Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo will co-host a Supply Chain Ministerial Forum July 19-20, 2022, as part of ongoing work with key partner nations on supply chains. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose W. Fernandez and Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Marisa Lago will welcome participants and deliver opening remarks on July 19.
This virtual event will bring together stakeholders from labor, industry, and civil society – including representatives of historically underrepresented communities – to identify solutions to reduce both short-term bottlenecks and longer-term supply chain challenges.
LOS ANGELES, CA, DEC 19 – Today, The 3rd Asian Film Festival Golden Diamond Awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles. The event’s red carpet scene was spectacular and the award stage was full of stars. Academy Award winning directors, Hollywood stars, producers, investors and Asian Film Festival ‘s filmmakers are once again gathering together to celebrate.
Holmes Stoner, Chairman of the Asian Film Festival; Leith Enron, Co-Chairwoman of the Asian Film Festival; Inge Sawerthal, President of the American Chamber of International Commerce; Richard Anderson, Oscar winner and Emmy Winner and Mariana Tse, former US Assistant Secretary of Education, As well as Asian Film Festival judges representatives Amber Martinez and Francesca Gioia Drommi and other awards guests on stage at Golden Diamond Awards ceremony to award Best Future, Best Documentary, Best Animation winners, As well as the Best New Director, Best New Actress, Best Child Actor and Best Child Actress award were presented with a Golden Diamond Awards trophy and certificate.
Chinese feature film “Run. Shunzi” Leading actress Xu Yuan won the golden Diamond Award for Best Actress. Xu won much attention for her performance as Zhang Shunzi, the heroine of the movie, which depicts a young amateur athlete who becomes a professional athlete and continues to make miracles.
Jason Quin, The executive chairman of the Asian Film Festival Los Angeles delivered a speech via video on the ceremony today, He announced that the 4th Asian Film Festival was launched at the same time and will be open for application soon.
Following is the full list of the 3rd Golden Diamond Awards winners:
Best Feature: “Winter in LA”, USA Best Foreign Language Film: “Four Ever Young”, China Best Documentary: “Song of Little Saigon”, USA Best Animation: “Nai Nai”, USA Best Short Film: “Hell in a Handbasket”, Canada Best Documentary Short: “Believer”, China Best Student Short: ” Magician: Game of Detective”, China Best Director: “The Road to Eden”, Kyrgyzstan Best First Director: “Take it Easy”, USA, Suja Raghuram Manoj Best Director Student: ” One Afternoon”, China, Yumin Zhang Best Script: “Like Rainbow”, Iran, Behrad Sahebgharani Best Cinematography: ”Path To The Sky”, Sammy Su, Canada Best Production Design: “Bloody Romeo”, Canada, Alina Lapteva Best Music: “A Paper Plane Ride Home”, USA, Georgia Conrad Best Actor: “The Road to Eden”, Kyrgyzstan, Bakyt Mukul Best Actress: “Run! Shunzi”, China, Yuan Xu Best New Actress: “An Hero”, USA, Tyler Li Stoner Best Child Actor: “Snails”, USA, Aiden Lu Best Child Actress: “Where the Light Ends”, China, Zili Zhang
California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis presented a Certificate of Recognition to the American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC) on September 2 and thanked the AICC for its participation in hosting the California Pavilion and Investment Trade Forum at the China International Trade in Services (CIFTIS) 2021.
“It is with great pleasure to recognize you and your leadership your role as Executive Chairman of the American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC),” Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kunarakis wrote on the Certificate of Recognition, “Thank you for representing the AICC as the host of the California Pavilion and Forum in the International Trade and Service Fair in Beijing, China.”
“I am very pleased that Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kunarakis of California today presented the Certificate of Recognition to AICC, and I thank the State of California for reaffirming the work of the AICC,” said Holmes Stoner, Chairman of the American International Chamber of Commerce, on September 2nd, “Under the current economic and trade environment between the United States and China, it is of special significance for the California government to recognize and award the work of the AICC in China. We always believe that foreign enterprises will have more development opportunities and broader development space and benefit more from cooperating with California enterprises or investing in California. For a long time, we have focused on promoting California’s cooperation with Provinces and cities in China, which has achieved sustainable and productive results and won praise and praise from our partners and member companies. We are willing to continue to strengthen interaction and provide services for Chinese enterprises and entrepreneurs, and work together for mutually beneficial development.”
“We are grateful to the State of California and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kunarakis for their support of our project,” said Jason Quin, Executive Chairman of the AICC, “CIFTIS is the largest fair of trade in service in the world. The AICC is willing to provide effective services to American businesses participating in the CIFTIS. Through the excellent platform of CIFTIS, the AICC will continue to promote the image of participating companies, enhance their brands, and promote business development. Actively provide follow-up services for Chinese enterprises and entrepreneurs to invest and do business in California after the conference, and provide practical docking of investment and trade business for our members and customers.”
Nov 21st – Beverly Hills, CA -– The 2 nd Annual Asian Film Festival Los Angeles (AFF ) 2020 announced the winners of the festival’s 2020 film competitions today at the Maybourne Beverly Hills Los Angeles. With the festival following COVID-19 pandemic, the festival did not host a live Golden Diamond Awards ceremony this year, with a virtual awards ceremony. The 2nd Golden Diamond Awards of AFF Los Angeles featured twenty competitive categories: Feature, Foreign Language Film, Documentary, Animation, Short Film, Documentary Short, Student Short Film, Director, Director Short Film, First Director, Director Student, Script, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Music, Actor, Actress, Child Actor and Child Actress.
The Asian Film Festival Los Angeles Chairman Holmes Stoner Said, “This year’s program featured so many wonderful films, and we are grateful to our jurors for selecting our award-winning films, We thank and congratulate all of the filmmakers who shared their films with the festival this year and look forward to great things from each and every one of them.”
“While we are not yet able to celebrate these incredible films at their premieres, we are so proud to celebrate them in partnership with our generous team through our 2020 Golden Diamond Awards virtual ceremony” said Festival Executive Chairman Jason Quin. “ AFF Los Angeles chose to recognize a daring, innovative, entertaining, diverse group of films and filmmakers, and the Festival is pleased to honor all of them with our first ever virtual awards ceremony at this particular moment in 2020.” “”We are also grateful for the involvement and support of filmmakers from dozens of countries and regionesas to join with AFF work together to meet the novel COVID-19 pandemic challenge.”
The 2nd annual Golden DIamond Awards were unlike in our ceremony history in this age of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of filmmakers incuding directors, actors and crew from different countries and regions congratulated AFF via video. The Asian Film Festival Los Angeles 2020 was originally set to take place on Nov 1st -14th, however it will be rescheduled due to the pandemic.
For more information on all of the 2020 Asian Film Festival Los Angels competition winners, visit AFF offical website and check out the full list of winners below:
The list of confirmed winners is as follows：
Best Feature: “Stowaways”, USA Best Foreign Language Film: “A Touch of Spring”, Canada, Best Documentary: “Heart of Gold”, Thailand Best Animation: “ Let’s Eat”, USA Best Short Film: “Song of the Crickets”, Swtizerland Best Documentary Short: “Paerntal Guiidance Suggested”, USA Best Student Short Film: “What We’re Owed”，Australia Best Director: “Fire on the Ridge”, USA Best Director Short Film: “À La Carte”, Vietnam Best First Director: “Magic Kingdom”, Hong Kong China Best Director Student: Eris Zhao, “Landing”, USA Best Script: “Whispers In The Wind”, Indonesia Best Cinematography: “Rendezvous”, Japan Best Editing: “Navras”, Germany Best Production Design: “Between”, Czech Best Music: “Depth of Pyaar”, India Best Actor: “Father And Son”, China Best Actress: “Homa And Sisters”, Iran Best Child Actor: “Catharsis”, Sri Lanka Best Child Actress: “Bringing Schools To Where There Are None!”, Italy
Nov 7th- Beverly Hill, The 2nd Annual Asian Film Festival Los Angeles Golden Diamond Awards, hosted by AFF Committee announced nominees list on Saturday Nov. 7th 2020, in Maybourne Beverly Hill Los Angeles. The virtual festival ceremony will on official website and multimedia Channel.
AFF Hosts Virtual Asian Film Festival during COVID-19 Pandemic release with the continuing spread of the coronavirus, Asian Film Festival Committee reached out to the trade community virtually to keep industry engaged when it hosted its virtual Asian Film Festival Los Angeles 2020 between November 1st -14th 2020.
“In the midst of this global pandemic and the vast challenges we’re all navigating, I really believe coming together in this way shows our collective commitment to continue our persistent, ongoing dialogue and candid discussions about the most pressing issues facing AFF and you, the film community,” said AFF Commissioner Chairman Holmes Stoner in his welcoming address on Nov 7th 2020.
Due to the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2nd Annual Golden Diamond Awards will not have a live audience or a red carpet. The Golden Diamond Awards and its production teams will adhere to safety guidelines.
Here is the list of the 2nd Annual Golden Diamond Awards of Asian Film Festival Los Angeles 2020 nominees:
Best Feature: “Stowaways”, USA “Irumbu”, India, “In My Dream”, Turkey “Depth of Pyaar”, Canada “Present Still Perfect”, Thailand
Best Foreign Language Film: “A Touch of Spring”, Canada, “Like Father And Son”, China “Execution Day”, Azerbaijan “Present Still Perfect”, Thailand “MEKONG 2030”, Lao
Best Documentary: “Twinkle Dammit!” USA ”More Than Miyagi” USA ”Dream In Silence”, China “Two Flage”, India “Heart of Gold”, Thhailand ‘The Six’, China
Best Animation: “ Let’s Eat”, USA “The Tale of Cuoi 2020”, Vietnam “ Sliced Fruit”, USA “ Take A Breach”, China “My Tagalong”, Canada
Best Short Film: “Song of the Crickets”, Swtizerland “Dr. Daddy”, USA “Hello From Taiwan”, USA “I Want To Be”, Thailand “The Kestrels”, Hungary
Best Documentary Short: “Rising Silenceleesa Gazi”, Bangladesh “Wuqiao Circus”, China ”The Khe Sanh Peace Garden”, Vietnam “Paerntal Guiidance Suggested”, USA “Lockdown Are We Safe”, Bangladesh
Best Director: Nancy Hamilton , “ Fire on the Ridge”, USA Samuel Kiehoon Lee, Gyopo”, Canada Xiao Dan He, “A Touch of Spring”, Canada Like Father and Son”, China Kevin Derek, “More Than Miyagi”, USA
Best Director Short Film: Weisheng Yu, “Lust Day”, China Tom Hand, “ The Shadow Boxer”, UK Haruna Tanaka, “Lifelike”, Japan Jay DO, “A La Carte”, Vietnam Mackey Lai Loke Yee,” The Cloud is Still There”, Malaysia
Best First Director: “Cacti And Weed”, Canada Rayner Wang, “Circus Sam”, Japan Leesa Gazi, “Rising Silence”, Bangladesh Avdjin Kutakis , “Case 0013”, Russia Dax Phelan, “Jasmine”, USA
Best Director Student: Eris Zhao, “ Landing”, USA Kelvin Zhu, “ Datura”, Canada Beibei Xu, “Lotus”, USA Wenqi NI, “ Daemon”, USA Jiawei Cheng, “ Under The Flag”, USA
Best Script “ Chusei (Allegiance) “, USA “Sleep No More”, India “ Whispers In The Wind”, Indonesia “ Klaus; Witch Killer”, USA “ Starpeople 2007”, USA
Best Cinematography: “Apart”, China Hong Kong “Sholler’s Archive”, Azerbaijan “The Six”, China “JASMINE”, USA “MORE THAN MIYAGI”, USA
Best Student Short Film: “The Speech”, USA “The Shadow Boxer”, UK “ Bathhouse Drummer”, China “ In”, South Korea “What We’re Owed”，Australia
Best Editing: “Invisible Man In The Mist”, China Knock And Rock ( Thatrom Thookrom )”, India “Sky Bloossom Feature”, USA “Alan”, Spain “Sonata”, USA
Best Production Design, ”Torinaoshi”, Japan “In My Dream”, Turkey Barbora KučerÍKovÁ”, Czech “ Apart”, China Hong Kong “In”, South Korea
Best Music: “Depth of Pyaar”, India “Blind Mind”, India “Feel India”, Moldova “ Apait”, China Hong Kong
Best Actor: Keigo Oka, “”Lifelike”, Japan Ramesh Varma, “ The 137 Auditions Of Avrahaam”, India Zhao Xuan, “A Touch of Spring”, Canada Hui WangJun, “ Father And Son”, China Jason Tobin, “JASMINE ”, USA
Best Actress: Zicheng Li, “ A Sunburnt Summer”, USA Nhi Do, “ Hope And Grace”, Canada Sofiee NG, “ Apart”, China Hong Kong Jessica Park, “Trust Me”, France Sahra Asadollahe , “Homa And Sisters”, Iran
Best Child Actor: Bai Zeze, “ Like Father And Son”, China Sean Lee,”Like How I Remember”, Australia Mukesh Asopa, “ Depth Of Pyaar”, Canada June CÁCeres, “Serfs”, Venezuela Ariful Islam , “Bringing Schools To Where There Are None!”, Italy
Best Child Actress: Ireland Richards, “Landing”, USA Hae-Sup Sin, “ Comrade Anna”, Switzerland Olivia Tang, “ Sometimes Never”, USA Moditha Dabare, “Catharsis”, Sri Lanka Tiffany Frances, “Hello From Taiwan”, USA
WASHINGTON – On May 20th, the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders convened its Inaugural Open Meeting with all fourteen (14) Commissioners in attendance. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Co-Chairs of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, provided welcoming remarks at the meeting, which commenced with the official swearing-in ceremony of Commissioner Helen Van Etten of Kansas.
The Commission is tasked by President Trump’s Executive Order to provide advice to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Transportation, on how to broaden access by Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employers and communities to economic resources and opportunities.
“We appreciate your advocacy for the more than 1.9 million AAPI-owned businesses, and for the 22 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, many of whom have been so adversely impacted by the pandemic,” said Secretary Wilbur Ross in his welcome remarks. “Your work on their behalf is more important than ever before. Secretary Chao and I look forward to your advising us and President Trump on how best the U.S. government can serve this vibrant and growing American community.”
Secretary Elaine L. Chao highlighted the four areas that both the Commission and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are focused on: Passing the Torch, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Bridging the Income Gap, and AAPI Women in Leadership. In highlighting the ways the AAPI community can better take advantage of federal resources and opportunities, she shared: “Secretary Ross and I recently signed a letter to re-establish the White House Initiative Interagency Working Group. This group consists of representatives from throughout the federal government who will advise the Initiative on the implementation and coordination of Federal programs as they relate to Asian Pacific American access to economic resources and opportunities.”
Dr. Paul Hsu, Chair of the Commission, provided opening remarks and convened the meeting by addressing the task at hand: “President Trump has clearly outlined in his Executive Order that our mission is to improve the lives of all AAPIs and their communities, which will always be our guiding principle and our roadmap. That is exactly why we are here today.”
The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders also convened its first virtual AAPI Business Town Hall with business owners, chambers of commerce and business associations on Tuesday, May 19th, a day prior to the open meeting. Chair of the Commission Dr. Paul Hsu and Commissioner Herman Martir facilitated this listening session hosted by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. About 200 AAPI business and community leaders participated with many of the Commissioners also in attendance.
As the Commission prepares its advisory reports, these town halls and listening sessions reflect the mission and importance of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to our country. Many of the speakers provided insight on how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has affected AAPI-owned businesses across different states and U.S. territories, including Guam and American Samoa. Town hall speakers represented 9 different states and U.S. territories, while audience participants hailed from 31 different states and territories. In response to concerns about harassment of AAPIs due to the virus, the Initiative and interagency working group are coordinating with the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure active engagement with local communities on addressing these issues.
These public forums also provided a platform for federal officials and trade groups to highlight resources and opportunities. At the AAPI Business Town Hall, the U.S. Census Bureau provided a presentation on the Small Business Pulse Survey, which asks small businesses to share the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak on their business. There was also an update on the ongoing 2020 Census, including the latest response rate, information about the extended window for response to the Census, highlights of the partnership and outreach campaign, and ideas about virtual ways that partners can support the Census in the upcoming months. The U.S. Census Bureau’s partnership program is working with more than 6,000 organizations across the country that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Following the U.S. Census Bureau, the Small Business Roundtable, a coalition of leading small business and entrepreneurship organizations, presented a read out of their State of Small Business Report. This report will be the first of an ongoing series that tracks the activities of small businesses across the country.
WASHINGTON– President Donald J. Trump announced the Presidential Delegation that will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 20 to January 24, 2020. Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, will lead the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury (Lead)
Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
Eugene Scalia, Secretary of Labor
Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation
Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative
Keith Krach, Under Secretary for Growth, Energy and the Environment, Department of State
Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President and Advisor to the President
Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President
Christopher Liddell, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination