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Mei Young Explains Exciting New Opportunities for Bellevue-China Relationships

“I love advocating for Bellevue, both at home and abroad, in the private and public sectors.  ~Mei Young

Mei Young has extensive experience in investment and consulting/PR services. She has successfully led many community projects, international events/forums, and personally organized high-profile trade missions to China, including Ambassador Gary Locke’s visit to Qingdao in 2008; Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee’s visits to Beijing, Dalian and Qingdao in 2008 and 2011; and the trade mission led by former port commissioner Lloyd Hara to Dalian in 2008.

Mei is also a guest speaker on the cross-cultural communication and etiquette of doing business in China at the TMMBA program at Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Business and Arts Reception at MulvannyG2 Downtown Bellevue on April 18, 2012
From left: Antonio Sanchez from the Lieutenant Governor Office; Mei Young; Hu Hong, Prominent Chinese Artist; Hong Kong Association of WA’s Chairman Benjamin Lee, and Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee.

Q: Please tell us about your career path and your current occupation.

A: Two years after moving to Bellevue from China in 1997, I started a successful real estate career. I have developed extensive market knowledge and negotiation skills while maintaining a high level of integrity.

The company I founded, Era Young, provides foreign investors with the means to achieve their investment and business goals in the Bellevue-Seattle region. Our main activity is to facilitate the contacts between Bellevue businesses, Chinese businesses and government leaders.

In China, I have wide-spread connections. I was appointed as trade representative for City of Dalian in 2006. In 2008, I facilitated Friendship and Cooperation Agreement between Bellevue and Dalian. The City of Bellevue also now has a city-to-city agreement with Qingdao. There are a lot of similarities between these cities; they are both beautiful cities that are experiencing fast technology growth. These city-to-city agreements are paying off in the way of business trade and investment for both sides.

Q: What new opportunities do you see between China and Bellevue?

A: There are so many opportunities! For example, Microsoft has important relationships and investments in both Dalian and Qingdao. An investment group from Dalian is looking at creating an Asia-themed entertainment center in Bellevue. Several China companies are considering locating their US headquarters in Bellevue, and there are opportunities for a joint fashion show, a mobile technology conference, and an Asian corporate center.

Q: What is one of your favorite aspects of living in Bellevue?

A: Being able to connect the best of both cultures – from where I was born and where I live now – is a privilege. Bellevue, with its first Chinese mayor, is becoming a major city in the Pacific Rim economy, and I feel fortunate that I can contribute to that success. I love advocating for Bellevue, both at home and abroad, in the private and public sectors.

Q: How do you like the Bellevue-Seattle region as a place to live?

A: With its beautiful surroundings, Bellevue is one of the most livable places in America. In addition, it is a dynamic high-tech hub, has excellent schools, low crime rates, and 30 percent Asian population. Washington State is ideal for year-round recreation (skiing, boating, walking, biking and tennis). Bellevue is also a home for the CEOs of many world-class companies, who find that doing business with China is easier because Bellevue-Seattle is the shortest distance to China of any US city.

Q: What advice do you have for others about how to be successful in this region or line of business?

A: Being bilingual and trying to remain sensitive to cultural issues is important. Use your passion and energy and stay focused. Always try to make a positive difference.

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2 thoughts on “Mei Young Explains Exciting New Opportunities for Bellevue-China Relationships

  1. Brought a property last year with Mei Young representing the seller. She is sly, and sly is an understatement. She fabricated false repair recipes, deflects argumentative points with personal attacks, shifted blame on the owner, played dumb, and this is just the beginning. She will cheat you out of every last dollar and make your life difficult, if you make it through the stream of endless lies. Recommend avoiding homes listed by Mei Young – ethics is not in her repertoire of vocabulary.

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