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Seeing China Through Film by China Institute in NY

 

Seeing China Through Film continues with talkbacks featuring iconic Chinese film directors
Thursday: Meet the Director Who Inspired Martin Scorsese
Join us as Jia Zhangke talks about The Pickpocket (小武 Xiao Wu), one of the most impressive directorial debuts in 21st century Chinese cinema, with noted film expert Richard Pena.
 
The movie tells the story of a poor provincial town looking to crack down on crime in 1997, against the backdrop of the transfer of Hong Kong’s sovereignty offering a bitterly unadorned look at contemporary Chinese life during the reform era.

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November 17: A Lighthearted Look at a Changing China
Join us for a conversation with Zhang Yang, China’s most successful independent filmmaker, who will discuss his acclaimed work, Shower, with producer Peter Loehr, and film expert Richard Peña!

Our experts will talk about China in the 90s, the impact of the reform era on film, the and the important legacy of Shower, more than two decades after its release. Set in a public bathhouse in an old neighborhood of Beijing, the country’s struggle between tradition and modernity is played out between two brothers, against the backdrop of a cast of bathhouse patrons.
Become a part of the CI family by joining us as a member or standing with China Institute by donating now. Your contribution supports our important work deepening an understanding of China through education, arts, culture and business programming.
And, don't miss additional online programs of note:
October 27: How the Past is Driving China’s Future Cities
For decades, China’s planners focused on tearing down the old, and building the new in order to fuel the nation’s rapid development. Glistening cities rose, while psychological and social costs took a back seat. Today, as China struts more confidently on the world stage, its architects are reaching back to Chinese tradition to reinvent urban planning—and redefine what it means to be modern.

November 16: Is Capitalism Done in China?
What is driving President Xi Jinping’s moves to re-centralize control over China’s economy and society? On the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, the Leninist doctrine that underpins its history is reemerging to challenge capitalist-style, market reforms.

ESSAIBI GEORGE ANNOUNCES UPDATED PLAN FOR MASS AND CASS AMONGST SLEW OF FRONTLINE WORKERS AND ORGANIZATIONS

 ESSAIBI GEORGE ANNOUNCES UPDATED PLAN FOR MASS AND CASS AMONGST SLEW OF FRONTLINE WORKERS AND ORGANIZATIONS


Receives official endorsements from SEIU 888, SENA 9158, and Councilor Baker


Boston, MA — Amongst frontline workers, labor unions representing city workers, and local leaders, At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George today released an updated policy plan outlining immediate actions to tackle the devastation at Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard (Mass and Cass) if elected Mayor of Boston. In the plan, Essaibi George calls for a Public Health Emergency Zone for the Mass and Cass area to create a special, singular district for streamlined service delivery and increased capacity for responsiveness. 


During the announcement on Southampton Street, Essaibi George received new endorsements from SEIU 888 and SENA 9158, which represent thousands of city workers on the frontlines of Mass and Cass, and District 3 City Councilor Frank Baker, whose district includes parts of the Mass and Cass area. They joined the Massachusetts Nurses Association, Boston EMS Union, and AFSCME 93, all who have previously endorsed Essaibi George’s candidacy, to underscore their commitment to address this crisis through a coordinated, multifaceted response alongside an Essaibi George Administration.


“I have the relationships, the knowledge, the experience to tackle Mass & Cass on Day One. You cannot say the same about Michelle Wu. This is not an issue you can tackle from afar. It requires a presence and firsthand understanding. It requires tough decisions and action, not more stalling. It requires collaboration and partnership with those on the ground doing the work day in and day out,” said Essaibi George. “Mass and Cass has received a lot of attention during this race, and that’s a good thing. But I have one, honest question: Will the attention still be here on November 3? I’m here to say very loudly and clearly that under an Essaibi George Administration, yes it will. My work in this space reflects that.”


“SEIU Local 888 represents many of the Boston city workers who are working on the frontlines of Mass and Cass. We know that to better this city it’s not enough to sit in the Mayor’s Office and avoid the hard truth. We need a Mayor that shows up and does so without fanfare—that person is Annissa Essaibi George,” said Thomas McKeever, President of SEIU Local 888. “This plan demonstrates Annissa’s commitment to leading with those doing the work and we’re proud to be with her in this race.”


“Like so many other areas in the City of Boston, when it comes to addressing the public health crisis at Mass and Cass we simply can’t wait for the next Mayor to spend her time familiarizing herself with the issues before she gets to work,” said District 3 City Councilor Frank Baker. “Annissa knows this area, the people, and the partners we need to bring in. She is the only candidate who is ready to take immediate action on Day One to end this devastation. I’m so proud to stand with her today and to support her in this race.”


“SENA 9158 is proud to endorse Annissa Essaibi George for Mayor. Our members are there at Mass and Cass, and Annissa is the partner we need to fight for safe working conditions and ensure decisions are made in collaboration with those doing the work,” said Joseph Smith, President of Salaried Employees of North America (SENA) 9158. 


Throughout her time on the Council, Essaibi George has been a leader on the issues of homelessness, mental health, and substance use disorder. She founded the Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery in 2016 with the goal of spotlighting these three specific issues, and has continued her advocacy in this space.


Essaibi George turned this advocacy into action, sponsoring the first ever Needle Take Back Day in the City of Boston, passing an ordinance to create 100 additional sites for safe needle disposal, securing funding to increase the number of B.E.S.T clinicians that support residents during a mental health crisis, and creating the first Special Commission to End Family Homelessness in the City of Boston through her ordinance which was unanimously passed by the Boston City Council.


Essaibi George released a policy plan focused on tackling the citywide opioid epidemic in April. That plan has been updated to reflect her various conversations with those not only doing the work at Mass and Cass, but with lived experiences in this space.


OVERVIEW OF MASS & CASS PLAN


*The full plan is attached and will uploaded on www.annissaforboston.com shortly.*


The city of Boston continues to be the primary destination for support services for individuals in recovery, and because of this, continues to bear the burden of this crisis. The concentration of recovery services at Mass and Cass alone has caused our resources to reach their breaking point.  Decisive, urgent action and a regional response is desperately needed to address this public health crisis, repair the continuum of care, and help individuals access recovery. 


While Annissa has focused much of her work on the City Council around the issues of mental health, substance use disorder and homelessness, the powers that come with the Mayor’s Office allow for more effective and efficient action on day one. 


As Mayor, Annissa will immediately direct the Boston Public Health Commission to declare a Public Health Emergency within a one mile radius of the intersection of Mass and Cass. This will allow for a streamlined response from first responders and city agencies, as well as better service delivery and improved capacity for responsiveness. The zone will be overseen by a Mass and Cass Czar who will report directly to the Mayor’s Office, and work in partnership with city and state agencies on a coordinated response. The Czar will also be tasked with decentralizing services from Mass and Cass to affect long-term, sustainable change, reopening the comfort station that was available to individuals during the pandemic, and convening a Harm Reduction Working Group to evaluate harm reduction strategies, including everything from availability of narcan to safe injection facilities.  


Annissa will also direct a portion of the federal funding coming to Boston to implement a Public Health Surge at Mass and Cass.his would include a multi-day, coordinated effort between several city, state, and private agencies to provide direct services to individuals in need. Services could include: medical and wound care, dental care, hygiene services, eye exams/glasses, an opportunity for reunification, referral for additional services, and an immediate opportunity to enter detox with the promise of a recovery bed.


全美亞裔總商會 「亞裔中小企業政策研討高峯會」 財政部長葉倫等政府首長 研討中小企業邁步向前之路

美國財政部長葉倫(Janey Yellen)
(全美亞裔總商會華府訊) 全美亞裔總商會 (National ACE) 1068在線上舉辦首屆亞裔小企業政策研討高峯會 (AAPI Strong Legislative Conference) 」,邀得美國財政部長葉倫,貿易代表戴琪等數十名政府首長及國會議員,社區領袖,探討改善中小企業經營環境之道。

在一連3日的會議中,講者們依序以「一起恢復」,「找我們的聲音」,「創造邁步向前之路」等三大主題,從獲取資金、亞裔共同堅強對抗仇恨犯罪,未來企業成長方向等角度,做各種探討。

戴琪,孟昭文,以及多名聯邦參眾議員都提及聯邦政府正在制定,修繕細節的基礎建設法案(Infrastructure Bill),「重建得更好(Build Back Better)」這兩大法案,將有許多企業可因此得到維持或發展的機會。他們也稱許全美亞裔總商會舉辦這樣的會議,聚集亞裔社區人士,和政府交流,分享經驗。

第一日會議的主題為「獲取資金研討: 一起恢復企業」,由紐約PIX11新聞台主播Kaity Tong開場,全國亞裔總商會會長董繼玲,董事Karen Eng為開幕致詞,並歡迎各界與會人士。

美國財政部長葉倫(Janey Yellen),貿易代表戴琪(Katherine Tai)先後發言。

財政部長葉倫(Janet Yellen)表示,過去這一去年對所有人來說都很艱難,但她知道對亞裔來說尤其困難。亞裔小企業受到的新冠病毒衝擊,比任何其他族群都重。紐約聯邦儲備局的一項調查顯示,業主為45歲以上的亞裔小企業數量在20201月至20211月之間,減少了19%。另外的氣人事情是今年316日在亞特蘭大發生的亞裔女性被殺,見證了美國境內高升,必須反轉的針對亞裔的種族歧視。這也是拜登總統致力要做的事,美國經濟也不能繼續容忍這樣長期的結構性問題。

葉倫指出,許多有色社區都覺得獲取資金很難,現在經由CDFI基金,銀行等貸款機構將有更多資金可以放貸。而這只是他們開始要進行的許多經濟改革方法之一。

戴琪在稱許全美亞裔總商會位亞裔企業,社區所做的各項努力,直言過去一年半來,新冠病毒大流行在各方面考驗著人們,有的企業關門,有的人失業,還有反亞裔仇恨犯罪增加了等情況。但是美國在對抗仇恨,仇外心理上都有了進步,很多工作也在繼續之中,而且今年稍早,還有更好的跡象出現。拜登總統簽署了新冠病毒仇恨犯罪法,將有助制止美國自5月以來面對的反亞裔暴力。拜登總統還重新設立的白宮亞太裔計畫,賦予其推進公平,正義及機會的議程。

戴琪稱諸如全美亞裔總商會「亞裔中小企業政策研討高峯會」這樣的會議十分重要,給社區一個聚集,彼此學習,分享經驗的機會,也給了她機會來分享美國貿易代表辦公室的工作如何為企業添加羽翼,尤其是我們有抱負的有色企業家。

戴琪指出,拜登哈里斯政府正在展示,美國政府能夠因應我們所面對的最大挑戰。她的辦公室正在專注於一個新的,以工人為中心的政策,要讓工人在討論桌上有一席之位,以聽取他們的觀點,了解貿易政策對他們有甚麼影響。換言之是要融合觀點和活生生的經驗。她也正在加強美國和42個有貿易合作夥伴關係國家之間現有的貿易及投資協議框架。

更重要的是拜登總統要讓美國在全球經濟中維持競爭力的基礎架構法,許多企業都將受益。一個世代只有一次的公共工程正在進中,許多亞太裔企業都將因為拜登總統的這把美國打造得比以前更好法案而欣欣向榮。

加州聯邦眾議員趙美心(Judy Chu),新澤西州聯邦眾議員暨眾議院小企業委員會委員Andy KimCalAsian 商會會長暨執行長Pat Fong Kushida主持的「獲取合約機會」座談中,分別闡述了她們的看法。

趙美心指出,有2大法案非常重要,一是基礎建設法,一是重建得更好(Build Back Better)法案,已經在參議院通過了,眾議院也即將討論。關鍵點是這法案要求至少有10%的經費,必須流經在社會及經濟上處於不利地位個人所擁有的小企業,這將為亞裔社區提供許多機會。這些法案還將撥發3.5兆元辦理許多對小企業有幫助的項目,例如全國性的有薪家事假,可以幫助企業留住員工。她個人很高興的是小企業委員會還打算把她提議的有關社區利益法案,為獲得服務不足,不符合傳統小企業行政局7A貸款資格的企業提供貸款,還要求75%7A貸款是發給這類企業。

在政府合約方面,原本已有規定有23%必須撥交給有色社區,但她認為這比率還應該要提高,才能幫助小企業。趙美心以有可能不需要償還的薪資保護法貸款(PPP)為例的指出,連全美亞裔總商會自己的調查也顯示,有許多小企業反映,因為不是銀行所重視的客戶,他們根本無法申請這些補助,反倒是大企業可以得到2千萬元,完全不是PPP當初設立的宗旨。為求補正,他們寫信給小企業行政局和財政部,慫恿他們推出新辦法,不讓銀行有機會基於他們和客戶的關係來挑選先辦理那些申請案。最後他們拿到600億元,只交給社區銀行及信用社,以及以任務為基礎的放款者,以為那些獲得服務不足的企業提供貸款。

Andy Kim20191月加入眾議院小企業委員會,那時他還很興奮,完全沒預料到會發生新冠病毒大流行,對小企業有著前所未見的衝擊。在他和新澤西州小企業的互動中,他獲悉由於病毒大流行來得太突然,政府匆匆推出許多項目,彷彿一切發生得太快,英語不好的人又有語言障礙等因素,有些小企業連政府在提供補助都不知道,更別說申請做病毒檢測,申請薪資保護法補助等等。他和趙美心因此積極促使政府為小企業搭橋。他認為諸如全美亞裔總商會這樣的機構,就可以發揮很大的支持作用。

全美亞裔總商會政策委員會成員Albert Shen,聯邦參議員小企業及創業委員會委員譚美達克沃斯(Tammy Duckworth),加州聯邦眾議員暨眾議院小企業委員會委員金映玉(Young Kim),全美亞裔總商會營運長Daniel Oliver,國會亞裔核心小組執行主任Nisha Ramachandran,全美亞裔總商會董事會主席吳嘉琳(Karen Eng),在另一個環節中分別闡述意見。

聯邦參議員譚美達克沃斯在會議中表示,公平的代表性及領導力已經一而再地被證實真的重要,我們國會議員們會捲起袖子來把事情做成,以真正幫助在美國的人,不論他們的皮膚是什麼顏色。我們知道有色社區是在新冠病毒大流型中受打擊最重的社區,今年早前,我們已經把美國援救法研議到最後階段了,以為掙扎中的企業主們提貢額外的緊急紓困,那包括額外的72.5億元的薪資保護項目。這裡面還包括2500萬元的少數族裔企業發展中心項目,570萬元的微型貸款,以及超過2840億元的薪資保護項目。這些都是國會一直以來在做的,幫助處於不利狀態小企業的行動。最近國會還加緊腳步,通過了不分黨派的基礎建設法,以協助創造更多薪資好的工作,此外還有早就該做的為工薪家庭減稅,提共有薪家事假等。譚美達克沃斯並指出,人們舉報的亞裔仇恨犯罪,已高達4500宗,但還有許多其實未舉報。這種針對亞太裔的歧視與仇恨的邪惡循環,必須停止。

聯邦眾議員金映玉指出。加州是受反亞裔仇恨衝擊最大的州之一,在將近4萬家受衝擊的小企業中,有將近一半已經關門大吉了。不過她也聽到了許多在掙扎求存中不忘向人伸出援手的故事。她相信團結互助,大家就能度過難關。

在美國銀行洛杉磯地方市場及公司事務資深副總裁Garrett Gin介紹,NMSDC企業聯盟基金董事長暨執行長Henry Childs主持的「獲取資金」座談中,富國集團(Wells Fargo)外部聯繫資深副總裁Ruben Barrales,美國小企業行政局企業家教育副局長Jack BienkoCatalyte執行長Jacob Hsu等人分別發言。

聯邦眾議員暨眾議院小企業委員會主席Nydia M. Velázquez (紐約州)表示,她參與小企業委員會多年,十分了解對小企業來說,現金就是王,在合理條件中獲取營運所需資金十分重要,她正領導該委員會正致力要讓所有的企業家都有獲取資金的公平機會。今年眾議院通過4項重要法案來改革SBA504微型貸款項目。把錢放進更多小企業的手中。

全美亞裔總商會另外邀請了NielsenIQ市場副總裁Mariko Carpenter少數族裔企業發展署執行署長Miguel Estién,小企業行政局企業發展辦公室副局長Mark Madrid,聯邦眾議員暨眾議院小企業委員會主席Nydia M. VelazquezGrubHub 政府事務主管Amy Healy也應邀做了特別講話。

少數族裔企業發展署代理署長Miguel Estién指出,MBDA是致力協助少數族裔企業的唯一聯邦政府機構。該局現有45個企業中心,主要服務有3個方面,獲取資金,獲取合約,以及進出口。

小企業行政局企業發展辦公室副局長Mark Madrid也指出亞裔企業是美國經濟恢復的重要推手之一,致力協助亞裔企業當然是SBA的重要任務之一。

第二日會議的主題為「亞裔堅強日: 尋找我們的聲音」,MSNBCNBC新聞台主播Richard LuiAI Roker娛樂特別衝擊專員Susan Jin Davis致歡迎詞。首場座談以「制止仇恨亞裔的國會報告」為主題,由安永(Ernst & Young)會計師事務所美國組領導Deborah Byers主持,聯邦參議員暨小企業及創業委員會委員廣野慶子(Mazie Hirono),紐約聯邦眾議員暨眾議院分配委員會委員孟昭文(Grace Meng)匯報及座談。

聯邦眾議員孟昭文很欣慰她推動的制止仇恨犯罪法通過了,但坦言還有很多關於這一法案該如何執行的指導細節,需要落實。在全美各地,許多時候執法人員是因為手邊沒有足夠的數據,資源,來對抗仇恨犯罪。不少市鎮在一個特定年份,甚至仇恨犯罪個案為零,因此就當作沒有任何事情發生。在這種情況下,很難提供解決辦法。那也是為什麼她們的法案邀邱司法部門就人們如何舉辦發放指導原則。

聯邦參議員廣野慶子也說,仇恨犯罪事件在亞裔社區舉報的數量太低了,諸如全美亞裔總商會舉辦的這場會議,就是很好的努力方向之一。她認為加強旁觀者訓練,以教育來提高人們對仇恨犯罪的認識也很重要。

聯邦參議員暨參議院小企業委員會主席Ben Cardin (馬里蘭州) 對亞裔小企業所表現的彈性,所面對的挑戰之大感到印象深刻。他指出少數族裔發展局(MBDA)是解決這些歷史問題的最佳途徑之一。他曾親眼看MBDA項目對少數族裔企業的幫助。他們將致力設立更多的MBDA區域辦公室,以為少數族裔及機構服務。

這天的會議,還有亞裔行動知識資源(PIK2AR)執行長Susi Feltch-Malohifo'ou,以及美國總統副助理暨亞太裔資深聯絡員Erika Moritsugu代表白宮致詞。

Susan Jin Davis主持的「多元、公平及包容對話」中,全國少數族裔供應商發展協會會長暨執行長Ying McGuire,北美豐田汽車財務長兼集團副總裁Tracey DoiUPS全球公共事務副總裁Dontai Smalls分別發言。

聯合醫療護理(UnitedHealthcare)亞裔計畫全國副總裁Chris Law,全美亞裔總商會會長董繼玲,沃爾瑪(Walmart)新興市場及企業發展、全球資源副總裁Michelle MiH2O臨床研究董事長暨共同創辦人Eugenia Henry,聯邦參議員暨參議院小企業及創業委員會主席Ben Cardin都分別發言。

全美亞裔總商會還在該會營運長Daniel Oliver主持中,邀麥當勞業主及營運者Jimmy FergusonAPAICS董事長暨執行長Madalene MielkeCAPACD全國執行主任Seema Agnani等人討論全美亞裔總商會應採行的政策。

最後Kiolbassa, Holmes & Anson律師事務所執行合夥人Donald Hyun Kiolbassa,聯邦眾議員Amata Radewagen,白宮亞裔,夏威夷土著,以及太平洋島民計畫執行主任Krystal Ka’aiAI Roker娛樂特別衝擊專員Susan Jin Davis分別做簡短講話。

第三日會議的主題為「企業成長研討: 開創向前道路」。第一場爐邊談話,由KITV4好奴魯魯新聞主播Pamela Young介紹,IW集團主席暨首席聯絡官,也是全美亞裔總商會董事的Bill Imada訪談美國小企業行政局局長Isabella Guzman

小企業行政局局長Isabella Casillas Guzman表示,取得資金和取得市場對企業來說是一樣重要的。企業需要合約就項需要貸款一樣。小企業行政局正致力推動長期榮景,要讓小企業能充分利用可得到的機會,重新想像政府合約。就如那1.2兆元預算的重建基礎建設機會。在2020會計年度中,美國的企業家做了1457億元的生意,比之前一年增加130億元,就是政府努力的結果。她知道娛樂接待業受到病毒大流行的極大衝擊,所以小企業行政局10萬多家餐館提供了286億元的補助,感到很驕傲。當然她知道,有些人需要的資金比它們能拿到手的要高2倍,不過SBA正在力求改善,以更好的和小企業合作。她很高興,他們最近宣佈的一項計畫,將把撥發給符合資格申請者的經費限額,從50萬元提告道200萬元,而且還允許申請者把錢用在還債上,甚至可以展延24個月來償還。當然那些申請50萬元以下經費的人,將可獲得優先權。也因此這項目在推出的第一個月中,將只開放給申請50萬元以下機費的企業。SBA的目標就是要繼續支持小企業,以及其未來成長。

下一代全美亞裔總商會(ACE NextGen)”的共同創辦人,也是雞肉飯傢伙(Chicken & Rice Guy)”共同創辦人兼執行長蘇宇寅(Ian So)和全美主席Angela Chang接著介紹他們年輕一輩的全美亞裔總商會,都在做些什麼。

這天議程的重頭戲包括由波霸傢伙共同創辦人Andrew Chau訪談YouTube共同創辦人陳士駿(Steven Chen)Andrew Chau提了許多問題,讓出席會議者聽到不少祕聞,包括陳士駿當年怎麼會做出YouTube,有意收購該公司的雅虎,谷歌,推特,竟陰錯陽差坐在同一張談判桌上,他為什麼會突然到台灣定居(或者暫居),作為亞裔家長,怎麼和孩子溝通等等。

這天的會議,還因應新冠病毒期間所有活動轉上網路,闢出一場座談討論「數位轉型」,由康卡斯(Comcast)外部事務執行主任Joon Kim主持,谷哥新澤西及紐約州資深政府事務經理Angela PinskyPayPal政府關係資深主任Paul Disselkoen,下一代全美亞裔總商會董事暨AT&T外部事務主任Jason Chan等人討論。

「新冠病毒疫情後的經濟展望」這場座談,由重新想像主街共同主任Tammy Halevy做介紹,公私策略創辦人Rhett Buttle主持,講者亞裔商會執行主任及執行長Dennis Huang,美國麥當勞東區董事長Myra Doria

              會議最後在邀得聯邦眾議員Cedric Richmond做閉幕講話後,由全美亞裔總商會會長董繼玲和董事吳嘉琳(Karen Eng)期許亞裔團結互助聲中結束。



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