Cami Hofstadter

Jamaica loves its honorary consuls

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Jamaica loves its honorary consuls

Jamaican honorary consuls are much appreciated by some of their government officials, who recognize that these consuls will “serve its economic and political interests globally.” As a particular example from the publication I read, Dr. Richard Bernal, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the U.S. is mentioned for his two-day seminars where honorary consuls are briefed on Jamaican economic…

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Digital diplomacy

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Digital diplomacy

Diplomatic terms come in many shapes and in many contexts. I love it when I run into something new and unusual, like the recent digital diplomacy. And how about the “ambassador ladies” I just encountered on name-tags of people greeting me at a foreign port of call? The last one may be easy to guess (think travels…

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Governor wants new consulate in his state

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Governor wants new consulate in his state

What motivates a foreign country to open a consulate in a particular U.S. city and state? This is a question often asked by business people and others who want to know why there isn’t a consul in their area to respond to their specific needs. Recently, I learned that Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has…

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Head of Mission is not a Consul

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Head of Mission is not a Consul

A consul can be a head of post, but not head of a diplomatic mission (= embassy). The Miami Herald should have referred to the local Haitian consul-general as head of the (consular) post, but instead used the wrong term. You sometimes even hear honorary consuls calling themselves “heads of mission. ”Obviously they are confused. Like many other erroneous…

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A consular corpse is dead

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on A consular corpse is dead

In a recent public announcement to more than 1,500 cruise ship passengers (I was one of them) the captain spoke of the Army Corpse of Engineers so my mind immediately went to many a consular corps that’s also been called a “corpse” although it’s a living, active group of consuls. The corpse of a consul could be found when…

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President brings a corpse to life

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on President brings a corpse to life

When President Obama referred to the “Corpsmen” (very much alive and kicking) he used the pronunciation for a dead body: “corpse” with the hard p and s (notice the e in the end). What a great teaching moment this is for all of us in education, or those who just cherish language. Not that our lives depend on how…

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Consul wife, consulin

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Consul wife, consulin

Consulin? Imagine being the wife of a consul and getting your own title, feminized from your husband’s position. Thomas Mann, Nobel-prize winning author of Buddenbrooks, writes about how in 19th century Luebeck, Germany, the surviving wife of a consul was still called “Frau Konsulin” (in the English translation, “Consulin”). His book took me back to my childhood…

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Consular Board

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Consular Board

It’s a safe bet that not many people recall a consular board from the McCarthy hearings in the 50s. But when William Shirer mentions this in one of his memoirs I got curious. What could this possibly have had to do with the foreign consuls among us? The search took me to many different countries. It…

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Armenia first honorary consul

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Armenia first honorary consul

Armenia has its first honorary consul in the U.S., but the location may surprise you: Fresno, CA. Up till this point the sizable Armenian community has had to travel to the (career) consulate in Los Angeles for the usual citizen services like renewal of passports, etc. Although there’s been no study done on why foreign nations tap into…

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Governor Scott Walker and Lithuania

By Cami Hofstadter / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Governor Scott Walker and Lithuania

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin recently attended the opening of Lithuania’s first honorary consulate in his state, clearly pleased with the official presence of yet another country in his state. The goal is for each side to develop closer economic and cultural ties between Lithuania and Wisconsin. Leslie Liautaud is the new appointee. An executive with…

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