The National Asian Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship ACE Leadership Delegates assembled for their inaugural roundtable meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., undaunted by the recent federal government furlough, and successfully engaged dialogues with U.S. congressional leaders and White House officials. ACE serves as the national voice representing the multitude interests of the Asian American Pacific Islander business community, champion advocate and resource for the regional and local chambers of commerce, business associations and professional organizations in the U.S.
President Obama invited leaders from the business and labor sectors including community groups who are united around one goal, advancing and modernizing the current U.S. immigration system. Earlier this year, the Senate passed a bill with bipartisan support that addresses “the core challenges of how we create a immigration system that is fair, that’s just, that is true to our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”
By modernizing the U.S. legal immigration system, the capability to train future American workers grows exponentially, and in attracting and retaining entrepreneurs with high skill sets from beyond our borders can only enrich the business growth of the U.S., critical to its long term growth and sustainability. It would make sure that everybody plays by the same rules by providing a pathway to earned citizenship for those who are here illegally — one that includes passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes, paying a penalty, getting in line behind everyone who is trying to come here the right way.
More importantly, if the bill was passed and became law, it would grow the U.S. economy by $1.4 trillion over the next two decades while cutting the deficit by nearly $1 trillion. Awesome!
China President Xi Jinping’s newly appointed U.S Ambassador Cui Tiankai conveyed celebratory congratulations for the 40th anniversary of the earliest exchanges between China and the U.S. dating back to 1973, opening doors for long-term investments, advancing partnerships and promoting mutual good will. Notably, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger and U.S Trade Representative Ambassador Carla Hills shared their intriguing perspectives and modern insights.
Two leading China – U.S. joint-venture industry leaders were recognized and given tribute who included Alcoa CEO and Chairman Klaus Kleinfeld and IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond, whose modern stewardships in China will through their innovative technologies continue to enrich China’s modern growth and development.
Alcoa is the largest foreign investor in China’s aluminum industry and was named Top Green Company in China. Since 1993, Alcoa Bohai Aluminum Industries Company is China’s largest multinational company in the aluminum industry and invested more than $800 million. Alcoa’s founder Charles Martin Hall in 1928, founded the Harvard-Yenching Institute and supports scholarly studies between western and Asian countries, in particular China.
IMAX is expanding the modern movie-going experience in China and fostering collaboration with China’s film studios, bringing depth to the cultural cinematic interchange. Early on in 2001, IMAX engaged the Chinese movie-goer experience by providing a unique cultural exchange media platform and playing a key leadership role into the development of a large theatre network. IMAX also in conjunction with Chinese film studios brings the best of Chinese cinema within the country and throughout vast audiences globally.
Another renowned U.S. joint-venture pioneer, Walmart China opened its doors in 1996 and introduced to the Chinese the largest retail consumer store ranging from farm-fresh groceries to the emerging e-commerce retail business for their Chinese customers. Presently Walmart operates 396 stores in China and created more than 100,000 direct job opportunities with a vital sourcing presence in China and critical partnerships with 20,000 suppliers throughout China and internationally. Dedicated to serving their local communities, Walmart was awarded as one of the Top 10 Oustanding Corporate Social Responsibility Cases of Chinese Enterprises by Business Value, a leading business journal in China.
Rochester New York became the global venue to host the 95th PGA Championship Tournament at the majestic Oak Hill Country Club located in the bucolic town of Pittsford. Spectators and challengers came as far as from Asia and Australia across Europe, South Africa and the U.S., drawing enthusiastic crowds of over 200,000. The world’s top two golf champions Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were no match for newcomer Jason Dufner winning his first 2013 PGA championship tournament. As Dufner extolled and beamed with pride, holding up the Wanamaker Trophy engraved with his name, ” Nobody can take that away from me… It’s a great accomplishment for me and I’m really excited about it”.
Nearly 1,000 Asian American Pacific Islanders AAPI national, state and local community leaders gathered to celebrate the AAPI Month of May in Washington, D.C. and was honored for their efforts and contribution to American society by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced Vice President Biden as he opened his remarks by paying tribute to the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Vice President Biden addressed the AAPI leaders and community by stressing the critical significance of embodying Senator Inouye’s fervent legacy and values of modern equality, justice and opportunities for all Americans. Moreover, Biden emphasized the importance of how modern immigration reform to the AAPI community can only strengthen the future and foundation of the American economy.
Upstate New York Rochester natives, Mary Ho, China Frontier President and Diane Yu, Esq., Deputy President of New York University recently met to discuss the emerging role of how developing global competencies are critical to the success of higher educational learning in a global economy. Diane Yu’s father, world renowned cardiologist Paul N. Yu, M.D., pioneered the modern medical discipline of cardiology and served as president of the American Heart Association and was Chief of Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
As Deputy President, Yu works to ensure the effectiveness of the entire University Leadership Team. She is the founder of NYU’s Women’s Leadership Forum and is the University’s Senior Executive for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Office of Compliance and Risk Management. Yu is the appointed Executive Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program, a special university student educational and enrichment program which operates in the United Arab Emirates, formed as a partnership between NYU and the government of Abu Dhabi. She also is Executive Director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy, an intensive college preparatory program for Emirati high school students.
Along with NYU’s campuses in London, New York and Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai is newly established as a comprehensive research university with a liberal arts and science college in China’s financial capital. For NYU, the creation of NYU Shanghai is another major step in the evolution of NYU as the first global network university — standing with NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi as a degree-granting portal campus. The global network provides a new architecture for the University, an organic integrated system permitting faculty and students to move easily from within the system to pursue their scholarly interests.
John Sexton, Esq., President of New York University states, “… In the 21st century, NYU is evolving from being, in the words of its founder, Albert Gallatin, ‘in and of the city’ to being ‘in and of the world.’ New York and Shanghai enjoy a natural affinity as world capitals; as vibrant, ambitious, and forward-looking centers of commerce and culture; as magnets for people of talent. As we did in Abu Dhabi, here in Shanghai we have found visionary partners, and our joint effort to create NYU Shanghai emerges out of a common belief in the indispensible value of higher education and in the special opportunities that can be created when the world’s greatest cities join forces. This will be a great university and a great partnership.” NYU Shanghai’s first class of undergraduate students will enter in September 2013.
Jim Morris, Managing Director of Traffic Tech Australia, Mary Ho, President of China Frontier, and Haley Newman, Designer, discussed the emerging role of developing global competencies critical for leading sustainable business practices. Traffic Tech is a diverse globally based company situated in Sydney, Australia with business presence in Asia, New Zealand, Europe and U.S. regions.
Traffic Tech is renowned for the development, manufacturing and supply of civil and traffic engineering products including their Preformed Inductive Vehicle Detection Loops. Known as Surface Mounted vehicle detection pads and Sub-Surface vehicle detection loops for the control of traffic lights, boom-gates and other vehicle management and access control systems that require vehicle loops to be installed without compromise to the asphalt pavement or concrete slab structure. Products include EzyLoops – preformed vehicle detection loops, Solar powered flashing light systems – for School Zones and pedestrian crossings, and Tactile switch pads – for passive pedestrian detection.
U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter visited the Vietnamese Asian American Community Center located in Rochester, New York to honor and recognize the gallant efforts contributed by the diverse Asian American communities of the 21st century. Slaughter was in hand to commemorate the Vietnamese Americans’ tribute to honor the sacrifices and enormous contributions put forth by their parents and elders comprising the tapestry of America’s rich and modern human legacy.
As U.S. President Obama declared, “Generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders AAPI have helped make America what it is today. Their histories recall bitter hardships and proud accomplishments — from the laborers who connected our coasts one-and-a-half centuries ago and offers us an opportunity to celebrate the vast contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to our Nation, reflect on the challenges still faced by AAPI communities, and recommit to making the American dream a reality for all.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders comprise many ethnicities and languages, and their myriad achievements embody the American experience. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have started businesses, including some of our Nation’s most successful and dynamic enterprises. AAPI men and women are leaders in every aspect of American life — in government and industry, science and medicine, the arts and our Armed Forces, education and sports.
Over the centuries, we have maintained a long, rich history of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, and our AAPI communities have been essential to strengthening the economic, political, and social bonds we share with our partners around the world.
As we celebrate centuries of trial and triumph, let us rededicate ourselves to making our Nation a place that welcomes the contributions of all people, all colors, and all creeds, and ensures the American dream is within reach for all who seek it.”
-U.S. President Obama, May 2012 Excerpts of President Obama’s Proclamation of Asian American Pacific Islanders
Wanda Polisseni, renowned philanthropist and business entrepreneur, hosted fundraiser for David Koon, running to recapture his position as candidate for the 2012 New York State Assembly District 135 including the areas of East Rochester, Fairport, Penfield and Webster in Upstate New York region. David Koon emphatically stated, I run “For the People, From the Heart”! The fundraiser event was held at Wanda Polisseni’s stunning and whimisical lakeside home on the waters of Canandaigua Lake, nestled in the bucolic Upstate New York Finger Lakes Region. Mary Ho remarked the critical outcome of this year’s 2012 elections will be impacted by the Asian American’s visibility and presence as the fastest growing political ethnic minority in the U.S.