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HKETO hosts virtual spring reception to celebrate Year of the Ox

For the first time, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco (HKETO) has hosted a virtual spring reception to celebrate the Chinese New Year with an audience across ten states. More than 180 attended the event, which was held on February 18.

The Director of the HKETO, Ms Jacko Tsang, welcomed all attendees online. “It is wonderful to have guests from different states joining us at this virtual space,” she said. 

The Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs to the United States, Mr Eddie Mak (top left ); the Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco (HKETO), Ms Jacko Tsang (bottom left); the Director, USA, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mr Bill Flora (top right); and the Regional Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr Ralph Chow (bottom right), are pictured at the virtual spring reception hosted by the HKETO on February 18.
The Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs to the United States, Mr Eddie Mak (top left ); the Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco (HKETO), Ms Jacko Tsang (bottom left); the Director, USA, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mr Bill Flora (top right); and the Regional Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr Ralph Chow (bottom right), are pictured at the virtual spring reception hosted by the HKETO on February 18.

The Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs to the United States, Mr. Eddie Mak; the Director, USA, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mr. Bill Flora; and the Regional Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr. Ralph Chow, joined the reception respectively from Washington, DC; Los Angeles; and New York. They each had a conversation with Ms. Tsang during the live-streamed reception to give updates about Hong Kong and share their outlook for the new year.

Although Hong Kong was among the first places in the world impacted by COVID-19, the city was quick to respond by restricting travel, quarantining, and rapidly tracing contacts. In the fight against the pandemic, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has been adhering to three principles: speed, vigour and transparency.

Mr. Mak said, “Hong Kong is committed to upholding our institutional strengths, including the rule of law, independence of the judiciary, a free trade and investment regime and a simple and low tax system, as well as a business-friendly environment. These strengths provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive, and enable Hong Kong’s economy to prosper.”

Mr. Mak and Ms. Tsang agreed that 2021 continues to present challenges and uncertainty. They were cautiously optimistic that the global economy, including that of Mainland China, would show a more visible recovery in the second half of the year, so that Hong Kong’s economic recovery could gain stronger momentum.

They looked forward to more collaboration opportunities with the United States, not only in trade, but also in the exchanges in arts and culture and innovation and technology.

Guests of the reception enjoyed an array of programs. A noted executive chef in Hong Kong, Mr. Jowett Yu, showed the audience how to cook two authentic yet updated Chinese New Year dishes. Mr. Yu recommended wines from the United States to pair with his dishes.

Participants also enjoyed cocktail-making demonstrations by Hong Kong mixologist Ms. Victoria Chow. She created four modern cocktails infused with classic flavors of the Chinese New Year. These handcrafted cocktails blended age-old traditions with new, modern approaches.

To add to the festive spirit, there were music performances by the Chinese music ensemble led by Dr. Ricky Yeung. Popular tunes were played using Chinese musical instruments - dizi, pipa, gaohu, erhu, sheng and yangqin. The music ended the reception on a high note.

Chinese New Year dishes by chef Jowett Yu
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Chinese New Year cocktails by mixologist Victoria Chow
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