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Hong Kong celebrates closer ties in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed today (October 17, 2018) as “Hong Kong Day” to recognize the strong ties between Hong Kong and the Bay State. Over 100 guests, including business and government leaders, along with Senate staffers, attended a celebratory reception at the State House, which was co-organised by the HKETONY, The Asian Caucus of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and the Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts. Earlier in the day, Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak called on the Speaker of the House Robert A DeLeo and exchanged views on mutual trade relations. The reception also featured a performance by Hong Kong Baroque recorder player Jasmine Ho. Details here.

  Hong Kong celebrates closer ties in Massachusetts
     
Chicago-premiere of “The Concerto of the Bully” draws crowd

The romantic comedy “The Concerto of the Bully” (2017) has opened to an enthusiastic audience in its premiere screening in Chicago (Oct 2). Director Fung Chih Chiang and art director Chet Chan who attended the HKETONY-sponsored screening shared their creative process. Mr Fung said the tranquil seaside and the transcending power of music had inspired him to write and direct the movie. Details here.

  Chicago-premiere of “The Concerto of the Bully” draws crowd
     
Secretary for the Civil Service starts North America visit

Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law started the first leg of his North American visit in Boston (Sep 11) visiting renowned institutes including the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While in Boston, he met with Hong Kong students studying in Boston to learn about their school and daily life. In New York (Sep 12), Mr Law met with government officials of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services to exchange views on the management and training of the civil service. Details here.

  Secretary for the Civil Service starts North America visit
     
First official visit by Secretary for the Civil Service

Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law will be in Boston on September 10, starting his official visit in the US and Canada. He will visit New York, Ottawa and Toronto. Apart from visiting prominent institutes, Mr Law will also exchange views with government officials on the management and training of civil servants. He will return to Hong Kong on September 16. Details here.

  First official visit by Secretary for the Civil Service
     
Dragons glide across Lake Lanier

Over 10,000 spectators cheered on the 80-plus local and international teams competing neck-and-neck at the 23rd Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Atlanta (Sep 8). Aside from the exhilarating races, visitors to Lake Lanier Olympic Park also enjoyed great southern hospitality at the event-filled festival, including multi-cultural performances and activities. Director of HKETONY Joanne Chu congratulated the festival organizers for hosting another successful event that highlights this unique water sports and Hong Kong culture. HKETONY has been the festival benefactor for the event since 1995. Details here.

  Dragons glide across Lake Lanier
     
Dragons roar despite rain

More than 2,500 athletes from 200 teams braved the inclement weather and took to the waters in Flushing Meadow Corona Park in Queens, vying for top prizes at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York (Aug 11-12). Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) Joanne Chu, joined by other distinguished guests, officiated at the eye-dotting ceremony. Details here.

  Dragons roar despite rain
     
Opening bell to usher in dragon boat festival

Hong Kong Commissioner to the US Eddie Mak rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange this morning (Aug 6) to usher in the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York (Aug 11 - 12). This marks the first time the Commissioner rang the opening bell since taking up his post in July. Details here.

  Opening bell to usher in dragon boat festival
     
Secretary for Justice in New York promotes Hong Kong as dispute resolution hub

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, concluded her visit to Washington, DC, the United States (US) and started her visit to New York (July 16). She addressed a business luncheon on Hong Kong as an ideal hub for deal-making in Asia under “one country, two systems”. She also attended a roundtable discussion at the Asia Society, and joined a talk hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce on the latest trends in international dispute resolution. Details here.

  Secretary for Justice in New York promotes Hong Kong as dispute resolution hub
     
Hong Kong actress wins coveted international Rising Star Award

Hong Kong actress, Stephy Tang, whose leading role in “The Empty Hands” (2017) was deemed to be her “career-best performance” as described by the reputable entertainment magazine Hollywood Reporter, has added the “Screen International Rising Star Award” to her accolades in the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). She is the first Hong Kong actress to receive the coveted award. Details here.

  Hong Kong actress wins coveted international Rising Star Award
     
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


    
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