By Catherine Tsounis
In broad headlines, Apostoli Zoupaniotis of Greek News began a campaign in April 2010 to promote tourism to Greece. His articles ignited the imagination of Asians and Greek-Americans working in the 2010 Census. An education coalition emerged with Dr. John Nathanas, Surgeon/International Leader/Founder of DIAS International Academic Studies and Mrs. Irene Cheung, “2010 Community Service Award” winner of the Chinese American Voters Association of USA Inc. (CAVA and President Elect). A historic Press Conference was held by the Asian Cultural Federation, at 12:30 pm in Laterna Restaurant, 47-20 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, New York 11361 on Thursday, June 24, 2010.
“We will announce the first Greek Language Course at the University of Crete, Greece in this summer that our organization will participate in,” said Mrs. Cheung. “Dr. John Nathanas, guest speaker, will present the details of this wonderful program.” 2010 DIAS International Academic Studies Summer Program is stationed at the University of Crete. The college program has six weeks of study. It gives up to ten college credits. For more information, visit www.diascourses.com or email e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Chinese discovered the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet,” explained Dr. Nathanas. “They have discovered the importance of olive oil in lowering cholesterol in their diet. The Prefecture of Iraklion (similar to our county of Queens, New York) recently visited China. China expressed an interest in establishing trade ties in the importing of olive oil from Crete to their country. In fact, they expressed the wish to buy up all Cretan olive oil.”
Dr. Nathanas continued saying that a “DIAS two week excursion is being planned from August 15th to 30th in Crete with Mrs. Cheung and the Asian Cultural Federation. The tour will additionally visit Athens, Olympia, Delphi and Santorini and enjoy the beauty of the culture and beaches of Crete.”
“We are honored to have Dr. John Nathanas meet with us today,” explained Mrs. Cheung. “Study in Greece is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our youth. In addition, we, as Chinese- Americans will have the opportunity to visit the birth place of Western civilization. We will see the unity of China, the basis of Eastern Civilization with Greece.”
The Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Hellenic Republic, March 22, 2007, said “As the origins of Oriental and Western civilizations, China and Greece have both made great contributions to the human history. The two peoples hold warm and friendly feelings toward each other. Since the forging of diplomatic ties 34 years ago, the two countries have built up sound relations on the basis of equality; mutual respect and benefit…………
In the history of human development, the oriental civilization represented by ancient China and the western civilization represented by Ancient Greece interacted with each other and glorified each other. Today, the two countries are working together for their greater prosperity and a better world. Mutual interest and mutual benefit has ushered in a golden period of cooperation, have generated more opportunities for China and Greece, and have fully prove that different cultures surely can coexist and cooperate peacefully and fruitfully, thus contributing to a harmonious world.”
Members of the Greek_American Education sector attended the Chinese American Voters Association of USA Inc. (CAVA) Gala on Wednesday evening, June 16th, at Queens Crossing, Mudan Banquet Hall, located at 136-17 39th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Flushing. The incoming Board of Directors were honored and installed. Irene Chau Cheung was presented the “2010 Community Service Award”. Dr. John Nathanas, prominent physician, and international Greek-American leader, came with his associates Andreas Koudellou, Director of the 2010 DIAS Summer Program (DIAS International Academic Studies) and Mrs. Artemis Nathenas-Filacouris, Administrator of DIAS.
On Wednesday, May 16th, the Vice-President of China visited Crete,” explained Dr. Nathanas. “Crete is becoming the center or world trade. Cosco Inc. plans to use it as a base of operations. China is the basis of Eastern Civilization. Greece is the Basis of Western Civilization with the unique Minoan civilization of Crete.”
Kathimerini newspaper reported on June 16, 2010 that China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang was in Athens to sign 14 commercial agreements with Deputy Prime Minister George Papandreou and President Karolos Papoulias. It was reported that Bejing wants to stand by Greece in its moment of crisis. They believe Greece is capable of overcoming the crisis.
Dr. Nathans said “we, at DIAS, would like to form a Greek-Chinese coalition to further education study at Crete and future travel by the Chinese American Voters Association. DIAS college program with study in Crete for six weeks will give students up to ten college credits.” For more information, visit www.diascourses.com.
Ms. Margaret Louise Skourlis was awarded the title Ms. New Jersey in 2009. She took the D.I.A.S. program. “I watched 3 couples meet there and fall in love and get married,” She said. “We made friends for life. The experience of living with other Americans in Greece was indescribable. The courses I took at the University of Crete in Rethymno included: Archeology, Ancient Greek, Advanced Modern Greek, and Cretan history. I helped dig up artifacts during archeology class in Eleftherna. The program sent us to Santorini. We visited volcanoes and swam in the natural mud ocean of Santorini. It is an experience I will never forget and wish to relive. For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Louise_Skourlis.