CG Smith Leads Young Entrepreneur Roundtable

Nov. 17, Shanghai – Together with the Economic Section, Shanghai Public Affairs arranged a round table media event for Consul General Hanscom Smith during which four young Shanghai area-based entrepreneurs who attended last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley discussed their lessons learned. Smith moderated a broad discussion which touched on entrepreneurship and American ...
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Alumni Add New Dimension to Open Doors Education Exchange Event in Shanghai

Nov. 15, Shanghai – In addition to reporting the eight percent increase in the number of Chinese students studying in the United States, this year’s Report on International Educational Exchange media event offered the six media outlets who attended Shanghai’s event insights from seven Chinese graduates of American universities. The proud alumni spoke of the ...
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CG Touts Importance of Culture and Trade in US-China Relationship

Nov. 13, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith hosted Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and his trade mission of 69 delegates to Shanghai.  He provided remarks at an evening reception with over 200 attendees, touting the importance of the U.S.-China relationship and the role U.S. states play in deepening the cultural and economic ties between the ...
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Hundreds in Shanghai Watched Election

Nov.  9, Shanghai – Consulate General Shanghai hosted an election watch event that was attended by over 300 Chinese academics, students, members of civil society, AmCham, and the foreign diplomatic corps.  Public Affairs created an interactive space where attendees could learn about the election process, candidates, and the main election issues.  Life-size cut outs of ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Delivers Keynote at Global Summit on Aging and Health

Oct. 17, Shanghai – Speaking at the Columbia-Fudan University Global Summit on Aging and Health, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) David Rank delivered a keynote address on U.S.-China collaborations on healthcare and medical research. The DCM discussed the role of healthy, engaged, and productive older citizens in Chinese and U.S. society, and highlighted U.S.-China collaboration ...
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Ambassador Baucus Hosts IPR Roundtable

On October 14, Ambassador Baucus convened the fourth in his Ambassador’s IPR Roundtable series, “Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in a Global Economy: Current Trends and Challenges in China.” More than 150 representatives from the Chinese government, industry, and IP community attended the event.  In his keynote remarks, Ambassador Baucus emphasized the need to have effective ...
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Agricultural Trade Office Director Highlights Importance of Green Construction

Oct. 14, Suzhou – Shanghai Agricultural Trade Office Director Valerie Brown made remarks at the 21st Graduation Ceremony of the Tecsun-Luban Technical School of Carpentry. Brown extended warm congratulations to the graduates, encouraging them to use the skills they learned to create sustainable and comfortable environments for their own families and their communities. She pointed ...
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CONSULAR SECTION IMPORTANT NOTICE (09/27/2016)

As of November 1, 2016, all foreign passport holders who apply for U.S. visas and all American citizens who apply for new U.S. passports or to renew existing U.S. passports, must remove their eyeglasses in their application photos.  We can no longer accept photographs of visa and U.S. passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, ...
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EducationUSA in Shanghai Presents Chinese U.S. University Alumni

September 26, Shanghai – EducationUSA teamed up with Information Resource Center (IRC) for a joint event to show prospective students how to use the free educational resources at the Public Affairs Section (PAS) to find U.S. study opportunities.  EducationUSA Advisor Xie Pianpian introduced the many books, online resources and reference materials the IRC offers. PAS ...
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Shanghai Fulbright Reception Sets Stage for Increased Alumni Engagement

Sep. 20, Shanghai – In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program, Public Affairs Section Shanghai hosted a reception for 30 American and Chinese Fulbright alumni that focused on networking and setting the stage for future alumni activities. Cultural Affairs Officer Josh Lustig welcomed guests and emphasized the need for even greater cooperation ...
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IRS WEBINAR “PROTECT YOUR CLIENTS AND YOURSELF FROM DATA THEFT” ON AUGUST 17, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Protect your clients and yourself from data theft” on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT.  Posts should share this information with the U.S. citizen community and other U.S. taxpayers, and add a link to their web pages.  To register and attend this ...
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Secretary of Education Visits Shanghai

Aug. 7-9, Shanghai – Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. spent 3 days learning about the strengths of and challenges faced by‎ Shanghai’s world-renowned public education system during a program organized by the Shanghai Public Affairs Section. Secretary King joined Ambassador Max Baucus in engagements with Shanghai’s education community, students, parents, experts and Chinese ...
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High School Exchange Students Wowed Shanghai Audience with Chinese-Language

Jul. 25, Shanghai – As interest in U.S. high school continues to grow amongst Chinese young people and their parents, The Shanghai American Center (ShAC) hosted a panel featuring five American high school students participating on a Mandarin language program to discuss their own high school experience. The students, who come from different regions of ...
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CONSULAR SECTION IMPORTANT NOTICE (07/25/2016)

Consulate General of the United States of America Consular Section 1038 West Nanjing Road Westgate Mall, 8th floor July 25, 2016 Beginning Monday, July 25, Westgate Mall management will be making repairs to its property along Fengxian Road.  We anticipate the repair process will take approximately three weeks to complete, and will involve construction adjacent ...
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Lean In Shanghai Empowers Female Chinese Millennials

Jun. 18, Shanghai – Economic Officer Arati Shroff moderated Lean In Shanghai’s annual career development panel for over 100 young, female Chinese millennials and spoke about how to cultivate the necessary skills to navigate an international career, across cultures, continents, and generations. Established and up-and-coming Chinese entrepreneurs and senior executives exchanged views on how Chinese ...
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Shanghai Preps Summer Camp Participants for U.S. College Success

July 17, Shanghai – Representatives from US Consulate Shanghai spoke to a packed forum about U.S. higher education at the 2016 Citibank Young Talent Summer Camp in Shanghai. EducationUSA Advisor Xie Pianpian kicked off the session by giving an overview of the U.S. higher education system and differences between U.S. and Chinese higher education systems. ...
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Ambassador Helps Bring Disney’s Magic to China

June 15-16, Shanghai – Ambassador Max Baucus joined Disney CEO Bob Igor, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, Shanghai Party Secretary Han Zheng, and Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong in officially launching the Shanghai Disney Resort, the very first Disney park in mainland China. Hundreds of media outlets, both local and international, joined the grand opening gala ...
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WWE Signs First Chinese Wrestler

Jun. 14-15, Shanghai – Information Officer Felix Salazar, Media Assistant Abby Fang, and summer hire Daniel Wolff interviewed Chinese wrestlers participating for a selective spot on World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) exclusive training program in the U.S.; and then attended the WWE press conference during which the first Chinese national to earn a development contract was ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Minor Explosion at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in China that on Sunday, June 12 there was a minor explosion at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.  U.S. authorities have been in touch with Chinese authorities, who stated no Americans were affected and that the airport is open for business. The cause of the incident has not been officially reported.‎ ...
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Soccer Envoys Promote Girls Empowerment

During a whirlwind 5-day program of soccer clinics, media interviews and coach training workshops from May 25-29, Sports Envoys Linda Hamilton and Lauren Gregg inspired thousands of female athletes in east China with their stories from their time on the World Cup-champion U.S. National Team. At almost a dozen programs, the Envoys spoke about the ...
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Consul General Promotes Travel to California

May 23, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith delivered opening remarks at an event held by Visit California, the state’s travel and tourism office. With support from the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in Shanghai, over 200 people attended this travel and tourism event. At the event California announced and introduced four celebrity “Dreamer” ambassadors who ...
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Interview with First Asian-American Ambassador

May 19, Shanghai – During a trip to promote educational exchange, Julia Chang Bloch, the first Asian American to be appointed Ambassador, sat for a Public Affairs Section-filmed interview. Ambassador Bloch described her extensive career in international affairs and government service, beginning in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia and culminating as U.S. ...
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CONSULAR SECTION IMPORTANT NOTICE (05/19/2016)

Consulate General of the United States of America Consular Section 1038 West Nanjing Road, Westgate Mall, 8th floor May 19, 2016 In August, Non-Immigrant visa appointments at the Consulate General in Shanghai may be limited. We encourage all travelers, especially students, to apply for their U.S. visas today. Students may apply for their F1 visa ...
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Shanghai Public Affairs Section Chief Promotes U.S. Study

May 11, Shanghai – Public Affairs Section Chief Brian Gibel promoted U.S. study and the merits of EducationUSA at a joint Shanghai Education Commission and Shanghai Jiaotong University Forum on Higher Education. The Education Commission, university leadership, and other senior officials from foreign consulates discussed the importance of the internationalization of China’s higher education at ...
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Hip Hop Workshop Explains Power of Rap as a Vehicle for Social Change

May 10, Shanghai – The Shanghai American Center hosted Rodney Hollingsworth and Uche Sam, two expat American rappers, for a workshop on hip hop culture and freestyle rap. Sam and Hollingsworth emphasized how hip hop has played a role in giving disenfranchised Americans a voice to talk about issues in their communities and how this ...
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EducationUSA Art School Talk Launches News Series with Shanghai Education Channel

Apr. 8, Shanghai – Public Affairs Section and the Shanghai Education Channel launched a new partnership to highlight EducationUSA’s work in Shanghai during an event to talk about Fine Arts graduate programs in the U.S. In addition to filming the presentation, a film crew also interviewed George Washington University’s Melissa Busskohl on the importance of ...
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Assistant Secretary Bond Promotes EVUS and U.S.-China Tourism

Apr. 15, Shanghai – Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Thoren Bond travelled to China to attend the annual U.S.-China bilateral Consular Dialogue, which was hosted by the Chinese Government. During her final stop in Shanghai, she sat for a group interview to emphasize the simple and inexpensive nature of the Electronic Visa ...
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Deputy Consul General Promotes Importance of Women in the Workplace

April 15, Shanghai – Shanghai Deputy Principal Officer Gwendolyn Cardno delivered opening remarks at this year’s SHero Women and Diversity forum, which brought together female leaders from business, media and government to discuss women’s workplace issues in China. DPO Cardno’s remarks focused on the need for greater inclusion for women and highlighted how American female ...
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Senior Care in the U.S. of Great Interest in Shanghai

Apr. 14, Shanghai – The U.S. Commercial Service in Shanghai together with Public Affairs Section Shanghai hosted a panel of senior care experts to introduce best aspects and practices of the U.S. Senior Care industry at the Shanghai American Center. The event featured a 30-minute documentary showcasing senior care in the United States, followed by ...
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DJ Shakes up the ShAC with House Music

Apr. 20, Shanghai – American DJ Leven Smith gave a presentation on the history and development of electronic music in the United States at the Shanghai American Center (ShAC). While he mixed music from his sound board, he explained how over 100 years ago sound innovators laid the foundation for today’s multi-billion dollar electronic music ...
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CG Smith Hosts Direct Line Webinar on Chinese Demand for Safe Food

Mar. 31, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith hosted a Direct Line Webinar with U.S. businesses and trade associations on the topic of China’s rising middle class and the increasing demand for natural and safe food products. Webinar participants also heard from Shanghai Agricultural Trade Office Director Valerie Brown, Economic Officer Rian Jensen, and AmCham ...
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Consul General Smith Meets with Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference VP

Mar. 29, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith met with the Shanghai Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Vice President Li Yiping at the CPPCC consultative center. The two sides exchanges opinions on how to further increase cooperation within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and the Science and Innovation Center.
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Important Reminder on the Visa Waiver Program/ESTA and Travel to the United States (03/28/2016)

The U.S. Consulate in Shanghai wishes to remind all applicants who are able to travel to the United States via the Visa Waiver Program that as of 01 April 2016, they must have a valid electronic passport. This rule applies even to those who possess a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The U.S. ...
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Shanghai Econ Officer Hosts Documentary Screening

Mar. 22, Shanghai – As part of the Consulate’s women’s history, approximately 40 people came to the Shanghai American Center on Tuesday evening to watch “Big Dream,” a documentary about empowering girls to pursue a future in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Economic Officer Arati Shroff introduced the film, talked about the importance ...
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Shanghai Outreach Chief Addresses Environmental Cooperation

Mar. 21, Hangzhou – Outreach Unit Chief Molly Koscina visited Zhejiang University’s Zhu Renmin Museum and met with Art Professor Zhu Renmin. The new museum was opened on the occasion of the school’s recent 115th anniversary and is named after Professor Zhu Renmin in honor of his artistic and academic achievements. Qianjiang Channel of Zhejiang ...
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EducationUSA Shanghai Provides Advising Services at Education Fair

Mar. 20, Shanghai – EducationUSA Advisor Xie Pianpian teamed up with Linden Educational Services, which organizes recruitment tours for U.S. institutions, in Shanghai to give free advising services to Chinese students on U.S. study abroad opportunities. Beyond her advising sessions, which focused on how to best identify a school that fits each individual students’ needs, ...
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Secretary Moniz Highlights U.S. – China Energy Cooperation

Mar. 19, Shanghai – During his final stop in China, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz sat for an interview with Shanghai-based Dragon TV. The nearly four-minute long piece highlighted U.S. – China cooperation to combat climate change and the importance of clean energy innovation. Watch Dragon TV interview Watch Secretary Moniz’s clean energy message
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Shanghai Consular Chief Introduces EVUS

March 15, Shanghai – The Shanghai Public Affairs Section participated in a mission-wide press conference via DVC to announce the forthcoming Electronic Visa Update System. CBP attaché Kent Krul and MCCA Julie Kavanagh led the EVUS press conference which was attended by more than 50 Chinese media outlets across the country. In addition to describing ...
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Moot Court Participants

Mar. 1, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith hosted a reception for Moot Shanghai 2016 participants. Over 25 teams from 10 countries participated in the sixth annual Moot Shanghai competition, which was started and still run by Fulbright alumnus Fan Mingchao. The 80 guests at the Consulate reception represented a mix of different competing schools, ...
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CG Smith at Alan Wong’s Shanghai

Feb. 26, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith delivered remarks at the grand opening of “Alan Wong’s Shanghai,” a new Hawaiian restaurant in Shanghai. Alan Wong, is considered one of the godfathers of modern Hawaiian cuisine. CG Smith congratulated Chef Wong on his new restaurant and spoke about the incredible cultural and food heritage of ...
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English Language Fellow Teaches Writing Skills

English Language Fellow Michael Giovacchini facilitated a workshop entitled “Academic Writing” at the Shanghai American Center. The audience consisted of Chinese professionals including PhD students, doctors, and lawyers. The workshop focused on providing strategies to begin the writing process, including analysis in writing, and how to synthesize chains of evidence into well-structured claims. The varying ...
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CG Smith in Wenzhou

December 16-17, 2015; Consul General Smith, accompanied by Consular Officer Spencer Maguire, travelled to Wenzhou. Their visit included speech at Wenzhou-Kean University, speech at Wenzhou University, Meetings with Vice Mayor Miao, Zhejiang Weiming Environment Protection Co., Green Eyes NGO and Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau. They also toured a church and met with church officials.
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CG Smith in Nanjing

December 14, 2015, Consul General Hanscom Smith, Cultural Affairs Officer Joshua Lustig and Consular Officer Angela Chang traveled to Nanjing where CG Smith gave a speech on U.S.-China cooperation at Nanjing Normal University, conducted AmCit outreach at Nanjing International School, and gave remarks on the bilateral relationship at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Additional activities included a ...
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Outreach trip to Huangshan

December 9-10, 2015, Outreach Unit Chief Molly Koscina and Consular Officer Spencer Maguire travelled to Huangshan. During their stay, they visited Huangshan Hui Culture Museum, met with Huangshan College Environmental Protection Association, visited Panda Ecological Garden and met with the four Yale Fellows teaching English at Xiuning Middle School.  
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CG Smith in Hangzhou

December 7, 2015: CG Smith, accompanied by Outreach Unit Chief Molly Koscina and Consular Officer Glorya Sing Key, travelled to Hangzhou. The trip began with an introductory meeting with Green Zhejiang, followed by a working lunch with the Provincial FAO Director General and a courtesy call to the Provincial Sports Bureau on the development of ...
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CG Smith in Zhoushan

December 2-3, 2015; CG Smith, accompanied by Outreach Unit Chief Molly Koscina and Consular Officer Stephen Sanders travelled to Zhoushan to meet with municipal leadership, learn about Zhoushan’s environmental challenges, and discuss growing economic ties between the U.S. and Zhoushan, including a soon-to-be built Boeing production facility. In addition, CG Smith spoke at Zhejiang Ocean ...
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Shanghai PAO Congratulates Inaugural Class of New US-China Exchange Program

Nov. 13, Shanghai – Public Affairs Officer Brian Gibel delivered remarks at the Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellowship closing ceremony at the China Leadership Academy Pudong. Launched in 2015 as a result of the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship is a fully-funded four-week professional and leadership development program that brings 10 mid-career ...
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Shanghai CG Delivers Keynote Address at Shanghai American School Model UN

Nov 13, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith made remarks at the opening ceremony of the fourth annual Shanghai American School Model United Nations Conference at the Shanghai American School Pudong Campus. As the keynote speaker, CG Smith focused on the theme of this year’s conference, “the ethics of progress,” and spoke to students about ...
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Shanghai CG Engages Students in Southern Jiangsu Provincial City

Nov 12, Changzhou – Consul General Hanscom Smith traveled to the southern Jiangsu Provincial City of Changzhou and delivered a speech on the U.S.-China relationship to around 200 Changzhou University students and faculty. The students asked CG Smith what they could do to improve the US-China relationship, whether the Fed would raise interest rates, and ...
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Shanghai Consulate Teams up with Special Olympics & Pac-12 to Promote Access for All

In Conjunction with PAC12 and Special Olympics, Consulate Shanghai organized several events to highlight key mission goals of empowerment for disabled Chinese citizens as well as opportunities to study in America. The cornerstone event was a skills session with Special Olympics athletes, Consulate staff, and players from University of Washington.
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CG Smith in Changzhou

November 12, 2015—CG Smith traveled to Changzhou for an educational and environmental focused outreach trip. In addition to meeting the Party Secretary, CG Smith spoke to undergraduate students at Changzhou University on the U.S-China cooperation. CG Smith visited Trina International School, Trina Solar and Jianghai Environmental Protection Company.
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Deputy Secretary Highlights Importance of Increased Engagement with Program Alumni

Ambassador Baucus hosted Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken for an official visit to Shanghai during which he met with business leaders, civil society representatives, and exchange program alumni. At a lunch with seven State Department program alumni, Deputy Secretary Blinken highlighted the importance of people-to-people exchanges and learned about how alumni are working to share the ...
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IVLP Trip Spurs Art Exchange with New Mexico

Sep. 22, Ningbo – During a recent trip, Public Affairs Officer Brian Gibel and Cultural Affairs Officer Josh Lustig visited the Ningbo Museum of Art to meet with director Licheng Han and deputy director Weiping Zhang, who is an IVLP alumnus. Zhang’s three-week-long U.S. government exchange trip took her to New Mexico, where she was ...
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Local Entrepreneurs Discuss Women in Business at Entrepreneurship Roundtable

In collaboration with Post’s Civil Society Working Group, Shanghai PAS hosted a roundtable for ten local female entrepreneurs featuring Sarah Kauss, the CEO and Founder of S’well, a company that sells high-end water bottles made from recycled materials. Kauss is mentor for the Fortune-State Women’s Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, which provides female entrepreneurs from around the ...
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CG Smith Launches Illinois FDI Roundtable

Consul General Hanscom Smith delivered welcome remarks at the Illinois FDI Roundtable touting the importance of increasing ties between China and the U.S. through investment opportunities. Led by James M. Shultz, the Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce, the event included other speakers from selected Chinese firms that have successfully invested in Illinois.
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Shanghai PAO Stresses People to People Ties on Radio Program

Sep. 16, Shanghai – Public Affairs Chief Brian Gibel participated in China Radio International’s From University to the World event which brought together over 300 college students from U.S. and China to promote people-to-people ties. Gibel emphasized that academic exchanges are a dynamic force for positive transformation as they help build mutual understanding and he ...
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Shanghai CONS Chief Utilizes Media to Highlight New Visa Services

Sep. 16, Shanghai – Consular Section Chief Jewell Evans gave five local journalists an exclusive tour of the NIV Section’s new intake queuing area. During the walk through, Evans explained that the new space will reduce the visa processing time to just under one hour from start to finish. Also, the increased floor space will ...
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CG Smith Promotes Innovation and Investment through Hershey’s Shanghai

Consul General Hanscom Smith, Deputy Principal Officer Gwen Cardno, and Foreign Commercial Service Chief Cameron Werker visited Hershey’s Innovation Center in Shanghai to promote innovation and draw attention to increasing commercial linkages between the U.S. and China. The innovation center is an R&D hub designed to enable Hershey quickly develop, test and launch new products ...
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Upcoming Consular Section Closures: Special October Closure of Consular Section Shanghai

The Consular Section at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai will be closed to the public on Monday, September 7, in observance of the U.S. Labor Day holiday. The Consular Section will also be closed on Monday, September 28, Wednesday, September 30 and October 1-5 in observance of Mid-Autumn Festival and the Chinese National Holidays. No ...
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Consulate-Sponsored Jazz Camp

Cultural Affairs Officer Josh Lustig spoke at the opening ceremony for the 2nd Shanghai Summer Jazz Camp. The camp featured classes for students of all ages and skill levels from American musicians and teachers from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The camp was part of a grant Post provided to organizer Jazz Education Abroad, which ...
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American Football Fellows

Cultural Affairs Officer Joshua Lustig and RSO Shamar Mitchell briefed three newly-arrived Gridiron Fellows about the Consulate and how the incoming Fellows can collaborate with the Public Affairs Section during their stay in China. The Gridiron Fellows are former College Football players pursuing advanced degrees who come to China for a 9-month fellowship to promote ...
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NSLI-Y Summer Program

State Department English Language Fellow Nicole Kaup participated in the closing ceremony for the National Security Language Initiative Youth (NSLI-Y) Summer Program. Kaup delivered brief remarks reminding the participants how people-to-people exchanges like NSLI-Y strengthen the U.S.-China bilateral relationship. The students were in China for a 2-month State Department funded language exchange at cities throughout ...
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Film Series Commemorates World War II and Provides American Perspectives

As part of U.S. Consulate General’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of World War II, Public Affairs partnered with the private Long Museum to host a two-day film series titled “Remembering World War II: An American Perspective.” Each of the four films (Casablanca, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List and The Monuments Men) was selected for ...
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Consulate General Shanghai’s 4th of July Event: A Hollywood Success!

Consulate General Shanghai celebrated America’s 239th Independence Day with a Hollywood themed gala event. The party featured official movie clips, an authentic movie concession stand with fresh popcorn and candy from the United States, life-sized statues of Iron Man and Super Man, and a live cooking demonstration by celebrity Chef Marc Murphy. Guests received official ...
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‘Chopped’ Star Marc Murphy Showcases the Flavor of July 4th

In collaboration with the State Department’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership program as well as Post’s Foreign Commercial Service (FSC) and Agriculture and Trade Office (ATO), Public Affairs supported the visit of acclaimed restaurateur and celebrity chef Marc Murphy. His itinerary included a roundtable with culinary students from two local schools, a visit to an open-air “wet ...
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Consul General Smith participated in the Hopkins-Nanjing Center 2015 Commencement Ceremony

June 19 2015, CG Smith gave the English keynote speech at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center 2015 commencement ceremony at Nanjing University. In addition to congratulating the graduates in his speech, CG Smith encouraged them to commit themselves to service and use their talents in developing the U.S.-China relationship.
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Shanghai Hosts China’s First ComicCon!

Nearly 50,000 visitors descended on China’s first Comic Convention—a homage to American comics, movies, and gaming. PAS Shanghai connected convention organizers with the Motion Picture Association to promote intellectual property, displayed at the event via slogans “With great IPR comes great responsibility” and “May the IPR be with you.” After meeting fans at the convention, ...
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Break-dancers Spread Message of Peace, Unity, and Having Fun

Break-dancers from around the world participated in the Battle in Shanghai 2015 (B.I.S.) dance competition, which drew thousands of fans, both young and old. In its ninth year and bigger than ever, B.I.S. has established itself as the premier annual regional BBoy event. The four-day event includes workshops for children, public service activities, and world-class ...
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Outreach Unit Chief Molly Koscina in Hangzhou

May 14-15; Outreach Unit Chief and Specialist travelled to Hangzhou. The trip started with a visit to Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic to learn about current and future exchange programs with American schools. They had an introductory meeting with the Alibaba Government Relations Department. The next day, they visited Green Zhejiang’s service center, charity store and office.
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CG Opens “Picturing America” Exhibit in Anhui Province

Consul General Hanscom Smith opened the dual exhibits “Picturing America” and “From Sea to Shining Sea” at the Hefei City Library in Anhui. The opening event drew local media and officials.. Officials and media asked questions about images such as a photography of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery and Dorothea Lange’s ...
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Consul General Hanscom Smith’s Statement Regarding The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, 2015

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia ( IDAHOT ) is held on May 17 to mark the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases.  A quarter of a century later, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community has made great progress in ...
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Shanghai Consular Section Announces New Education USA App

The Shanghai Consular Section held its annual Student Visa Day to promote educational exchanges and to announce the launch of EducationUSA China’s new Virtual Adviser mobile app. The app was developed by EducationUSA China to walk prospective students through the process of applying to a U.S. institution, applying for a student visa, and transitioning to ...
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New York Latin Band Strikes a Chord with Shanghai Students

New York-based band Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra conducted a music workshop at Jing’an Foreign Language Middle School. Torres described the origins and basic instruments of Latin music while his orchestra demonstrated the rhythmic arrangements. The audience was made up of student musicians who jumped at the chance to interact with the American band. ...
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Carolyn Malachi Inspires Thousands in East China

As part of her China tour for American Music Abroad, Carolyn Malachi performed for 500 people at the Nanjing University of the Arts and over 800 people at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. The concerts spread the message of positivity, women’s empowerment, and the importance of diversity to hundreds of students and members of the general ...
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Consul General Smith in Ningbo

March 23-24, 2015, Ningbo. Consul General Smith met with Ningbo Vice Mayor Wang Jianhou. He visited Centennial Church and Church of Our Lady of the Assumption. He also spoke at an investment promotion event hosted by the Ningbo Business Council. On the second day, he visited the Ningbo Museum of Art, interacted with teachers and ...
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Shanghai Women Entrepreneurs Connect with Small Business Administration

March 10, Shanghai – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Tong Qin of the Small Business Administration (SBA) San Francisco office led a video call with more than 30 local women entrepreneurs and business owners about strategies for advancing women-owned businesses. She spoke about SBA’s best practices and their National Women’s Business Centers, and answered ...
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Shanghai Audience Learns How to Make Strong Presentations

March 5, Shanghai – Information Officer Felix Salazar talked about how to make strong presentations to an audience of over 50 at the Shanghai American Center. Using the metaphor of a house, Salazar showed how a strong presentation is like a strong house, whereby the introduction is the foundation, the supporting arguments are the support ...
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Shanghai American Center Scores Super Bowl Viewing Touchdown

Feb. 2, Shanghai – Shanghai Political/Economic Section Chief Bill Duff hosted an airing of the Super Bowl Game for an audience of over 50 fans. Duff kicked off the event by introducing the basics of American football and took questions throughout the game. The audience of mostly young Chinese professionals asked about game rules, how ...
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ShAC Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, Shanghai PAS coordinated public lectures in honor of Black History Month, including The Evolution of African American Music, and Significant Achievement of African Americans. The public also came to the Shanghai American Center to attend lectures on the state of Hawaii, science fiction, and studying in America.
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Deputy Principal Officer Mark Tesone Explaining U.S. Policy through the State of the Union

Jan. 21, Shanghai – Deputy Principal Officer Mark Tesone spoke to an audience of 50 viewers of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. Before the viewing, DPO Tesone spoke to the audience about U.S. federalism, the two-party system, and the history of the address. During the discussion, audience members asked about U.S.-China trade ...
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CG Smith in Yangzhou

January 15, 2015: CG Smith, Outreach Unit Chief Molly Koscina and Vice Consul Daniel Monson traveled to Yangzhou. Their visit included the Slender West Lake and a courtesy call with Mayor Zhu Mingyang. CG Smith attended an investment promotion event hosted by Yangzhou Bureau of Commerce and had a discussion with students and faculties at ...
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Shanghai PAO Emphasizes Educational Exchange at US-China MBA Graduation Ceremony

Jan 10, Shanghai. Shanghai PAO Brian Gibel delivered a keynote speech at the graduation ceremony of the Webster University–Shanghai University of Finance and Economics joint MBA program. At 18 years old, it is one of the oldest U.S.-China university joint programs. To the 50 new graduates, school faculty, and family members, Gibel highlighted the importance ...
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EducationUSA Message Delivered to Kunshan

Jan. 8, Kunshan – Shanghai Senior Program Assistant Li Dan and Beijing Embassy EducationUSA advisor Jenny Yu traveled to Kunshan to introduce EducationUSA resources and opportunities for 100 Chinese juniors and seniors at the Kunshan International School. Li Dan and Jenny shared best practices and dispelled rumors. Representatives from California State University San Bernardino complimented ...
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Miss California Is Nuts About China!

Jan. 7, Shanghai – In a joint effort, PAS and the Agricultural Trade Office produced a video to promote American Week from Jan 8-12 on Tmall, China’s version of Amazon.com. The event was designed to entice local consumers to purchase American products for preparation during the Chinese New Year. 500-600 lucky customers who purchased American ...
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