China launched a toilet revolution across the country in 2015 with an aim to make such facilities cleaner and more regulated. In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, “China should continue to upgrade the country's toilets as part of its "toilet revolution" aimed at developing domestic tourism and improving people's life quality”. What does this mean beyond having cleaner and better equipped hardware? In this episode, Dr. Austin Huang, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering, and Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering, Academy of GeoProfessionals, will explain his interpretation of China’s toilet revolution, and the impact to environmental water resources sustainability. He will also illustrate the problem of China's toilets in rural areas today and potential solutions to the problem. You will learn the vast opportunities that may be brought by the needs of this campaign and the associated impact in a broader social context in China.
About the Guest
Grew up in China and then moved to the US in the 1980s, Dr. Austin Huang is the founder of Merit Engineering Inc, a Geologist, a well-respected expert in the field of Geotechnical & Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering, a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering, and a Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering, Academy of GeoProfessionals. He has earned numerous awards in his professional life and has invented a gravity compensated Erosion Control Module System to protect shore from erosion, which was rated #1 in technical aspect among many competitors nationwide. He has served as technical paper peer reviewer for International Journal of Rock Mechanics and ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, and as Adjunct Faculty Member at Western Washington University. Besides his profession life in engineering, Dr. Huang is a musician and a music composer. He holds a PH. D from University of Wisconsin Madison in Geological Engineering.
In 2017, Chinese citizens made about 130 million overseas trips and 4.53 billion domestic trips. Among them, about 3 million Chinese visited United States, which is about 4% of the total international visitors visited US in 2017, and the number is forecasted to be increasing. The average spending by Chinese tourists on the location (exclude international flight tickets) in the US is $4,462. In addition, in the academic year 2016/17, there were 350,755 international students from China studying in the US. What does this mean to business in the United States? Why would the Chinese tourists and students come to the US? What has changed in them compared to 10 years ago? Why we believe Chinese international students are a win-win to the tourism industry in the US? Please join me to discuss these questions with Felicity Wang, President of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and owner of a tour and travel company in the US.
About the Guest
Felicity Wang is the president of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce (https://www.seattlechinesechamber.org/) , and the founder of a tour and travel company, Asia Pacific Associates. She grew up in Taiwan, immigrated to the United States in 1991, and started Asia Pacific Associates in 1993. With 25 years’ experience in the travel industry, Felicity has built deep expertise in leisure and business outbound and inbound tours between US and Asia, especially China mainland and Taiwan. She has also developed programs focusing on education, to help Chinese students come to the US for summer camps and gain higher education.
he General Aviation industry in China is still a relatively green field, with vast market opportunity but a few competitors. This industry started to boom since China announced the 13th Five-Year-Plan, which is a strategic planning by the Chinese government for 2016 - 2020. To seize this huge opportunity, a Chinese company purchased Top Cub’s type certificate and all its relevant intellectual properties, after a lengthy process and lots of patience over 5 years, and finally approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. in May, 2015 along with the signature of the Secretary of State of the United States of America. Then it set up the Washington based company Topcub Aircraft LLC (topcubaircraft.com) to serve the international markets, and China based sites to serve the China market. Please join me to hear Mr. Changjia Ge, General Manager of Topcub Aircraft LLC, talks about the general aviation industry in China and their plan in anticipating the surging demand.
About the Guest
Changjia Ge graduated from Brown University with a MS Degree and his bachelor degree was in Mechanical Engineering from China. Since 2014, Changjia has dedicated in general aviation industry and started his own business Chancellor Global LLC in Los Angeles in 2015, focusing on light sport aircraft import & export, maintenance, electric aircraft research & manufacturing, and aviation related technology transfer. He met the founder of Topcub Aircraft LLC, Mr. Zhijun Qian, in 2015 and was fascinated by Mr. Qian’s passion and the huge opportunity in China. So Changjia joined Topcub Aircraft in 2016 and is responsible for the North America business. The company purchased the Type Certificate of CC18-180 issued by FAA from Cubcrafters Inc, and mainly manufactures Topcub Aircraft which is a certified aircraft regulated by FAR Part 23. The parent company is Liaoning Cub Aircraft Corp, and consists of 4 brunches located in Dalian and Yingkou in China, Arlington in WA, and Portland in OR.