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I am a professional interpreter, translator, a mediator, a professional anthropologist, a senior consulting archaeologist, a certified underwater archaeologist, a certified scuba diver, a self-taught auto mechanic, Gold medalists in long jump, triple jump and pole vault in the Georgia Games, and a stand-up comic. I hold a bachelor’s degree in history and archeology from Beijing University, one of the most prestigious institution in the country, and a master’s degree in anthropology from Beijing’s Central University of Nationalities, as well as a five years study in a Ph. D. program of anthropology at University of Pittsburgh. I worked as curator and staff researcher for the Ethnic Minority Museum Preparation Committee, State Commission for Ethnic Minority affairs of P.R. China. After completing the course work for a Ph.D. in archeology and anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, I served as a senior archaeologist for numerous archaeological and environmental consulting firms prior to his founding of AALS.
Born and raised in the suburb of Harbin, a beautiful colonial city known as the Pearl under Swan’s Neck in the northeast of China, where temperature can average minus 30 to 40 degrees in winter, I was brainwashed as a devoted communist and spent five years in a labor camp being indoctrinated in the benefit of physical labor. I eventually rejected communism and became an outspoken critic of it. I immigrated to the United States to pursue further education at age of 32 and became a U.S. citizen on September 27, 1999.
As I absorbed American culture, I developed a vision: to help bridge the communication gap and promote unity between mainstream American and Asian cultures. I acquired Asian American Publication, Inc. in 1995, providing business directories and community resource guides for the burgeoning Asian American population in metropolitan Atlanta and the state of Georgia. In the mean time, I embarked on a new career as freelance translator and interpreter. Later that same year, I founded AALS, now Asian American Media Group, Inc., offering a full range of multilingual and multimedia communication services in all languages to private businesses and government agencies around the world. AALS is now considered the premier single-source provider of culturally sensitive Asian-English translations and cross-cultural consulting. The dynamic enterprise culminates his vision to promote understanding among cultures in both the local community and the global marketplace. In early August of 1997, along with other 15 business executives, I joined a trade mission with U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daley to Canada. AALS and I were featured on National Public Radio in the Marketplace Radio program on December 9, 1997.
As a graduate of Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute class 2006, I am very active in the community. I am Past-President of Rotary Club of North DeKalb, and Chairman of Fellowship and Recreations for Rotary International District 6900; Board Member of National Family in Action, Board Member for Asian American Resource Center. I also served as Chairman of the Board and President of Atlanta Association of Interpreters and Translators (AAIT), a local chapter of American Translators Association (ATA), Administrator for Chinese Language Division of ATA, a Marketing Advisory Committee member for MARTA, Vice Presidents for Chinese Business Association of Atlanta (CBAA), Vice President of the Association of Chinese Professionals (ACP) and many other civil organizations.
I served as the GSE Team leader for Rotary District 6900 to District 3480 of Taiwan in 2001 and met my beautiful bride Paulina on that trip. We now have a seven-year old son William Mark and a three year daughter Tana Tsenghui.
Area(s) of Training
anthropology, applied anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, cultural resource management, ethnography, ethnology
Area(s) of Expertise
Applied Anthropology in Lingustic Settings and Emvironment
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
Translation Service Company

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At 8:10am on November 24, 2010, amaro sérgio marques said…
Dear Dr Garry Guan,
I am a researcher and co-coordinator of a research group on health of the black and maroon in Brazil, which belongs to a public university, and I'm very interested to be visiting your university, and meet other researchers and teachers who have studies on black people or african-Americans.
I had the opportunity to do internship at Elon University in North Carolina for a month in 2008, where he had contact with the health anthropology, and in 2011 we are trying to verify the possibility of visiting universities and researchers Americans who study the issue of inequities and inequalities ethnic / racial and the problem of access to the health of the black population, which is one of the great problems we have in Brazil too.
The idea is to try to schedule a visit in May or June 2011, and we have availability we get up to a week, or maybe a little more, and so we could be exchanging experience and can show what we have studied in Brazil with communities black in rural areas.
We have much interest yet to receive them or their students themselves through scientific exchange, and we are still making agreements, joint research projects, articles and everything that is academically viable, if it is in their interest.
If you do not have interest in this subject, but I can indicate to other researchers who study public health, culture, public policies, or even black population health, please let me know please or pass to someone else.

Research Group on the Health of Blacks and Maroons at North Minas Gerais State - BRASIL
State University of Montes Claros-UNIMONTES-Minas Gerais-Brasil

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