Jan ZHENG 郑征
Board of Director
Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago
Dongfang Chinese Performing Arts Association
A seasoned producer and master of ceremony for larger performance events in Chicagoland, Ms. Zheng has produced and hosted many culture activities and community events, including 2015 Chicago Yellow River Cantata Concert, Chinese New Year Gala, etc that were reported on Chinese Central Television (CCTV). She is active in promoting the appreciation of Chinese arts and culture, the Chinese language education, and cultural exchange among the American and Chinese communities. Jan currently is the President of Chicago Dongfang Chinese Performing Arts Association and Board of Director of Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago.
What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?
I first worked as an assistant marketing manager with a large hi-tech corporation. I learned the art of identifying new enterprise opportunities and how to turn new ideas into a strategy and concrete direction for a team to pursue. How to effectively integrate key resources, i.e. people, capital, and productive assets and produce new, profitable, and worthwhile results.
What books are currently on your bedside table?
The People in the Trees, a novel by Hanya Yanagihara
The Price of Civilization - Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, non-fiction by Jeffrey D. Sachs
My Century, an autobiography by Gunter Grass
Magazines: Time and the New Yorker
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST FREE?
Usually it is late at night when most others are in bed. I enjoy the peace and quite, especially when there is no pressing matters hanging over me. In solitude, I can just let my mind wander, or simply soak in music or books.
WHAT WAS THE LEAST PRESENT YOU GAVE SOMEONE?
A dozen roses to my mom for her birthday.
WHAT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY PLACE YOU HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELED TO?
Kauai of the Hawaii Islands. It’s not the first time I’ve been there, nor will it be the last. It’s not the most exotic place I know, but it is pristine, colorful, relaxing, unassuming and accessible.