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Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee Youth Ambassador Program 2019 Kick-Off Briefing

Friday, December 7th 2018
6:00 to 7:00 PM

Baltimore City Hall
4th Floor Curran Room
100 Holliday Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

The 2019 Baltimore – Xiamen Sister City Committee (BXSCC) Youth Ambassadors program is a 2-week high school study abroad program to develop Baltimore-area high school students’ linguistic and cultural interest in China. Every day will be an adventure, traveling in Xiamen, Fujian and other cities around China. This program will expose students to the differences and similarities between their own culture and that of modern China, where ancient and modern urban worlds intertwine. The students will build friendships with their Chinese counterparts, explore areas beyond their imagination, and will be immersed in China’s fascinating history. This is not your typical Chinese language program!

Parents, students, teachers, and administrators are all welcome to join this meeting to learn more about this exciting study abroad program.

Please follow the links below for more information:

Please click here to register for the briefing session.

12th Annual National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

Tuesday, October 9th 2018

the Honorable Condoleezza Rice,
Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor
Ms. Madelyn Ross,
Executive Director of SAIS China at the Johns Hopkins University
with the national dialogue moderated by
Mr. Stephen A. Orlins
President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation about China that provides Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.

The 2018 program included a nationwide webcast featuring former Secretary Rice, catered reception, and a local address by Madelyn Ross in person. Check-in & refreshments began at 5:30pm and the nationwide program began at 6:00pm. The local address was from 7:30 to 8:15pm EDT.
The event sold out.
For more information regarding our national and local speakers, please follow the hyperlinks above.
For a printer-friendly summary of the information above, please view the event flyer​.
The 2018 edition of this event was sponsored by BRIC, LLC, the Exelon Asian American Resource Group, Towson University, and Venable LLP.
View photos from the program via Facebook.

The BXSCC Hosts Chengdu Municipal Government Delegation

September 19th, 2018 Courtesy of the U.S. – China Business Training Center, 18 high-level government officials from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, China, visited Baltimore City Hall to learn about local governments in the U.S., Baltimore’s experience with sister cities, and how such relationships can help foster economic development. BXSCC Treasurer Arella Liu and Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. Vice President Fontaine Bell led the presentations and discussion. Mayor’s Office of Immigrant & Multicultural Affairs Director Catalina Rodriguez-Lima was on hand to welcome the guests. Guest panelists included Hosea Chew, Director of Administration for the Baltimore City Council, Larysa Salamacha, Managing Director of Business Development at the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), and Larry Collins, Director of Foreign Trade Zone # 74 at the BDC. View photos from the event via Facebook.

2018 BXSCC Ambassadors’ Trip to Shanghai and Xiamen

July 24th to August 6th, 2018 On July 24th, Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Vice Chair Danny Evans led a group of local high school students on a thirteen-day trip to Xiamen, Fujian and Jiading, Shanghai. The students, Aaron Garnett, Alexander Garnett, Kolby Lewis, and Mateen Kane, were invited by the Xiamen and Jiading Offices of Foreign Affairs through BXSCC to participate in cultural and language activities in their cities.
Please see the trip page for more information.

Baltimore City’s 2018 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 Baltimore City Hall was filled with lively music and performances on Thursday, May 3rd, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Event attendees observed performances representing a variety of Asian cultures, while enjoying food from local restaurants. Mayor Pugh graciously stopped by as well, to share some words on the rich history and importance of the Asian-American community in Baltimore.

The event was hosted by the Baltimore Kawasaki Sister Cities, the Baltimore Changwon Sister City Committee – BCSCC, and the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee, and sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, MECU, the Baltimore Dept. of Housing and Community Development and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.