World Friends ! -Tom
Bradley School, Los Angeles California -
Muhammad Nassardeen, RBD ,
<photo by Michael Douglas>, picture
taken before CALIFORNIA GOODWILL-LEADERS DELEGATION departured :
My recent trip to China as a member of the delegation of nine from Southern California which was headed by Karen Blackwell, Asst. Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles; Councilman Curren Price of Inglewood; Councilmember Tonia R. Uranga of The City of Long Beach; Debra Richardson, Inglewood Businesswoman; Belal Dalati, Anaheim developer; Andy Ronquillo, President, Orange County Chamber of Commerce; Simon Tung, President of Asian Business Coalition ; and myself.
We were invited to the First High Level Forum of the World Mega Cities Development in Nantong, China by WTOBO ( http://www.wtobo.com/ ) . This trip made it very clear to me that we as African Americans have a tremendous influence on the world. The style of dress of their young people, their music and even the way they greet each other made me proud. While I was there, the China Tennis Open was held in Beijing,( the site of the 2008 Olympics) which was won by Compton's own Serena Williams. Another African American was on a very different stage while we were there. Ms. Alicia Keys dazzled her audiences in China with her beautiful voice and amazing piano skills. The world is getting smaller and smaller every day; the technology is bringing us closer together as a world community. < . . . . . more to come . . . . . . . . . . . . >
we begin our travels to China –
Governor Doyle , Wisconsin
Today we begin our travels to China. With nearly 1.3 billion people, China is the world's most populous country. In the last quarter century, China has seen unprecendented economic growth. That growth has brought about major changes in China -- both good and bad -- and creates important new opportunities for Wisconsin businesses. For example, Wisconsin ginseng has become increasingly popular in China. As China's economy grows, they will be able to buy more of our ginseng, which will help create jobs for Wisconsin's workers. The goal of this mission is to help build personal relationships between businesspeople in China and Wisconsin -- relationships that may ultimately lead to new opportunities for us to sell more of our products to the Chinese.
I also hope that this will be an opportunity for schoolchildren in Wisconsin to learn more about China and its people. In the coming days, I'll be sending back pictures, audio clips and sharing my experiences with you. I hope you'll visit this "Governor's Blog" frequently to keep track of our progress.
"The purpose of our trip is to create new opportunities for Wisconsin businesses that may lead to new high-wage export jobs in our state," Governor Doyle said. "But this also gives us a chance for Wisconsin to learn more about China. I invite Wisconsin’s schoolchildren and others to follow along and learn about the world’s most populous country."
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