EXPATRIATE ASSOCIATION OF SUZHOU (EAS)
The EAS is an organization of foreign passport holders and their families, residing or working in the Suzhou area, who have joined together to maximize the opportunities and enjoyment of living in a unique place like Suzhou. Joining together with others who have similar needs, experiences and interests creates a unique and special sub-community. The EAS community creates a network, for new and existing members alike, to temporarily replace those traditionally available in one’s home country. The EAS also creates opportunities for members to participate in social, cultural, sporting and educational activities more geared towards foreign interests than those that are otherwise found in Suzhou. Beyond the networking, social activities and outings, EAS also gives back to the community in which we reside by spearheading charitable activities benefiting locals in our new home.
EAS is more than a welcome wagon.
The EAS provides a network of short and long time foreign residents to help newcomers get familiar with their new environment. EAS hosts events to introduce new Suzhou residents to people who have more experience with the city. As a new member you also receive materials to help navigate the local environment . . . everything from working with a taxi, housekeeper (ayi) or finding childcare.
EAS is more than an event planning organization.
The EAS coordinates activities for families and members of all ages. Routine weekly activities may include Mahjong Group, Crafting Group, etc. The monthly EAS Meet and Greet is a great time for new and old members to get together throughout the year.
Monthly tours may include trips to local water towns and historical sites or sponsored bus trips into Shanghai or unique shopping destinations. Cultural experiences and lectures are scheduled to help people learn about Suzhou, the surrounding area, China and Chinese culture. The Activities Committee coordinates annual events such as the Family BBQ, Children’s Christmas Party and an adult only Dinner Dance.
EAS does more than fundraising.
Charity is a large component of the EAS function. It provides a governing body to help coordinate and identify local needs and charitable opportunities. Members actively volunteer their time at local facilities, including several orphanages and schools. The EAS hosts several events and projects annually to raise funds that are all kept in the Suzhou area, such as supporting elementary and secondary scholarship programs and funding surgeries and health care for children who would otherwise not be eligible.