Upcoming: 2018 Miss Asia International Pageant Final – Los Angeles

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
December 8, 2018.
3:00PM

2018 Miss Asian International Pageant

2018 Miss Asian International Pageant USA Final sponsored by the American International Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles at 1:30PM on December 8, 2018.

Entering the Miss Asia International Beauty Pageant can be a very fun and fulfilling experience. This year’s contestants will compete for an amazing array of prizes, including photo shoot packages, scholarships, opportunites in the entertainment industry in modeling and acting, and the prestige of a year-long reign as the title holder of the premier pageants.

In addition to the prizes, contestants will receive various benefits from the sponsors as well as a myriad of opportunities to attend high profile red carpet events in Los Angels, New York, and China, fashions shows, and fundraisers in support of noble charitable organizations. Each contestant will represent their ancestral country in order to promote their culture, tourism and strengthen our bonds though a unity of diversity.

Tickets and RSVP
Phone: 626-675-4918
Miss Asia International Pageant Committee Los Angeles

Upcoming: 2018 Miss Asia International Pageant China Final in Beijing

Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Lido
6 Jiangtai Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100016, China
Nov 11th,2018
1:00PM

2018 Miss Asia International Pageant China Final in Beijing

American International Chamber of Commerce ( AICC) will host the 2018 Miss Asia International Pageant China Final in Beijing.

RSVP
Phone: + 8610-8532 4980
Miss Asia International Pageant Committee China

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics in Honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

U.S. Census Bureau Graphic on Asian Population Percentage by State.

Today marks the beginning of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month. In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration that is now known as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

In honor of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the U.S. Census Bureau compiled a wide-range of demographic and economic statistics on our nation’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander populations.

Asian

21.0 million
The estimated number of Asian alone or in combination residents in the United States in 2015.

$76,260
The median income of households headed by the Asian alone or in combination population in 2015.

1.9 million
The estimated number of Asian-owned firms nationally in 2012, up from 1.5 million or 23.8 percent from 2007.

51.5%
The percentage of the Asian alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education in 2015.

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population

1.5 million
The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination residents of the United States in 2015.

$60,133
The median income of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination headed households in 2015.

54,749
The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms in 2012. The estimated number rose 45.3 percent from 37,687 in 2007.

88.8%
The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 25 and older with at least a high school diploma or equivalency in 2015.

For more key economic and demographic statistics, please see the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May 2017.

UN Benefit Concert – November 20, 2016

November 20th, 2016
3:00-4:30PM

New York Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium
Lincoln Center, NY
New York City Department of Homeless Services

NYC Dept. of Homeless Services, is pleased to announce a concert to benefit Families & Children via the Homeless Trust Fund. The concert will feature The UN Chamber Music Society and be held at Lincoln Center – New York Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, NY, November 20th from 3:00-4:30PM.

Special Guests will include City of New York DSS Commissioner, Steven Banks, and special remarks by Mr. Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Panda Footprint · 2016 Wenchuan International Fans Walking Festival

Panda Footprint · 2016 Wenchuan International Fans Walking Festival

Finding Panda Footprint · International Fans Walking Festival Invitation

Welcome
Date: Oct. 20, 2016, 8:00AM
Place: Wolong Giant Panda Museum

Sponsor:
Chengdu Branch, American International Chamber of Commerce

For the purpose of promoting US-China economic and trade and developing culture and education, AICC Chengdu Branch, on the basis of the high-quality resources in Sichuan, will make every effort to provide all types of members with a full range of services such as financial investment, economic and trade, corporate listing, cultural exchange, education and training, exhibition planning, sightseeing and tourism, business investigation, overseas study and immigration, business law, and human resources.

Introduction:
“Finding Panda Footprint” International Fans Walking Festival will be taken as the theme to further promote the green development and protection of giant pandas, to make the members participate in the development of the Giant Panda Economic Zone in the southwestern area of Aba, to highlight the characteristic tourism of “Sunshine Valley, Panda Home, Healthcare Wenchuan”, to further develop the panda brand of “Wenchuan and Wolong Nature Reserve Giant Panda Habitat”, and to promote economic, social, ecological and cultural development of Wenchuan, Sichuan, China.

Highlights

Visit Wolong Giant Panda Museum
Panda fans hiking
Panda fans waling festival
Participate in the walking festival to win a surprise gift

Event Schedule
Agenda:
9:00-9:30 AM Opening Ceremony
10:00-11:00 AM Visit the Giant Panda Museum
11:00 AM Start of the Panda Fans Waking Festival
18:00-19:00 PM Closing Ceremony

Registration
Phone: 15882356180
Wechat: 13908050332
QQ: 1258774616
Contact: Mr. Miao

Hints:
Departure Location: Sichuan Chengdu Gymnasium
Departure Time: 7:00-7:30 AM
To the site by bus
End time: 18:00-19:00 PM
Back to Chengdu by bus
Contact: 15882356180
Location: Wolong Giant Panda Museum

US donates $37 million to UNHCR to support education gaps forrefugees

The United States is pleased to announce a contribution of nearly $37 million of humanitarian assistance toward the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical education gaps for refugees in 16 countries.

On September 20, 2016, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Mexican President Peña Nieto, German Chancellor Merkel, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam, Swedish Prime Minister Löfven, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will join President Obama in hosting the President’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.

This Summit will bring together government leaders who are prepared to make new and significant pledges that address the most urgent needs of refugees. As part of the Summit, the United States and co-hosts aim to increase refugee self-reliance by encouraging major refugee-hosting member states to focus on new policies that will facilitate refugee access to education and increase the number of refugee children enrolled in school by one million. In order to reach that goal, additional resources are needed to close significant funding gaps of leading humanitarian organizations.

This funding will both further the United States’ financial contributions to refugee education and support the implementation of the commitments made for the Summit by refugee-hosting countries through the provision of additional resources to UNHCR to increase the number of children accessing quality education.

UNHCR is the largest provider of education for refugees globally, but remains underfunded. The UNHCR fundraising document “Education for Refugees: Priority activities and requirements supporting enrollment and retention in 2016” highlights unfunded or underfunded education activities for schools and students at all levels of education.

The document appeals for nearly $60 million to support refugee education in sixteen countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – which collectively host 2.1 million refugee children of school-age (5-17 years), an estimated 57 percent of whom are out of school. With full funding, UNHCR could support tens of thousands of refugee children to enroll in school during the upcoming academic year. The United States government strongly encourages other donors to close the remaining $23 million funding shortfall.

Life in the Foreign Commercial Service

Life in the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) reminds me of the title of one of my favorite books as a child, Dr. Seuss’s, Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Every time I begin the process of bidding on my next assignment, the world is my oyster. I start imagining myself living in India or South Africa or Chile – the sights, the smells, the foods, the commercial climate, the vacation possibilities. As I’m approaching bidding season soon, it’s fun to reminisce about some highlights from my prior postings:

  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Caracas, Venezuela
  • Recife, Brazil

When I joined FCS in 2006 as an officer, Asia was low on my list of places I wanted to go. So where was my first assignment? Seoul, South Korea, of course! It was my first time in Asia, so I dove in and learned how crazy I’d been for not having been more excited . The history of Korea’s post-war renaissance was fascinating in itself. A city almost totally in ruins in 1953, Seoul was a gleaming, bustling, rapidly growing, high-tech city of skyscrapers and massive highways intermingled with charming, historic alleyways selling sundubu stew and dukbokki when I arrived in the Spring of 2006.

As a first-tour officer, I got to play a supporting role in the negotiation of our FTA with Korea, which was followed intently by the local media. We worked closely with Las Vegas and Korean Air Lines to promote KAL’s new non-stop flight to Las Vegas. I even got to fly to Vegas on the inaugural flight. Using Seoul as a base, I traveled to eight countries in East and Southeast Asia, including some places not often open to tourism. I grew to love Asia.

In 2009, I moved to Quito, Ecuador – quite different from Seoul. It was a smaller pond in which to work, but I was fortunate to be the Senior Commercial Officer, so I had a much higher-profile job, advising the Ambassador on commercial issues in a challenging commercial environment, meeting with Ministers and private sector CEOs, and leading my own team. From our perch at 9,200 feet in Quito, there were easy daytrips to volcanic spas, camping trips at the base of a volcano, rafting trips into the Amazon basin, long weekends whale watching on the coast, and, best of all, two trips to the Galápagos Islands to soak in the natural splendor.

And now I’m in Northeast Brazil. Business is growing, I’m opening up a new office, and I’m in Brazil – the capital of fun. Carnaval comes around early in the year, and Recife hosts the second-largest party in the country. I was here for the international pageantry of the World Cup and got to see the U.S. team beat Ghana in a thriller and play Germany in Recife during a massive flood that shut down most of the city. I’ll be finishing up my tour in 2016 with a trip to the Rio Olympics.

What’s next for me? Where will I be living this time next year? What new professional challenges and personal highlights are around the corner? Oh, the places I’ll go…

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Eric Olson is an Officer in the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Foreign Commercial Service