Chinese Translator - Samuel ChongSAMUEL CHONG
Chinese Instructor/Translator and Interpreter in Los Angeles (For Updated Resume, see
One of the Founders of Abacus Chinese Translation Services
Chinese Patent Translator in Los Angeles (Court Certified Mandarin/English Interpreter #301138)
Experienced in Egg Donor and Surrogacy Contract Review
California Court Certified Mandarin Interpreter Certificate
New York Unified Court System Interpreter Approval Letter
American Translators Association Associate Member Certificate
Continental Magazine's March 2008 Issue on Samuel Chong
Tel: 626-487-8909 Fax: 626-282-9252 Email:

School and Office Locations in Beverly Hills (100 N Crescent Drive #117, Beverly Hills, CA 90210), Koreatown (on Wilshire Blvd), and Alhambra (401 N. Garfield Ave., Ste 1, Alhambra, CA 91801).  Please call for more information.

WORK EXPERIENCE (Last updated September 2014)

Abacus Chinese Translation Services, Los Angeles, CA
July 2007 to Present
-- Co-Founded the Chinese translation company providing Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish translation and interpretation and voice over services in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and other major cities in the US and around the world.
-- Assisted in translations and interpretations of egg donor and surrogacy contracts for intended parents from China

High-Net-Worth Individuals and Investors from the People's Republic of China
October 2011 to Present
-- Served as an interpreter and manager/consultant for various high-net-worth individuals and investors from China to assist with their investments and activities in the United States

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, and China Entrepreneurs Club (CEC), Necker Island, British Virgin Islands (BVI)
August, 2014
-- Provided simultaneous interpretation for Sir Richard Branson and members of the China Entrepreneurs Club for a three day meeting on Necker Islands.  Topics included business trends, brand management, environmental protection, and philanthropic environment in China, etc.

Fox International Channels, Los Angeles
August 20-21, 2014
-- Interpreted for team members of Fox International Channels from Taiwan.  Topics include TV show production, TV ratings, reality shows, etc.

CBS Corporation with Leslie Moonves, Los Angeles
April 21-22, 2014
-- Provided consecutive interpretation for Leslie Moonves and his senior executive team during a meeting with CBS Interactive China.  Topics: Confidential.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles
January 9 and June 2, 2014
Provided consecutive interpretation services for journalists from China regarding Sony's 4K technology, as well as a business meeting with a well-known company from China.

Accenture, Miami, Florida
April 7, 2014
-- Provided simultaneous and consecutive interpretation services for Accenture and its Chinese clients

MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, NV
June 2013
-- Interpreted for a business meeting between Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, and his senior executives and a private company from China.  Topics: Confidential

The President of the Dominican Republic and China Construction Group
November 2, 2012
-- Interpreted for Mr. Danilo Medina, the President of the Dominican Republic, during his meeting with a delegation of the China Construction Group

China Film Group, Los Angeles
October, 2012
-- Interpreted during their visit in Los Angeles, California, for companies such as DreamWorks Animation and a private dinner with Jeffrey Katzenberg

China State Development Investment Corporation, for their visit to Sapphire Energy in San Diego, CA
October, 2012
-- Interpreted for the delegation from the China State Development Investment Corporation for their visit to Sapphire Energy in San Diego, CA and plants in New Mexico

Minister of Interior and Cabinet Members of the Republic of Panama
June 2012
-- Interpreted for a real estate developer in China on his trip to the Republic of Panama

Michael Bay
March 2012
-- Interpreted for Michael Bay during his discussions with an advertising company in China

ATM LLC (A Thousand Miles, LLC)
July 2012 to June 2013
-- Served as an interpreter and assisted in brokering a deal in which a conglomerate of private entities and a consortium of successful entrepreneurs from China invested in 10 million and committed in financing 150 million per project for at least two projects.

IMAX Corporation
October 2011 to Present
-- Served as the interpreter for various of meetings with entertainment companies from China as well as Chinese media

China Investment Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
February, 2012
Translator/Interpreter during their visits in Los Angeles hosted by Joan Dangerfield

DreamWorks Animation/China Media Capital/Shanghai Media Group/Shanghai Alliance Investment
February, 2012
-- Translated press releases for the signing ceremony during the visit of Mr. Xi Jinping, the Vice-President of China.

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands
July and October, 2009
-- Mandarin interpreter for the case Sino-Union (Caribbean) Holding Limited vs. Shangri-la International Development Holding Limited, Mossack Fonseca & Co (BVI) Limited, Rich Victory Investment Limited, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica
-- Mandarin Interpreter for attorneys (barristers and solicitors),  a former ambassador of a country to China, and others.

Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
February 2009 to Present
Mandarin Certified Court Interpreter
-- Interpreted for the criminal, traffic, and civil (including small claims) courts of the Los Angeles Superior Court located in Alhambra

United States District Court, Central District of California (Federal Courts, Los Angeles)
February 2009 to Present
Mandarin Court Interpreter
-- Interpreted for the criminal courts of the US District Court in Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles, Extension Program
April 2008 -- January 2010
Courses Taught: Simultaneous Interpretation II, Sight Translation, The Art of Translation
-- Translation and interpretation classes in preparation for the California court interpreter certification exam.

LA Institute of Translation and Interpretation
Aug. 2004 – Present
Instructor, Mandarin Translator and Interpreter
-- Taught interpretation classes including consecutive interpretation, simultaneous interpretation, sight translation in preparation for California Court Certified Interpreters Exam.
-- Translated and interpreted from Mandarin to English and from English to Mandarin for different industries such as legal, entertainment, business, sports, etc.

Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center                                                            Aug. 2002 – Present
-- Personally taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced Chinese language classes to individuals and corporations
-- Initiated, managed and expanded Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting cultural exchanges between the United States and China through Chinese language classes and other services.
-- Provided consultation services to legal and entertainment firms regarding issues related to Chinese culture.

Los Angeles Immigration Court, Los Angeles, California, USA
Court Mandarin Interpreter
-- Interpreted orally for immigration cases.

Harry J. Liu & Associates, California, USA                                                     Jun. 2002 - Aug. 2003
-- Researched and analyzed law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, and legal codes to prepare documents
-- Drafted legal documents such as briefs, pleadings, initial and amended articles of incorporation, stock certificates, buy-sell agreements, contracts, summons, and complaints.
-- Investigated facts and law of case to determine causes of action and to prepare case accordingly
-- Filed pleadings with court clerks
-- Served summons and complaints to defendants
-- Helped to direct and coordinate activities of law office employees  

The Industrial Bank of Japan, Beijing Branch                                                  Oct. 2001-Feb. 2002
Risk Analyst, Business Department

-- Assessed the strategic, operational, and financial risk of clients in various industries including petrochemical, manufacturing, retail, high technology, public infrastructure, and financial institutions.
-- Planned and conducted interviews, developed potential customers, performed business reviews by interviewing key client personnel, documenting workflows, and conducting risk analysis by analyzing financial data and using Monte Carlo simulation
-- Reviewed contracts of commercial and syndication loan projects through consulting with legal councils, bank's management level, and client.
-- Clients included: British Petroleum, Sony, Fanuc (Beijing), SINOPEC, LG Chemical, NTT Data, PEC Leasing

Orient Trend Investment Consulting Company Ltd.                                           Aug. 2001-Oct. 2001
Analyst, Market Research Department 
-- Analyzed and presented buy/hold/sell recommendations for listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges to clients using fundamental and technical analysis
-- Initiated "Thai Stock Investments for Chinese Investors" project with the collaboration of local financial institution
-- Interviewed weekly by Financial Review Program of China Central Television for domestic market commentaries and Chinese stock market reform issues, and worked as a script writer for weekly international market summaries and updates


Entertainment Related Translation and Interpretation Experiences in Los Angeles

Commodity Markets Council                                                                               February, 2012
Chinese Simultaneous Interpreter
-- Provided simultaneous interpretation services for Dalian Commodity Exchange for the annual meeting of Commodity Markets Council

DreamWorks Animation/Ministry of Culture of China                                    October, 2011
DreamWorks Animation/Party Secretary of Hubei Province, China               
February, 2012
Mandarin Interpreter
Interpreted during visits of delegations from China.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.                                                               April, 2011
Mandarin Simultaneous Interpreter
-- Interpreted for their 2011 conference in Los Angeles

Exit Strategy                                                                                                         March - April 2011
Chinese Language Coach
-- Provided Chinese language coaching services for the pilot of Exit Strategy for actor Tom Sizemore with director Antoine Fuqua.

US-China Co-Production Round Table Discussion                                               October 2010
Simultaneous Interpreter
-- Provided Chinese/Mandarin simultaneous interpretation for US-China Co-Production Round Table Discussion held at Disney Inc.

US-China Film Summit                                                                                       October 2010
Simultaneous Interpreter
-- Provided Chinese/Mandarin simultaneous interpretation for the first US-China Film Summit held in Beverly Hills, CA.

Waiting In Beijing                                                                                                December 2008
Premiere in Los Angeles
-- Interpretation for the Director and Producer Alan Zhang

Kung Fu Panda                                                                                                        August 2008
DVD Post Production
-- Translated and consulted for the contents of Kung Fu Panda's DVD post production relating to Chinese zodiacs.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor                                                         March 2008
Script Translation
Translation verification and translation from English to Ancient Chinese for the scripts.

"The Alps" - IMAX - MacGillivray Freeman Films                                                October 2007
Mandarin Chinese Voice Consultant
-- Consulted for the Mandarin voice over of this adventure giant screen film
-- Provided translation and interpretation services during the consultation process.

"The Closer"                                                                                                              July 2007
Actor/Chinese Consultant
-- Played a co-star role in one of the episodes of the TNT show "The Closer".
--Provided Chinese cultural consultations to one of the screenwriters, Mandarin language coaching to its actors and actresses, as well as casting assistance.

Herzog Cowen Entertainment and Chow, Yun-Fat                                                     November 2006
Interview Interpreter
-- Interpreted for Mr. Chow, Yun-Fat for a Mandarin interview.

Jackie Chan
-- Provided Chinese translations of his Mandarin interview (for Quincy Jones) into English for subtitles

Disney Studios                                                                                                           September 2006
Mandarin Dialog Trainer
-- Trained an actor for a Mandarin sentence in "The Big Day" show.

Westside Casting Studios                                                                                         Feb. 2004
Television Advertisement Interpretation and Consulting
-- Interpreted and trained casts of a Fidelity advertisement for a TV promotion targeting Chinese consumers.
-- Consulted Chinese cultural issues related to the content and language of the advertisement

Simultaneous Interpretation Experiences (Last updated July 2010)

American Association of Museums Annual Meeting and Museum Expo                May 2010
Simultaneous Interpreter

Amy Tan's Speech at AAM                                                                                        May 2010
Simultaneous Interpreter
Provided simultaneous interpretation services to writer and author Amy Tan

Korean “Wonder Girls” World Web World Premier                                                   May 2010
Mandarin Simultaneous Interpreter

Sunkist PR Event                                                                                                        February 2010
Simultaneous Interpreter
-- Interpreted simultaneously for journalists form China for Sunkist's PR Event

SEIU Conference                                                                                                    November 2009
Simultaneous Interpreter
- Interpreted simultaneously for Service Employees International Union during their conference in Los Angeles

Milken's Global Conference                                                                                        April 2009
Simultaneous Interpreter
- Interpreted simultaneously for some of the Chinese guests at this annual conference

Simultaneous Interpretation for a Rupert Murdoch Interview of Phoenix Television
Mar. 2004, Fox Studios
-- Simultaneous interpretation for an interview between Rupert Murdoch of News Corporation and Changle Liu, CEO of Phoenix Television

Selected Business Related Translation and Interpretation Experiences in Los Angeles and Elsewhere
For detailed list or references of legal translation and interpretations, please contact me.

- Mandarin interpretation for BabyFirst Inc (December 2008)
- Mandarin interpretation for Chinese Delegation from Yangpu District, Shanghai (October 2008)
- Mandarin interpretation and Chinese translation for Chevron (May 2008)
See below for those performed in or before 2007

The Federal Reserve Bank, Los Angeles                                                                    September 2006
Mandarin Interpreter
-- Interpreted for a group of executives from the People's Bank of China
-- Interpreted for the tour during their visits to the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles

Immigration Court, Los Angeles                                                                              October 2005 to 2007
Chinese Translator and Chinese Simultaneous Interpreter
-- Provided Mandarin interpretation and Chinese written translation services for the Immigration Court in Los Angeles.
-- Chinese simultaneous translation for defendants of the court.

Farmers' Insurance Group                                                                                      May 2004 to 2007
Mandarin Interpreter
-- Interpreted for nurse case manager for Mandarin speaking patients in Los Angeles County Hospital, USC University Hospital, Garfield Medical Center and other private clinics and physical therapists
-- Translated notes and medical documents as well as workers compensation policy papers to Mandarin speaking patients

Food and Drug Administration Experts, Los Angeles, CA                                      June, 2005
Chinese Interpreter
-- Interpreted a presentation by FDA Experts to a group of Chinese pharmaceutical executives
-- Translated materials related to FDA regulations on generic drugs from English to Chinese

University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles, CA   
May. 2005
-- Interpreted for an Executive Master of Business Administration course on Advertising
-- Provided translation services to course materials from English to Chinese.

Legal Related Translation and Interpretation Experiences in Los Angeles


Business Watch Magazine                                                                                           Sep. 2001 - Present
-- Drafted monthly columns on investment trends and emerging markets
-- Expanded the magazine's partnership into the United States and Europe through cooperating with Project Syndication. Readership increased by 35%.
-- Interviewed renowned international investors including Jim Rogers, co-founder of Quantum Fund, and Kyu Eikan  


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Getafe (Madrid), Spain                                 Oct. 2000 - Aug. 2001
M.A., Financial Analysis
Economics of Organizations; Financial Analysis; Financial Economics; Statistics and Quantitative Methods; Corporate Finance; Econometrics and Time Series Analysis; Financial Institutions; Fixed Income Securities and Derivatives; International Accounting and Finance; Financial Markets and Banking; Insurance Markets; Risk Management
"The Japanese Banking Crisis and Its Policy Responses"                                                                                        

London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK                           Sep. 1999 - Jun. 2000
General Course, Economic History                                                                     
The Internationalization of Economic Growth, 1870 to the Present Day; Latin America and the International Economy; Financial Markets, Investment and Economic Development in Britain, Germany and the United States after 1870; Africa and the World Economy

University of California, Berkeley, California, USA                                                Aug. 1997 - Jun. 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Economics  


Pasadena City College, California, USA                                                                    Aug. 2002 - Aug. 2003
American Bar Association approved paralegal program

Kyu Eikan Japanese Language Learning Center, Beijing, China                             Sep. 2001 - Feb. 2002
Japanese Languages Courses, beginner level

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Getafe (Madrid), Spain                                     Jan. 2001 - Mar. 2001
"Doing Business With Latin America"


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