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YOCA Sept Event - My Lucky Star (非常幸运) Movie Premiere party

posted Sep 9, 2013, 9:14 PM by Yongli Wang   [ updated Sep 9, 2013, 9:40 PM ]

Dear all, 

Hope you are all having an awesome time in Chicago.  For the month of September, YOCA is proud to bring you another fun experience.  On 9/18, YOCA will be hosting an exclusive premiere party for Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom's new movie "My Lucky Star" (非常幸运). 

For this event, YOCA is teaming up with China Lion Film Distribution North America division togive you the best fun ever.  The event will be at the beautiful Pump Room Lounge located in Chicago's Gold Coast night life area.  As our appreciation to all of you who have been so supportive of YOCA's past events, we have reserved the lounge’s private screening room just for our attendees.  Ticket options for the event include:

$20 full access package – early bird (worth $40)

  • Admission to the YOCA premiere party ($10 value);
  • A movie ticket to the film's Friday (9/20) premiere at AMC Rivereast Theatre ($15value, which includes admission to the movie and a chance to win: a). free trip to Singapore; b). free theme park admission, and c). $100 worth of travel/dining discount);
  • One free drink ($15 value)

$10 admin only ticket – early bird (worth $15)

  • Admin to the YOCA premiere party and one standard free drink ($15 value)
  • Option to purchase $15 movie premiere ticket at the event

From previous experiences, early bird tickets are sold out way before the event.  As we are limiting the number of attendees in order to provide the best event experience, we strongly encourage you to buy your ticket as soon as possible.  So hurry up and come join the fun with YOCA and My Lucky Star! 

Ticket purchasing link: https://yocaluckystar.eventbrite.com/

See you all at the party!




About My Lucky Star (非常幸运)

Told as a love crush gone wrong, My Lucky Star depicts the hilarious and heartwarming love/adventure story of Sophie (Zhang Ziyi) and David (Wang Leehom).  In addition to Ziyi and Leehom, this Sequel to China's 2009 top grossing movie "Sophie's Revenge" (非常完美) also features other various current China's top movie idols such as Yao Chen (姚晨), Ruby Lin (林心如). 

Come join YOCA's June cocktail party - a Shanghai Odyssey (夜上海)

posted Jun 19, 2013, 1:59 PM by Yongli Wang   [ updated Jun 19, 2013, 7:21 PM ]


Dear all,


Come join YOCA for a night of fun and stylized Chinese atmosphere!


On June 28th, YOCA will be hosting an exclusive private cocktail party at Lao18.  The party will feature a theme on Shanghai nightlife style in the turn of the 20th century, with qi pao and classy suits conversing under smooth jazz and turn of the century metropolitan music in Shanghai.


In addition to your beautiful fellow attendees, you will also get an exclusive view of the newly opened Lao 18’s loung before anyone else.  Situated in Chicago’s River North area, Lao18 features a classy design that includes visual styles blending both the old and the new Chinese cultures.  With its designing materials gathered from various parts of China’s most talked about places, almost every piece of the restaurant includes a story of its own.


Hope to see you all there at the night of fun!

ticket purchase link: http://shanghaiyoca.eventbrite.com/


Further event details:

Address: 18 W. Hubbard St.

Time: 6/28/2013, 7:30 - 10:00pm


Dress Code:

Ladies: cocktail party / reception attire (Qi Pao optinal but not required).

Gentlemen: business professional attire, (3 piece suit optional but not required, if weather permits :) )



(Young Overseas Chinese Association)


posted May 20, 2013, 7:54 AM by Yongli Wang

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YOCA Happy Hour - The Gatsby Night at the Pump Room


On 5/30, Thursday, please join YOCA as we kick off a night of fun and classiness at the Pump Room in Chicago’s Gold Coast area. From 6 – 8pm, we will be hosting an happy hour event for all the young Chinese professionals / students in the Greater Chicago Area. 

Come experience the interior elegance of the Pump Room while enjoy the comfortable sofas and relaxing lighting of the Room’s library lounge. Filled with intriguing stories and like-minded people, this will be the best event to catch up on old memories and discover new surprises.

To make the night more interesting, we will be adding some “Great Gatsby” flavor to make your encounters more memorable. To get more details about the “Gatsby” flavor, be sure to sign up before the event through the link below.

To sign up for the event, please register to through the link below: http://yocagatsby.eventbrite.com/

Further event summary:

Venue address:

The Pump Room

1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610


5/30/2013, Thursday, 6 - 8pm


Free ticket in advance by Thursday, May 30th, $5 afterwards and at the door

Get your free ticket now:  http://yocagatsby.eventbrite.com/

Getting there:

Gold Coast: 5 minutes walk from Red line Clark/Division stop

#22 and #36 CTA buses; limited street parking.

Dress Code:

smart casual or business classy


Hope to see you all there!

YOCA (Young Overseas Chinese Association)



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                                                                                                                      About YOCA:

Young Overseas Chinese Association

Together, We make a difference

The Young Overseas Chinese Association (YOCA) is founded in 2013 with the objective of serving and representing the interests of young overseas / immigrant Chinese professionals, particularly in the Greater Chicago Area. The mission of YOCA is to present and assist internationally trained professionals in gaining recognition, cultural integration, career advancement and civic engagement in the United State through quality programs and services.

The fields of expertise of YOCA members cover a wide range of professions. Based on their academic backgrounds, members are divided into seven major divisions, which are: Arts, Business, Engineering, Finance and Investment, Information Technology, Medicine and Pharmacy, and Science. Composition of the YOCA membership includes an exclusive group of professionals with post-graduate degrees from North American universities to a more diverse group with more and more new immigrants from China.g 

The 5th Yao Yuan Biotech-Pharma Symposium

posted May 2, 2013, 9:30 PM by Yongli Wang

Dear Colleagues,


The pharmaceutical industry has experienced tremendous challenges in recently years due to “patent cliff” threats as well as changes in public and healthcare policies pertaining to how medicine is accessed and paid for. These challenges have caused investors, industrial leaders and scientists to question return on investment, justification of capital spending and career sustainability in R&D.  With a theme of “Transforming Pharmaceutical R&D”, Yao Yuan’s 5th Biotech-Pharma Symposium seeks to gather and inspire scientists at the forefront of discovery and development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and to provide some context in this period of transition.  This event will be a valuable opportunity for learning amongst professionals, academicians and students, and serves as a platform for discussions around transforming pharmaceutical R&D.  Though primarily intended to be a Midwest regional gathering, e.g., Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin, the Symposium has historically attracted attendees from all areas of the country.


Time: May 18, 2013 (Saturday)

Venue: Illinois Science & Technology Park (8045 Lamon Avenue , Skokie, IL60077)

Featured Speakers & Topics:


Companion Diagnostics: Consideration of Tumor Heterogeneity

Prof. Mark J. Ratain, Leon O. Jacobson Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Personalized Therapeutics, the University of Chicago.


Transform Pharmaceutical R&D, Leveraging Open Innovation & Accessing Global Talents

Guoxin Zhu, Ph.D., Executive Director, Eli Lilly.


The Discovery of Omecamtiv Mecarbil:  the First, Selective, Small Molecule Activator of Cardiac Myosin

Bradley Morgan, Ph. D., Vice President, Cytokinetics.


Discovery of Potent Inhibitors of HCV NS5B Polymerase

John Randolph, Ph.D., Associate Research Fellow, AbbVie.


Ponatinib, a third generation BCR-ABL inhibitor approved for leukemia treatment and AP26113, a phase 2 trial compound for ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer treatment

Wei-Sheng Huang, Ph.D., Associate Director, Ariad


This conference is free, but please register ASAP to reserve your seats at the following address: http://yypharm.org/?q=5th_symposium. Attached please find the final program and directions to the auditorium.  Thank you and look forward to an exciting symposium.




Organizing Committee of the 5th Yao Yuan Biotech-Pharma Symposium

The Greater China Business Conference (GCBC) 2013-2014 New Functional Chairs Selection is around the corner!

posted May 1, 2013, 10:03 PM by Yongli Wang   [ updated May 1, 2013, 10:13 PM ]

The Greater China Business Conference (GCBC) 2013-2014 New Functional Chairs Selection is around the corner!

And you won't want to miss out on this unique opportunity to learn more about business, economy and culture in Greater China, expand your network outside of United States, and hone your leadership skills.  

To apply: 

Start your application by clicking at 

The application is due on 
May 5th.  The decision will be released by May 10th. 

We are excited to have you 
on board to build up an even more impactful conference next year. We look forward to receiving your applications. 
Highlights for Advanced degree students.

What is a better chance to build your portfolio and cv, than by joining the most prestigious annual Kellogg's GCBC? Join the GCBC team, outreach your social network, work with them, fight with them! Here, we highlight a new functional chiar for 2013-2014 GCBC:

Technology Chair 

Video Editing, Photoshop, visual design, publicizing, webinar construction and administration

if you are interesting in this position, please apply at 



posted Apr 29, 2013, 9:09 AM by Yongli Wang   [ updated Apr 29, 2013, 9:11 AM ]


Ya’an Earthquake Relief

On April 20th, a strong magnitude 7 earthquake hit Ya’an, a city of 1.5 million not far from Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

The disaster has already taken the lives of hundreds and left thousands wounded and homeless.

The trauma again reminded us of the Wenchuan earthquake five years ago that jolted nearby area and left almost 90,000 people dead.



We can stand together as a community and show our utmost support.

It is time to show your love and support with other people in Chicago area and DaringQ Charity Foundation.


Participating Schools (alphabetical order):

DePaul University

Illinois Institute of Technology

Loyola University

Northwestern University

Roosevelt University

School of Art Institute Chinese Students Association

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Chicago


At this moment, distance is no longer an obstacle as long as we march together.

At this moment, love and support are the common language we speak:


Pray for Ya’an. Donate for Ya’an.


Click this link and offer your support for Ya’an TODAY:


Donate with PayPal:


All the donations will be sent to earthquake survivors in Ya’an. Details of each donation (name of donors, amount of donation) will be listed on DaringQ Foundation official website within three business days. 

Charity Project Details

April – May, 2013

Fundraising for Ya’an

June, 2013

Establishment of Chicago For Ya’an Charity Fund

Material Supply

July – Auguest, 2013

Ya’an Revival


More details of this charity project?

Click: http://en.daringq.org/index.php/daringq-charity/yaan-earthquake-relief


We are also actively recruiting volunteers to go to Ya’an this summer. For more information

Contact us at: daringq@info.org

DaringQ Foundation works to eliminate educational inequity in China by supporting projects that enrich the lives of children in underserved communities with inspiration, hope and joy.

NU Maum Meditation

posted Apr 28, 2013, 6:48 PM by Yongli Wang   [ updated Apr 28, 2013, 6:51 PM ]

Do you want to know your true nature in a month's time?

I am starting a NU Maum Meditation student group under The Graduate School. Maum means body, soul and spirit in Korean. Our group's goal is to help members realize what their true nature is and rediscover their true purpose in life. Through practicing Maum Meditation, the Human Mind changes to Infinite Universe Mind.  It is a simple 7-step guided method of subtraction that allows you to become free of human suffering. It creates room within each meditation student for true repentance, true acceptance, and true love.

This non-profit organization has caused a sensation around the globe. It has grown from one meditation center to 300 centers worldwide in just 16 years. Check out these two youtube videos to learn more.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jan13LAj0iY  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d-CHlOBcPM  Shoot me a email if you are interested. My email islaurellau2012@u.northwestern.edu

Inner peace

New Drug Discovery in China

posted Apr 7, 2013, 9:24 PM by Yongli Wang   [ updated Apr 7, 2013, 9:36 PM ]

Yao Yuan and SAPA-Midwest will co-host a conference at IIT on April 21, 2013 with a theme of "New Drug Discovery in China”.

This conference attempts to provide the latest updates on the drug development in China, and serves as a forum for R&D leaders of major Chinese and American pharmaceutical companies to share their successes and challenges in drug innovation. This event will be a valuable opportunity for learning amongst professionals, academicians and students particularly from the Midwest area. This conference will also serve as a platform to foster the interactions and communications among pharmaceutical professionals with peers from China.  Major industrial parks or developmental zones, along with some pharmaceutical companies from China, will showcase their efforts and packages in attracting oversea talents and provide ideal environments for entrepreneurs.  If you want to know the current status of drug discovery activities, or are interested in exploring career opportunities in China, we strongly encourage you to make every effort in attending this conference.

For your reference, the following lists some of the companies that plan to participate in this exciting event:


Laureate Biopharmaceutical Services, Inc., Sundia Meditech Company Ltd., Nanjing Sanhome Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., China Council for the Promotion of International Trade ( CCPIT ), Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Co., Ltd., CGeneTech Shouzhou, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center, Shanghai, Harbin Limin Economic and Technical Development Zone, SPV Jiaxing International Bio-Tech Park, Chengdu Tianhe Biomedical Technology Park Limited Company, Shanghai Zhangjiang Biotech and Pharmaceutical Base Development Co., Ltd., Wuhan Optics Valley Biomedical Industrial Park, CUSABIO, Angel Yeast Co., Ltd., Shenzhen BGI aquatic science and Technology Co., Ltd., Beijing Zhongguancun Life Science Park Bio-medical Incubatoe Co., Ltd., Jinan High-tech Business Incubator, Jinan Chensheng Medical Silicone Rubber Product Co., Ltd., Hebei Yuxing BIO Engineering Co., Ltd., Hebei Create Instrumentation Technologies Co., Ltd., Chenguang Biotech Group Co., Ltd., Hebei Xingtai Pharmacy Industry Company, Shanghai Biothchnology Corporation, JenKem Technology Co., Ltd., Robiot Co., Ltd.---Biological Buffers, CHINESE PHARMACEUTICAL ENTERPRISES ASSOCIATION, Amoytop Biotech.


This conference is free, but please register ASAP at the following link:



Thank you and look forward to seeing you soon.


posted Apr 7, 2013, 9:18 PM by Yongli Wang   [ updated Apr 10, 2013, 8:51 AM ]

Hi all, 


Now China has entered a new period of transformation with profound changes in the economic environment. The slowing economic growth creates necessity and chance for economic restructuring. Please join us to hear how the traditional banking industry will change in response to the overall economic transformation and new challenges.


Speaker Dr. Ma Weihua is the Executive Director, President and CEO of China Merchants Bank (CMB). Established in 1987, CMBis Chinas first joint-stock commercial bank entirely owned by enterprise legal person. CMB has won many awards domestically and internationally, and become one of the most influential brand in China. Dr. Ma also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors forCIGNA & CMC life Insurance Company Ltd., Chairman of China Merchants Fund Management Co. Ltd., and Wing Lung Bank Ltd. He has also served on multiple international educational and research institutes, social organizations and industry associations, and received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions to Chinas private sector.


Event will be held on Wednesday April 17th, 11:45am - 1:15pm, Harper 104, University of Chicago. Free lunch provided. 


Please RSVP here as I have to get an accurate count for translation audio facilities and lunch. Thanks for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you! 




Best regards,

recruit 15 native Mandarin speakers to participate a study

posted Apr 3, 2013, 7:29 AM by Yongli Wang

Hello, I’m a Ph.D. student in the Speech Research Laboratory (Patrick Wong, Principal Investigator) in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University. We’re looking for participants for hearing experiments. To participate, you will need to meet the following criteria:

1) Mandarin Chinese is the first language you learned;

2) 18 to 35 years old;

3) No history of neurological disorders;

4) Have normal hearing.

You will be asked to listen to some speech and other sounds in one of our sound booths.

Monetary compensation will be provided for your participation.

If you are interested, please email hearingbrain@northwestern.edu or go to http://cns.northwestern.edu/experiment/registration.html to register.

Thank you!


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