社评 1119 年会过后
认识赵小兰部长已经是二十多年前的事了，以往她虽然贵為部长，不 论是交通部或劳工部任内，不但提携许多华亚裔后进，而且每年在农 历新年时大开派对庆祝，我们曾多次在华府参加盛会，她总是面带笑容， 迎来各方人士，并耐心和数百位宾客合照，大家都以此為容宾主尽 欢，是华府每年一大盛事，此次她再度回到德州专程支持我们，勉励我 们，心中万分感激，最重要的是赵部长在美国登上主流最高峯，是我们华亚裔之表率。
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.