Costa Mesa, California, USA. 28th September, 2019. Quattro Caffé and The Beverly Arts collaborated with La Perla, an Italian luxury fashion house, to put on a night of food and fashion that included cooking, entertainment, and fashion show that featured models from JMK Modeling Media Academy. The mayor of Costa Mesa, Katrina Foley, attended and gave a special presentation to the distinguished guests.

The guests included renowned opera singer Jingma Fan, Yuki Zhu, Director of La Perla Fashion House, Dr. George Sun and his wife Zehra Sun of MDSUN, Dr. Ji Li, President of HTTV USA, Stephen D. Christensen, Dean of the School of Business at Concordia University, Lisa Smith, prominent attorney, Robert Nobel,banking executive with his wife Clara Chen, Lucy Liu Scott, real estate agent, Dr. Bernard Franklin, art collector and philanthropist, and Yanyan Zhang, founder of F4 Beauty Center.

Domenico Grillo, an Italian chef and the General Manager of Quattro, gave a live cooking class where guests could interact and participate in the cooking. Domenico also performed throughout the night, singing songs, and entertaining the guests while they enjoyed the dinner. Fiorella Cagnolo, who founded Quattro Caffe with her husband Antonio Cagnolo attended with their young daughter and mingled with the guests.

The dinner menu started with Scampi Con Salsa Al Cognac, and the main course was Pollo Picatta and Ravioli Carciofi with Vodka Pink Sauce, and Tiramisu for dessert.

The fashion show featured designs from La Perla who has a boutique in South Coast Plaza and many locations in Europe and other countries. They specialize in luxury nightwear, intimate apparel, swimwear, and prêt a porter.

As this was the first event together as a collaboration, the media were invited to see the cooking show and interview the distinguished guests. Presentations of certificates were made to honor those for their contributions. The guests were given gift bags to take home with Hello Kitty wine, and other items from Quattro Caffé.

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Updated: Sep 30, 2019

Beverly Hills, California, USA. 20th September, 2019. "Chasing the Dream: The New Chinese in America," is a documentary film by director Harrison Engle and the Chinese American Culture Exchange Association that is scheduled to be released in November 2019. The press conference was held at the Wilshire Screening Room in Beverly Hills and featured formal presentations, ribbon cutting-ceremony, and a screening of the trailer for the film.

The film profiles seven individuals from China who came to the United States as immigrants and built successful lives and careers in business, science, and the arts. Each individual's story is unique, yet they share a commonality with the traditional immigrant story of starting with very little and working hard to achieve the 'American Dream.'

The presenters included Deputy Consul General Dai Shuangming of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, California State Assemblyman Mike Eng, and Georges N. Chamchoum, President of the Asian World Film Festival. The Master of Ceremonies was Joey Zhou with co-host Berrin Aktug.

Among those profiled in the film are: Shao Kuang Ting, a master artist; Mai Sui, a singer and brilliant soprano; Charlie Zhang, a successful entrepreneur and creator of OC Music & Dance; Wei Chen, a businessman and amateur pilot; Yanyu Zhou, a businesswoman; Dr. Yutao He, a space scientist; and Ning Zhou, a fine art photographer and his wife, Lisa Li.

Their inspiring stories tell about their struggles and experiences in adapting to a new culture and way of life, and the dynamism of the growing Chinese community in the United States. The film is focused on the stories of these Chinese immigrants, yet looks to deliver a fresh perspective on how immigrants have contributed to the growth and prosperity of America.

The film is narrated by Emmy-award winning actor/narrator Peter Coyote and directed by Harrison Engle, an Emmy-nominated director and past president of the International Documentary Association. The Executive Producers are Susan Shu Wang and Yanyu Zhou, and the Associate Producer is Joey Zhou. The film is scheduled to premiere at the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles in November 2019.

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

Los Angeles, California, USA. 6th September, 2019. The 4th Sino-U.S. International Design Cultural Exchange Exhibition and the 2019 U.S. International Innovation Design Awards were held at the U.S. National Television studios in West Covina, California. The event was established to honor and exhibit the work of awarding winning designers from China and further promote cultural exchanges between China and the United States in the design industry.

The exhibition included displays of the award-winning designers and red carpet for the distinguished guests, attendees, and designers. Red carpet guests included Julie Ping Shen of JMK Modeling Media Academy, award presenters, and sponsors of the event.

The keynote speaker was Ms. Ming Fang Shen of the China International Interior Design Network who was one of the organizers of the event, along with the Sino-U.S. International Cultural Exchange Committee and the U.S.-China Trade and Culture Association. Ms. Zhang Sujiu, Honorary President of the American Federation of Chinese Communities, also delivered a speech. Since 2016, the event has grown to become one of the most highly regarded and recognized cultural exchanges in the design industry.

The Master of Ceremonies was Joey Zhou who introduced the distinguished speakers and guests. The opening ceremony began with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included Dario Castellanos, Councilmember of the City of West Covina, Ming Fang Shen, China International Interior Design Network, Mark A. Rafter, CEO Marco Polo Enterprises, Harrison Engle, President of the American International Documentary Association, Wang Shu, President of China-U.S. Cultural Exchange Association, Junying Zhu, President of US-China Trade and Culture Association, Stephen Lam, Councilmember of the City of Monterey Park, Zhang Sujiu, Honorary President of the American Federation of Chinese Communities, and Huibi Chen, Co-chairman of the American Federation of Chinese Communities.

Over 200 guests attended, including designers, elected government officials, political representatives, business guests, design agencies, and major media organizations. After the opening ceremony, the 2019 U.S. International Innovation Design Awards began and the designers were given their awards and presented with certificates. The winning designers included

Zheng Yun, Luo Guang, Lu Wei, Liliy Xu, Xue Wenkang, Fu Jiani, Xu Qian, Wu Yan, Luo Guang, and Zhang Meili. The Gold Award was presented to designer Chen Zhengmao by Junying Zhu, President of US-China Trade and Culture Association.

The awards ceremony was followed the 2019 Sino-U.S. International Designers Forum and a presentation by a renowned Chinese designer, Mr. Luo Guang, who spoke about the current trends and future developments in the design industry.

After the forum, the organizers congratulated all the winners and thanked all those who came and supported the event. They look forward to another successful event next year.

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