Ken Lau

Ken is pictured at Ai Wan Ting in Changsha, Hunan, China.  There is now a replica of same in St. Paul Minnesota at Lake Phalen Park.

Ken was born in Guangzhou, China, and grew up in Hong Kong. In 1965, he moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota, where he earned an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Business. Ken’s management career flourished in the Twin Cities, working for Fortune 500 companies such as Burlington Northern, Dayton Hudson, Pillsbury, and International Multifoods. As China opened its doors to the world, Ken returned to Asia, taking roles in China, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia with companies like Digital Equipment, American Standard, and TIW of Canada in a joint venture with China United Communication Corp. in Changsha, Hunan.

Ken has always been passionate about serving his community. In 1975, he became president of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM), where he worked alongside Helen Fong, wife of David Fong, who served as Vice President. During his presidency, CAAM played a significant role in promoting affirmative action, helping to present qualified candidates for local corporations and uniting various Chinese communities, including professionals, businesspeople, and everyday individuals.

Ken’s commitment to community service continued as he served on the Board of Accountancy for the State of Minnesota from 1992 to 1995. He has also been a board member and past treasurer for the Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends (CHFF) and the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society (MCFGS). Currently, Ken is a Board member and Treasurer of the U.S. China People Friendship Association – Minnesota (USCPFA-MN).

Ken became a U.S. citizen in 1978 and now resides in Maple Grove, MN.

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