North Central College - Naperville, IL

China's Consul General to Chicago to speak April 7

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North Central College welcomes Mr. Huang Ping, the Consul General of the People's Republic of China to Chicago, to speak on its Naperville campus Wednesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Koten Chapel at Kiekhofer Hall, 329 E. School St.

He will discuss the state of China today. His talk is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Huang's visit is the fourth in a series of conversations with consuls general who are posted in Chicago. These conversations are opportunities for students and members of the community to meet representatives of other nations and learn about their countries and cultures. Previously, consuls general from India, France and South Africa have spoken at the College.

Huang has been the consul general of the People's Republic of China to Chicago since 2007. He previously served in several top positions in the Chinese government: deputy director general of the Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2004-2007); vice mayor of Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province (2002-2004); counselor and consul general of the Chinese Embassy to Canada (1999-2002); division director of the Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-1997); and attaché and then third secretary of the Chinese Embassy to the United States (1988-1990). Born in 1963 in Anhui Province, Huang graduated from East China Normal University.

In his current role as Consul General in Chicago, Huang oversees nine Midwestern states and works to promote cooperation and exchanges in various fields between his country and the districts he oversees. He also works to protect the legal rights of Chinese citizens in his consular districts and to provide services related to passports, visas and notary public.

His visit is co-sponsored by the College's Office of Development and Corporate Relations and Cultural Events and is one of many ongoing programs hosted at North Central College to enrich and broaden the academic and cultural outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of lectures, art exhibits, musical performances and theatrical productions, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show or contact Judy Brodhead, coordinator of cultural events, at 630-637-5276.

03-23-2010