LAGSCA Screens Mysterious China: Yibin, the Gateway to the Yangtze

On a warm Saturday afternoon at Amat House at the beautiful Mount Saint Mary’s University campus, our Association had the honor and pleasure of featuring a documentary by the renowned and respected filmmaker Chris D. Nebe.  Mr. Nebe is mostly known for his “Mysterious China” series of documentaries that have introduced places and topics such as Tibet, Yangzhou, Jiangsu, Dali, Kungfu Masters and the Silk Road.  

A nice crowd of LAGSCA members, friends, students, media and invited guests were treated to Mr. Nebe’s film “Yibin, Golden Gate of the Yangtze River”.  Using all the techniques he has developed over a long career in cinema, Chris Nebe introduced the wonders and history of this little-known city in Sichuan.  Located where two great rivers meet, the Yangtze and the Min, Yibin is a fount of ancient and modern history, culture and modernity. 

Yibin’s history is introduced, tracing its early beginnings as a Ming Dynasty outpost to the site of intense military action and regular bombing raids during WWII

Yibin is famous, among many reasons, as the corporate headquarters of the Wuliangye brand of fiery Chinese baijiu.  Wuliangye wine is made from five organic grains.  It is a household name in China and is exported around the world. It is the largest employer in the city and representative of the kind of go-go economy Yibin is famous for.

The hour-long documentary was very much enjoyed by all gathered friends.  Upon the conclusion of the film, writer, director and producer Chris Nebe fielded questions from the audience.  Aside from what will become the first of many films LAGSCA plans to screen, it was another good opportunity for everyone to mix and mingle, enjoy refreshments and discuss US-China news and affairs.

We were especially honored to have Vice-Consul Shao Junying and his family on hand for the movie.  The China Consulate General has always shown so much support for our Association.  Reporters from People’s Daily, Xinhua and China Daily also attended the event and wrote about it in their newspapers.

Thanks to the success of this first outing, be looking for more of these documentaries from LAGSCA. These events are meant to bring together people who are interested to learn about China and promote the people-to-people friendly relations that our Association stands for.

Director Steve Temkin speaks at USPTO IP Road Show

The US Patent and Trademark Office held a nation-wide roadshow featuring a number of local experts who spoke on the matter of US-China Intellectual Property issues.  About a hundred people signed up for the event held at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce on June 7, 2019.

The Association was invited to send a representative to speak at the conference by Conrad Wong, Incoming USPTO IP Attache, U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou.  The conference featured a number of experienced speakers who presented information about protecting your company in China with respect to trademarks, patents, designs, counterfeiting and other matters related to intellectual property protection.

Steve spoke on behalf of the Association regarding LAGSCA’s history and achievements.  He also spoke to the critical importance of grass roots relationships at this time in US-PRC relations.  While the heated debate is carried out by the top leaders in the respective governments, it is more important than ever for people-to-people relations to remain strong.  The open dialog that exists between LAGSCA and their counterparts in Guangzhou remains respectful, open and frank.  This is an important moment for citizen diplomacy.  The work carried out by LAGSCA and many other Sister-City organizations across the US, will play a role in preserving the good relationship for the long term.