DCBA celebrates the 2015 Chinese New Year at Motor City Casino - Catherine HJ Li

DCBA Celebrates the 2015 Chinese New Year at Motor City Casino

By Catherine HJ Li

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and other prominent figures attended Detroit Chinese Business Association’s (DCBA) Chinese New Year Gala at Motor City Casino, Soundboard Room February 27th.  The Gala brought together influential individuals and business leaders from Delta Air Lines, GM, ZYNP International, MEDC, Yanfeng USA and many more prestigious companies to celebrate “The Year of Sheep”, which holds promise for a year of peace and positive business relationships.

The Lion dance accompanied by the sound of festival drums started the amazing night. The party hall has filled with joyful atmosphere, every table decorated a tree covered with red envelopes and gold chocolates, represents the luck and best wishes for a coming good year. 

DCBA President Jerry Xu welcomed all the honorable guests and appreciated the great contributions made by them. A special keynote address by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley highlighted the evening, he mentioned that Governor rick Snyder has recently completed the fourth trade mission to strengthen the relationship between China and Michigan. The state of Michigan is here to support the Chinese business community in Michigan for mutual success. He noted that “We are proud of there are more than 200 Chinese companies operating in Michigan today with more than 2 billion dollars investment. Likewise the Michigan presents continue to grow in China, with that being a 3rd largest destination for Michigan exports.” This is just a beginning and we should consider this year as a year of opportunity, like he also addressed, “this is the year of sheep, which is about kindness, generosity, keeping a study path and continuing our existing successes.”  Fred Schell, VP of Government Affairs at DTE Energy; David Wang, president of Yanfeng USA; Ken Barrett, chief diversity officer for GM; and Mary Buchzeiger, CEO of Sure Solutions all expressed their great pleasure to foster and deepen  the business relationship between China and Michigan.

CBS Senior Producer Carol Cain and the Future Bridge program are honored at the event. Ms. Cain focused on the critical issue of building bridges from the great lakes to the great wall. Five Michigan kids with various backgrounds were invited to the stage and conveyed the essence of future bridge, the bonds that tie two beautiful places together. 

The gala also featured special performances by the Peking Opera and the Ballet Detroit Foundation throughout the evening's program. The traditional eastern and western culture has naturally blended together, brought the enjoyment and symbolized cross culture communication.

DCBA, the 20-year-old non-profit organization has always been focusing on developing and promoting bilateral relationships between US and Chinese companies. DCBA is investing on building the bridges to bring the mutual benefits to both US and China. It provides the platform for various kinds of elites in government, business, education and other areas to share thoughts and obtain sustainable success. It represents one of the most dynamic community and builds the growing relationship beyond business through many events like Chinese New Year Gala. These events attract influential individuals and groups to enjoy boundary-less networking and take the future development to the next level.