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A Dialogue between Asian Community Leaders
and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Margaret W. Wong Offices
April 3, 2014

A number of Asian community leaders were invited to meet and speak with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at the office of Margaret W. Wong. The meeting was billed as "an opportunity for Community Leaders to speak directly with Mayor Jackson about their concerns as well as strategies to make Cleveland a more welcoming and open city for the Asian and businesses communities."

Asian leaders with Mayor Jackson at Margaret Wong office


Judy Wong served as MC and welcomed the Mayor and the community leaders and explained the reason behind the dialog. She recounted some of the development in the City and wondered how we could get more Asians and others to come to Cleveland and share in the prosperity.

Judy Wong

Judy Wong

Margaret Wong welcomed the Mayor and the leaders and suggested that everyone introduce themselves.

Margaret Wong

Margaret Wong


She was happy that the group included leaders from Western parts of Asia such as Lebanon and Turkey.

Margaret Wong

Margaret Wong


After the introductions, the Mayor spoke. The Mayor said that whether it is immigrants, migrants or boomerangs you have to build a place that people want to come because they have choices.



The Mayor said that he considers politics to be an honorable profession but when self-interest is the main reason for action by politicians or lawyers, teachers or anyone, that person is a crook.

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson



Several questions were asked by the community leaders.

Dr. Fukuo Hashimoto, President of Japanese Association of Northern Ohio, JANO, asked a question concerned the establishment of a Sister City relationship with Japan. Mayor Jackson said that he wants Sister City relationships to be more than ceremonial - they need to have a real value and be between comparable cities.

Dr. Fukuo Hashimoto asks question



Tej Singh asked about perceptions of the city vs suburbs and the neighborhoods. Mayor Jackson said that "We have diversity in abundance" and "We welcome everybody" and used the successful school plan to demonstrate collaboration. He stressed that "you cannot serve what you disdain" so encouraged people and businesses to experience Cleveland first before making a judgment.

Tej Singh and Murat Gurer

Tej Singh and Murat Gurer



The Mayor responded to a comment that he is not open to immigrants by saying that he has been accused of that but he is "open to what is good for Cleveland" He just doesn't believe in a panacea that will somehow change the entire world.

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson



Mayor Jackson was asked about the status of the sister city relationship with Taipei Taiwan. He answered and then Anthony Yen gave some background information.

Question about Taipei and Cleveland



Anthony Yen went on to praise Mayor Jackson and credited some of the success of the Confucius Institute Lunar New Year program to the Mayor.



The Mayor responded to a question by telling how he works to put Cleveland in a better position for success by striving for broader inclusion. He realizes that we are all immigrants at some level.



Below are photos of some of the attendees during the introductions or the networking part of the event. If we made a mistake with a name or you can help ID someone please let us know.

Anthony Yen and Margaret Wong

Anthony Yen and Margaret Wong


William Sinn and Liming Wang

William Sinn and Liming Wang


Sanjiv Kapur and Gia Hoa Ryan

Sanjiv Kapur and Gia Hoa Ryan


Luke Suh

Luke Suh


Tony Abdulkarim

Tony Abdulkarim


Venky Venkatesh and Joe Meissner

Venky Venkatesh and Joe Meissner


Chief Valarie McCall

Chief Valarie McCall


Anthony Yen

Anthony Yen


Rui Zhang and Kimlee Sureemee

Rui Zhang and Kimlee Sureemee


Yin Yumin

Yin Yumin


Michael Mendoza

Michael Mendoza


Judy Wong, Margaret Wong, Mayor Jackson and George Hwang

Judy Wong, Margaret Wong,
Mayor Jackson and George Hwang


Dr. Li Li

Dr. Li Li


Hao Zhou

Hao Zhou


Wayne Wong

Wayne Wong


George Hwang

George Hwang


Felton Thomas

Felton Thomas


Debbie Hanson, Johnny Wu and Radhika Reddy

Debbie Hanson, Johnny Wu and Radhika Reddy


Chia-Min Chen

Chia-Min Chen


Anthony Yen, Margaret Wong, Haigang Zhou and George Hwang

Anthony Yen, Margaret Wong,
Haigang Zhou and George Hwang


Dr. Fukuo and Mrs Tokuko Hashimoto

Dr. Fukuo and Mrs Tokuko Hashimoto


Lim Zhia

Lim Zhia


Ahmed Mansoor and Mayor Frank Jackson

Ahmed Mansoor and Mayor Frank Jackson


Faris Alamah, Pierre Bejjani, Johnny Wu and Dan Hanson

Faris Alamah, Pierre Bejjani,
Johnny Wu and Dan Hanson


Ping Xia, William Sinn and Ed Hom

Ping Xia, William Sinn and Ed Hom


Judy Wong and Michael Sreshta

Judy Wong and Michael Sreshta


Vanni Wang

Vanni Wang


Jennifer Luu

Jennifer Luu


Debbie Hanson and Valarie McCall

Debbie Hanson and Valarie McCall


Luke Suh


Cleveland Asian leader


Debbie Day and Deborah Yue

Debbie Day and Deborah Yue


Cleveland Asian leader


Cleveland Asian leader


Felton Thomas, Linda and Mayor Jackson

Felton Thomas, Linda and Mayor Jackson


Kimlee Sureemee, Liming Wang and Dan Hanson

Kimlee Sureemee, Liming Wang and Dan Hanson


Anthony Yen

Anthony Yen


Mike Sreshta, Margaret Wong and Debbie Hanson

Mike Sreshta, Margaret Wong and Debbie Hanson


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