February 2021 Newsletter
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Back to Work!
The Lantern Festival is the traditional end of the Lunar New Year holiday season, so it's time to get back to work!

The Lantern Festival is the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar and falls on February 26th this year. To celebrate, many people eat tangyuan 汤圆, which are sweet balls of glutinous rice flour that look like little moons... as the 15th day of a lunar month has a full moon.

In this issue of the Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce newsletter, you will find the following:

  • Chinese Chamber Member Spotlight: Schuerger Law Group

  • Chinese Chamber Member News

  • Chinese Chamber News

  • Community News

  • Past Events

  • Upcoming Chinese Chamber (in bold) and partner events (in italics):

  • February 25, Virtual Chinese New Year celebration, with Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber

  • March 2 Virtual Roundtable with Craig Allen, with America-China Society of Indiana

  • March 2 From Foundations to Frontiers, a study of the contributions of Chinese-Americans, with the USHCA and Committee of 100

  • March 4 Get to know Wuhan, Columbus' Friendship City, with the Columbus Region Logistics Council

  • March 4 How to Capitalize on the Growing Business Opportunities in China's Greater Bay Area and ASEAN, with the Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest
Interesting fact: On February 27, 1641, Zhu Changxun (朱常洵), third son of the Ming Dynasty Wanli emperor and governor of Henan Province, was killed by Li Zicheng (李自成), leader of the rebellion that contributed to the fall of the Ming Dynasty.

Legend has it that Li Zicheng had Zhu Changxun's body stewed with deer meat and served at a banquet for the rebels, but the fact that his body was later interred in Nanjing indicates that the legend may be more myth than fact.
Member Spotlight
Praxis Connections understands the challenges of doing business with China. There is the language barrier, the time difference, and the ongoing frustration of not able to communicate what is on your mind. More importantly, Chinese companies seem to have a hard time understanding our standards and expectations, or adapting to our way of thinking. We are sure you have asked yourself on more than one occasion, “do I really know what is going on over there?”

This is where Central Ohio-based Praxis Connections comes into the picture. When working with Praxis, you are able to talk to us in the same time zone. You can also discuss specific requirements directly with us in English, knowing they will be communicated correctly to and carried out by companies in China. We build a transparent, cooperative and long term relationship that mutually benefits both of our organizations.

Regardless if you want our help with locating specific products, finding manufacturing facilities to make custom designs, or just managing existing suppliers, we want to make sourcing from China a safe and worry-free resource to your company.
Member News
The phrase “Personal Protection Equipment” or PPE was largely unknown a few months ago, but the Coronavirus changed all that. Now masks, gloves and disinfectant wipes are items everybody seeks to have on hand.

That’s why Morrison Medical,one of the nation’s oldest manufacturers and suppliers of emergency medical equipment, has developed a new “Personal PPE” kit. Consisting of a single disposable mask, latex-free pair of gloves and disinfectant wipe, each kit comes pre-packaged with exactly what’s needed to stay safe and healthy.

Morrison Medical’s Personal PPE kits are available on the company website.

For corporate use, the kits can be branded with a company’s logo, if desired. Pricing discounts for larger quantities are also available.
The Columbus School of Chinese is excited to announce a new Adult Beginner online class starting March 18, 2021!

Class will meet Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm, March 18 - May 20.

For more information, please visit columbusschoolofchinese.com or email info@columbusschoolofchinese.com.
Chinese Chamber News
We are proud to have join the Chinese Chamber's board of directors Shawn Millerick, division vice president of pediatric products for Abbott's nutrition business.

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life.

Their portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines.

Their 109,000 team members serve people in more than 160 countries.
Last month, the Chinese Chamber joined organizations such as the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Partnership, BioOhio, Ohio Restaurant Association, Ohio Business Roundtable, Ohio Realtors, and many others, in signing the Ohio Business for Immigration Solutions (OBIS) Ohio Compact on Immigration.

This coalition of business associations, organized by CHW Advisors, seeks to part of the discussion as the Federal government addresses many issues in immigration reform, including many aspects of how work visas are awarded.

OBIS now has a LinkedIn page where you can follow news and updates about this effort.
Recent Chinese Chamber Events
On February 17th, the Chinese Chamber held its first annual all-member meeting. At the meeting, the Chamber reviewed events and growth in 2020 and looked ahead to a full slate of useful events in 2021.

After the presentation, members shared their organizations and current projects with each other in virtual breakout rooms.

Attendees of the meeting received a Keep Your City Smiling gift box of locally-sourced items that was curated by ExhibitPro, located in Chinese Chamber member City of New Albany.

These gift boxes were made possible by generous contributions by Chinese Chamber members JobsOhio, PNC Bank, and Scotts Miracle-Gro.

Members who were unable to attend the meeting can watch a recording on the members-only page of the website. For access, please email the executive director, Pat McAloon.
Community News
A woman in Tainan brewing locally-grown coffee. Photo: Tainan Agriculture Bureau
Who knew?! Columbus' sister city in Taiwan produces coffee! Not that we needed another reason to visit the oldest city on Taiwan and its former capital, but who can pass up visiting Tainan when they can make their own 'cup of chou*'? Read more about it here.

* In the Wade-Giles romanization of Chinese commonly used in Taiwan, "chou" is pronounced similar to "joe", and corresponds to "zhou" in the pinyin romanization used in the PRC and elsewhere.
The Nio electric vehicle factory in Hefei. Photo: Keith Bradsher, The New York Times
Meanwhile, in Columbus' Mainland sister city, Hefei, Chinese automaker Nio is cranking out electric vehicles, taking advantage of a relatively mature supply chain for EV components that is the result of over a decade of strategic support by the national government.

Read more about Nio and the Chinese EV industry in today's New York Times article.

To learn more about our sister city relationships with Tainan and Hefei, contact Eric McGraw, chair of the Tainan/Hefei sister city committee of Greater Columbus Sister Cities International.
Upcoming Chinese Chamber Events
March 4, 2021 Get to Know Wuhan, Columbus' Friendship City
Ohio and Hubei established the first US-China sister state/province relationship in 1979, and the people in their capitals, Columbus and Wuhan, have developed many relationships in the years since.

On March 4, 4-5pm EST, the Columbus Region Logistics Council of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Chinese Chamber are hosting an introduction to Wuhan featuring:

Introduction to Wuhan and its Columbus connections
Dr. Minru Li, Assistant Director, National East Asian Foreign Language Resource Center at OSU (Chinese Chamber member)

Healthcare cooperation between Wuhan and Columbus
Dr. Henry Xiang, Professor of Pediatric Medicine and Epidemiology, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Business opportunities between Wuhan & Columbus
Denis Wang, President of DenisTek and Wuhan native

Shipping goods between Columbus and Wuhan
Bryan Schreiber, Manager, Air Cargo Business Development at Columbus Regional Airport Authority (Chinese Chamber member)

The panel presentations will be followed by 30 minutes of virtual networking.​​​​​​​

Admission is free for members of the Chinese Chamber and for members of the Columbus Chamber; Admission for non-members is $25.
If your organization would like to become a member and attend the event without charge, please contact Pat McAloon.
Upcoming Partner Events
February 25, 2021 4pm ET
Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber Chinese New Year Celebration
Celebrate the lunar near year with the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce today!

Event Agenda:
3:45 - 4:00 Log-In and Pre-Event Networking
4:00 - 4:05 Event Kick-Off and Introduction Chinese New Year Celebration Tradition
4:05 - 4:20 G4C 2019 - 2020 Summary
4:20 - 4:35 Introduce G4C team and Honored Guest Greeting
4:35 - 5:05 Breakout Room Networking
5:05 - 5:15 Closing
March 2, 2021 11am ET
Join Craig Allen (President, US-China Business Council) as he provides a quarterly update on the latest coming out of Washington D.C. including insights into President Biden’s future China policies.

Additionally, participants will be able to participate in a Q&A dialogue on how these changes may affect Indiana business.

Free for ACSI members; $30 for non-members.
March 2, 2021 7pm ET
From Foundations to Frontiers
Join the USHCA and the Committee of 100 for the presentation, "From Foundations to Frontiers", a landmark study of the enduring contributions of Chinese Americans to American society from the 1800s to today. 

This virtual presentation will provoke curiosity and offer a new perspective on Chinese American contributions, while identifying, quantifying and showcasing the contributions of the Chinese American community through data and storytelling.
March 4, 2021 5pm ET
How to Capitalize on the Growing Business Opportunities in China's Greater Bay Area and ASEAN
Join the Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest and the Global Chamber for a discussion prompting the question “How can businesses capitalize on the growing business opportunities in China’s Greater Bay Area and ASEAN?”

This panel of global experts from Hong Kong and the Chicago markets share their insights and experience helping U.S. companies to enter new markets for expansion and beyond.

  • Jeffrey Campos, Executive Director of Global Chamber
  • Winchell Cheung, Midwest Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Thomas Wong, Partner of CW CPA
  • Nico Tung, Director of Asia Operations at Fox Racing
  • Mark Staublin, President of Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest
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