University of South Carolina

Business forum to explore China-S.C. relationships

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-7704

South Carolina’s honorary trade ambassador will join Chinese business leaders and scholars Thursday, Feb. 21, at the University of South Carolina to discuss the importance of cross-cultural communication to the state’s business relationships with China.

The “Third Sino-American Business Forum” will take place 2 – 5:30 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium, on the eighth floor of the Darla Moore School of Business. The event, co-hosted by the university’s Confucius Institute, is free and open to the public. The theme is “Global Communication in Business Across China and North American Markets.”

David Hudgens, regional director of the Asia Pacific region of the Moore School’s Office of International Activities, says the speakers who will participate in two panels will share their personal insights on how communication serves as a bridge between two cultures and is a key to building stronger, more reliable business ties.

“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 says.

In addition to Ambassador Vivian Wong, founder and chairwoman of Pacific Gateway Capital, and Hudgens, speakers and panelists will 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; and

Renee Matthews, principal of Eastpoint Academy in Columbia.

This marks the university’s third Sino-American business forum. Previous ones were held in 2008 and 2010. While event is open, registration is encouraged. Register online.

“We’re fortunate to have so many resources in South Carolina, including our business community, public sector and universities, that serve as channels of enriching our understanding of Asia, China and the forces of the global markets driving our economy,” Hudgens says.

For more information, contact Hudgens at 803-777-5069 or via email at

By Web Communications

Posted: 02/19/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 02/19/13 @ 8:29 AM | Permalink



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