Chi­nese busi­ness­woman lauded by NYC of­fi­cial

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By AMY HE in New York

amyhe@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

A lo­cal Chi­nese busi­ness­woman and com­mu­nity leader was hon­ored by the New York City Comp­trol­ler on Wed­nes­day for her con­tri­bu­tions to the Chi­nese com­mu­nity.

Liu Tee Shu, owner of the Shu En­ter­prise Group, was a distin­guished hon­oree at an Asian Amer­i­can and Pa­cific Is­lan­der Her­itage Month event hosted by comp­trol­ler Scott Stringer. She was one of five hon­orees of the night that in­cluded Di­lafroz Ahmed, pres­i­dent of the Bangladesh So­ci­ety, Tiloma Jayas­inghe, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Sakhi for South Asian Women, Grace Lyu-Vol­ck­hausen, com­mis­sioner of the New York City Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights, and Cao K. O, for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Asian Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion. Al­most 300 people from a mul­ti­tude of New York’s eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties at­tended the event.

“I’m very happy about re­ceiv­ing recog­ni­tion from the comp­trol­ler,” Shu told China Daily. “I’ve been work­ing in the com­mu­nity for many, many years, so for the city to rec­og­nize that is great. I’ll be work­ing even harder in the fu­ture to help the com­mu­nity.”

Shu came to the US in 1975 and worked as a seam­stress in Chi­na­town to sup­port her fam­ily, even­tu­ally go­ing on to op­er­ate eight restaurants in New York.

She is the pres­i­dent of the Flush­ing Chi­nese Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, founded in 1982, which helps fos­ter commercial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment for busi­ness own­ers in Flush­ing, Queens. It is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that serves as a bridge be­tween the lo­cal com­mu­nity and govern­ment agencies, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

Shu is also the pres­i­dent of the Chi­nese Amer­i­can Com­merce As­so­ci­a­tion, which she founded.

Dur­ing the event, the hon­orees praised Stringer for his in­volve­ment in the eth­nic com­mu­nity, which in­cluded the ap­point­ment of a new di­ver­sity of­fi­cer in March. The of­fi­cer will work with the comp­trol­ler on di­ver­sity ini­tia­tives and im­ple­ment­ing a pro­gram that will pro­vide the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion on whether mi­nor­ity and women-owned busi­ness con­tracts are be­ing met, ac­cord­ing to the comp­trol­ler’s of­fice.

“The more we high­light the di­verse com­mu­ni­ties that are in New York, we send a sig­nal to the world that we’re open for busi­ness, that we have the skills and the cul­tural fi­nesse to do busi­ness,” Stringer told China Daily. “Ev­ery time we honor com­mu­nity mem­bers, busi­ness lead­ers, it all con­trib­utes to this amaz­ing New York City story. That is why I love do­ing these events, be­cause we high­light and show­case the pos­si­bil­i­ties that our di­verse city brings.”

Many lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions were co-spon­sors of the event, in­clud­ing the Asian Amer­i­can Le­gal De­fense and Ed­u­ca­tion Fund, Asian Amer­i­cans for Equal­ity, the Chi­nese Con­sol­i­dated Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion, the Bet­ter Chi­na­town So­ci­ety, the Brook­lyn Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Chi­nese Amer­i­cans.

Teddy Eng, a 15-year-old stu­dent who at­tended the event, said such oc­ca­sions that cel­e­brate Asian Amer­i­can her­itage are im­por­tant, “be­cause it helps you learn about yourself ”.

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AMY HE / CHINA DAILY

Scott Stringer (left), New York City Comp­trol­ler, pre­sents Liu Tee Shu a com­men­da­tion for her con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal com­mu­nity in New York dur­ing an Asian Amer­i­can and Pa­cific Is­lan­der Her­itage Month event held in New York.

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