 world economies.

Hong Kong has topped the list every year since it was published in 1995.

In the 2007 list, Singapore ranked second and Australia third.

The report said Hong Kong had low tax rates, simple business regulations, a flexible labour market, and few restrictions on foreign capital.

It also praised Hong Kong for having an extensive, transparent banking and services industry; and an independent judiciary that could protect property rights.

Welcoming the results, Financial Secretary Henry Tang Yen-yang said: "We will study the report carefully and will strive to preserve fervently those strong aspects of our economic freedom, whilst enhancing those other aspects where there is room for further improvement."

He said the government remained committed to maintaining Hong Kong as a free economy, with maximum scope being accorded to the private sector.

"We see the role of the government as that of a facilitator. We provide a business-friendly environment where all firms can compete on a level-playing field and establish an appropriate regulatory regime to ensure integrity and smooth functioning of a free market," Mr Tang said.

According to the foundation, the methodology for this year's assessment had been substantially changed.

December 22, 2006

Hong Kong: Our Advantage is You and the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption), says ICAC chief

ICAC Commissioner Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun says in her web column that the ICAC and the community must continue to adopt a "zero tolerance" attitude towards corruption so as to maintain Hong Kong's reputation as a corruption-free city and a level playing field for businesses, and to preserve Hong Kong's competitive edge internationally.

In her first article in the Commissioner Online column uploaded onto the ICAC website, Mrs Law says over the past weeks since joining the ICAC as the Commissioner, she has visited colleagues at various departments.

"What impressed me most are their professionalism and intense commitment to fighting corruption," says Mrs Law.

In her article entitled "Hong Kong: Our Advantage is You and the ICAC", the Commissioner notes that ICAC staff has unfailingly displayed exceptional enthusiasm toward their duties, and achieved remarkable results.

"Braving difficulties and challenges, they strive to safeguard justice and uphold the rule of law in Hong Kong."

Mrs Law says while Hong Kong is recognized worldwide as a clean metropolitan city, the ICAC must continue its sustained efforts in investigation, corruption prevention and education.

"Despite a continual decline in corruption reports, rapid advancement in information technology and accelerated globalization have made corruption crimes increasingly complex in nature, posing more difficulties for our investigators," she says.

She looks forward to the completion of the new ICAC headquarters building next fall, which will provide a better working environment and improved training facilities for ICAC staff and help enhance operational efficiency.

On the law enforcement front, Mrs. Law says this year turns out to be fruitful and rewarding for the Operations Department, with a case-based conviction rate reaching a record 88% in the first eleven months.

"Corruption is inherently a secretive crime and difficult to investigate. Successful prosecutions require that investigators must be able to collect solid and strong evidence through meticulous planning and in full compliance with stringent procedures. On top of all these, they must be able to withstand the rigorous challenges in court," she says.

The Corruption Prevention Department has provided professional advice to government departments to improve operational procedures and plug possible loopholes to corrupt practices or misconduct. Its work covers a wide spectrum of functional areas, including tendering, procurement, allocation of funds and other work procedures.

Working in parallel, the Community Relations Department has been partnering with the Civil Service Bureau to promote a probity culture in the civil service. Mrs Law also reveals that the Department is now making a new television drama series "ICAC Investigators", to present to the public the "human face" of investigators. The new series is expected to be broadcast next fall.

In the past two months, Mrs Law has also attended meetings of advisory committees established to oversee all aspects of ICAC's work, and affirms that the Commission is subject to very stringent monitoring both in letter and spirit.

"The committee system ensures the ICAC conducts all its work in the interest of the community.

"Under such a meticulous and stringent system of checks and balances, there is absolutely no leeway for any individual to exert undue influence over the outcome of ICAC investigations," she adds.

Mrs. Law's first Commissioner Online article has been posted onto the ICAC website www.icac.org.hk for public access.

December 19, 2006

Triple Film Attractions for Hong Kong - Industry Who's Who to Attend - Tony Leung, the internationally acclaimed film star, will once again be Entertainment Expo's ambassador.

Hong Kong, December 15, 2006 - Film entrepreneurs and movie fans are in for a treat. Next year, three mega events - the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) and the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) will, for the first time, open on the same day in Hong Kong.

The triple-header will kick off March 20, 2007, featuring the latest films from around the world, along with a who's who of the international movie industry.

Peter Tsi, Executive Director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and organiser of HAF, points out that HKIFF formerly catered only to Asian film fans and Hong Kong people, and was not regarded as a global event.

"Next year will be different," he says. "Heavyweight titles that will appeal to international audiences will make their debut here, boosting Hong Kong's status as a film-trade and film financing platform."

Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), FILMART's organiser, says: "We expect to attract about 450 exhibitors from 30 countries and some 4,000 international industry players to the mega shows.

"With HKIFF, FILMART and HAF kicking off at the same time, visitors can view and source a wider variety of films for distribution. At the same time, they can also consider investing or participating in the film projects on offer."

The three mega events are part of Hong Kong Entertainment Expo, which takes place March 20 to April 15 next year. International film star Tony Leung Chiu-wai will, for the third time, serve as Entertainment Expo's ambassador.

December 2, 2006

HK firms warned against complacency With regional competitors catching up fast, Exco member says 'drifting with the tide' is not an option by AMBROSE LEUNG

Hongkongers cannot afford to indulge in escapism in today's highly competitive world, a business leader and executive councillor warned yesterday. Doing so would distract them from achieving their goals, said Leung Chun-ying. He also said critics should not seek to discredit the government by airing conspiracy theories.

Addressing a business leaders' forum, "Economic Summit 2007: Road Map to Hong Kong Success", Mr Leung warned that major industries in Hong Kong were in danger of being marginalised and overtaken by competitors. "We should never be intoxicated by the short-term scene of prosperity in front of us," he said, pointing to the relatively small size of Hong Kong's economy and the closeness of its links to that of the mainland.

Mr Leung said hidden problems remained and now was the time to seek solutions to them. "If we adopt a mentality of escapism, or drift with the tides, we will become bystanders, not stakeholders. We will lose the reference of Hong Kong people solving problems for Hong Kong."

Mr Leung said one danger was Hong Kong's relatively high wages, which were not competitive with those over the border. Unemployment threatened to erode people's standard of living, he said. If the government could not usher in full employment, "all economic theories and government visions would become empty talk". Although the quality of its products and services was a strength, the city would face midterm and long-term competition from the mainland's container ports, catering and financial services sectors, he said.

Pointing to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's recent comment that "positive non-interventionism" was no longer the guiding principle of government economic policy, Mr Leung said the government should play a more proactive role in the economy. "Market forces can result in both good and evil," Mr Leung said. He also said no government could address all the viewpoints in society.

"If [people], including opinion leaders, hold stubbornly to their views or seek to discredit the government with conspiracy theories, it will only result in failure of the entire society." Addressing the same forum, Mr Tsang warned that Hong Kong's logistics industry faced challenges. "The rise of Shanghai, and especially Shenzhen - which is on course to overtake Hong Kong and Singapore in the next few years - poses a big challenge to Hong Kong's leading position," Mr Tsang said.

The city's position as Asia's financial centre was also under threat, with Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and other cities putting up stiff challenges. "We cannot take it for granted that mainland corporations will use Hong Kong as a platform to raise capital, because other financial centres in the region are rising fast," Mr Tsang said.

He said Hong Kong had to maintain its role as a bridge between the mainland and other regions. Mr Tsang said the airport and other infrastructure should be improved to raise competitiveness, and investor-friendly policies, including an expansion in renminbi business, introduced.

November 29, 2006 Hong Kong SAR

Official Opening: International Business Convention "New Strategies for a Borderless World" - Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center (HKTDC)

Presentation by Mr. Peter Woo, Chairman, HKTDC

Presentation by Honorable Donald Tsang, Chief Executive, Hong Kong SAR

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International Business Convention "New Strategies for a Borderless World" - Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center (HKTDC)

Keynote Speaker, Mr. Peter Woo, Chairman of HKTDC

Mr. Stuart Harbinson - Special Advisor, Office of the Director-General WTO - Global Markets: The World Trade Organization Dimension

Ms. Viveca Chan, Founder, WE Worldwide Partners - Building Brands in China

November 28, 2006 Hong Kong SAR

Pan-Pearl River Delta - Connecting the World's SMEs by Professor Pui King LAU, Mr. Anthony Lau - Executive Chairman of BALtrans Holding Ltd and Mr. Ronnie Chan - Chairman of Hang Lung Group (Hang Lung Properties reported net profit of US$586 millions in 2006, Owned and Operate Plaza 66 in Shanghai, Mr. Chan among others things was member of Board of Governors of the East West Center in Honolulu Hawaii).

Mr. Ronnie Chan Discussed and Shared with us if you are NOT an International Well Known Brand, not launching your products/services and established name recognition in Hong Kong FIRST will have little chance of success in the China Market. Hang Lung Group operate the Plaza 66 in Shanghai occupied by ALL major World Famous brand has 600,000 of foot traffic per week. US$4 billion to build another 12 world-class commercial complexes like the Plaza 66 in Shanghai will be completed in the coming few years. All major anchor tenants have committed to go where the new world-class commercial complex will be located. Mr. Ronnie Chan is a frequent visitor to Hawaii.

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Mr. Henry Tang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR shared with us the success formula as the financial center recognized by Beijing and its continue success. Hong Kong Stock Exchange has raised almost US$60 billion in 2006 placed Hong Kong the 2nd largest IPO Center, overtook the New York Stock Exchange.

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An Ancient Feast in Modern Hong Kong - A Night of "Poon Choi Delights" Special 20+ entrees dinner including the "Jumbo Pot also known as Poon Choi" hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) at the Super Star Seafood Restaurant, Time Square, well attended by more than 500 guests

November 27, 2006 Hong Kong SAR

AmCham Hong Kong Energy Committee met Chaired by Mr. Colin Tam to discuss various business opportunities in China, Hong Kong and Macau. Presentation was made regarding to the challenges and opportunities current presented in Macau and how to take advantage of it.

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November 27, 2006

Asia banks move into film financing by CAMERON DUECK

John Travolta with Rene Russo in the 1995 movie Get Shorty about the trials of a loan-shark who finds Hollywood's cutthroat world too much to handle. Bank loan financing has long been used by independent movie producers in Europe and the United States and is taking off in Asia. `Rough business, this movie business," says John Travolta in Get Shorty. "I'm gonna have to go back to loan-sharking just to take a rest." Only a banker would rush in where loan sharks fear to tread.

And bankers see there is money to be made in Asia's movie business, with Standard Chartered (US$333 Billions in Assets) leading the way.

The bank has begun offering loans to film producers who are tired of begging from rich uncles and investors who think they understand the celluloid business. Asian film producers have traditionally relied on equity finance, where investors effectively buy a share of the movie. In return, they get a slice of any potential profit, and more often than not they expect their money to give them a voice in how the movie is made. "If you work with equity finance, you have to use certain assets to convince your investors in your vision of the film, where the bank is more neutral. It's just business," said Nansun Shi, producer of films such as Seven Swords and Dragon Tiger Gate.

Bank loan financing is new to the Asian film industry and has a long way to go before it displaces equity financing. Standard Chartered, which opened a separate entertainment banking unit just under a year ago, has so far financed only one major project, Curse of the Golden Flower, a Bill Kong production. The movie, starring Chow Yun-fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou and Ye Liu, is set for release at the end of the year. "The fact that it's available demonstrates that the industry is becoming more mature. It's an important part of [independent] filmmaking in all the big markets around the world," Ms Shi said.

While Standard Chartered is thought to be the first bank in Asia to offer a pure loan to a filmmaker, other banks are testing the waters with different types of film financing deals. China Merchants Bank recently became the first mainland bank to finance a local film. The bank provided 50 per cent of the money for director Feng Xiaogang's latest project, a US$10 million war story named The Assembly, now shooting in northeast China. Asia's film industry has come under pressure of late even as the region produces some of the world's top non-American stars and plots. "You hear a lot about how the film industry is not doing so well here, with poor sales and piracy issues, but with China opening up we see a lot of opportunity for filmmakers," said Michael Leow, a solicitor at law firm Deacons, which created a dedicated entertainment practice four years ago. Governments across the region, including South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, have stepped in to offer financial perks to film producers in the hopes of creating Asia's version of Hollywood.

Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen used his policy address to promise help for the film industry, including a new Hong Kong Film Development Council and the possibility of more help for smaller filmmakers.

"With appropriate assistance from the government, the industry is poised to scale new heights," Mr Tsang said. The government in 2003 launched the Film Guarantee Fund, a HK$30 million pot of money to serve as a guarantee to banks lending to budding young filmmakers. A handful of the region's top banks are working with the fund, including HSBC, Bank of China, Bank of East Asia and DBS Bank. However, the fund can only commit about HK$2.5 million per film, putting it out of the running for bigger productions with A-list actors and directors.

So, while Mr Tsang's government may help pave the way, it is banks such as Standard Chartered that are opening up new roads for the film industry. They are offering financing while leaving the creative decisions in the hands of filmmakers.

"All we're interested in is getting the principal back with interest, whereas an equity investor is going to ask for profit sharing and possibly want a say in the creative process," said Susan Ho, head of the creative industries group at Standard Chartered. Bank loan financing has long been in existence in Europe and the United States, with hedge funds also beginning to play a role. Banks there are also beginning to strike deals involving a combination of debt and equity, a natural progression for the Asian industry.

Given the legal and financing costs associated with a large bank loan, Standard Chartered is unlikely to do deals for less than US$1.5 million, which is quickly becoming the cheap end of the budget for Asian film productions. And they are looking for producers who already have a few successful films to their name.

One of the biggest issues for banks is what they can claim for security, making the film industry more challenging and more interesting than lending to cross-border factories. There are no production lines or property to back a filmmaker's idea. Common collateral options include presales, the contract to sell the film to a distributor, and completion guarantees, a type of bond that promises the film will be finished on time and on budget.

"The first hurdle is to understand what the risks ... are because the industry has always given the impression that it's a high-risk industry compared with the more traditional manufacturing businesses," Ms Ho said. Like any business, the more you understand it the less risky it becomes. For bankers, this may mean learning the language of the film industry or asking for a production budget and schedule or other documentation. "When Hong Kong producers [made] movies, they never had a script. They possibly signed an agreement on a piece of tissue paper or a shake of hands ... this is part of the evolution, the commercialisation of the industry," Ms Ho said.

She would not disclose how much business the entertainment unit has produced but says it has brought about 20 new clients to the bank so far and is focusing on Japan, South Korea, Singapore and India, Hong Kong and China. "The goal is to become a banker to the company, to the media industry. It's not just financing films," she said.

Ms Ho joined the bank's consumer banking business seven years ago from the advertising and marketing world and is now applying that media knowledge to the bank's new wholesale banking unit. The bank has also hired Lee Beasley from Royal Bank of Scotland in London. Mr Beasley, who had experience lending money to Asian filmmakers who came to London in search of financing, brings 12 years of television and film financing knowledge to the bank.

Many of the region's top banks are thought to be in the planning stages of entering the entertainment financing space, and with an increasing number of large co-productions between producers in South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Japan, demand for large-scale financing will grow. "As you see more pan-Asian co-productions, which call for bigger budgets, that strategy suits bank financing and using presales for collateral," said Fred Milstein, president of US-based completion guarantor cineFinance, which is building its business in Asia.

"It is no longer limited in terms of financial strategy to what you can raise in pure equity or what one person or company can raise."

November 20, 2006

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Family Members of the Dr. Sun Yat Sin

November 15, 2006

Hong Kong as an IPO Centre

The continuing growth of the Mainland economy augurs well for Hong Kong as a centre for IPOs and other fund-raising activities by Mainland enterprises. Large initial public offerings are always welcomed in Hong Kong, particularly when they are successful, whether measured by the degree of over-subscription or the extent of the increase in the prices of the shares on their debuts. It is also a clear confirmation of the status of Hong Kong as an international financial centre. Last week we had the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) IPO, which is, so far, the largest IPO in the world. The fact that this IPO and several other large IPOs were organized so successfully in Hong Kong and not in London or New York, or any other international financial centre is something that those involved in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the investment banks, the banking system, and the interbank payment system can justifiably be proud of. I hope this is something that the Hong Kong community, including all the investors, will be proud of too. Having watched these events closely, I think the lack of excessive volatility in the interbank rates over the course of the IPO and the absence of any hiccup in the interbank payment system on the payment and refund days are quite an achievement.

One interesting phenomenon observed during the course of the large IPO activities in Hong Kong is that, with global financial markets awash with liquidity, whenever there is new supply of quality financial instruments in a market of international standing, attracting international investment funds is not a problem. There seems no longer to be any need, for example, to organize primary or secondary listing in Europe and America in order to attract investment funds from those areas. International road shows are of course still essential to stimulate investor interest, but advanced information technology is increasingly making this easier. So I hope these large IPOs serve to consolidate the status of Hong Kong as the preferred IPO centre for Mainland enterprises.

As China becomes increasingly integrated with the rest of the world, with its economy growing at a brisk pace, made possible by reform and liberalization, and the associated rapid increases in productivity, there will be more and more Mainland enterprises achieving success in their own fields and attaining international status. This augurs well for Hong Kong as a centre for IPOs and other fund-raising activities by Mainland enterprises, particularly those intending to go international. But, as I have mentioned before, while we are gladly playing the important role of channeling foreign funds into the hands of fund raisers on the Mainland, we must recognize the fact that the savings rate on the Mainland is still very high and therefore there is great investor demand there that needs to be satisfied. The sustainability of Hong Kong as the IPO centre for Mainland enterprises depends, I think, on whether we can satisfy investor demand on the Mainland.

The sale of quality assets by the State only to overseas investors might understandably lead to objections from Mainland investors. The dual listing of H-shares and A-shares in the ICBC IPO is a very good arrangement to address this concern, although the price differential between the H-shares and the A-shares remains and needs to be addressed. Some say the price differential reflects different supply and demand conditions. While this obviously is true, the partitioning of a market trading essentially the same financial instrument with the same shareholders' rights undermines the efficiency of the market. I understand that foreign exchange controls on the Mainland play a part in this process, but it still seems desirable for the healthy development of the market to remove artificial market partitioning. This can be done by special arrangements that would not undermine the foreign exchange controls. The two classes of shares can be made directly fungible, or indirectly fungible by trading depository certificates evidencing the holding of shares in the other market. An arbitrage arrangement, perhaps with special approval by the authorities for conducting the associated foreign exchange transactions, can be established to facilitate price equalization. This may require the involvement of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) and could be conducted by a specially established public organization on a non-profit basis, conducting arbitrage whenever a significant exchange-rate-adjusted price differential appears. It could also be opened up on a freely competitive basis, under close monitoring by SAFE as far as foreign exchange transactions are concerned.

Some have pointed out to me the possibility of a migration of secondary market activity away from Hong Kong when H-shares and A-shares are made fungible. They have also argued that an arbitrage mechanism to facilitate price equalisation would not be in the interest of Hong Kong. But I suspect that if an effective mechanism for arbitrage appears, market expectation would then be strong enough to help bring about price equalization, lessening the need for actual arbitrage activities.

Joseph Yam
Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

August 21, 2006

Congressman Ed Case visited Merchants and Businesses in Chinatown to explore ways to improve Hawaii Business Environment Direct link to Sing Tao Newspaper  PDF Format

國會議員凱詩(右5)與助選人員訪問華埠,展開競選國會參議員的宣傳拜票活動。龐震攝

選期近 選情急 拜票忙 - 國會議員凱詩走訪華埠

(本報夏威夷訊)

至今距離初選日期是一個月零幾天(九月二十三日),還有十一個星期就是大選了。今年夏威夷將會有重要選舉,其中包括州長,國會參議員,國會眾議員,本州的參眾議員及其他公職人員。

各方面的競選宣傳活動早已展開進行。現任國會眾議員的愛德華‧凱詩(Ed Case)爭取再上一層樓,正投身競選國會議員。他於八月十九日(星期六)上午專程去到檀香山市華埠拜票,在鬧區街道挨家逐戶拜訪商家店鋪,並向顧客及路人握手致意。他年輕力壯,精神充沛,平易近人的形象給人們留下了深刻的印象。

上午八時卅分,國會議員凱詩與助選人員在曼拿基亞市場內孔子像下集合,凱詩接受了華廈電視記者採訪之後,就開始深入到市場內每一個攤檔、店鋪訪問,與主人們熱情握手,還與在場的顧客以及碰見的民眾握手致意,助選人員即派發印有凱詩肖像及背景資料的宣傳單張。在該市場內環轉了一周,隨即去到賀梯盧街店鋪,曾上去該處的隆都從善堂訪問,又到奇告力奇市場裡面,逐個果菜攤位進行競選宣傳,最後在京街北沿門拜訪,十分深入細緻,馬不停蹄走透透差不多三個多小時始結束。

凱詩的競選口號是﹕準備,願意,有能力在國會參議院裡代表全體夏威夷人。我們的未來就是現在﹗

凱詩的工作背景是﹕從2002年至現在擔任美國國會眾議員(代表夏威夷州,民主黨人),夏威夷州州長候選人(2002),夏威夷州議員(1994-2002,眾議院多數黨領袖),州高等法院大法官威廉‧李察遜的法律書記(1981-1982),國會參議員S-Park立法助理。1983-2002擔任律師。

凱詩1981年在加州大學獲法律博士,1975年在麻省威廉學院獲學士學位,中學和小學都在夏威夷渡過。1952年9月27日在大島的希爐市出生,也在那裡成長,祖父母和父母親是夏威夷的茂宜人。妻子Audrey是律師,育有一女三子。

凱詩的政見主要是主張國家預算要有盈餘,國土安全,繁榮經濟,投資未來,實踐諾言,保證需要,保護環境,加強政府,愛護國家,永遠保存夏威夷精神。

August 14, 2006

Congress Approves Suspension of New Shipper Bonding Privileges; Prospects for Additional China-Related Legislation Uncertain

After a very busy couple of weeks, legislators left Washington for their annual month-long summer vacation with plenty of legislative work left on the table. Congress is not scheduled to reconvene until 5 September and will have about a month from that date to address the most pressing of matters before having to close its doors again on 6 October to prepare for the 7 November mid-term congressional elections. Lawmakers are expected to meet again after the elections in a so-called "lame duck" session to consider several items of unfinished business, including legislation that may have an impact on trade with mainland China and/or Hong Kong. The status of the most relevant legislative initiatives that were either recently approved or may be taken up later this year is outlined below.

Elimination of New Shipper Bonding Privileges

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have approved a pension reform bill (H.R. 4), which is expected to be signed into law by President Bush on 18 August, that includes a number of trade-related measures. One of these provisions will suspend new shipper bonding privileges within the context of anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings from 1 April 2006 through 30 June 2009. The legislation suspends language in the AD/CV provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 that allows new shippers of products subject to AD/CV duty orders to post a bond in lieu of a cash deposit to cover estimated AD or CV duties. New shippers will thus be obliged to post cash deposits in all cases. In addition, the legislation requires the Department of Commerce to submit, by 31 December 2008, a report to the House Committee on Ways and Means containing:

recommendations on whether the bonding privilege suspension should be extended beyond 30 June 2009; and an assessment of the effectiveness of any administrative measure implemented to address the difficulties posed by the bonding privilege, including problems in the collection of AD duties on imports from new shippers and any burden imposed on legitimate trade and commerce by the suspension. This new shipper bonding suspension was approved by both chambers of Congress last year as part of larger legislative efforts but was ultimately not enacted into law.

The pension legislation also includes a number of amendments regarding the U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement, as well as provisions to suspend temporarily (through 31 December 2009) the duties on imports of a wide range of products, including certain chemicals, consumer products, footwear and textile inputs. The textile items and consumer products that will benefit from these duty suspensions include certain non-knitted mechanics' work gloves, certain microphones for use in automotive interiors, carded or combed acrylic/modacrylic staple fibres, certain acrylic fibre tow, certain cases for toys, certain camel hair, certain basketballs and volleyballs, certain music boxes, certain footwear, and liquid crystal device panel assemblies for use in LCD direct view televisions.

Currency-Related Legislation - Senators Chuck Schumer (Democrat-New York) and Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina) announced on 26 July that they would seek a vote by 30 September on legislation to impose punitive 27.5% duties on all imports from China unless they see an acceleration in the pace of the yuan's appreciation by that time. The yuan has continued to appreciate at a slow but steady pace and President Hu Jintao reiterated at the recent G8 summit in Russia that China is committed to pushing ahead with exchange rate reform "in an active and steady manner." The dollar was valued at 7.9759 yuan on 4 August, a decline of 0.2% from a month ago, 0.4% from two months ago and 1.0% from six months ago. This appreciation, while significant from the standpoint of the Chinese government, is unlikely to satisfy the demands of Schumer and Graham, who may well try to force a vote on their measure should the yuan not appreciate by at least one to two percentage points in the next two months.

Even if the two senators make good on their promise, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (Republican-Iowa) and Ranking Member Max Baucus (Democrat-Montana) would be expected to offer an alternative China-related legislative package (S. 2467) to draw away support from the Schumer-Graham bill. The Grassley-Baucus legislation contains the following provisions.

Identification of Currencies in Fundamental Misalignment. The legislation would repeal the 1988 Exchange Rates and International Economic Policy Coordination Act and provide a new mechanism to address fundamentally mis-aligned currencies that adversely affect the U.S. economy. These new provisions would require the Secretary of the Treasury to issue a semi-annual report that identifies such currencies and to take action to address the imbalance.

New Mechanisms to Promote Currency Adjustment. For any fundamentally mis-aligned currency that adversely affects the U.S. economy, the bill would require the U.S. to negotiate with the country concerned. Should these negotiations fail, the bill would authorise the appropriate U.S. agency to oppose multi-lateral bank financing, disapprove loans from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, refuse to increase an offending country's voting share in the International Monetary Fund, and consider such currency in determining whether to grant the relevant country market economy status under U.S. trade remedy laws. The bill would also create a new assistant secretary position at the Treasury Department to improve oversight of currency issues and exchange imbalances. Identification of Priority Foreign Country Trade Practices. The bill would require the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to work more closely with Congress to annually identify and resolve the most significant market access and investment barriers to U.S. companies.

Other Miscellaneous Provisions. The bill would also: (i) elevate the USTR general counsel to a Senate-confirmed position, with statutory authority to investigate and resolve trade enforcement cases; (ii) require the USTR to create a new inter-agency Trade Enforcement Working Group; and (iii) increase the fiscal year 2007 and 2008 funding authorizations for the USTR.

Grassley and Baucus wield considerable power in the Senate and their legislation would be expected to attract the necessary votes for passage, to the detriment of the far more controversial Schumer-Graham measure.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill - Congress typically considers and approves during each two-year session a miscellaneous tariff bill that contains a fairly large number of provisions to eliminate or reduce duties on a wide range of products imported into the United States. MTBs also include various other provisions designed to increase the competitiveness of U.S. products and companies. A fundamental requirement of MTBs is that their provisions cannot be controversial; i.e., they cannot be opposed by a domestic producer of the product for which special treatment is being sought. Additionally, the cost for each MTB provision must amount to less than US$500,000 of lost revenue per year.

The House passed its version of the MTB last year and the Senate is finalizing the compilation of its bill. As is generally the case, both the House and Senate MTB packages focus primarily on duty suspensions for chemical products. The Senate version will also include duty suspensions or reductions for numerous other products, including certain apparel and textile goods, footwear, household goods, electronic goods, and industrial inputs and machinery, as well as provisions to remove certain woven fibreglass fabric and certain performance outerwear trousers from quota.

Roughly 300 MTB provisions were approved by Congress in late July/early August as part of a legislative package to reform the U.S. pension system (see above). Provisions were only included in this package if they had been in the House-passed MTB and had a companion bill introduced in the Senate.

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to craft a final MTB package with all remaining provisions in September with hopes of holding a vote before the November elections. MTB consideration may slip until after the elections, however, especially if any legislators decide to attach controversial provisions to the final package.

Reform of Foreign Investment Review Process - Legislators have been engaged in an effort to reform the mechanisms for reviewing foreign investment in the U.S. ever since the widespread controversy generated by the failed acquisition attempts of Unocal by China National Offshore Oil Corporation and of terminal operations at various U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World. Lawmakers introduced a large number of bills on this matter over the past year but have finally narrowed their choices to two of them. Legislation sponsored by House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Republican-Missouri) passed the House on 26 July by a vote of 424 to 0. The National Security FIRST (Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency) Act of 2006, H.R. 5337, would:

maintain the Treasury secretary as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. and establish the secretaries of Homeland Security and Commerce as vice chairpersons;

require that the secretaries of the Treasury, Homeland Security and Commerce agree on any CFIUS approval and sign the final CFIUS report;

reaffirm congressional intent relating to the "Byrd Rule," which mandates a 45-day CFIUS investigation for companies controlled by foreign governments, by strengthening current law and requiring investigations for transactions involving any foreign government;

require twice-yearly notice of all transactions by CFIUS to the bipartisan congressional leadership and relevant committees, as well as special notice each time there is an extensive investigation or deal with a foreign government entity;

create a formal method for tracking and enforcing post-transaction compliance with mitigation agreements and for tracking any post-transaction changes in such agreement; and

maintain an objective role for the director of national intelligence (who does not have a vote in CFIUS transactions) while establishing a formal independent analysis by the DNI for every transaction.

The Senate CFIUS reform bill, sponsored by Senator Richard Shelby (Republican-Alabama), passed the Senate the same day. However, U.S. business groups are generally backing the House version due to concerns that certain provisions in the Senate bill could deter foreign investment in the U.S. A conference is expected to take place during the autumn to reconcile the two bills.

Port Security Legislation - On 4 May, the House approved the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act (H.R. 4954), a bill designed to strengthen supply chain security and codify existing supply chain security program. This legislation attracted a great deal of attention during its consideration because several lawmakers had favored an amendment to require 100% scanning of all inbound cargo containers within three years for larger ports and five years for smaller ports. However, this proposal was strongly opposed by business groups and was ultimately defeated.

The main provisions of the SAFE Port Act are outlined below.

require the DHS to develop a strategic plan to enhance international supply chain security for all modes of transportation by which containers arrive in, depart from or move through U.S. seaports

require the DHS to develop, within six months after enactment of the legislation, protocols for the resumption of trade in the event of a transportation security incident, to include preferences associated with participation in current supply chain security programs

require the DHS to collect entry data, in addition to manifest data, from importers before a container is loaded at a foreign port

establish, within six months after enactment of the legislation, a pilot project at an overseas port similar to the Integrated Container Inspection System being tested at the port of Hong Kong

evaluate the development of nuclear and radiological detection systems and other emerging inspection technologies for use at foreign ports, including battery-powered portable neutron and gamma-ray detection devices that can be inexpensively produced, and, within one year after enactment of the legislation, determine whether such technology can be adequately deployed at foreign ports (if the U.S. determines that this technology meets all the necessary requisites for deployment, U.S. Customs and Border Protection would be able to reject containerized cargo from ports whose foreign governments refuse to co-operate in the phased deployment)

codify the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program, establish minimum participation standards and divide program membership into tiered categories based on the level of each company's security co-operation

formally establish the Container Security Initiative and require the DHS to conduct security assessments for foreign ports interested in participating in this program

define a cargo container security device as "a mechanical or electronic device designed to, at a minimum, positively identify containers and detect and record unauthorised intrusion of containers" (such devices would have to have false alarm rates demonstrated to be below 1%)

establish or enhance lorry inspection stations for seaports, communities and trade corridors where there is a high volume of lorry container traffic

establish within the DHS the positions of director of cargo security policy and director of trade policy

require the DHS to seek the advice and recommendations of the Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of CBP and Related Functions on any proposed DHS policies, initiatives, actions or organization reforms that will have a major impact on trade and customs revenue functions

require a DHS study on the specific challenges faced by land ports when calling for greater security

require the DHS to assess the National Targeting Center and make recommendations to strengthen it

provide, through a dedicated grant program, risk-based funding for hardening U.S. ports against attacks and enhancing capabilities to respond to attacks and resume operations

begin issuing transportation security cards by 15 May 2007 to individuals at the first 25 seaport facilities listed on the DHS facility vulnerability assessment (the deadline would be 15 November 2007 for the next 30 seaports and 15 November 2008 for all other seaport facilities)

Further, the House approved a funding bill on 6 June that would mandate a strategy to double the amount of cargo currently inspected, screen 100% of cargo through the Automated Targeting System and establish minimum security standards for cargo containers. The legislation would also require the DHS to maintain a 100% manifest review rate at all CSI ports and a 100% validation rate for all C-TPAT participants, and to double the amount of cargo entering the U.S. that is screened for radiation.

For its part, the Senate is considering legislation that mirrors the SAFE Port Act but has a few differences that would eventually have to be reconciled in a bi-cameral conference. The so-called GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act (S. 2459) was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on 2 May and is awaiting consideration by the full Senate. The legislation may be taken up sometime in the autumn.

Among other things, the GreenLane legislation would require the DHS to set up within one year a pilot screening program at three as-yet unnamed foreign ports. After analyzing the results of this test, the DHS would be required to implement "as soon as practicable and possible" a system in which 100% of U.S.-bound cargo from foreign ports is screened.

Other provisions included in the bill would establish:

the GreenLane, which is comprised of supply chain participants who voluntarily meet the highest level of security and provides real incentives to importers to enhance their supply chain security measures;

minimum security standards for all cargo containers entering the U.S. and requirements that strengthen current cargo security programs;

the Office of Cargo Security Policy within the DHS to ensure accountability and co-ordination of cargo security policies, procedures and regulations among federal agencies;

Joint Operations Centers to ensure a co-ordinated, measured response and the resumption and flow of commerce in the event of an incident or heightened national security threat level; and

US$835 million for port security grants, CSI and C-TPAT, which would be generated through the collection of customs fees.

Separately, Senators Grassley and Baucus introduced legislation (S. 3658) on 13 July that would, among other things:

require, within one year of enactment, an assessment of non-intrusive container scanning in foreign ports;

require enhanced cargo targeting and analysis to facilitate trade and restart the movement of cargo following a transportation disruption; and

require the CBP commissioner to develop a trade resumption plan, which must be routinely exercised with federal, state and local officials and private stakeholders.

The Senate will have a full work schedule both during 5 September-6 October and in a potential lame duck session, which will likely be devoted in large part to the approval of various budgetary provisions. Congressional approval of comprehensive port security legislation by the end of the year is therefore uncertain.

July 21, 2006

DESIGNATING THE FIRST DAY ON THE ASIAN LUNAR CALENDAR AS “ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR DAY” BY THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU - Proposed by Johnson Choi, President of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Introduced by Honolulu City Councilman Charles D'jou and PASSED by the Full Council on July 19, 2006

Honolulu will join more than 1.5 billion of the World Population, with almost all major economies in Asia, Major Cities in North America and Europe recognizing the significant of the Asian Lunar New Year to enhance and promote cultural ties and business collaborations

 

CITY COUNCIL No 0 6 2 1 5
CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
HONOLULU, HAWAII

RESOLUTION

DESIGNATING THE FIRST DAY ON THE ASIAN LUNAR CALENDAR AS “ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR DAY” FOR THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU.

WHEREAS, a lunar calendar is based on the phases of the moon, with a lunar month being measured as the time between new moons and a lunar year consisting of twelve lunar months; and

WHEREAS, the new year on the Asian lunar calendar begins with the second new moon following the winter solstice, the day in December with the fewest daylight hours when the Northern Hemisphere is the most inclined away from the sun; and

WHEREAS, the new year marks the beginning ofthe Asian Lunar New Year celebration, also known as Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, which lasts 15 days and ends with the arrival of the full moon; and

WHEREAS, for example, the Asian Lunar New Year in 2006 took place between January29 and February 13; and

WHEREAS, the lunar new year is a time of commemoration and celebration for more than a billion people in Asia and of Asian ancestry worldwide, including more than 12 million Asian-Americans; and

WHEREAS, other jurisdictions, including New York State, New York City, and Maryland, have adopted measures recognizing the Asian Lunar New Year; and WHEREAS, forty-six percent of the city population is of Asian descent, the highest percentage of Asian residents out of all U.S. counties; and

WHEREAS, the council recognizes the special significance of the Asian Lunar New Year for these residents; now, therefore,

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CITY COUNCIL
CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU NO.06-215
HONOLULU, HAWAII

RESOLUTION

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City and County of Honolulu that it hereby declares February 18, 2007 and the second new moon following the winter solstice thereafter as “Asian Lunar New Year Day” for the City and County of Honolulu.

DATE OF INTRODUCTION:
JUN 09 2006
Honolulu, Hawaii Council Members
(OCSIO6OGO6Ict)

CITY COUNCIL
CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
HONOLULU, HAWAII

C E R T I F I C A T E

I hereby certify that the above is a true record of action by the Council of the City and County of Honolulu on this RESOLUTION.
RESOLUTION 06-215

Introduced: 6/9/06 By: CHARLES DJOU (BR) Committee: EXECUTIVE MATTERS
Title: RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE FIRST DAY ON THE ASIAN LUNAR CALENDAR AS “ASIAN LUNAR NEW

YEAR DAY” FOR THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU.
Links: RES06-215

EM 07/07/06 CR-357 – RESOLUTION REPORTED OUT OF COMMITTEE FOR ADOPTION.

COUNCIL 07/19/06 RESOLUTION AND CR-357 ADOPTED.

APO Y
CACHOLA Y
DELA CRUZ Y
DJOU Y
GARCIA Y
KOBAYASHI Y
MARSHALL Y
OKINO Y
TAM Y

Y = Yes Vote

DENISE C. DE COSTA, CITY CLERK

DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, CHAIR AND PRESIDING OFFICER

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Related Communications:

No. M-1124  

From: Johnson Choi, China-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce; Hong Kong-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce – Support Res.

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July 21, 2006

HKCHcc join OCA APPLAUDS RENEWAL OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT BY CONGRESS

Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) join Organization of Chinese American (OCA) applauds the action of Congress to renew the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006.

Background: Despite the 15th Amendment’s guarantee of the right to vote, communities of color encountered discrimination, harassment, and intimidation while trying to exercise that right. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided concrete mechanisms to enforce the 15th Amendment. In 1982, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was amended to address the needs of limited English proficient citizens. However, several key provisions were temporary, due to expire in August 2007.

This year, We encouraged the Asian Pacific American community to make their voices heard with lawmakers to support the renewal of those temporary provisions. The House of Representatives finally passed the bill on July 13TH. Yesterday the Senate unanimously passed the bill. The nation is one step closer to the realization of a more just society. “This is a tremendous victory for civil rights advocates and all Americans

July 14, 2006

Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle Signs Bill to Improve Language Access for Immigrants with Limited English Proficiency - "The state has taken a long-awaited and critical first step toward narrowing a civil-rights gap that has separated our immigrant population from the government help it deserves and needs." - Honolulu Advertiser editorial, "Language-access law sets key agenda." Governor Lingle signed into law a key bill designed to improve state and state-funded services to immigrants with limited English proficiency. The Language Access Law requires the state, as well as state-funded programs, to develop plans to provide interpretation services and translated documents to immigrants and residents who have limited ability to read or speak English. "This bill will help a silent minority in our community - those who are not getting services they are entitled to," Governor Lingle said. "Language should not be a barrier to basic needs such as housing, food and health care."

May 22-24, 2006

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Pamela Young Interview Johnson Choi of CMC Consulting Group Inc and Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce on business and tourism training opportunities

Pamela Young Interview Yen Chun of CMC Consulting Group Inc on business and tourism training opportunities

http://www.thehawaiichannel.com/news/index.html

Mixplate - By Pamela Young - Special Segment on China

Monday - May 22nd; Tuesday - May 23rd and Wednesday - May 24, 2006 5:00pm (rebroadcast on the following mornings 5-7am)

Stories focus on building of business connections between Hawaii and China, especially in Guangdong Province; Olympics preparations; cultural connections to promote tourism and Sister Village relationship between Polynesian Culture Center and Yunnan Nationalities Village. Special footage from China with Special Guests interview such as Ms. Yen Chun of CMC Consulting Group Inc and Sun Yat-Sin Hawaii Foundation and Johnson Choi of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

April 12, 2006

Surging ahead of the competition

Hong Kong's mid-size companies surged ahead of competitors around the world, and the city has overtaken Shanghai as China's most competitive city, according to two recent surveys. The Grant Thornton International Business Survey 2006 found that over 82 per cent of mid-sized business in Hong Kong recorded growth at above the global average this year - a world leading score. Grant Thornton partner Gary James said an upturn in tourism arrivals, buoyant consumer spending and strong export sales proved beneficial to a wide range of businesses. The survey polled 7,000 mid-sized business owners in 30 countries last year.

In a separate survey, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences put Hong Kong top of the list of 200 cities in its 2005 annual report on urban competitiveness. The assessment was based on human resources, corporate management, social ability and public service standards. This was the first time that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwanese cities were included in the report.

Hong Kong was tops in five of the eight categories. In global terms, the academy ranked Hong Kong 11th in competitiveness out of 100 countries and regions with the US first and China 34th.

Long-term outlook strong - The robust economic scene continues with reports of strong profits from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx), which manages Asia's second-biggest stock market. It registered a 27 percent increase in net profit last year on soaring trading volumes, a record wave of mainland listings, continued economic recovery, influx of foreign funds and upbeat market sentiment. HKEx earned HK$1.34 billion (US$172 million) last year, compared with HK$1.06 billion (US$136 million) in 2004.

"We remain optimistic about the long-term prospects of our business and the market," said HKEx Chairman Charles Lee.

Most economists remain upbeat about Hong Kong's economic performance. The most positive was from Standard Chartered Bank which expects Hong Kong's export driven economic growth to be at 6 per cent fuelled by robust private consumption, active job and property markets. The forecast is more optimistic than the official Government estimate of between 4 to 5 per cent of real growth.

April 3, 2006

China Vice Premier Wu Yi lead a business delegation of over 100 members representing the Major Agriculture Sectors, Aerospace, Automobile, Electronics, Petroleum, Petro-chemical and Heavy Machinery, stopped by Hawaii for 2 days to meet with Hawaii Business Leaders and Government Representatives. A Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation was signed between Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and Chairman Shao Qiwei of the China National Tourism Administration at a reception hosted by Governor Lingle at the Washington Place.

Beijing is to seal agreements to purchase US agricultural products, software, passenger aircraft, cars, automotive spare parts and electrical products ahead of President Hu Jintao's US visit later this month, Xinhua reported yesterday. Representatives of 111 mainland companies would soon begin negotiations with authorities, commerce associations and companies in 13 US states, it said. It is the first time the official media has confirmed widespread speculation about the likelihood of big-ticket purchases. In recent years, Beijing has usually sent a delegation of businessmen to place orders for US goods worth billions of US dollars ahead of a Chinese leader's visit to Washington. Although the size and other details of Beijing's planned purchases remain unclear, the cost could easily run into billions of US dollars, judging from the shopping list. It has agreed to purchase 80 Boeing passenger aircraft, and earlier reports indicate officials plan to lift the ban on imports of US beef and have agreed to buy more American soya beans. President Hu is due to visit the United States from April 18 to April 22. At his first stop, in Seattle, he is scheduled to visit the Boeing company and have dinner with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at his palatial home. As computer software is on the shopping list, it is possible that Beijing could promise to purchase more Microsoft Windows operating systems and other US-made software as part of efforts to crack down on the widespread use of pirated computer software on the mainland, which costs US software makers billions of dollars in lost revenue each year.

Vice-Premier Wu Yi who paid a stopover visit to Hawaii on Monday, is responsible for overseeing the purchases in the United States. She was on her way to Washington for the China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. While in Hawaii, she oversaw the signing of an agreement that will boost the number of mainland visitors to the island. The agreement "helps us to continue to spread the word in China about Hawaii", the Pacific state's Governor Linda Lingle said. The number of mainland visitors to Hawaii has been rising - up 34.5 per cent in 2004 from the year earlier to 34,216 travelers. But it captured just a tiny fraction of the about 27 million mainlanders who traveled to overseas destinations that year. Ms Wu said Hawaii had expertise in tourism planning, management and personnel training which could "serve as a valuable reference for the Chinese tourism industry".

March 9, 2006

"Hong Kong and Hawaii : Countable Islands, Unlimited Opportunities"

Miss Jacqueline Ann Willis, JP - Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs has spoken to more than 160 business executives at the Mauna Kea Ballroom of the Hawaii Prince Hotel

Hawaii State Senate Resolution by Senator Gordon Trimble  PDF format

February 24, 2006

"From Aloha to China Guanxi" -  MIKE ROWSE, Director General - Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government. It was a completely sold out event well attended by more than 180 business executives at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii

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Message from Congressman Ed Case

Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce
Spring Business Luncheon
February 24, 2006

I am most pleased to extend my best wishes and warmest aloha to all gathered at the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) Spring Business Luncheon.

For the past five years, HKCHcc has worked diligently and effectively to ensure that the concerns of Chinese-Americans and our Asian Pacific American communities are acted upon. Your mission to serve as a permanent link to promote business, trade, transfer of professional knowledge and technologies between Hong Kong, China and Hawaii, is truly invaluable, not just to our Hawaii, but to our country and to better international relations between two great nations.

Please accept my very best wishes for a successful gathering. I think each and all of your members for your efforts, and genuinely look forward to your continued success and progress in the years to come.

With aloha,
//ED CASE//
United States Congressman
Hawaii, Second District

"From Aloha to China Guanxi" -  MIKE ROWSE, Director General - Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government. It was a completely sold out event well attended by more than 180 business executives at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii

Honorable Mayor of Honolulu, Mufi Hannemann has proclaimed Feb 24, 2006 as "Aloha to China Guanxi Day" honoring Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) and Its Collaboration Partners.

Office of the Mayor
City and County of Honolulu

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, 2006 marks the fifth anniversary of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Johnson Choi, through the Aloha to China Guanxi Program, with 17 collaboration partners in North America, Asia and Europe; and

WHEREAS, the Chamber serves as a permanent link to promote business, trade, transfer of professional knowledge and technologies, and strengthen economic and cultural ties between Hong Kong, China, their neighboring regions and Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, this dynamic organization facilitates networking among professionals in various disciplines who have a common interest in Hong Kong and China; and

WHEREAS, the Chamber; Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, San Francisco; Enterprise Honolulu; Hawaii S&T Council; High Technology Development Corporation; and the Pacific and Asian Affair Council will present a special event for Hawaii's business community on the fast-growing China phenomenon on Feb 24th,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MUFI HANNEMANN, Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, do hereby proclaim February 24, 2006, as

ALOHA TO CHINA GUANXI DAY

in the City and county of Honolulu to promote understanding of Hong Kong and China in the United States and among the international business community.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City and County of Honolulu to be affixed.

Done this 12th day of February 2006, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

"From Aloha to China Guanxi" -  MIKE ROWSE, Director General - Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government. It was a completely sold out event well attended by more than 180 business executives at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii

The House of Representative - State of Hawaii

CONGRATULATING THE HONG KONG.CHINA.HAWAII CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON THE PROCLAMATION OF "ALOHA TO CHINA GUANXI DAY"

WHEREAS, the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2001, under the leadership of Johnson W. K. Choi, throught the Aloha to China Guanxi Program, with 17 collaboration partners in North America, Asia and Europe; and

WHEREAS, the Chamber serves as a dynamic player and permanent link by promoting business, trade, and the transfer of professional knowledge and technologies between Hawaii, China, Hong Kong, and its neighboring regions; and

WHEREAS, the Chamber strengthens cultural, econo,ic, and historic ties between Hawaii, China, Hong Kong, and its neighboring regions; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu has officially proclaimed February 24, 2006 as "Aloha to China Guanxi Day" to promote understanding of Hong Kong and China in the United States and among the international business community; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-third Legislature of the State of Hawaii, that this body congratulates the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce on the proclamation of "Aloha to China Guanxi Day" in the City and County of Honolulu.

Calvin Say, Speaker of the House
Corinne Ching, Sponsoring Representative

"From Aloha to China Guanxi" -  MIKE ROWSE, Director General - Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government. It was a completely sold out event well attended by more than 180 business executives at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii

The House of Representative - State of Hawaii

RECOGNIZING MIKE ROWSE, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF INVEST HONG KONG, HKSAR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR ITS WORK AND EFFORTS IN PROMOTING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND HONG KONG

WHEREAS, Mike Rowse serves as the Director General of Invest Hong Kong, the Hong Kong SAR Government Department that is dedicated to attracting foreign direct investments to Hong Kong; and

WHEREAS, the Hong Kong SAR Government Department provides free information, advice and support services to help U.S. Companies capitalize on the Hong Kong advantage; and

WHEREAS, the Hong Kong SAR Government Department plays an important role in assisting the U.S. and Hong Kong in building relationships; now, therefore,

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu has officially proclaimed February 24, 2006 as "Aloha to China Guanxi Day" to promote understanding of Hong Kong and China in the United States and among the international business community; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-third Legislature of the State of Hawaii, that this body recognizes Mike Rowse, Director General of Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government Department on behalf of the Department for its continuous work and efforts in promoting business relationships between U.S. and Hong Kong.

Calvin Say, Speaker of the House
Corinne Ching, Sponsoring Representative

"From Aloha to China Guanxi" -  MIKE ROWSE, Director General - Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government. It was a completely sold out event well attended by more than 180 business executives at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii

Council of the City and County of Honolulu
CERTIFICATE
RECOGNIZING AND CONGRATULATING HONG KONG.CHINA.HAWAII CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PRESIDENT JOHNSON CHOI ON THE CELEBRATION OF ITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

The year 2006 will mark the fifth Anniversary of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce under the leadership of the Founding President, Johnson Choi, through the "Aloha to China Guanxi" with seventeen Collaboration Partners in North America, Asia and Europe.

The Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce serves as a permanent link to promote Business, Trade, Transfer of Professional Knowledge and Technologies between Hong Kong, China, its neighboring region and Hawaii.

The Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce continues to facilitate networking among professionals in various disciplines who have a common interest in Hong Kong and China in the United States and the international business community, and focuses on getting business done with results.

The Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce has invited Mr. Mike Rowse, Director General of Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government to share with the People of the City and County of Honolulu to capitalize on the Hong Kong Advantage to achieve success in the Pacific Century spearheaded by the fast growing China Phenomenon.

The longevity and the great accomplishment of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce is attribute to the collective leadership, perseverance, and commendable efforts of President Johnson Choi, its officers, and staff members in their commitment to further enhance the culture, heritage, and its international business community.

Therefore, the Council, on behalf of the people of the City and County of Honolulu, joins the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce and President Johnson Choi in recoginzing and congratulating them on the celebration of their fifth anniversary, and extends to them its aloha and best wishes for continued goodwill and success in all of their endeavors.

Councilman Rod Tam, Introducer
Councilman Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair
Councilman Todd K. Apo
Councilman Barbara Marshall
Councilman Charles K. Djou
Councilman Ann H. Kobayashi
Councilman Romy M. Cachola
Councilman Gary H. Okino
Councilman Nestor R. Garcia

January 22, 2006

State rewards trip sponsors PDF Format Sunday, January 22, 2006 By Sean Hao Advertiser Staff Writer

The Lingle administration promised special benefits to private companies willing to donate up to $50,000 to help pay for overseas trade missions. In a letter dated Dec. 5, Ted Liu, the director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, asked a local business to become a "Title Sponsor" of this year's trade missions by donating $50,000. The money would go to a nonprofit organization that would help finance the trade mission. The sponsor would get access to foreign government leaders and "VIP events (such as backstage or after-show parties)," according to the letter........

The issue of government officials' providing special service or access in exchange for large sponsorships raises ethical questions, according to the executive director of the state Ethics Commission. The practice also has drawn fire from a key lawmaker.

"My concern is there is a state law that says we can't charge to do things that are under our government duties," said Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim, D-14th (Halawa, Moanalua, Kamehameha Heights). "I can't charge for my services."

Kim raised the issue with Liu last week in a Senate committee meeting. The Dec. 5 letter was sent to Kim by a constituent, whom Kim declined to identify.........

The benefits offered in exchange for donations raise questions about whether state officials are providing special services to those able to afford to donate.

"Soliciting with the notion that you might get something — that might be seen as an opportunity to participate in government solely based on that — that does raise an ethics issue for us," said Dan Mollway, executive director of the state Ethics Commission. "Sen. Kim raised this issue with us and did send us a letter, and we will review the situation to see whether there were problems or not."........

"To be fair is to be equal to everybody," said Johnson Choi, president of the Hong Kong-China-Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce.

"You cannot say because you paid $50,000, you get the exclusive business contacts, and if you pay $500, you only get to sit outside the door. That's not right."

"Obviously the state is trying to be creative, but I'm not sure that's the right thing to do."

Reach Sean Hao at shao@honoluluadvertiser.com

December 27, 2005

中國宋慶齡基金會代表團訪檀 Direct Link  PDF Format

中國宋慶齡基金會代表團與有關友好團體交換贈送紀念禮物,右起﹕5.代表團團長俞貴麟6.團員吳存瑜7.團員王咖咖和參與接待的團體負責人合照。

(本報夏威夷訊)  以宋慶齡名字命名的中國宋慶齡基金會是一個國家級非牟利的人民團體,其工作的突出特點就是以弘揚偉人精神為主題,全方位、多角度地開展各項活動。現以該會專職副主席俞貴麟率領的代表團一行三人於十二月廿七日早從北京飛到夏威夷作為期三天的訪問,獲夏威夷多個友好團體熱情接待,於當天晚上假座哈羅霞塔的香港海鮮酒家設宴歡迎代表團。

 宴會開始,由宋慶齡基金會理事陳燕小姐擔任司儀,她首先用本地區習慣用語“哈羅霞”歡迎貴賓,隨即介紹中國宋慶齡基金會代表團成員﹕副主席俞貴麟,聯絡部部長吳存瑜及聯絡部國際處的王珈珈(女),並介紹聯合舉辦宴會及接待工作的五個團體領導人﹕

 夏威夷中華總商會會長陳明醫生,美中友協主席陳惠昌,夏威夷遺傳中心主席鄭天照,中國夏威夷商會主席蔡永強及夏威夷大學代表夏威夷亞太研究學院教務長Ran Ying,還有宋慶齡基金會現任理事馬袞生、陳燕、小有吉幸治(日裔)以及有關友好人士。合共出席宴會者二十二人。

 陳明醫生代表主辦團體致歡迎詞,他表示非常尊敬宋慶齡基金會所負的使命,願意共同努力促進世界和平,中美友好,並與客人敬酒表示祝願。

 俞貴麟副主席應邀致詞,他表示夏威夷是一個令人神往的地方,現身歷其境深感在此地生活的人十分幸福。宋慶齡基金會又與夏威夷結下不解之緣,有很多長期支持該會的友好人士,相互訪問活動多,對此表示感謝。

秉承宋慶齡的志願,基金會有三項宗旨﹕增強國際友好,維護世界和平﹔開展兩岸交流,促進祖國統一﹔發展少兒事業,關注民族未來。

 餐會之後,代表團代表中國宋慶齡基金會主席胡啟立頒發聘書給鄭天照、馬袞生、小有吉幸治為名譽理事,陳燕為理事,並贈送紀念禮物。代表團分別贈送孫中山先生與宋慶齡之結婚像鏡框給五個接待團體的負責人,又贈送該會活動的DVD碟和2004年年報與每一位在場的人士,皆大感激,歡喜。

代表團二十七日曾去愛國志士,美國宋慶齡基金會前副主席,九十四高齡的陳志昆家拜訪並共進午餐。二十八日由孫中山基金會招待早餐,訪問孫中山基金會會長,夏威夷國家銀行總裁陸關祺,再去夏威夷大學訪問中國研究中心和哲學系,由這兩團體招待晚餐,下午訪問位基基的養殖場,晚餐由鳳凰宮舞蹈團招待及進行交流。二十九日上午參觀珍珠港及檀香山市區,下午訪問波利尼西亞土人文化村,享受晚餐與觀賞土著表演。三十日早離檀往三藩市繼續訪問行程,預計停留兩天,轉往溫哥華參訪三天,然後返回中國。

October 18, 2005

HKTDC launches e-sourcing service online

(From left to right) TDC's Executive Director, Mr Fred Lam, HKSAR Acting Financial Secretary, Mr Frederick Ma and Chairman of TDC's Electronics/ Electrical Appliances Industry Advisory Committee, Mr Allan Wong officiated at the launching ceremony of tdctrade.com sourcing.

TDC's Head of Publications and E-Commerce, Ms Clare Wong introduced the enhanced functions of tdctrade.com sourcing, with a more user-friendly interface, accurate and efficient search engine.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) launched an enhanced e-sourcing service on the Internet today.

www.tdctrade.com sourcing http://sourcing.tdctrade.com is an enhanced version of TDC's online sourcing service. It enables Hong Kong companies and their potential trading partners around the world to align their business with the rapid development of e-commerce.

TDC's Head of Publications and E-Commerce Clare Wong said: "Competition is tougher as a result of the globalization of suppliers and markets. Suppliers and buyers are looking for new and cost-effective channels to expand their reach. E-commerce is a preferred solution."

According to global research agency, IDC's latest forecast from the ICMM update, version 10.1 (October 2005), B2B e-commerce revenue in Asia Pacific excluding Japan is expected to grow from US$126 billion in 2003 to US$933 billion in 2008, recording a seven-fold jump in 5 years' time. IDC points out that much of this growth is the result of businesses moving online.

In addition to its English interface, www.tdctrade.com sourcing also provides a Simplified Chinese edition which assists buyers in the mainland reaching out to the large pool of Hong Kong suppliers.

The e-sourcing service has over 100,000 suppliers from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and Taiwan and the databank is constantly expanding.

Currently, there are over 590,000 registered buyers on www.tdctrade.com sourcing, which include importers, wholesalers, mega retail chain stores and department stores, who can source products on the website free-of-charge anywhere, anytime. Half of the registered buyers come from Europe and the U.S.

Each year, buyers view more than 30 million companies' records on tdctrade.com sourcing. The enhanced service is expected to attract more users in the future as it has a more user-friendly interface, accurate and efficient search engine.

Ms Wong said: "www.tdctrade.com sourcing does not stand alone. It is supported by TDC's global network of over 40 offices in major business centers, and its well-established Internet portal, product magazines and trade fairs. This support network not only enables the e-sourcing platform to maintain a sustainable inflow of quality buyers and suppliers, but also provides extensive exposure of the service worldwide."

Highlights of key services :

Advertising page: Each advertiser of www.tdctrade.com sourcing will have a well-designed page that shows company information and product photos. The page is also equipped with an online product enquiry function.

Email newsletters: The latest product information will be sent to buyers with specific needs via email.

Free worldwide exposure: Advertisers will be offered free advertising space on www.tdctrade.com sourcing's printed "Product Showcase". This printed advertising brochure will be distributed to buyers at relevant trade fairs in the world and mailed to buyers direct as inserts into TDC's 14 Product Magazines, which has a circulation of over 2 million copies worldwide.

Trade Fairs to draw new buyers: TDC promotes www.tdctrade.com sourcing proactively and attracts buyers to register as members at its some 30 international trade fairs in Hong Kong and over 200 trade fairs around the world.

Value-added services include Online Advertising Video Clips, Express Enquiry Service and New Product Email Alert, all of which enhance promotion impact and simplify buyers' sourcing procedure.

www.tdctrade.com sourcing is a core service of the TDC's trade portal - www.tdctrade.com. The portal now has 9.5 million hits a day and users from over 200 countries and regions. It has been voted by the users as "the best in the region" among 12 trade promotion websites in an ACNielson (China) survey released in 2003.

October 10, 2005

HK, Guangdong plan first joint promotion in US Government representatives plan to emphasise to American entrepreneurs the unique benefits of investing in southern China

The Hong Kong and Guangdong governments will launch their first ever joint promotional-conference in the United States this week — as part of a strategy to attract more US companies to invest in southern China.

The Hong Kong–Guangdong Business Conference USA 2005 will be held in San Francisco on Friday. It will begin on Friday morning (Hong Kong time).

Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong Mike Rowse on Monday stressed the importance of attracting more US investment.

“The US has been one of our largest sources of foreign investment with cumulative investment amounting to HK$187.6 billion,” he said.

In the latest survey of regional offices representing overseas companies in Hong Kong, the US again tops the list of having the most regional headquarters (262) and regional offices (606) in Hong Kong, he noted.

“The findings coincide with our observation that an increasing number of US companies are using Hong Kong as a base to manage their business in the region or as a gateway to China,” added Mr Rowse.

Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said: “We will highlight to US companies the unique business opportunities that Hong Kong and Guangdong together will offer them.”

Mr Tang, and Governor of the Guangdong Province Huang Huahua will lead the conference delegation to San Francisco. It will comprise senior government officials and business leaders from Hong Kong as well as 21 major cities of Guangdong Province.

The business conference will discuss the attractive trade and investment opportunities in the Greater Pearl River Delta, Guangdong and Hong Kong for US business.

Apart from highlighting the benefits of regional co-operation within the Greater Pearl River Delta (comprising Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau) and the Pan-Pearl River Delta (including nine mainland provinces plus Hong Kong and Macau), the conference will outline opportunities for US companies. More than 700 top US corporate executives are expected to attend.

A Hong Kong seminar entitled “Capitalising on the Hong Kong Advantage” will be held concurrently with the conference. It will start on Friday afternoon (local time). It will aim to encourage discussion on Hong Kong’s business advantages.

The seminar is co-organized by Invest Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in San Francisco and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

The session will explore Hong Kong’s role as a technology transfer centre as well as a service centre for the mainland.

Business executives active in southern China will discuss how their companies have capitalised on Hong Kong to develop technology-related businesses and run regional operations into China.

Hong Kong offers companies many advantages, including an efficient banking system, a western legal system, sophisticated modern infrastructure, one of the world’s largest ports and top professionals in many fields.

Prominent US companies, such as United Commercial Bank, Pericom Semiconductor Corporation, AppoTech and YesAsia.com, will share their experiences in using Hong Kong as a springboard to China.

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco director Doris Cheung, said the US community would find the business conference “insightful”.

“San Francisco is a very convenient meeting place for Northern Californian businessmen. This business conference will provide Bay Area business leaders with a better understanding of the business environment in Hong Kong and Guangdong, and how Hong Kong can provide new opportunities for California enterprises,” she added.

It will also showcase how Californian companies have successfully capitalized on Hong Kong’s advantages.

Invest Hong Kong and the Guangdong Department of Foreign Trade & Economic Co-operation are co-organizers of the conference, with the support of the Consulate General of China in San Francisco.

Sept 9, 2005

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress, delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Second World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York Sept. 7, 2005 ARRIVED IN HONOLULU HAWAII 7:00PM AT THE HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE

August 12, 2005

Hawaii is the most expensive states in the nation in which to do business - Milken Institute Research Aug 1, 2005

Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts are the most expensive states in the nation in which to do business, according to the 2005 Milken Institute Cost of Doing Business Index.

Hawaii, which was also number one on last year’s index, has business costs that are 43 percent higher than the national average. Second-place New York’s costs are 30 percent higher, and third-place Massachusetts has costs that are 25 percent greater than the U.S. overall. California is fourth, with costs more than 24 percent greater, and Connecticut is fifth, with costs greater than 22 percent.

The states with the lowest costs of doing business are South Dakota, 50th, with costs 28 percent below the national average, North Dakota, 49th (23 percent lower), Iowa, 48th (19 percent), Montana, 47th (19 percent) and Idaho, 46th (16 percent).

The Cost-of-Doing-Business Index, released annually by the Institute, indicates each state’s comparative advantages or disadvantages in attracting and retaining businesses. Those states with a low cost of doing business have, on average, greater job growth than those with high costs.

The Index measures wage costs, taxes, electricity costs and real estate costs for industrial and office space. Each state is measured on the five individual categories, and those weighted scores are compiled to make the overall index.

August 4, 2005

(Brenda Foster (right) a recent picture taken at a business networking party)

Vice President Brenda Foster of our Chamber of Commerce is the New President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China effective September 2005.

On behalf of Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Our Officers, Directors and Members, we would like to wish Brenda the very best and looking forward working with her.

The following is the Official message from Mr. Jeffrey Bernstein, Chairman of AmCham Shanghai, China.

Fellow AmCham Shanghai Member:

I am extremely pleased to announce that the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai has secured Ms. Brenda Lei Foster for the new position of AmCham Shanghai President.

When our Board set out at the beginning of the year to "take the Chamber to the next level," we realized that this would require professional leadership, both in terms of strategy development and execution. Put plainly, just doing more of the same would not be sufficient. We were looking for a leader who would contribute as a strong partner to the elected Board, as well as a mentor to our growing Chamber staff. Such leadership requires perspective born from experience. More specifically, it requires "world class" experience in a variety of fields, including business, government, and management of NGOs (non profits), which are still at a nascent state in China.

You may think that such tough criteria would have severely limited the potential candidate pool, however, we were overwhelmed by the scope and degree of interest and by the number of qualified applicants who applied. Through the candidate-selection process, it became clear that Brenda was the right person for the job.

Brenda's career spans more than 35 years in business, government, and NGO management. Highlights include serving as the Executive Director of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) shepherding this NGO's growth, and gaining a high profile in her home state of Hawaii as the Executive Advisor to the Governor for International and National Affairs. During more than seven years in this role, she developed programs for visits from Jiang Zemin and other senior Chinese officials. Brenda has worked to support commercial interests throughout her time in public and NGO service, and has also managed her own consulting business. Throughout her career, she has shown a knack for building a strong network of senior-level contacts in both the U.S. and China, experience that lends additional credibility and stature to AmCham Shanghai.

Brenda also possesses a passionate, lifelong interest in China, building and maintaining a close bond with this part of the world throughout her career. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and carries excellent credentials from long-time contacts in Asia.

The characteristics that really won us over are Brenda's infectious zeal and her determination to make a difference. Please join me in warmly welcoming Brenda Lei Foster to AmCham Shanghai at the September 6th Consulate General Briefing (Portman Ritz-Carlton, 4th Floor Ballroom, 5:30 - 8 pm).

Warm regards,

Jeffrey Bernstein
Chairman
AmCham Shanghai

July 30, 2005

China's State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan leaving Tapa Tower Ballroom after meeting with Chinese Business and Community Leaders

China's State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong, Consul General Zhong Jianhua of Chinese Consulate Los Angels Met with Chinese Business and Community Leaders in Hawaii on July 30, 2005.

China's State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan has met with President George Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Treasury Secretary John Snow, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and President Bush Senior in Washington DC before going to Washington State with a one day stop over in Hawaii before returning to Beijing tomorrow morning, July 31st.

During the hour long meeting Councilor Tang shared with the special guests the importance of the U.S. China relationship. China President Hu Jintao is planning a State visit to the USA during early September and a return visit by President George Bush in November of this year.

Councilor Tang explain the challenge of Cross Strait relationship and China's stand on the one China policy which is shared by President George Bush.

Councilor Tang said Hawaii played an important role in Modern China, Dr. Sun Yat Sin, the founding father of the Modern China had his education in Hawaii, found Xin Zhong Hui and The political philosophy "Three Principles of the People" (Sanmin Doctrine).

July 21, 2005

Public Announcement of the People's Bank of China on Reforming the RMB Exchange Rate Regime

With a view to establish and improve the socialist market economic system in China, enable the market to fully play its role in resource allocation as well as to put in place and further strengthen the managed floating exchange rate regime based on market supply and demand, the People's Bank of China, with authorization of the State Council, is hereby making the following announcements regarding reforming the RMB exchange rate regime:

1. Starting from July 21, 2005, China will reform the exchange rate regime by moving into a managed floating exchange rate regime based on market supply and demand with reference to a basket of currencies. RMB will no longer be pegged to the US dollar and the RMB exchange rate regime will be improved with greater flexibility.

2. The People's Bank of China will announce the closing price of a foreign currency such as the US dollar traded against the RMB in the inter-bank foreign exchange market after the closing of the market on each working day, and will make it the central parity for the trading against the RMB on the following working day.

3. The exchange rate of the US dollar against the RMB will be adjusted to 8.11 yuan per US dollar at the time of 19:00 hours of July 21, 2005. The foreign exchange designated banks may since adjust quotations of foreign currencies to their customers.

4. The daily trading price of the US dollar against the RMB in the inter-bank foreign exchange market will continue to be allowed to float within a band of >0.3 percent around the central parity published by the People's Bank of China, while the trading prices of the non-US dollar currencies against the RMB will be allowed to move within a certain band announced by the People's Bank of China.

The People's Bank of China will make adjustment of the RMB exchange rate band when necessary according to market development as well as the economic and financial situation. The RMB exchange rate will be more flexible based on market condition with reference to a basket of currencies. The People's Bank of China is responsible for maintaining the RMB exchange rate basically stable at an adaptive and equilibrium level, so as to promote the basic equilibrium of the balance of payments and safeguard macroeconomic and financial stability.

July 12,  2005

81% of Chamber Members Voted Against increase of GET!

Definition of Sales Tax Verses Hawaii's General Excise Tax (GET)

A sales tax is a tax imposed on consumers who buy goods at retail.

A general excise tax is imposed on the businesses instead of the customer.

Hawai'i does not have a sales tax; instead, the state has a general excise tax that is assessed on all business activities, including retail sales, commissions, rental income and services. Businesses pass along the cost of the tax to their customers.

The general excise tax rate varies depending on the business activity:

0.15 percent on insurance commissions,

0.5 percent on wholesale sales and

4 percent on most activities at the consumer level

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June 24, 2005

President Hu hopes new HKSAR CE will live up to expectations

Chinese President Hu Jintao met in Beijing on June 24 in the afternoon with Donald Tsang who had just taken oath of office as the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with newly sworn-in Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Donald Tsang Yam-kuen during their meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 24, 2005.

President Hu extended his congratulations on Tsang's assumption of the office as the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR.

Hu said Donald Tsang was smoothly elected the new Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR by winning the nomination by 714 members of the Election Committee in the by-election of the HKSAR Chief Executive and was officially appointed the new HKSAR Chief Executive by the central government. "All this demonstrates the acknowledgment and support to Donald Tsang from all strata of Hong Kong society, as well as the central Government's high trust and expectation for him."

Hu expressed the hope that Donald Tsang could live up to great expectations, consistently abide by his duty and work hard and diligently, so as to make new contributions for Hong Kong's prosperity, stability and development.

Tsang said he was excited and felt greatly honored to be appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR by the central government.

He said it was his long aspiration to do something for the motherland and Hong Kong and he is all the more convinced that the cause of "One Country, Two Systems" is a great success.

In next two years, Tsang said that he will try his best to perform his duty well and make Hong Kong still more harmonious, prosperous and full of vim and vigor.

June 23, 2005

HK Chief Executive takes oath of office to Chinese Premier

Donald Tsang, took an oath of office as the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at 9:00 a.m. Friday in Beijing.

The oath-taking ceremony was presided over by Hua Jianmin, state councilor and secretary-general of the State Council, at the Hong Kong hall of the Great Hall of the People amid the Chinese national anthem. Hua read out State Council's No. 437 Decree, which appointed Donald Tsang as the Chief Executive of HKSAR.

After that, Donald Tsang took oath of office to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. And Premier Wen issued the letter of appointment made by the Central Government to Donald Tsang.

After the ceremony, Premier Wen, when meeting with Tsang, sent his sincere congratulations to Tsang and hoped Tsang will lead the HKSAR government and the Hong Kong people to make new contributions to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

Premier Wen stressed that the Central Government will resolutely stick to the "One China, Two Systems" policy, strictly follow the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR and give full support to the HKSAR government for its governance by law.

Tsang showed his appreciation to the Central Government's appointment and noted that he will perform his duties in accordance with law and go all out to live up to the great expectations of the Central Government and the Hong Kong people.

Also present at the ceremony and the meeting were Vice Premier Wu Yi, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan and Liao Hui, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council.

Elsie Leung Oi-sie, secretary for Justice of the HKSAR government, Stephen Lam Sui-lung, secretary for Constitutional Affairs of the HKSAR government, as well as Tsang's wife also attended the oath-taking ceremony.

March 11, 2005

Tung Chee Hwa announces intention to resign

Tung Chee Hwa announced Thursday that he has officially submitted to the central government his request for resigning from the post as Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

He told a press conference that he tendered his resignation for health reasons just one hour before the opening of the press conference.

My health was obviously not as good as it used to be because of long time hard work, he said.

He stressed that being responsible for overall interest of Hong Kong and the nation, he decided to submit his resignation report.

He expected the central government would consider and accept his request.

Tung stressed that it is a lifetime pleasure for him to render service for the nation and Hong Kong at the post of the Chief Executive.

He thanked Hong Kong citizens for their offering of opportunities and thanked the central government for its trust in him during his term of office.

Tung also thanked all his colleagues for their support and encouragement.

January 21, 2004

Hawaii Business Magazine is looking for 25 people to watch over the next 25 years.

In case you haven't heard, Hawaii Business is turning 50 years old this year, and we have a big issue planned to celebrate our anniversary in June. We'll be looking back and forward in this big issue, and as such, we'd like to do a feature on Hawaii's future.

We're looking for 25 people to watch over the next 25 years. Our future leaders, in other words. While I know no shortage of such leaders, I want no stone unturned, so I'm asking for your help in finding the next 25. There is no age limit,although if we're watching them over the next 25 years, candidates will likely be relatively young.

Although there are no hard and fast rules, we will likely consider featuring the people who have the biggest and greatest combination of the following factors: their current job, their career progress, community service involvement, any accolades/awards received, their ability and efforts to improve Hawaii and contribute to the local, national and global economy outside of the scope of their career. Neighbor island candidates are very much encouraged.

If you know of someone who meets the criteria, or is someone you think is on the way up, please shoot me an email with as much of the following information as you can (Please keep in mind that I expect to receive a lot of submissions, so the more detailed information you can provide, the better we'll be able to select the right people):

Their name, title & company
Their contact info
A brief description of why you think they are one to watch
Their bio and/or headshot if you have one
Contact info for anyone else you think might be able to attest to their status as an up-and-comer (can be a supervisor or friend or relative, etc.)

Mahalo nui,
Jacy L. Youn
Managing Editor
Hawaii Business Magazine

1000 Bishop St. Suite 405
Honolulu, HI 96813
ph: 808-537-9500 x229
fax: 808-537-6455
e: jacy@pacificbasin.net 

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR ETHICS COMMISSION

The Judicial Council is accepting applications to fill an anticipated vacancy on the Hawai`i State Ethics Commission. The vacancy will occur upon the expiration of the term of current member Ronald Yoshida on June 30, 2005.

Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of the State of Hawai`i, and|may not hold any other public office. The Ethics Commission regulates the ethics of all legislators, registered lobbyists, and state employees (with the exception of judges, who are governed by the Commission on Judicial Conduct). The Ethics Commission is responsible for investigating complaints, providing advisory opinions, and enforcing decisions issued by the Commission. The Hawai`i State Constitution prohibits members of the Ethics Commission "from taking an active part in political management or political campaigns."

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant's character and integrity) no later than close of business on Friday, February 18, 2005 to: Judicial Council, Hawai`i Supreme Court, 417 S. King Street, Second Floor, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813-2902.

Form applications are available on the Judiciary's website at www.courts.state.hi.us. Applications may also be obtained from the Public Affairs Office, Room 206-C, Ali`iolani Hale, 417 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813 or by calling the Judicial Council at 539-4702.

January 13, 2005

U.S. Embassy in Beijing Extends the Term of Validity for B-1, B-2 Visas

The Embassy of the United States of America in Beijing is pleased to announce that beginning January 15, 2005, the U.S. embassy and four consulates in China, as well as U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, will begin issuing to otherwise qualified Chinese citizens, who wish to visit the United States temporarily for business (B-1) or pleasure (B-2), visas that are valid for 12 months and multiple entries. The previous maximum validity of U.S. visas for these purposes was six months.

On a reciprocal basis, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also agreed to issue to American citizens visiting China on temporary business and tourism visas valid for the same 12 months and for multiple entries. While China and the U.S. will in principle issue maximum validity visas to each others citizens, on a case by case basis each side may limit the period of validity and number of entries as required by law and regulation. The U.S. Embassy and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs exchanged diplomatic notes on this agreement in December 2004.

The Embassy believes this mutual extension of visa reciprocity will be a significant benefit to frequent travelers between China and the United States. The longer validity of visas means these frequent travelers will not have to renew their visas so frequently, saving time and money and making travel more convenient.

In 2004, the U.S. Embassy and four consulates in China issued 228,600 nonimmigrant visas. Of these, 173,140 or more than 77% were to visitors for temporary business (B-1) or tourism (B-2). The Embassy believes as many as one in ten of these travelers for temporary business or tourism visit the United States more than once a year.

January 7, 2005

New scheme established to promote organic food

The Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre (HKORC) has set up a new certification scheme to promote organic products.
Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Thomas Chan Chun-yuen said on Friday the certification system would encourage organic farmers to expand businesses and improve consumer confidence.

"Whether a product is organic or not cannot be determined simply by its looks or chemical elements.

“We need a comprehensive and authoritative accreditation system by an independent body that can ensure the organic production process and conditions required have been strictly followed," added Mr Chan.

He said the scheme would accredit local farms and processing facilities that meet standards set by the centre. More than 20 farms were expected to file applications in January.

The HKORC is a non-profit-making organization founded by the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Organic Farming Association and the Produce Green Foundation in December of 2002.

Funded by the Vegetable Marketing Organization (VMO), it has spent two years developing the certification system.

January 4, 2005

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
HONG KONG

January 4, 2005

Dear Sir/Madam:

I am writing to inform you of an important upcoming change to our nonimmigrant visa process.

On December 17, 2004, the Consulate General announced a new initiative to speed visa processing. As of January 10, 2005, all applicants for non-immigrant visas to the United States should use the new online electronic visa application form to complete their visa applications. Those who do not will only be interviewed on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The electronic form contains a bar code that allows Consulate staff to electronically transfer the applicant's data to a computer record. This innovation significantly reduces the applicant's waiting time during the visa application process.

The on-line application form, available in both English and Chinese, can be accessed through the website of the U.S. Consulate General:
http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov. This website contains detailed instructions on how to fill out the form. Applicants should follow the instructions carefully, print out all the pages and bring them to their visa interview.

The Consulate General continues to allow students, exchange visitors, petition-based visa applicants, crew members and Macau residents to walk in without an appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily. However, if they do so on any day other than Wednesday or Thursday, they will need to submit an electronic visa application form, as do all other applicants.

We look forward to working with you as we implement our new system.

Sincerely,
Michelle M. Gidaspova
Chief of Nonimmigrant Visa Unit

December 13, 2004

Do NOT Call List for Cellular Phone Registration

Starting Jan 1, 2005, all cell phone numbers will be made public to telemarketing firms.  So this means as of Jan 1, your cell phone may start ringing off the hook with telemarketers, but unlike your home phone, most of us pay for incoming calls.  These telemarketers will eat up your free minutes and end up costing you money in the long run.  According to the National Do Not Call List, you have until Dec 15, 2004 to get on the national "Do Not Call List" for cell phones.  They said that you need to call 1-888-382-1222 from the cell phone that you wish to have put on the "Do Not Call List" to be put on the list.  They also said you can do it online at
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/donotcall/.  Registering only takes a minute, is in effect for 5 years and will possibly save you money (and definitely frustration)!

December 10, 2004

Latest News 5:23pm HST Friday  Direct Link  PDF Format   Mayor Jeremy Harris Support Letter in PDF Format

Mayor writes on behalf of North American's Hawaii-China flight bid

Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris has written to Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta in support of direct flights between Honolulu and Shanghai, and a local leader in forging business ties with China urges others to do the same.

"The direct airlink is very critical to business executives who are in Hawaii," said Johnson Choi, executive director of the China-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

Flight slots between the United States and China are scarce, and most major mainland carriers are actively lobbying to fly to China from places like Newark, Chicago and Atlanta.

North American Airlines, a relatively new carrier that flies to Honolulu from Oakland, Calif., is requesting permission to fly from Oakland to Shanghai and Guangzhou through Honolulu.

"The service proposed by North American represents a truly unique opportunity for businessmen and women such as me, and one that will benefit travelers from the entire U.S.," Mayor Harris wrote.

Harris notes that North American is a discount carrier with connections to other mainland discount carriers. Most of the other applicants are big legacy carriers.

"If they become successful, we will see direct airlink between Hawaii and Shanghai is just a few months," Choi said. Otherwise, he said, it could take years.

November 28, 2004

A forum for Hawaii's business community to discuss current events and issues Sunday, November 28, 2004 - Direct Link  PDF Format

THE ROUTE TO CHINA - North American Airlines’ bid for China route deserves isle support The airline promises routes that stop in Honolulu if it wins the flights next year By Johnson W. K. Choi

When Singapore Airlines stopped its direct flight service from Hong Kong to Hawaii in 1989, it created great inconveniences for both business and leisure travelers to come to Hawaii.

You can see a drop of Hong Kong visitors, including business executives, visiting Hawaii.

During the past 10 years, trade between United States and China has substantially increased.

Many businesses doing business with China preferred to set up their offices in California, which has the comfort of many choices of daily direct flights to and from all major cities in Asia.

During the past few years, we have had discussions with many accounting firms and found that more Chinese businesses left Hawaii, especially after 9/11, due to the difficulties traveling to and from Asia (except Japan).

The required stopovers at one or more connection points is a common complaint by business travelers.

I have received a solicitation for support from North American Airlines to fly directly to Shanghai and Guangzhou. I do not know too much about the airline.

But I've heard about direct flights from Hawaii to China for more than 10 years with almost annual discussion with foreign carriers planning to start direct flights from China/Hong Kong to Hawaii.

It has become old news.

We believe an American airline willing to fly to Shanghai and Guangzhou direct from Hawaii makes more economic sense as domestic carriers are allowed to pick up and drop off passenger between U.S. cities (foreign carriers are not allowed to do so).

It is great news that Hawaiian Airlines intends to fly direct to China from Hawaii in 2006 -- but it is two years away. It is not as desirable since it planning to do the direct flights four times per week.

If North American Airlines is able to fly daily directly to Shanghai in 2005 and Guangzhou in 2006 it should be good news for Hawaii. It will also give business travelers better choices and cut down their travel time to/from Hawaii.

I am asking you to take a look at it and see if you can support their efforts.

Johnson Choi is president and executive director of the China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce http://www.hkchcc.org/president's_corner.htm

November 26, 2004

China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) and The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry form Alliances - Agreement in PDF format Pacific Business News - Direct Link  PDF format

China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) and The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry agree to enhance the liaison and cooperation in the area of import and export, investment, business information and other commerce related activities for the benefit of the members of both organizations. Under the agreement of mutual cooperation, both organizations agree as follows: 

  1. That the two organizations will cooperate on all such measures that in the opinion of the respective parties would be beneficial in creating trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.
  2. To take as many steps as resources allow and feasible to promote trade and economic cooperation between the two organizations.
  3. To notify each other of plans for trade exhibitions and fairs in the two countries, and where possible and applicable to help each other in the holding of trade exhibitions and fairs for the promotion of products and services offered by members of the two organizations.
  4. To exchange trade and market information and to disseminate information available on the goods and service to the members of both organizations respectively.
  5. To encourage exchange visits for the expansion of bilateral trade between the two countries. To provide the assistance of corresponding business activities for the visiting members and businessmen.

Johnson W. K. Choi, President of HKCHcc and Arturo Vasquez, President of BCCI

October 30, 2004

Award Presentations - October 30, 2004, Hong Kong Harbourview Seafood Restaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii USA.

      Program in PDF format: Page 1   Page 2

President's Opening Remarks by Johnson Choi   Microsoft Word Format   PDF Format

Introducing Dean Emeritus Chuck Yim Gee   Microsoft Word Format   PDF Format

Dean Emeritus Chuck Yim Gee's Remarks   Microsoft Word Format   PDF Format

 Awarding Winning Documentary Film "Sentimental Remembrance of the Lute" Presentation on Oct 30, 2004

Dean Emeritus Chuck Yim Gee Award for Special Achievement in Documentary Film "Sentimental Remembrance of the Lute" to Mr. Qiao Feng, Producer & Director Shanghai TV Station Documentation Channel, Presented by the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce in Conjunction with Hawaii International Film Festival on October 30, 2004 at the Hong Kong Harbourview Seafood Restaurant.

Dean Emeritus Chuck Yim Gee Award for Special Achievement in Creativity in Art for Documentary Film "Sentimental Remembrance of the Lute" to Mr. Shao Jun Zhang, Art Director, Presented by the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce in Conjunction with Hawaii International Film Festival on October 30, 2004 at the Hong Kong Harbourview Seafood Restaurant.

Dean Emeritus Chuck Yim Gee Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement for Significant Contributions to the Hawaii Film Industries to Mr. Chuck Boller, Executive Director of Hawaii International Film Festival, Presented by the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce on October 30, 2004 at the Hong Kong Harbourview Seafood Restaurant.

July 24, 2004

中国夏威夷商会 輿 美國商業部少數族裔商業發展署 火奴魯魯辦公室成立聯盟共同發展商機Strategic Partnership between Minority Business Development Center (MBDC) of Honolulu operated by Jean Williams, Inc. and Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce formed strategic partnership to help minority owned business to achieve tangible and measurable results.

MBDA/MBDC 2004 Award - PDF format

Sing Tao - Direct Link  PDF format  World Journal  - PDF format

               

July 12, 2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE快讯  (PDF Format)

中国夏威夷商会 輿 美國商業部少數族裔商業發展署 火奴魯魯辦公室成立聯盟共同發展商機Strategic Partnership between Minority Business Development Center (MBDC) of Honolulu operated by Jean Williams, Inc. and Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce is formally established today.

合作的目的是聯合兩個機構的力量去追求和提供少數民族企業優秀服務和商機. The purpose in forming strategic partnership(s) is to join forces in the pursuit of providing a commitment of excellence to the minority business community.

合作伙伴有專有的特權使用美國商業部少數族裔商業發展署 的電腦咨詢系統接收特別的財政資源和技術資料中心. Each respective Strategic Partner shall have the exclusive right of usage of the MBDA (U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency “MBDA”) Computer Information System, which allows access to financial resources and information technology centers.

中国夏威夷商会 輿 美國商業部少數族裔商業發展署 火奴魯魯辦公室成立聯盟將會在七月二十三號中午正式宣布. 當天中午午宴也宣布特出 少數族裔商業家. The strategic alliance will be announced at the MED Week luncheon on July 23rd. The Minority Business Development Center™ of Honolulu will be sponsoring the Hawaii Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) Awards Luncheon to celebrate the achievements and successes of local minority owned small businesses. Various federal contracting agencies and their Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Specialists will also be recognized for their outstanding support of minority owned small businesses. The luncheon to honor Hawaii’s minority business entrepreneurs will be on Friday, July 23, 2004 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki.

美國商業部少數族裔商業發展署副署長董繼玲特別從華盛頓到夏威夷出席這個重要的典禮. 董繼玲女士將會是午宴的特別嘉賓和發言人. Chiling Tong, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Pacific of the International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce, is our keynote speaker and Ann Botticelli will serve as emcee.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Date: July 23, 2004, Friday, 11:00am – 1:30pm
Cost: $30/person
RSVP Deadline: July 19, 2004
Make checks payable to: MBDCTM of Honolulu or Jean Williams, Inc.
Mail to: 1088 Bishop Street, Suite 2506, Honolulu, HI 96813
Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Walk-ins not admitted. Thank you.
Important note: A vegetarian meal is also available if preordered. Because of heightened security at the Hale Koa Hotel, please bring a photo ID to this event. Registration and trade fair begin at 11 a.m.

CONTACT: Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc)
中国夏威夷商会
55 Merchant Street, Harbor Court, Suite 1813, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, USA.
Phone: 808-222-8183, Fax: 808-524-8063
Web: http://www.hkchcc.org/event.htm email: info@hkchcc.org or jwkc8168@yahoo.com

July 2, 2004

Hawaii documentary to debut  Pacific Business News July 2, 2004 Direct Link   PDF Format

After more than a year of planning, a unique four-part Hawaii documentary is scheduled to air July 24 to 28 on Shanghai TV in China.

The History Channel-type format was produced by Hawaii-based CMC Consulting Group Inc. and the Documentary Channel of Shanghai TV, which reaches some 19 million viewers in Shanghai and 200 million in the surrounding provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shangdong and Jiangxi, 70 percent of whom are among the wealthiest segment of the population.

A Shanghai TV crew spent two weeks in Hawaii earlier this year filming Hawaii businesses for the show.

After the initial showing in Shanghai, STV will rebroadcast the program to surrounding provinces.

The four episodes are called "Rainbow State," "Surfing in Paradise," "China Connection" and "Ocean Fantasy."

Gov. Linda Lingle and the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism are shown as are Hawaiian Host, GBC Boxes & Packaging, Group 70, Enterprise Honolulu, Hawaii Medical Waste, the City and County of Honolulu Office of Economic Development, Blue Hawaii Surf, JAIMS, Sheraton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Seafood Village, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation, Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce and United Airlines.

The Documentary Channel of Shanghai TV is China's first professional documentary channel. Its viewership represents the region's best educated and most powerful spending group.

July 1, 2004

Hawaii to be featured on Shanghai television Pacific Business News June 28, 2004 direct link   PDF format

Shanghai TV, which sent a documentary film crew to Hawaii earlier this year, has set July air dates for a four-part series on Hawaii, not just as a visitor destination but as a prospective business partner.

Johnson Choi, head of the Hawaii-Hong Kong-China Chamber of Commerce, reports the documentary will reach a large audience, partly because Shanghai is China's largest city with a population of 19 million and partly because there are plans to give the series a broader airing outside Shanghai later.

The episodes are called "Rainbow State," "Surfing in Paradise," "China Connection," and "Ocean Fantasy."

March 31, 2004

"China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce" and "China Chamber of International Commerce Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce (CCPIT)" agree to enhance the liaison and cooperation in the area of import and export, investment, business information and other commerce related activities for the benefit of the members of both organizations have decided to extend their agreement signed on September 30, 2001 indefinitely. The business relationship has resulted in more than US$10,000,000.00 of trade and business between Guangzhou, Hawaii and California. We are expecting the agreement will take further advantage of the CEPA arrangement between Hong Kong and Pearl Delta Region.

    Click on the small picture for the full view

February 26, 2004

"Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce" and "City of Chengde, Hebei, China" agree to enhance the liaison and cooperation in the area of import and export, investment, business information and other commerce related activities for the benefit of the members of both organizations signed Memorandum of Mutual Cooperation in Honolulu Hawaii on February 26, 2004.

                  

Sing Tao Chinese Newspaper Web Coverage in PDF Format  Newspaper Coverage in PDF Format

Hawaii Chinese News Coverage in PDF Format  World Journal Newspaper Coverage in PDF Format

Go to President's Message page for more information

October 20, 2003

"China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce" and "China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Hebei Sub-Council" agree to enhance the liaison and cooperation in the area of import and export, investment, business information and other commerce related activities for the benefit of the members of both organizations signed Memorandum of Mutual Cooperation in Honolulu Hawaii on Oct 20, 2003.

Governor Linda Lingle's Commendation   Cooperative Agreement

Sing Tao Newspaper Website Coverage (PDF File) Sing Tao Newspaper Print Version Coverage

World Journal Newspaper Print Version Coverage (PDF file)

Pacific Business Newspaper Coverage (PDF file)

Hawaii Chinese News Coverage (PDF file)

October 11, 2003

Pacific Business News in PDF format

Business Opportunities for Hawaii Companies in Hebei, China – Head of Chamber of Commerce from China to sign cooperative agreement in Hawaii on Oct 20th

Honolulu, Hawaii, October 13, 2003 – “China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce” and ”China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Hebei Sub-Council” agree to enhance the liaison and cooperation in the area of import and export, investment, business information and other commerce related activities for the benefit of the members of both organizations. 

Hebei is a large economic province in North China, which is surrounding Beijing, Tianjin and Facing the Bohai Sea with a population of 67 million. Heibei Province has more than 200 enterprises with over 50,000 staff members and workers in IT manufacturing industries. Several information industry and software parks are being built in Shijiazhuang, Langfang and Tangshan. The total investment on Shijiazhuang IT park will exceed RMB 200 million Yuan (US$24 million). 

Potential good partnership with Hawaii Companies – China’s 2nd tier cities/province like Hebei in the Western Region will present attractive opportunities. Hebei does not provide the skyline and all the modern amenities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. That is also the reason why not all the Fortune 500 Companies have set up shops there. Hawaii dominates by small businesses, may have better opportunities not to compete directly with Companies 100s or 1,000s times our size!

Mr. Wang Yulou, Chairman of CCPIT Hebei will be signing a similar agreement with the New York China Business Coalition Group in New York on October 15th. 

The list of the delegate is as follow:

  • Mr. Wang Yu lou, Chairman of CCPIT Hebei

  • Mr. Meng Xiande, President of Hebei Jinguang Yuan Group

  • Mr. Liu Yanyun, President of Hebei Qianxibe Group

  • Mrs. Chang Runlan, General Manager of Industry Co, Hebei Construction Investment Group

  • Ms. Liu Yinong, Director for International Liaison & Business, WTC Shijiazhuang 

HKCHcc has signed a similar agreement with the CCPIT Guangzhou in 2001. The agreement has produced more than 10 million in trade between Hawaii, California, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.  

We are expecting a very positive collaborative relationship between CCPIT Hebei, China and HKCHcc Hawaii, USA. 

Detail of the event as follow:

  • Date:                           October 20, 2003, Monday

  • Time:                           6:00pm (Registration and Business Networking)

  •                                     6:30 – 6:45pm (Signing Ceremony)

  •                                     6:45 – 9:00pm (Dinner)

  • Place:                          Hong Kong Harbour View Seafood Restaurant, Aloha Tower Market Pl, 2nd Floor

  • Cost:                           $35 for members of sponsoring organizations

  •                                     $40 for all others

  • RSVP deadline:           October 17, 2003

  • Inquiries:                      Johnson Choi. 808-222-8183

  •                                     Website: http://www.hkchcc.org/event.htm

  • Email:                          jwkc8168@yahoo.com or info@hkchcc.org

July 26, 2003

U.S. Rep. Ed Case introduces bills to halt Jones Act to end what he calls a "stranglehold" of cargo shipping that exists between Hawaii and the West Coast by repealing the 83-year-old Jones Act.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today the agencies selected to market Hawaii in North America, Japan, Asia, Oceania and Europe. The selections were the result of a request for proposal process that began in March of this year.

The winning agencies in the HTA review are:

"The Hawaii Tourism Authority review process attracted international bidders who demonstrated that they can develop exciting, creative and innovative marketing programs based on a deep understanding of their markets," said Rex Johnson, president of HTA. The Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) will continue to market Hawaii in North America. "HVCB has a long history of implementing successful programs in North America and we look to them to continue the momentum for growth there," Johnson said. "The HVCB contract will provide continuity for the North American marketing program while the Hawaii Tourism Authority completes its investigation of the issues raised in the recent state auditor's report." The HTA will begin developing contracts for the selected marketing agencies to begin January 1, 2004; however, planning for 2004 industry programs will begin immediately in order to coordinate the state's plans with those of private industry. Detailed profiles on the companies are available on the HTA website www.hawaii.gov/tourism

June 19, 2003

Iraq rebuilding survey conducted by Thomas Register.

1) According to various estimates, the cost of rebuilding Iraq will be upwards of $20 billion a year for several years, with a bulk of the business going to American companies. What type of affect will this spending have on your business:

2) Which industry will realize the biggest benefit from this re-building effort:

June 16, 2003

June 6, 2003

Following the World Health Organization's announcement to lift its recommendation against travel to Hong Kong for non-essential purposes on May 23, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) downgraded the travel advisory on Hong Kong to travel alert yesterday.

The CDC, in downgrading its notification from an "advisory" to an "alert", is no longer warning people against visiting Hong Kong. It informs travelers of a health concern and provides advice about specific precautions, such as maintaining hand hygiene. The routine wearing of masks while in public areas is not necessary.  

An official
CDC statement said there is "no evidence of ongoing community transmission. The date of onset of symptoms of the last reported case without a known source of exposure occurred on April 30, 2003. More than 20 days, or two SARS incubation periods, have elapsed since that date."

Welcoming the news, Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa said that the announcement is a further indication that the SARS disease is contained, travel to Hong Kong is safe and life is returning to normal.

"As Hong Kong continues to persevere through these incredibly difficult circumstances, we must thank our medical professionals - especially the medical doctors, nurses and support staff who remain dedicated to the health of our citizens. It is also the result of the concerted efforts of the whole community in controlling the spread of SARS," said Mr. Tung. "We remain committed to combating the virus and safeguarding the public's health while making Hong Kong a favored international destination."

June 4, 2003 - The United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday lifted its travel advisory which had cautioned people about visiting Hong Kong during the Sars outbreak.

June 2, 2003

The ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) of Hong Kong and 13 professional organizations/chambers of commerce have collaborated to produce the captioned Guide. It is tailor-made for managers who are not trained IT experts but who have to supervise their teams in the use of computers and the Internet. The Guide offers managers practical advice on how to identify integrity risks in the workplace and proactively reduce them by ethical management. Free copies are now available for collection by business organizations.

Contents of the Guide include:
- Case illustrations from the ICAC's investigation files.
- An analytical framework for addressing corruption from the legal and ethical perspectives.
- An ethical management model and some practical measures.
- A directory of services provided by publishers, particularly the ICAC.

Click here to read the Guide

May 25, 2003

The United States Chamber of Commerce, The American Chamber of Commerce and The Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) welcomed the tax conference report passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives that held the line on offsetting tax hikes, which would have undermined the goal of economic growth and job creation.

Both Houses of Congress approved the compromise version of the Jobs and Growth Act of 2003, which will allow President Bush to sign the bill into law shortly. The House of Representatives voted 231 to 200, passing the bill by a relatively comfortable margin. The Senate, however, needed Vice President Cheney to cast the decisive vote (51-50) in the closely divided body.

Most importantly, all of the offsets that appeared in the original legislation in the Senate -- including the repeal of the Section 911 foreign income exclusion -- were not included in the final bill.

The AmCham community's communications and lobbying made a big difference in ensuring this outcome, together with the efforts of the U.S. Chamber and many individual corporations.  Thank you to everyone for their hard work in achieving this collective victory!

"Job creation is our first priority and this measure meets the critical threshold to get the economy growing faster," said Thomas Donohue, Chamber President and CEO.  "Now the Senate must follow the House lead to help businesses invest in the future."

Recent economic reports have shown that the economy is growing well below its  potential.  Putting more disposable income in the hands of consumers while opening new windows of opportunity for businesses to invest will have the greatest positive impact on the economy. 

The Chamber continually fought for the biggest jobs and growth package possible in the current political climate, especially in the areas of accelerating individual income tax rate reductions already passed by Congress, increasing small business expensing, providing larger first-year depreciation for all firms, and reducing the double taxation of dividends.  The Chamber also fought against offsetting tax increases on the business community that were proposed in the Senate.

The final package included all the major elements of the President's proposal, and although some of the tax cuts will sunset earlier than originally proposed by the Administration, this tax package actually increases the tax relief coming in the first two years.

May 23, 2003

Hong Kong: The WHO withdrew its travel warning against Hong Kong and southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Friday. ''WHO director-general Gro Harlem Brundtland said:'' We are changing the travel advice for Hong Kong and Guangdong, effective on Friday, May 23.''

May 7, 2003

One of the Distinguished Members of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc), Mr. Terrill Chock will be installed as the 92nd President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Hawaii on May 29, 2003 at the Waikiki Lau Yee Chai Restaurant. Mr. Chock is an executive with an international consulting firm, former bank executive and an entrepreneur. Mr. Chock is well respected in Hawaii and International business community.

May 7, 2003

An open letter from Vision2047 - As “severe acute respiratory syndrome” (SARS), or “atypical pneumonia” (AP) as it is also called, continues to cause concern and anxiety internationally, commentators worldwide have returned to a theme that has occupied their thoughts for more than a decade: surely this is the death knell for Hong Kong.....download the letter in PDF format

April 30, 2003

Business with China complicated by SARS .....Please enter here for complete story from Honolulu Star Bulletin

Hawaii: SARS Epidemic: Hong Kong is Open for Business.....Please enter here for complete story from Honolulu Advertiser or Go to Hawaii Reporter for complete story

April 29, 2003

China’s State General Administration of Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) on April 25, 2003 published at its website: www.cnca.gov.cn the Announcement No. 38 postponing the mandatory enforcement date of the CCC Mark from May 1, 2003 to August 1, 2003. The decision was made on April 23, 2003......Please enter here for complete story from U. S. Dept of Commerce

April 27, 2003

Fear of SARS Hurting Hawaii Chinatown, Business and Hawaii's Tourism - "It's scary," said Johnson W. K. Choi, tax consultant and president of the Hong Kong China Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce. "A lot of people are very, very concerned." .....Please enter here for complete story from Honolulu Advertiser

April 18, 2003  

Sorry Over SARS -  events highlight positive business opportunities in East Asia - Jacy L Youn, Hawaii Business Daily - April 18, 2003

April 4, 2003

Latest News Updates on SARS

April 16, 2003

Operation UNITE calls for unity to fight SARS

Hong Kong & Hawaii: Operation UNITE today kicked off a multi-sector, action-oriented  campaign to draw the Hong Kong community together in the fight against atypical pneumonia  or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
 
This Campaign is fronted by a Steering Committee made up of community leaders and media representatives in Hong Kong, including Dr. Rosanna Wong, Dr. Edgar Cheng, Mr. Bernard Chan, Dr. Raymond Wu, Dr. Philemon Choi, Dr. Eden Woon, Dr. Anissa Chan, Mr. Ho Hei Wah and Mr. Wilson Wong, with Mrs. Betty Tung as the Honorary Advisor. 
 
"The outbreak has adversely affected  almost everyone in the community, causing a great deal of distress, anxiety, worry and even fear. However, we call upon everyone to join together to fight this disease, because we believe that there is "unity in strength" and  that no one should feel alone at this time. Operation UNITE, therefore, has been conceived as an action-orientated rough campaign to boost solidarity and raise the morale of everyone in the community. We strongly believe that we can face this challenge head-on  and in a positive way," said Dr. Rosanna Wong, Convenor of the Committee.
 
The  Operation  UNITE campaign- will be launched under  an  umbrella  theme  entitled, "United We CAN". There are three core components under this theme, namely, "United We CARE", "United We ACT" and United  We  NURTURE". The first of this series of programs will be kicked off over the Easter weekend of April 19 and 20.  
 
The "United We CARE" program series are specially designed to demonstrate care and to encourage people to continue to live their lives. Activities include the distribution of SARS hygiene kits to the  vulnerable and needy. Prayer sessions on Easter Sunday involving different religious groups will also take place. Visitations to 2,000 elderly people  living alone and those suffering from chronic illnesses by 6 ,000 volunteers from local  NGOs, have also been arranged. During these visits, volunteers will help out with basic home cleaning, provide health and hygiene information and hand out health cards. 
 
The  outbreak  has highlighted the importance of hygiene and as part of the "United We ACT" program, a territory-wide cleansing day will be organized. The Government and  District Offices will spearhead this in an effort to encourage people to clean their homes, offices, schools, public areas and districts. A panel of experts, comprising health professionals, will be formed to help drive home the message of best practices of 
hygiene in the community, starting at the individual level.
 
A  positive  attitude  is  also  crucial in the battle against SARS and the "United We  NURTURE" programs reinforce this message of encouragement, appreciation, support and goodwill. A theme song will be specially produced to capture the spirit of the Campaign and to boost public morale. In support of the message of the Campaign, six of Hong Kong's broadcasters ATV, Cable TV, Commercial Radio, Metro Radio, RTHK and TVB have also agreed to a 36-hour marathon broadcast on April 19 and 20.   
 
"In difficult times such as these, it is crucial for the people to continue to live  their  normal lives as normally as possible, yet also doing everything in their power to  fight against this virus. Through Operation UNITE, we hope to really encourage care and appreciation for each other,  as  well as forge a sense of action and determination in ourselves. We have no doubt that if everyone in Hong Kong is united towards this common  cause, we will be able to overcome this challenge," said Dr. Wong
 
To support the Campaign, a series of advertisements will be carried on the platforms of  different MTC and KCR stations, in newspapers, on buses and outdoors. This Campaign has received extensive support from the media and as of press time, XX* media sponsors have  committed to donating free airtime, programming or advertisement space.
 
The  Steering  Committee  is very grateful to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for agreeing to  sponsor this Campaign, on a matching basis of up to a maximum of HK$5 million, with  donations raised from the community. The Steering Committee will continue to seek the support of the community in order to sustain the  momentum of the Campaign beyond the Easter weekend. Any residual funds will be donated to the Community Chest of Hong Kong.  
 
Prepared  and  issued  by  Ogilvy  Public  Relations Worldwide on behalf of Operation UNITE Steering Committee.  For more information, please contact:
 
Desiree Lim / Jen Leung
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
011-852-2884-8248 / 8557
E-mail:
desiree.lim@ogilvy.com  
E-mail:
jen.leung@ogilvy.com 
 
or
 
Wilson Wong
Deputy Secretary General
Hong Kong Red Cross
011-852-2507-77166
E-mail:
wilson.wong@redcross.org.hk 
    

Feb 25, 2003          

Shanghai Spring International Travel, the Largest Privately Owned Travel Agency in China with Offices throughout China, Far East, United States and Europe will visit Hawaii with its top Managers, March 1 - 8, 2003.

Mr. Zheng Hua Wang, President of Shanghai Spring International Travel will lead the delegation to Hawaii for training at the School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH - School of TIM). They are also looking at the possibility of promoting Hawaii to the China market. There were 16 million outbound tourist from China in 2002, expecting to reach 19 million in 2003.

The arrangement is put together through the collaboration efforts of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc), UH - School of TIM and our partners in Hawaii, Shanghai and Beijing.

Shanghai Spring International Travel's original plan was to go to Washington DC for the tourism training. During our visit to their office in Shanghai last year, we have convinced them to change the tourism training location to Hawaii. The reputation of UH - School of TIM in China and Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee willing to conduct part of the tourism training, it was a easy sell. The training will take place March 3 - 6 at the UH - School of TIM. Interim Dean of UH - School of TIM, Dr. Pauline Sheldon has been most helpful in putting an outstanding program together.

Bennette M. Evangelista, Senior VP of the Central Pacific Bank, a member of the HKCHcc and business collaboration partner will be hosting a cocktail reception on March 6th at the Central Business Club of Honolulu, contact Johnson Choi at 222-8183 or by email if you wish to attend, seating limited.

This is one of the long list of projects HKCHcc will be bringing to Hawaii through the collaboration efforts of our business partners both here and abroad. HKCHcc projects are not requiring any government funding.


 

December 13, 2002

Citizen of Hong Kong can enlist for volunteer work, book marriage dates and more at the Hong Kong Government's ESD website, making Hong Kong one of the world's first governments that operates on its citizens' schedules, not the way around.

Hong Kong Government Services - Electronic Service Delivery

October 31, 2002

Hawaii Business Magazine Release most recent "Power Poll," a survey of top-level executives who lead companies on the magazine's Top 250 list

According to "Power Poll":

*80% of senior-level executives think Republican candidates Linda Lingle and Duke Aiona are most committed to making changes that will help Hawaii's business community.
*Nine in 10 executives also say campaign contributions have some influence on the awarding of government contracts
*43% say they vote Republican; 37%  vote on the Democratic side; 11% vote for the best regardless of party; and 8% favor non-Democratic or non-Republican parties.

The survey represents the opinions of 144 executives who serve as chairman, chief executive officer or president in their companies.

Credit & Source: Hawaii Business Magazine

October 30, 2002

    Chang-Lin Tien, former Chancellor of UC, Berkeley, passed away last night. Our community lost a pillar of strength. We lost a dear friend.

Chang-Lin has achieved highly. Yet he was willing to take risks on behalf of our community. He didn't care about protecting his own feathers. He cared about doing the right things. Such persons are rare in our community. I hope his death will motivate us to emulate him and try to fit into his huge shoes.

S. B. Woo, President 80-20 Initiatives

October 11, 2002

New University of Hawaii film school may help economy

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A strong film school at the University of Hawai'i could potentially triple the size of the state's $100 million film industry and create 4,000 new jobs in the next 5 to 10 years, according to state Film Commissioner Donne Dawson.

Dawson made that prediction yesterday as UH officials launched the new Cinematic and Digital Arts Program —better known as the film school — promising a state-of-the-art program at the forefront of the digital revolution.

UH President Evan Dobelle gave a hopeful forecast that the fledgling school will help make Hawai'i "a mecca" for film and video production.

Last year the state Legislature pledged $1 million for planning, and Dobelle said part of his fund-raising efforts will go toward raising outside money for the new program to augment state money.

Chuck Boller, executive director of the Hawai'i International Film Festival, said the new program will offer dramatic new opportunities to work together with film schools and film companies in Asia, one of the most dynamic areas for film production. No other American film school has ties with Asia.

Hollywood producer Chris Lee, one of the two founding co-directors of the school, spoke of creating a "fusion program" that celebrates the stories of the indigenous people of Hawai'i along with those from both Eastern and Western cultures.

He said the new school has an opportunity to transform Hawai'i from a "tropical back lot" to a "favorite place to shoot outside Hollywood."

Lee is the Hawai'i-born-and-raised former president of production for TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures who produced such Academy Award-winners as "Jerry Maguire," "Philadelphia" and "As Good As It Gets." He is the first person of Asian-American ancestry to run a Hollywood studio and is running his own company, Chris Lee productions.

Film school co-director Glenn Cannon, who heads the UH Theatre and Dance Program, said the new program would "reach out to the Pacific Rim with a camera."

Cannon has been a professor of theatre, film and television at UH for 34 years, and has professional credits in television, film, and on and off Broadway. He had recurring roles in both "Hawai'i Five-0" and "Magnum, P.I." and has been in such series as "Hallmark Hall of Fame," "Naked City" and "Studio One."

The film program at UH has been 14 years in the making, said Cannon, who credits Dobelle with taking it this far. The 10 film students enrolled as of this semester are part of the Liberal Studies program, and take courses that already exist in a wide number of colleges and programs.

But by 2004 Dobelle expects the program to be housed in one specific place — although it could be in an existing building either on or off the Manoa campus.

He did not rule out renovating an existing theater, especially one that may be closed down now. Or possibly using the Diamond Head studio.

He cautioned against getting caught up in an "edifice complex" about where the program is going to go, and said that the concentration instead would be on building a strong academic program.

Reach Beverly Creamer at bcreamer@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8013

July 31, 2002

Tony Leung, the secretary of finance for Hong Kong has gotten married to an Olympic champion Fu Mingxia, a three-time Olympic diving champion, married in Honolulu on July 15th

I have received repeated media inquiry from Hawaii and California confirming Mr. Leung's wedding in Hawaii since Friday. I told them their information was a little behind since Mr. Leung already gotten married on July 15th, which happens to be my birthday.

Additional information is being reported at the Pacific Business News today, please go to the following link for detail.

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Johnson W. K. Choi, President and Executive Director

July 29, 2002 Honolulu Hawaii

Linda Lingle, Republican Governor Candidates for the State of Hawaii Speak at the Hawaii Chinese Tourism Association on "How to Improve Tourism and Economic Climate between Hawaii and Greater China"

The followings are some of the highlights on her presentation and Q & A at the Hawaii Prince Hotel:

  • To work with the Bush Administration on the destination agreement between USA and China to allow China leisure travelers to visit Hawaii.
  • Create cabinet level administrator to oversee and coordinate State wide tourism related matters.
  • Current administrators of various State funded entities must be held accountable, no longer will micro-management and political interference be acceptable.
  • Her previous experiences and successes as the Mayor of Maui working with Legislators belonging to other parties to get things done.
  • Answer to questions on DBEDT less specific, but will not be business as usual. Briefly mentioned Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate, Dalton Tanonaka proposal to let Lieutenant Governor to run DBEDT a fresh approach worth considering.
  • Answer to question on Legislator vote based on polls, consider reviewing incumbents voting record, new comers business background & experiences, convincing them to be friendly to business after gotten elected will be difficult.

The meeting was well attended by more than 80 people from various sectors of the Travel Industry.

July 12, 2002 11:45 EDT Friday

China tourism waits for action in Washington - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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More than 60 people have attended a luncheon sponsored by the China Hawaii Investment Corporation & LWK Enterprises LLC and Hawaii Chinese Tourism Association at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The presentation was made by Madam Shen Huirong, Director General, International Liaison, China National Tourism Administration & Mr. Shen Jianxiang, Executive General Manager, China Merchants International Travel Company.

 The speakers have covered in depth in order for a country to take advantage of the Chinese outbound tourist. A destination country agreement must be in place. There are 20 countries, most of them are in the Southeast Asia have agreements with China. United States of America does not have an agreement with China. Hawaii cannot cut a separate agreement with China! The latest agreement was signed with Germany. Therefore, news reporting about Chinese Airlines coming to Hawaii will probably not materialized as China travel agents are not allowed to promote a destination like Hawaii that China does not have an agreement with. Destination like Hainan trying to promote themselves as “Mirror of Hawaii” will probably not wanting to send their people to Hawaii. Business people travel between Hawaii and Shanghai will not book on charter flight that offers service only twice weekly.

The most popular destinations for China outbound tourists are Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand. Travel package cost is a major factor. But on the other hand, after reaching their destinations, China tourists outspent any tourist groups including the Japanese and the Americans.

 Japan, Australia and New Zealand are destination countries open to Chinese citizens from Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. If and when an agreement is signed between USA and China, Australia model to handle Chinese inbound tourist has been successful with less than .05% of Chinese visitors overstay their VISA.

July 9, 2002 11:03 EDT Tuesday

Chinese business delegation coming to Honolulu - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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Business leaders from Jiaxing, Haining and Haiyan County, China, are in Honolulu this week for a networking meeting with Hawaii business people, with the principal gathering set for Wednesday.

"They are not part of this week's Hawaii Sister Summit so this may be the only opportunity to meet with them," said Johnson Choi, head of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the event.

Zhao Yongming and Chen Jianling of Haiyan County Import & Export Co. Ltd. will attend the meeting. He is general manager of the firm and she is assistant manager. They will be joined by Chen Yunlong, managing director of Haiyan County Yunlong Transportation, and by Gu Jinming, assistant manager of the Haiyan County Wuyuan Industrial Development Park.

Also attending will be Li Feng, section chief of the Jiaxing branch of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Sheng Wanlin, department manager for the Jiaxing branch of Bank of China.

Zhang Qinyong, deputy general director for the Haining Rural Enterprises Bureau, is here for the event, along with Shen Yujuan. She is vice president of the China Chamber of International Commerce, Haining Branch.

The event is Wednesday at the China Buffet, Holiday Inn Waikiki, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., on Ala Moana across from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The cost is $12 but members of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce may attend for free if they register before Wednesday.

July 8, 2002 13:55 EDT Monday

Hawaii, China discussed tourism, tech, education deals - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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Members of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce are back from business meetings in Shanghai and Beijing.

"The parties involved would like to keep most of the details private," said Johnson Choi, head of the organization.

But he did circulate some details to members.

  • A China travel company that had been planning to send its top 30 travel agents to Washington, D.C., late this year for training decided after meeting with the people from Honolulu that it will send them to Hawaii instead.
  • Two Shanghai e-commerce companies met with parties from Hawaii who thought the firms might be able to benefit from the Hawaii High Tech Investment Credit. Shanghai officials discussed possible investment opportunities there for Hawaii angels.
  • Fudan University in Shanghai is interested in joining education projects with U.S. universities including the University of Hawaii.

"We got a lot done in eight short days despite the long flight time, jet lag and long hours of meetings," Choi said. "All of us have come home exhausted but excited, charged up and planning our next move."

June 20, 2002

Honolulu business people visit China - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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The Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce led a delegation of Honolulu business people to Shanghai and Beijing Thursday.

"We are very excited and looking forward to the meetings lined up. We expect them to yield positive results," said executive director Johnson Choi.

Choi said such missions usually have direct government sponsors or partners in China, and he was concerned at first that the lack of such direct state involvement might result in a cooler reception.

"To our surprise," he said, "our counterpart and collaboration partners welcome a pure business mission to focus only on the business agenda."

Choi said this mission was funded entirely by private interests, and that this time they would represent business interests from outside Hawaii as well.

Hawaii state officials were involved in a large trade mission to China late last year, but the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce has been conducting business meetings of this sort for years, sometimes several times a year, originally focusing on Hong Kong but now looking to other Chinese cities as well. Hawaii officials and business people who have dealt with Chinese officials and business executives there say the Chinese tend to view Hawaii as the one part of America that has some understanding of China.

May 13, 2002, Honolulu, Hawaii

Alan M.L. Yee, managing partner of the Honolulu office of Grant Thornton LLP and Member of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) won this year's Small Business Administration's National Accountant Advocate Award*

Alan M.L. Yee learned hard lessons while trying to run his own certified public accounting firm in the early 1990s — lessons that he uses to help other small businesses and organizations today.

"People think accountants can manage their money well, but try managing payroll and collections," Yee said. "Well, it's easier said than done when you're trying to provide services as well. A lot of it was basically learning how to run a small business from ground zero."

Yee, managing partner of the Honolulu office of Grant Thornton LLP, believes he was honored with this year's Small Business Administration's National Accountant Advocate Award, in part, because he can help groups anticipate problems.

But Yee, 48, insists his work with organizations such as the Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund, Hawaii youth Opera Chorus, Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter, Mutual Assistance Association Center for low-income Palolo residents and immigrants and the anti-child abuse Malama Na Keiki Foundation isn't unusual.

"I would say I didn't do anything more than a lot of people do," he said.

The advocacy award recognizes accountants who significantly improve the economic and financial climate for small business.

Yee focuses on three or four organizations each year while pushing for regulatory and tax reforms that could stimulate entrepreneurship and improve Hawai'i's economy, according to the Small Business Administration.

"Until you run one yourself, you don't realize all of the issues or problems that can pop up," Yee said.

"It's like when somebody says the check's in the mail and when it doesn't come you're running to the bank to cover payroll or the rent. It helps me advise companies about anticipating problems rather than letting them catch you unexpectedly."

*Courtesy & Credit: Dan Nakaso, Honolulu Advertiser Staff

May 12, 2002, Honolulu, Hawaii

Hong Kong Hawaii Chamber of Commerce a.k.a. Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) has been accepted by the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Hawaii. BBB is an association of businesses known and respected by millions.

February 12, 2002 19:45 EST Tuesday 

Canton Fair to showcase trade opportunities - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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The Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and the China Club are cosponsoring a discussion of business opportunities in Canton, China.

It's effectively a preparation seminar for the Chinese Export Commodities Fair, known as the Canton Fair.

The presentation, in Mandarin only, will be held Friday, March 22, 5:30pm at the Hong Kong Harbour View Seafood Restaurant at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Fu Lang will speak. He is the Chinese Foreign Affairs Office deputy director-general in charge of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office.

Also taking part will be Hu Zhusheng, a senior economic official in Shenzhen, and Wang Yu, president of Asia Pacific Trading Group Inc. and a member of the China Club.

For information: http://www.hkchcc.org/event.htm

February 1, 2002

Business Forum - Business Opportunities in Canton, China & How to Get the Most Out of it When Attending the "China Export Commodities Fair", also called Canton Fair Presented in Mandarin only!

Download Press Release in pdf Format

January 23, 2002 10:51 EST Wednesday

Hong Kong monetary official to speak here - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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Norman Chan, deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, plans to come to Honolulu in four weeks to address the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

In a Feb. 22 address to this group (11:30 a.m., Plaza Club, $30 for members and their guests) Chan intends to discuss the policy of pegging the Hong Kong dollar to the U.S. dollar and what he expects in China following its entry into the World Trade Organization.

Johnson Choi, who heads the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber, has been lining up trips to Hong Kong and visits here by Hong Kong officials and executives to build Hawaii understanding of Hong Kong and China and open business opportunities for Hawaii businesspeople over there.

January 16, 2002 13:03 EST Wednesday

Hong Kong to Hawaii: Come on over! - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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Hong Kong, seeking to solidify its role as the front door to China commerce, sent an emissary to Honolulu this week to invite Hawaii companies to sell their goods and services to mainland China through Hong Kong.

"Hong Kong can capitalize on her strengths in marketing, logistics and trading to help Hawaiian partners be successful in the mainland (China) market," said Helen Lindsay Peterson, associate director of Invest Hong Kong. "Hong Kong is the leading marketing location in the Asia-Pacific region."

Peterson addressed a sellout gathering of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, but she didn't just preach to the choir -- she also supplied fresh statistics for others singing Hong Kong's praises:

Hong Kong has 120,000 enterprises with interests operating in mainland China and now accounts for 49 percent of the $170 billion invested in mainland China by outside interests. A third of Hong Kong companies have developed their own brand names in mainland China.

  • Hong Kong is the world's busiest port and has the world's busiest airport for cargo traffic. It handles most China imports and exports. Regionally only Japan exports more services than Hong Kong. The World Bank says 3.4 percent of the world's exports went to mainland China in 1999 and predicts by 2005 it will be 7.2 percent.
  • Despite concerns about high costs and moves by some companies to Singapore or other cities around the time of the British handoff to Beijing control, Hong Kong is home to regional headquarters of 3,237 companies, a nearly 8 percent increase from year-ago levels and an all-time high.

    "I believe Hong Kong has a unique combination of strengths which makes it a superb partner for Hawaiian firms eager to do business," Peterson said. She said officials, who set up Invest Hong Kong to work outside regular Hong Kong government agencies to build trade, target nine industries for investment: telecoms, media, I.T., technology (mostly electronics and biomedical), tourism, and entertainment.

January 7, 2002 10:45 EST Monday

China-Hawaii airlift void seen - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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The executive director of the Hong Kong-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce says China business people are willing to do more business with Hawaii but see the lack of direct air connections as a major obstacle to that.

Johnson Choi, back from two weeks meeting with 30 business leaders in Hong Kong and Southern China, says that's the main point he took away from meetings that he described as more truthful and down-to-earth because they were away from public attention.

"It is very disturbing when I introduce myself from Hawaii at the beginning of each meeting that all except one said the absence of direct flights have made Hawaii an inconvenient business destination," Choi said. He added that those who visited Hawaii more than five years ago also complained of unfriendly customs officers, but he feels this isn't a problem any more and told them so.

A generation ago there were frequent direct flights between Hong Kong and Honolulu, because Honolulu was a mid-ocean stopover on flights to U.S. mainland. But when airlines were able to fly over Hawaii in longer-range jetliners they did, saving the cost of ground crew and landing fees in Hawaii. Now flying from Honolulu to Hong Kong usually means going through Tokyo.

Hawaii companies that want to do business in China may benefit from partners in Hong Kong. Frank Martin, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, says when U.S. companies fail in China it is usually because they lack knowledge of the local market, lack a credible local partner, and think they can solve problems by throwing money at them.

December 24, 2001

hsb122301.jpg (214796 bytes)A New Game - China's entry to the World Trade Organization presents opportunities for Hawaii, if we can meet the challenge - (THINK INC) Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Sunday, Dec 23, 2001 Section E2, Written by Johnson W. K. Choi, MBA, RFC., President and Executive Director, Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

There is much excitements and expectations on China’s Entry into WTO. On behalf of the Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc), I have spent the last two (2) weeks meeting with more than 30 business leaders in Hong Kong and Southern China. When the meeting is on a one on one away from the News Media and not involving any political officials, information received is more truthful and down to earth. The meetings were focus on the followings:

  1. Finding collaboration partners for Hawaiian Companies.
  2. Working in partnership with various Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong and Southern China.
  3. Partnering with other State Economic Development Offices in Hong Kong (i.e. California)
  4. Perception of Hawaii as an Education-Health-Biotechnology-technology center and tourism destination.

It is very disturbing when I introduce myself from Hawaii at the beginning of each every meeting that all except one said the absent of direct flight have made Hawaii an inconvenience business destination choice. For those that have visited Hawaii more than 5 years ago cited unfriendly and hostile custom and immigration officers. I think improvements have been made on the custom and immigration areas and shared my personal experience with them.

Among many business initiatives, there are a couple of areas Hong Kong is pursuing, may help Hawaii if we play our card correctly. They are Education and Health care. Hong Kong may be Hawaii’s best collaboration partner. I have met with Mr. Frank Martin, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. We have discussions on why American firms failed in China. Signing a contract for News Media consumption verses getting paid for work performed are two different things. Mr. Martin has spent more than 25 years in Hong Kong. Some of the most common reasons are:

  1. Lack of knowledge of the market.
  2. Top down approach, thought they will solve any problem by throwing money at it.
  3. Lack of credible partner.

I am fortunate to have the opportunities to attend conferences featuring top leaders like Mr. Anthony Nightingale, Director of Jardine Matheson Holding Ltd; Dr. Lily Chiang, President, E1 Media Technology Ltd; Mr. David Eldon, Chairman, The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation; Mr. Victor Li, Managing Director & Deputy Chairman, Cheung Kong (Holding) Ltd; Mr. Anthony Wu, Chairman, Far East Ernest and Young; Dr. William Fung, Group Managing Director, Li & Fung (Trading) Ltd; Mr. Peter Woo, Chairman, Hong Kong Trade Development Council; Honorable C H Tung, Chief Executive, Hong Kong SAR; Mr. Christopher Cheng, Managing Director, Wing Tai Corporation Ltd; Honorable Antony Leung, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR; Dr. Fu Yuning, President, China Merchants Holding Co Ltd; Ms. Annie Wu, Managing Director, Hong Kong Beijing Air Catering Ltd; Dr. Denis Simon, President, Monitor Group (China) and others.

Discussions and meetings were made with the representatives of HKTVB and RTHK in Hong Kong on the possibilities on exchanging programs with the Hawaii Public Television Station. While details need to be worked out, the response is overall positive.

I have met with Janie Fong, Director of the Economic and Trade Office in Hong Kong. I am very impressed on her operation with offices in Beijing and Shanghai helping California Companies partnering with Hong Kong and China business entities. HKCHcc will be working with her office to assist Hawaii Companies to pursue the Hawaii-Hong Kong-California-China partnership.

The latest discussion of the Hong Kong PEG to U. S. Dollar, the challenge of Shanghai replacing Hong Kong as the financial center and China entering the WTO have become interesting topic among the business community in Hawaii. I have met and invited Mr. Norman Chan, Deputy Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to attend a luncheon sponsored by the HKCHcc in Hawaii on Friday, Feb 22, 2002 to provide us with update information. Mr. Chan has accepted our invitation.

One of our collaboration partners is the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). I have a long discussion over dinner with Mr. Dennis Yau, Executive Deputy Director of HKTDC on how to further improve and expand on our business relationship. I am expecting the business partnership in the pursuance of trade between HKTDC and HKCHcc will be made stronger than ever.

I have met with leaders in the travel business including many of my fellow alumni of the UH School of Travel Industry Management on the impact of the Mainland China tourist trade. The Mainland China visitor has increase substantially both in numbers and the money they spent in the Hong Kong economy for the past two years. They are expecting the trend to continue. Taiwan has also experience an increase of Mainland China tourist visiting the Island. I have asked on the challenge for Hawaii to get an increase share of the Mainland China tourist. Obtaining a VISA from the U. S. Consulate is the biggest challenge. Cost and lack of a direct flight to Hawaii are common reasons cited for selecting Far East tourist destination and visiting West Coast USA instead of Hawaii.

I have discussions with parties familiar with various agreements signed by various government entities between China and States in the USA. For larger cities like Shanghai and Beijing, they must have 10s if not 100s of similar agreements. The success of a venture will depends on the strength and credibility of the business arrangement. The relationship among parties still play an important role, but a less important role compared to 5 – 10 years ago. According to Dr. William Fung, Group Managing Director of the Li & Fung (Trading) Ltd, China will fully implement all the rule and regulations of the WTO. The biggest challenge is the enforcement on the local level.

While the State is trying very hard to promote tourism, there are certain Federal rules and regulations placing Hawaii in competitive disadvantage. Jones Act is one reason why it cost $5,000 to ship a 40 foot container to Hawaii and less than $2,000 to Los Angels. Similar outdated protective legislative measures are reasons why no airline flew directly from Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan to Hawaii!

When I returned home from Hong Kong, I must go through the 5 hours long wait in Tokyo for the connecting United Airline flight to Hawaii. The positive note was the flight must be 80% full, a sign that the Japanese tourist may be returning to Hawaii. The custom and immigration officers were friendly. A nice cup of cold juice was presented when I exit the custom gate. What I do not understand was why one (1) baggage claim area was assigned to an 80% full Boeing 747-400? For those who travel to Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the size of our baggage claim is considerably smaller. To add to the insult, one lady, very rude and unfriendly yelling out to visitors repeatedly to move the luggage carts to the other end of the baggage claim not to block the baggage handler to remove the overflow baggage. After a long flight, the last thing you want is someone kept yelling at you.

November 18, 2001

To Succeed in business in Hawaii, you must understand the isles - (THINK INC) Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Sunday, Nov 18, 2001 Section E2, Written by Johnson W. K. Choi, MBA, RFC., President and Executive Director, Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

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November 13, 2001

China's entry into WTO good for Hawaii - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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The entry of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization create new business opportunities for Hawaii, says the head of the Hong Kong-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

"Hawaii companies will benefit by working with private sector partners that have experience in the China market," says Johnson Choi, who frequently travels to Hong Kong, China and Taiwan and has numerous business contacts there.

Health care providers, who are not normally mentioned in discussions of business opportunities in China, should know that Beijing alone has an estimated 1.5 millionaires while one in five Shanghai households have income on a par with households in Hong Kong, with many of these people seeking out and paying premiums for private doctor and hospital services, Choi says.

The hospitality industry can benefit, too. "China is planning to build 100 to 300 new hotels in the next six years to get ready for the 2008 Olympics," Choi says, adding that Chinese officials expect growth in domestic and international tourist trade. Unlike previously China business deals that take place largely away from public view, hotel and other business deals will, he says, take place with "a higher degree of transparency" due to WTO rules.

In actual business dealings whether it is in China or USA, "Most business deals are negotiated behind closed door and not in the view of the news media," Choi explains. "Therefore a high profile trade mission may or may not be helpful to push a project forward in a positive manner."

Specialists in the region say the entry of Taiwan in the World Trade Organization may provide export opportunities for Hawaii farmers (agricultural products) by phasing out protections for Taiwanese farmers.

November 7, 2001

Choi: Go after Taiwanese visitors - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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The executive director of the Hong Kong-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce says Taiwan can be a growth market for Hawaii tourism if the tourism community can entice an airline to provide direct service between Taipei and Honolulu.

"The American Institute in Taipei (equivalent to the U.S. consulate) issued over 350,000 visas (many are 5 years multiple entry visas) to the United States in the past year," says Johnson Choi. "Therefore a direct from Taipei to Hawaii is very critical and to our best interest."

Choi, back from a business conference in Taipei last week, says Taiwan also presents good business opportunities for Hawaii companies and the Taiwanese are more numerous in mainland China than a student of China-Taiwan history might expect. He says more than 15,000 Taiwan companies have offices in Hong Kong/China and more than 150,000 Taiwanese live and work in Shanghai.

Taiwan broke off from the mainland when pre-communist leaders fled there, and for decades the West recognized Taiwan but not the People's Republic. Today the West no longer has any official objections to China's assertion that Taiwan is rightfully part of China and will be reunited with it one day. China, in return, has said it is in no particular hurry to make that happen.

Taiwan is the world's leading manufacturer of semiconductors.

October 23, 2001

China Trade Pact Signed - (Breaking News) Pacific Business News

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A mutual cooperation agreement has been signed by the Honolulu-based Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce and a brother organization in China's Guangzhou province.

The pact was agreed to three weeks ago and the signed copy arrived from China on Monday, HKCHcc President Johnson Choi says.

The Honolulu organization and the China Chamber of International Commerce Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce (that's the whole name) agree "to enhance the liaison and cooperation in the area of import and export, investment, business information and other commerce-related activities for the benefit of the members of both organizations."

The agreement does not include many specifics but still marks new ties with China business people. It's part of a general trend toward closer and more cordial contacts between Chinese and American business interests, as shown by the Shanghai economic summit of recent days. The Shanghai stock exchange, by the way, rose 10 percent Tuesday on good feeling about trade.

Choi, who sees China as a growth market for Hawaii exports and Hawaii tourism, describes the HKCHcc as a non-political organization that just wants to get things done.

October 22, 2001

China Chamber of International Commerce Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce and Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Signed Agreement of Mutual Cooperation

China Chamber of International Commerce Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce and HKCHcc agree to enhance the liaison and cooperation in the area of import & export, investment, business information and other commerce related activities for the benefit of the members of both organizations.

October 3, 2001

pak-wai-liu.jpg (32177 bytes) Hawaii positioned well for a rebound - Hong Kong economist Liu Pak-Wai says Asian travelers will look to Hawaii as a safe place to vacation - Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Wednesday, October 3, 2001

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July 16, 2001 - The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (CCOH) is pleased to name Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHCC) as Partner in Business Growth and Development in Hong Kong and Mainland China Market - HKCHcc's Fresh Approach to work with our Private and Public sectors collaboration partners focusing on "Getting Things Done" with emphasis on Substances over forms! (July 16, 2001/Volume 62, No 7, Page 6) CCOH is celebrating its 150 anniversary, a nonprofit organization representing more than 3,000 members

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July 16, 2001 - American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce form alliance to promote U. S. Business in China - Please contact our office for more information. 

China Group Eschews Protocol - "We want to focus only on business without focusing on any political agenda" - The Honolulu Advertiser - Monday, July 9, 2001 

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