社評 1119 年會過後
認識趙小蘭部長已經是二十多年前的事了，以往她雖然貴為部長，不 論是交通部或勞工部任內，不但提攜許多華亞裔後進，而且每年在農 曆新年時大開派對慶祝，我們曾多次在華府參加盛會，她總是面帶笑容， 迎來各方人士，並耐心和數百位賓客合照，大家都以此為容賓主盡 歡，是華府每年一大盛事，此次她再度回到德州專程支持我們，勉勵我 們，心中萬分感激，最重要的是趙部長在美國登上主流最高峯，是我們華亞裔之表率。
After The ITC Gala
The International Trade Center’s twenty-year anniversary Gala was held last Friday in Houston Texas. Almost five hundred honored guests attended our party, especially our Honorable Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who traveled from Washington, D.C., to attend the event. Also our Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congressman Al Green and many diplomats, including those from Japan, Korea, Angola and Indonesia -- leaders from many communities came together and gave us many warm messages of support.
We have known Secretary Chao for over twenty-five years, even before she was Secretary of Labor and Transportation. She always celebrated the Lunar New Year at her office and invited many Asian leaders to attend. I was very lucky and was one of them. I remember that she had photos taken with all of us on those occasions and took hours to include everyone. Secretary Chao is really our role model and an outstanding leader in our community and in the nation. She came to join our Gala and made us all so very proud.
Houston’s Mayor Turner has been with us for over the last ten years. He would never miss our annual Lunar New Year Festival, and he always brought us his congratulatory message.
Now that the Gala celebration is over, we are so touched and honored to have had so many good friends who came to support us.
We will continue to work at the International Trade Center to build it up like a battleship and continue to be of service to all and continue to move forward.