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HKETONY Activities

First visit to the Heart of Dixie
Director Joanne Chu updated key officials on major developments in innovation and technology in Hong Kong and the business opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative and the Greater Bay Area during her first duty visit to Alabama (June 18-19). In a meeting with Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, they exchanged mutual concerns on the ongoing talk of trade tariffs. Details here.

 
     

Hong Kong films debut at New York Asian Film Festival
Nine Hong Kong films, including two world premieres, one North American premiere, and three New York premieres, will be featured at the 2018 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) in Walter Reade Theatre of Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts from June 30 to July 12. The two world premieres are Sunny Chan’s directorial debut “Men on the Dragon” and Antony Chan’s comeback “House of the Rising Sons”. Details here.

  New York Asian Film Festival presents Hong Kong Panorama 2018
     

Boston Dragon Boat Festival a roaring success
Attending her first Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival since assuming her post last August, HKETONY Director Joanne Chu thanked the organizers for their dedicated efforts and congratulated them for a successful event. A record 74 teams battled head-to-head on the Charles River at the HKETONY-sponsored races in Boston (Jun 9-10). Details here.

  Boston Dragon Boat Festival a roaring success
     

Biotech opportunities abound
Attendees at the 2018 International BIO Convention, the largest annual gathering of biotech professionals in the US, expressed great interest in the new listing opportunities in Hong Kong at a HKETONY-hosted luncheon (Jun 5) in Boston. Details here.

  Biotech opportunities abound
     

Asia’s arbitration hub
Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) underscored the advantages for corporations to seek cross-border dispute resolution in Hong Kong at a seminar in New York (Jun 5). Details here.

  Asia’s arbitration hub
     

First dragon boat race of the season
More than 90 teams took part in the HKETONY-sponsored Philadelphia dragon boat races (June 2). Visitors to the race enjoyed interactive games and activities and took home souvenirs with a strong Hong Kong flavor. Details here.

  First dragon boat race of the season
     

Collegiate rugby showdown
Hong Kong colors were flying at the 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia (June 1-3), which saw 24 men's and 16 women's teams taking part in the world's largest college rugby tournament. Details here.

  Collegiate rugby showdown
     

Rising Hong Kong star honoured at Chicago film festival
The US premiere of the award-winning movie “Tomorrow Is Another Day” was held in Chicago, helping another successful film funded by the Hong Kong Film Development Fund to gain prominence on the world stage. Before the May 16 screening of the film in the Asian Pop-Up Cinema festival in Chicago, lead actor Ling Man-lung was presented with the festival’s Bright Star Award. Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu congratulated Ling and director and screenwriter Chan Tai-lee, who was also in attendance.
Details here.

  Rising Hong Kong star honoured at Chicago film festival
     

Warm welcome for Hong Kong's Scallywags in Newport
Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, Clement Leung, commended skipper David Witt and the members of Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag for continuing the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) in honor of their late teammate and friend John Fisher. He called their fortitude exemplary of Hong Kong’s “can-do” spirit. The team is the first from Hong Kong to enter in the world's premier offshore race. Prominent guests at the reception included Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, Dan McKee; Mayor of Newport, Henry Winthrop; Mayor of Cranston, Allan Fung; and President of VOR, Richard Brisius. HKETONY is hosting the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Volvo Ocean Race Village, offering a taste of Hong Kong in the only US stopover. Details here.

  Warm welcome for Hong Kong's Scallywags in Newport
     

HKETONY Director's first duty visit to Florida
HKETONY Director Joanne Chu made her first duty visit to Miami, Florida from April 23 to 25 to meet with key officials and members of the business community. She also met with the leadership of Miami Film Festival where they talked about Hong Kong cinema and cross-cultural collaboration. Details here.

  First duty visit to Florida
     

First visit to Maryland
HKETONY Director Joanne Chu met with government officials and business leaders to foster closer ties and explore partnership opportunities during her first duty visit to the Old Line State (Apr 11-12). She gave updates on the latest initiatives in Hong Kong to promote innovation and technology, as well as opportunities that would arise from the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area Development. Details here.

  First visit to Maryland
     

Warren Lee celebrates artistry of Leonard Bernstein
Hong Kong pianist Warren Lee performed in a solo piano recital at Carnegie Hall April 2, celebrating the artistry and 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birthday. The evening featured a selection of Bernstein’s Anniversaries with readings of personal letters of the maestro, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and the Liszt Sonata in B Minor. Details here.

  Warren Lee celebrates artistry of Leonard Bernstein
     

Pianist makes Carnegie Hall debut
Hong Kong pianist Rachel Cheung made her recital debut at New York's Carnegie Hall on March 27, performing classical pieces by Rameau, Schumann, and Liszt. She was the winner of the Audience Award and the first Hong Kong finalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Director of HKETONY Director Joanne Chu attended the concert and offered the young musician her enthusiastic support. Details here.

  Pianist makes Carnegie Hall debut
     

HKETONY-ACC fellow starts exchange program
HKETONY-ACC Fellow Otto Li has embarked on his six-month immersive arts and cultural exchange program in New York, sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York (HKETONY), in collaboration with the Asian Cultural Council. The fellowship would enable him to undertake research and observation on recent developments in the visual arts in New York and the US as well as connect with other international artists. Details here.

 
     

HKETONY rings in energetic Year of the Dog
Vibrant rope-skipping moves and lion dances kicked off the Chinese New Year reception in New York (Feb 22). Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States Clement Leung brought the good news that Hong Kong-US bilateral trade looks set to further strengthen in 2018 after seeing US exports to HK grow by 13% last year. HKETONY Director Joanne Chu said a number of events and activities will be held to foster closer ties. Details here.

  HKETONY rings in energetic Year of the Dog
     

Commissioner and HKETONY Director's successful visit to Atlanta
Energetic performances from Team Slash, the champion rope skipping team from the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Academy and festive lion dancers kicked off the Chinese New Year reception in Atlanta (Feb 21). Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States Clement Leung highlighted strengthening Hong Kong-US bilateral ties and the city's economic strength, backed by robust external trade, retail sales and tourism. Details here.

  Commissioner and HKETONY Director's successful visit to Atlanta
     

HKETONY Director meets Chicago business contacts, rings in Chinese New Year with squash players
The HKETO Spring Reception in Chicago celebrating the Year of the Dog (Feb 20) included some very special guests this year as elite squash players from Hong Kong, Annie Au, Leo Au, Joey Chan, Max Lee, Yip Tsz Fung, and coach Faheem Khan made an appearance ahead of their appearance in the Windy City Open. They joined in on a toast to the bright year ahead with HKETONY Director Joanne Chu. Details here.

  HKETONY Director meets Chicago business contacts, rings in Chinese New Year with squash players
     

Journalists telling stories, from their own experience
US journalists gathered in midtown Manhattan (Dec 12)to hear some of their peers’ exciting stories whilst covering news as foreign correspondents in Hong Kong in the second half of the last century. Details here.

  Journalists telling stories, from their own experience
     

Double-champ crowned
Tai-chi coach Lisa Chan, capturing the exhilarating moments of the 27th Hong Kong Dragon Festival in New York in August, emerged as the double-champion of the photo and video contest organized by Sing Tao Daily and the HKETONY, winning both the best photo and best video awards. Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu congratulated the winners, especially those in video segment, which was introduced for the first time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Details here.

  Double-champ crowned
     

Hong Kong is ideal for FinTech sector
Hong Kong's strengths – stability, opportunity and security – makes it the ideal place for the FinTech sector investment, said Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu when she addressed the opening of an InvestHK forum in Chicago (Sep 11). In her first speaking engagement in the Windy City, she highlighted Hong Kong’s business-friendly environment and business opportunities for Chicago firms under the Belt and Road Initiative and in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area. Details here.

  Hong Kong is ideal for FinTech sector
     

Atlanta celebrates dragon boat tradition
Paddlers rowing in tandem in colorful dragon boats took to the waters at the Lake Lanier Olympic site, with 80 dragon boat teams from across Southeast USA going head-to-head, competing for top prizes at the 22nd Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Atlanta (Sep 9). In her first visit to Georgia, Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu officiated at the festival's opening. Details here.

  Atlanta celebrates dragon boat tradition
     

Director promotes trade in first visit to Atlanta
In her first duty visit to Atlanta (Sep 8), Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu highlighted trade and business opportunities in her meetings government officials and business leaders in the Peach State. She met with COO of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Bert Brantley along with Abby Turano, Deputy Commissioner, International Relations and Dawn Townsend, Deputy Director for International Trade. While in Atlanta, Ms Chu also met with Senior Director of Foreign Investment John Woodward, at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Details here.

  Director promotes trade in first visit to Atlanta
     

Director-General of Investment Promotion visits New York
In his meeting with the New York business community on August 22, Director-General of Investment Promotion of Invest Hong Kong Stephen Phillips said InvestHK wants to help companies grow in and via Hong Kong. He highlighted business opportunities Hong Kong offers to US companies, under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area. Details here.

  Director-General of Investment Promotion visits New York
     

Asian Youth Orchestra ends US tour in New York with flourish
The 100-plus strong, Hong Kong-based Asian Youth Orchestra performed to a standing ovation in New York on August 13, a fitting note to close their tour across the United States. They had performed in San Francisco, San Jose, Washington D.C., and Brevard (NC) earlier in the month. Details here.

  Asian Youth Orchestra ends US tour in New York with flourish
     

Bidding adieu to summer interns
Six young undergrads from Hong Kong and the US are wrapping up their summer internships in the office, after two months helping out in various publicity and administrative duties primarily related to the celebration of the 20th anniversary (of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR). The interns tried their hand at drafting FB posts, remarks and research reports, and were heavily involved in organising various publicity events such as the 20A Gala Dinner, the New York Asian Film Festival and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York. Details here.

  Bidding adieu to summer interns
     

HKETONY rings bell at New York’s stock exchange, for HK Dragon Boat Festival in New York
Joining other executives and sponsors, HKETONY director Joanne Chu visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and rang the opening bell on Aug 10 to usher in the Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NY, to be held Aug 12-13. Details here.

  HKETONY rings bell at New York’s stock exchange, for HK Dragon Boat Festival in New York
     

After Suzhou, there are no more boats: John Slosar to US businesses
Hong Kong chairman of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council John Slosar gave a luncheon talk on August 3 reflecting on the 20 years of development in Hong Kong and giving an update on the city’s opportunities for US businesses. Details here.

  After Suzhou, there are no more boats: John Slosar to US businesses


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