On Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m., The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies will host a lecture by Yang Guoqiang, the Consul General of the People's Republic of China to Chicago, entitled “China and Indiana: Trade, Culture, and Opportunities Ahead.” The lecture will be presented in the Marian University Theatre on the Marian University campus. This lecture is part of the Global Studies Speakers Series and is sponsored by the America China Society of Indiana; the Asian Learning Center of Indiana, a program of the International Center; and the Sagamore Institute. The lecture is open to the public at no charge but registration is required.
Yang has extensive experience in business, international trade, and foreign affairs. He began his professional career as an interpreter, sales representative, and deputy controller for the Shanghai Animal By-Products Import and Export Company. Yang then served as director of the Foreign Affairs Department of the Shanghai Municipal Foreign Economic Relations and Trade Commission. He also served as president of Shanghai Imports L.A. Inc. and managing director of the Board of Shanghai International Holding Corporation in the United States during the 1990s.
From 2003-08, he served as director general of the Shanghai Municipal Foreign Affairs Office, and director general of Shanghai’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office. Prior to becoming Consul General to Chicago, where he supervises China-U.S. relations for the American Midwest, Yang served as chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Foreign Economic Relations and Trade Commission, and vice chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce.
Yang holds degrees from the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute, the Shanghai-San Francisco Advanced International Business Management Program at the Shanghai International Business School, and Business School of San Francisco. He has earned an MBA from the China-Euro International Business School, and a second MBA from the Shanghai National Accounting Institute and W. P. Carey Business School at Arizona State University. Consul General Yang is married, with one daughter.