A China Survival Course for Engineers Going to Zhong Guo

Problems range from getting a PRC visa, to trying to find their way in a land full of people speaking Putonghua. Or wondering what is Putonghua?

Honolulu -July 2, 2007 -The Hawaii Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is presenting a Saturday Seminar and Lunch on August 18, 2007 at the Maple Garden Restaurant.


Hawaii companies are increasingly involved in China projects. They often send engineers on short term assignments to Zhong Guo -the Central Country -as China is called in China. These engineers are competent in their professional skills but find the logistics and culture daunting. Problems range from getting a PRC visa, to trying to find their way in a land full of people speaking Putonghua. Or wondering what is Putonghua? Engineers are seriously concerned about not making social gaffes that might affect the success of their client's project. Or they may just want to know where to get a couple of DIP switches in Shenzhen.

That's the reason for this IEEE Hawaii Section seminar. It won't make attendees overnight experts on China but it will teach enough street smart survival skills to get the job done and have fun doing it. Subject matter covers economics, politics, tech standards, geography, a few Chinese phrases and characters, some do's and some don'ts.

Attendees do not have to be engineers. Members of the public are welcome and will find this seminar useful for planning a vacation in China.

When: Saturday, August 18, 2007 from 10 AM until 2 PM.
Where: Maple Garden Restaurant. 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu, HI
How Much: Price includes an excellent Chinese lunch and a seminar CD -ROM IEEE Members and Guests: $10.
IEEE Student Members and their Guests: $5
Non -Members: $15

The presenters are

Tom Moore, IEEE Senior Member. Mr. Moore is CEO of Tropical Telecom Corp. which manufactures phone systems in China. A member of the Hawaii -Pacific Export Council and former board member of the Hong Kong Business Assoc. of Hawaii, Tom was Managing Director of Nortel (Asia) in Singapore and owner of PCE, a Hong Kong engineering firm.

Laisin Lee, a Hong Kong and US educated professional, taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic. Ms. Lee is the founding president of the National US -Hong Kong Business Association, the Chinese Secretary of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and a director of the Organization of Chinese Americans -Hawaii Chapter. Laisin is a registered court interpreter in Cantonese and Mandarin and a Certified International Property Specialist affiliated with East Oahu Realty.

For more information or to make reservations (prior to Aug15 please): Contact Al Toda, IEEE Section Chair Phone: 808 -455 -1331 Email:aet@ieee.org Payment in Cash or Local Check will be accepted at the door.

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