Maotai Day Speech
To President Li, to our Counsel General, to our guests, our business partners of China SF, as well as the distillery companies, and all the friends that are here tonight, it is my pleasure to join all of you to celebrate the first anniversary of Moutai Day in San Francisco.
You know, we are in a very historic building. For those of you who have not been here before, we are in the Palace of Fine Arts, where it is a building that was designed and created 100 years ago for the Panama International Exhibition; and because this building is here, this takes on a very special celebration.
I have wanted to join this celebration because I've always felt that Kweichow Moutai is more than just a liquor. It is and has become a symbol for many, many good things; and I know that it has been the drink for President Nixon, who visited China to normalize our relations, which was one of the most important things that happened in our lifetimes. And I also know that having come over to become an international drink, we consumed the beverage of Moutai for many occasions, and those occasions are usually associated with great celebrations - celebrations of the Chinese New Years’, celebrations of birthdays, celebrations of meaningful events that bring higher levels of understanding between many people.
And, in fact, when we drink Moutai, we usually say to each other’s health, “身体健康”，is what we usually say. So, I am a big supporter of the success of Moutai, not just in America, but around the world; because if we can have a symbol that increases understanding, that brings us together, closer as people to people, that allows us to enjoy and celebrate more things, than we have accomplished more than we think.
So, it is my honor to join all of you tonight at this wonderful celebration here at the Palace of Fine Arts and also to say to you that it is significant that we have an opportunity to introduce the next century as the Golden Era here in Old Gold Mountain, that is very appropriate; and so tonight I join all of you in celebration, but more importantly, in the building of more relations with each other, on a local level, on our national level, and most importantly, on our international level.
Thank you for being here tonight. We have President come, it is my pleasure again; and we will do this every year we have an opportunity because this is the first anniversary of many anniversaries. President Li, it is my honor to present to you, yet another celebratory acclamation, proclaiming again, Maotai Day in all of San Francisco. Congratulations.