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What kind of NACSAE shall we establish ------ Yang Xiaofeng

Detroit is the largest auto industry center in the world, and it is also known as “Motor Center”. From 80s to 90s, more and more Chinese came to Detroit.?Thousands of Chinese employees could be found in each large car manufacturers and relevant industries. In the circumstance, a few Chinese organizations were born. Association of Chinese Americans, Detroit Chinese Engineers Association, Chinese Association of Greater Detroit, Detroit Chinese Business Association and North American Association of Chinese Engine Engineers are influential and distinctive. At the same time, different kinds of organization like fellow association and alumni association sprung up and contributed to enrich the Chinese community life and promote Sino-American exchange.?

The earliest Chinese organization is the Association of Chinese Americans(ACA) in Detroit, which was established in 1972. The clubhouse in Madison Heights was an important venue of Chinese activities.

Detroit Chinese Engineer Association (DCEA) which was established in 1981 was the first Chinese professional association in Detroit, the largest Chinese professional association in mid-west, and the oldest one among the three largest Chinese associations in Detroit. The association marked its 30th anniversary this year. DECA specializes in the communication among Chinese professionals and the Sino-American communication in science and technology. It organized a lot of superb academic and technology conference as well as extensive social activities. Its footprints have expanded worldwide in recent years. The association is a representative professional association in Detroit.

Chinese Association of Greater Detroit (CAGD), established in 1992.The mission of CAGD is to promote Chinese culture heritage in U.S., raise the social status of Chinese, and facilitate the Sino-America exchange. With the support of embassy and consulate as well as members, CAGD makes donation to Project Hope and disaster relief. CAGD offered membership services such different seminars and forums, entertainments, sports tournaments, as visa and passport services and etc.?It becomes the most influential Chinese association in Detroit.

Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) was established in 1995. The direction of DCBA’s development is to build up a bridge between Chinese and American automotive business, and to offer a site for business communication and opportunities for individual development.?The Chinese forum and Chinese Auto-part Fair hosted by DCBA were very influential events in Chinese and American auto industry.

North American Association of Chinese Engine Engineer (NAACEE) was founded in 1996, Detroit. It is one of the oldest Chinese academic community in North America. Developing by 15 years, NAACEE cultivated a number of technical experts who contributed to facilitate Sin-American technical exchange and promote academic exchange as well as technology process of auto engine industry. When I worked in Japan, I attended the annual meeting of NAACEE twice utilizing the opportunity of attending SAE in 2000. The experience impressed me. In 2005, I established Japan Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers (JCSAE), basing on the schema of NAACEE. Now JCSAE has become one of the most active four Chinese communities in Japan.

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Japan Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers was established in Tokyo, 2005

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It can be seen that division of labor and cooperation exists well in the Chinese organization in Detroit. ACA and CAGD are in charge of local exchange in Chinese community; DCEA is part of the auto technical exchange; NAACEE takes responsibility of national engine knowhow exchange. Comparing to JCSAE, an equivalent of national Chinese association is lacked in Detroit. In fact, in Detroit (“Motor City”) area, the only national (even international) Chinese association is North American Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers (NACSAE).

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Emblem of NACSAE

In now day, the strong growing Chinese auto industry is integrated into the big map of global auto industry, and NACSAE comes into being. It is a marvelous opportunity to those who live in the heart of world auto industry, have cross-cultural background and know the trend of Sino-American auto industry. Passion, faith and sense of mission is necessary to grab the opportunity. Now the preparation of NACSAE gets into full swing. The establishment of NACSAE is supported by all current associations and friends, and it is inheritance, continuation and development.

The target of NACSAE is to use Detroit as hub to build up a top Chinese association nation (even world) wide. Large scale is the main feature of NACSAE, and the name itself is a means of achieving the goal. The organization as such is well recognized and rooted in Detroit. By NACSAE, we can form a brand new national even international Chinese community, which offers an extensive, high-level and active communication platform. The advantages of a national association is noticeable and includes to communicate with different companies, organizations and functions; easier to enhance the image; and offer the member cross regional even cross nation service and support. All these can arouse the interest of most so called ‘freshmen’ that do not participate in community activities and help to grow the association, to enrich the life of Chinese community and to boost the overall development of the NACSAE eventually.

The establishment and development of NACSAE is the fruit of the support and help from Chinese communities in Detroit. NACSAE will take the complementary advantage with the existing associations and create a win-win situation. For instance, DCEA with 30year history gathered a large number of elites in auto industry; NAACEE has technical experts on engine while NACSAE focuses on develop the association across the country and brings out the economy of scale. Gathering “freshmen” actively will bring new blood into Chinese community. Therefore, as NACSAE develops itself, it also help to raise the status of Chinese organizations in Detroit and bring more opportunities and cooperation with sister associations.

The membership of NACSAE is free. The association is managed by counsel and president and welcome all the member to join the management and operation. The proactiveness leads to the liberal, active, healthy and stable development of the association. NACSAE will gather a crowd of energetic, passionate and charismatic members and be led by a president who can unite the members and break new ground. NACSAE is a brand new association, it will come hand in hand with all the friends and build a beautiful spiritual home.

The inaugural conference of NACSAE will be held at Marriott Troy in the evening on April 13th, 2011. Mr. Yang Guoqiang, Chinese General-Consul of Chicago, Mr. Cao Jianye, Counselor for Science and Technology, Mr Chen Guowen, Counselor for Commerce, delegation of Society of Automotive Engineers of China and other famous companies will attend the conference. The conference committee has already received dozens of congratulatory letters from auto companies, universities, institutions and other sister associations. And the association has gained generous sponsorship from relevant companies. It is believed that NACSAE will keep making huge success with the joint effort and support from everyone.

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Addendum



Why we organize NASCAE – Yang Xiaofeng
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Dear Entrepreneurs,
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Every time I brought up the idea of North American Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers (NACSAE), I would be asked why I established such an association. The idea primarily sprouted in the huge success of Japan Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers (JCSEA). My memoirs and reports partially explained why this a association with only five year history can be so successful and influential. ?

As “Motor City”, Detroit is mean to have more Chinese automotive engineering talents than Japan, however there is no matching Chinese automotive engineer association similar to JCSAE.?The advantages of a national association is noticeable and includes to communicate with different companies, organizations and functions; easier to enhance the image; and eventually to boost the overall development of the association.??

Experience shows it is hard to consolidate the current voluntary organization. So we decided to create a new association with our own concept.?

The membership of NACSAE is free. The association is managed by counsel and president and welcome all the member to join the management and operation. The proactiveness leads to the liberal, active, healthy and stable development of the association.?

It is great achievement itself if we can create one of the largest Chinese association in U.S. It will has profound influence, form a new Chinese community, foster groups of entrepreneurs as well as community leaders, facilitate the Sino-American exchange, contribute to the U.S. society and leave historical footprints.

As entrepreneurs, it is a lifetime opportunity, which needs our passion, faith and sense of mission. If comparing JCSAE to river, NACSAE is the sea. We have a great starting point and will achieve bigger success as long as we work together and do our best.
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It is less than a month from the inaugural conference. The immediate priority is to attract more members.
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Members is the foundation of our association.
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