In Asian tradition, the rat is considered to be quite clever




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In Asian tradition, the rat is considered to be quite clever and that's why the year of the rat starts the Asian zodiac calendar.


According to myth, twelve animals jostled for rank on the calendar, and in order to settle the matter the Gods told the animals that the first one to cross the river would have the honor to lead the zodiac cycle. All twelve animals plunged into the water. Unbeknownst to the fast-moving ox, the rat had strategically hitched a ride on its back. When the opposite bank was near, the rat jumped off the ox onto the land, thus becoming the first to touch the shore.

Will your firm be strategic and clever in 2008?


After winter storms (including turbulent financial markets), will things smooth out for business, or is there more rough weather ahead?


Listen to our expert, experienced, visionary speakers for some answers -- or maybe more questions!





California-Asia Business Council (Cal-Asia)

c/o APL, 1111 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607 -- www.calasia.org --



CALIFORNIA-ASIA BUSINESS

IN THE YEAR OF THE RAT


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Reception / Check in: 11 AM; Luncheon: 11:30 AM; Program: 12:15 PM to 3:00 PM

The University Club, 800 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94104

What can your firm expect in the lunar Year of the Rat (2008)? Will California-Asia business conditions improve over 2007? Or, with forecasts for diminished growth on both sides of the Pacific, are we headed into a major downturn? What major issues should you be concerned about? Join our panel of experts as we look at key issues affecting California/Asia business prospects in the year ahead.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. Cosponsored by Asia Society, Association of Asian American Bankers, California-Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Information and Networking Association (CINA)



$100 members; $135 non-members

(Fee includes William H. Overholt's new book: Asia, America, And the Transformation of Geopolitics for those who reserve by March 12)


SPEAKERS (panel in formation)


  • China, Asia and America: A Dangerous Confusion

William H. Overholt, Director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP),


  • Banking in the Year of the Brown Earth Rat: Focus Asia

Teresa M. Curran, Group Vice President for Banking Supervision,

Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco


  • Financial Markets in Asia

G. Paul Matthews, Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager
Matthews International Capital Management, LLC, Matthews Asian Funds


  • Trade and Transportation

Patricia Yeh, Associate Project Manager, SOM


Members of Cal-Asia and Cosponsoring Organizations: $100
Non-members:  $
135 per person - – advanced registration required
Space is limited. Please RSVP by COB March 12, 2008

First Name: _________________ Last Name: ____________________________
Title / Responsibility:  ________________________________________________  
Company: _________________________________________________________ Street Address:  ____________________________________________________ City:  ____________________________ State/Zip:  _______________________ Tel:   ___________________________    Fax:____________________________ 
Email: ____________________________________________________________



 I am a current member of___________________________________________
Please send your check to Cal-Asia, c/o APL, 1111 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607 or

register on line at https://www.acteva.com/go/cal-asia. Please telephone 510-272-7331 with questions.  No refunds or credits after March 12. Although Council business will not be discussed, this event will serve as Cal-Asia’s 2008 Annual Meeting. At this event we will be introducing our officers and members of the Board of Directors. Space is limited.

Questions: Tel: (510) 272-7331 Fax: (510) 272-7339 E-Mail: jeremy@calasia.org


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