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Business forum to look at China-S.C. relations


Staff Report
Published Feb. 18, 2013

South Carolina’s honorary trade ambassador will join Chinese business leaders and scholars Thursday at the University of South Carolina to discuss the importance of cross-cultural communication to the state’s business relationships with China.

If you go

What: Third Sino-American Business Forum.
When: 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Where: USC Darla Moore School of Business, Lumpkin Auditorium.
Cost: Free. To register, click here.

The Third Sino-American Business Forum, co-hosted by the university’s Confucius Institute, is free and open to the public.

Panelists will share insight on how communication serves as a bridge between two cultures and is key to building business ties, said David Hudgens, regional director of the Asia Pacific region of the Moore School’s Office of International Activities.

“We’re bringing together many different communities within South Carolina and the U.S. Southeast — communities that are having greater and greater interaction with China as a marketplace and as a significant cultural influence shaping the contemporary global landscape,” Hudgens said in a news release.

In addition to Ambassador Vivian Wong, founder and chairwoman of Pacific Gateway Capital, and Hudgens, speakers include:

  • Luke Chan, a finance and economics professor at McMaster University in Ontario.
  • Ke Liu, dean of the International Business School at the Beijing Language and Culture University.
  • Michelle Wang, restaurateur and president of the M Gourmet Group in Columbia.
  • Dirk Brown, director of the Moore School’s Faber Entrepreneurship Center.
  • Renee Matthews, principal of Eastpoint Academy in Columbia.
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