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2021 Symposium on Asia-US Partnership Opportunities Begins April 2nd


Kennesaw, GA, April 1, 2021 – The Asian Studies Program at Kennesaw State University (KSU) presents a yearly Symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO). SAUPO provides opportunities for information exchange, network building, global visibility, and investment both to and from Asia.

Inaugurated in 2011, SAUPO has become the largest Asia-US business conference in the United States. SAUPO enjoys a growing influence in strengthening investments and relationships between Asia and the United States. As a result, SAUPO has received recognition from The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), Georgia Asian Times, Asian American Heritage Foundation, and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

As an interdisciplinary conference, SAUPO presents a global platform for five-way dialogue among business leaders, scholars, diplomats, government officials, and non-profit practitioners. Previous SAUPO conferences and workshops have been a resounding success with outstanding attendees worldwide.

This year, the conference is being held over Zoom. To learn more about the conference, please visit the conference website. For more information on the speakers and the agenda, you can visit their agenda page, or learn more below.


2021 SAUPO-Zoom Agenda – all times EST

9:00am-9:15am: Opening & Introduction

sponsored by KSU Office of VP for Research


9:15am-10:15am: Panel #1 – Pandemic, Communication and Organizations

Moderator: Dr. May Gao, SAUPO Chair, Professor of Communication & Asian Studies, KSU

Sponsored by KSU Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences & WellStar College of Health and Human Services


10:15am-10:30am: Music Break

Sponsored by the State of Georgia & Aprio


10:30am-11:30am: Panel #2 – Global Supply Chains, Business & Partnerships

Moderator: Dr. Ian Ferguson, Dean, Southern Poly College of Engineering & Engineering Tech., KSU

Sponsored by KSU Coles College of Business & Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology


11:30am-11:45am: Closing

  • Dr. Sheb True, AVP, Division of Global Affairs and Dean, Graduate College & Professional Education, KSU
    Dr. Jag Sheth, SAUPO Advisor, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Emory University

Sponsored by KSU Division of Global Affairs, Lucy Lu & Associates


Media Contact

Dr. May Gao
Kennesaw State University
402 Bartow Ave. MB#2207 Kennesaw, GA 30144


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