September 2007 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

August 30-September 6 - Kazakhstan
Seven Public Health Officials

Focus: Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases

September 2-5 - China
Mr. Mao Hao, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, China Youth Daily

Focus: Media and Human Rights

September 4-8 - Saudi Arabia
Ten Educators

Focus: Religious and Public Education

September 11-16 - Multi-Regional
Six Government and Business Leaders

Focus: Labor Issues

September 12-15 - Tibet
Ms. Lhakpadolma Labazhuoma, Tibet Artisan Initiative Small Enterprise Development

Focus: Poverty Alleviation

September 17-20 - Association of South East Asian Nations
Fifteen Government Officials

Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy

September 19-22 - Democratic Republic of the Congo
Nine Members of Parliament

Focus: The Role of Legislators

September 23-26 - France
Two Local Government Officials

Focus: U.S. Political System

September 25-28 - Pan-Africa
Seventeen Business, NGO, and Government Officials

Focus: Women as Political and Economic Leaders

September 26-30 - Multi-Regional
Seven Law Enforcement Officials

Focus: International Crime

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Thursday, September 13th - One visitor from Tibet would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Her program in the U.S. will focus on poverty alleviation. She is available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM and will not need an interpreter.

Monday, September 24th - Two visitors from France would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on the U.S. political system. They are available at 6:30 PM. They need to be accompanied by an interpreter.

Wednesday, September 26th - Seventeen visitors from Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equitorial Guinea, Guinea, Madagascar, Senegal, and Togo would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on women and political and economic leaders. They are available at 6:30 PM. Eight of the visitors speak English, and eleven need to be accompanied by interpreters. We'd like to divide them into groups of two or three per host.

Thursday, September 27th - Seven visitors from Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on international crime. They are available at 6:30 PM. All speak English, and we'd like three hosts to each take two or three visitors

Please note: Home hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the evening of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting visitors in your home for dinner on these dates, please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

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Chinese Public Health Officials Exchange Experiences with Atlanta Counterparts

GCIV had the pleasure of hosting six Chinese regional public health officials August 8-11. These six visitors were participants of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The participants were all representatives of the Shenyang Center for Disease Control, a central player in public health planning and emergency preparedness in Northeast China. The delegation had the opportunity to meet with many professional counterparts in Atlanta during their stay. Read more about their program.

Jordanian Educators Seek E-Learning Insight in Atlanta

GCIV hosted seven visitors from Jordan who came to Atlanta to study e-learning in secondary education August 18-22, 2007. The group consisted of public school teachers who are implementing e-learning systems in Jordan. While participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, the group met with their U.S. counterparts to explore current trends in design and development of project-based e-learning that may be incorporated into future Jordanian pilot programs. Read more about their program.


On Friday, November 16th, 2007, GCIV will host the second annual Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy. The goal of the summit is to raise public awareness of the international interests of Atlanta and Georgia, and to provide a forum for participants to exchange perspectives on issues that affect Georgia's global engagement. Our summit will offer participants several "cultural competency" workshops and sessions focused on various areas of the world. Please put this unique opportunity on your calendar and stay tuned for more information!

Consular CORPSner

JapanFest Weekend, one of the largest Japanese festivals in the country, is an annual celebration of Japanese culture. This year's JapanFest highlights Japan's diverse cuisine. The festival will also feature taiko drum concerts & dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, cultural workshops, children's games, Japanese food & beer garden, bonsai trees, and contemporary folk music.

JapanFest is organized by The Japan-America Society of Georgia and The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Consulate General of Japan. For information, visit

Cultural Competency for Citizen Diplomats

This week Vicki Flier Hudson's is sharing a report she authored entitled The Untapped Goldmine: Marketing to Diverse Consumers. Vicki provides cross-cultural trainings for corporations, classrooms, and many other settings. Visit her web site at

When we think of international business, we often think of CEO's sitting around a table negotiating a deal in China or a Japanese bowing to an American executive who instead is holding out his hand, expecting to shake hands. What gets less attention is the other side of the coin: the global consumer. For example, India holds 1.3 billion potential cell phone users within its borders, but will the cell phone companies reach all of the Indians able to afford cell phones? Probably not. Why? Consider what happened when cereal giant Kellogg tried to market its cold cereal products in India. Sales were disappointing because Indians like a hot, homemade breakfast, such as rice patties (called idlis), tea and other items cooked by family. No dry, cold cereal could compete with a hot meal lovingly prepared.

One of the core rules of marketing any product or service is to know your target consumers, your audience, of sorts, but studying demographics is not enough. We must consider what people value. We must understand their culture and their worldview. People buy products from marketers that understand them as consumers, care about their rich experiences and want to make a human connection. This gut-level connection motivates consumers. Read the full report

Be sure to check out the GCIV e-newsletter in coming months for more tips from Vicki Flier.

Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!

GCIV's membership is critical to the success of our organization, as it serves as an important indicator of community support for the U.S. Department of State and other agencies that rely on us to arrange programs for hundreds of international visitors each year. Becoming a member is easy - just visit our membership page to download an application.

GCIV Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 4th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Media in China

Join GCIV visitor Mr. Mao Hao, Deputy Editor of the China Daily News, for a lunchtime discussion. Former CNN Senior Vice President Judy Milestone will moderate the session. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel in midtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to RSVP.

Friday, September 14th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Poverty Alleviation in Tibet

Join GCIV visitor Ms. Lhakpadolma Labazhuoma of the Tibet Artisan Initiative Small Enterprise Development for a lunchtime discussion. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. The event will be held at the Atlanta Regional Commission. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Saturday, September 15, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
International Dining Experience at Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. We are also inviting the multi-regional delegation focusing on international crime. The menu is $15 and includes a family-style Ethiopian meal, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP.

Tuesdays, September 25-November 20, 7:30-9:00 PM
Evening at Emory Great Decisions Group

Join this upcoming discussion group and increase your understanding of world affairs. This eight-week series is based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. The topics of discussion for 2007 include: the Middle East, Climate Change, Mexico, Migration, South Africa, War Crimes, Central Asia, and Children. Register for the course at the Emory web site, or contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 with questions.

Other Opportunities
September 11, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Dr. Han S. Park, Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Center of Global Issues, at UGA will address the September ACIR Luncheon. Dr. Park will address "The U.S. and North Korea Relations-Current Crises." The luncheon is at the Capital City Club, 7 Harris Street, NW. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

September 14-October 26
The Human Pulse Photography Exhibit by John Elliot
The Human Pulse is a photographic series by John Elliott debuting at the Callanwolde Gallery in Atlanta. The ongoing series has been more than twenty years in the making, and encompasses images from around the world. The opening will be at 7:00 PM on September 14th. Contact John Elliott for more information.

September 21-October 1
Global Trade Tour to Germany

Reece & Associates, in association with Porsche Cars North America, is hosting a global trade tour to Germany from September 21 - October 1, 2007. Cities to be visited during the tour include Dresden, Nuremberg and the Saxony region. Click here for more information from Reece & Associates. To register, please contact Jamila Thompson at 404-586-2100.

October 7-18
Traveling University to India

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce will lead a delegation of Georgia business leaders and entrepreneurs on an Executive Educational Mission to explore one of the fastest growing & most exciting markets in the world - India. Cities to be visited include Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore. To register, please contact Ric Hubler at 404-586-8455.

About GCIV
The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to become more globally engaged.

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Atlanta, GA 30303