Ex­pat as­so­ci­a­tion launched in Pudong

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Thirty out­stand­ing ex­pa­tri­ates from var­i­ous in­dus­tries in Shang­hai, and who are also res­i­dents of Pudong New Area, be­came the first batch of mem­bers of the Pudong Over­seas Youth As­so­ci­a­tion (POYA) dur­ing its un­veil­ing cer­e­mony last month.

POYA, founded by the Pudong New Area In­ter­na­tional Ex­change Cen­ter and thePudongYouthFed­er­a­tion, is a plat­form with which for­eign­ers can use to learn more about Chi­nese cul­ture, sci­en­tific in­no­va­tions and the lat­est lo­cal poli­cies.

Cul­tural events, work­shops, sem­i­nars and other themed ac­tiv­i­ties will be or­ga­nized reg­u­larly for these for­eign tal­ent to meet and net­work, says Jiang Wei­wei, direc­tor of Pudong New Area In­ter­na­tional Ex­change Cen­ter.

The 30 mem­bers are all aged un­der 45 and they hail from 19 coun­triesand28 com­pa­nies or in­sti­tu­tions in Shang­hai. There are more than 72,000 for­eign­ers liv­ing and work­ing in Pudong.

“The first batch of 30 mem­bers are long­time res­i­dents of Pudong and are in­flu­en­tial in their own fields, most of which are Pudong’s pil­lar in­dus­tries,” said Jiang.

Jiang ex­pressed hope that POYA’s mem­bers can be­come am­bas­sadors of Shang­hai’s ex­pat com­mu­nity and at­tract more peo­ple who share in the en­thu­si­asm of de­vel­op­ing Pudong.

For­eign mem­bers of Pudong Over­seas Youth As­so­ci­a­tion learn about Chi­nese tea dur­ing their first gath­er­ing in Shang­hai.

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