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Ongoing Baltimore Sister Cities Food Drive for our hungry neighbors: Support food insecure members of our community by donating to the Maryland Food Bank!

China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT)

September 8th, 2020 – September 11th, 2020 The China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) occurs in September of every year in Xiamen, China. CIFIT aims to focus on international business investment, promotion, development, and relations both in and outside China. The fair has been held annually for more than 30 years in Xiamen, Fujian Province in southeast China and is the largest such event in the country, regularly attracting more than 100,000 business people and 5,000 enterprises from more than 100 countries.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, CIFIT has elevated their platform to be both online and in-person.

This year, BXSCC is partnering with the Maryland Dept of Commerce to have a virtual booth to advertise and promote multiple aspects of Maryland industry and business. The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee (BXSCC) is celebrating 35 years of sister city relations with Xiamen this year

For more information on CIFIT, please visit https://www.chinafair.org.cn/CifitSystem/english/#/index.

Many of MD Dept. of Commerce and BXSCC international activities are going virtual this year, so please contact Felicia Pullam (MD Dept. of Commerce) or Robin Su (BXSCC Business Sub-Committee Chair) at their respective organizations to get involved in future events.

City of Xiamen Donates 50,000 Surgical Masks to Baltimore

May 29th, 2020 On May 24th, a shipment of 50,000 surgical masks valued at nearly US$ 25,000 arrived at JFK Airport in New York for further transport to Baltimore. This is a gift from Baltimore’s sister city of Xiamen, China to the City of Baltimore to assist in the city’s COVID-19 response efforts. It follows an April letter of support from Xiamen Mayor Jiahan Zhuang to Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. The masks will be kept at the Baltimore City Emergency Operations Center and distributed based on requests received from local health care institutions to meet critical shortages of this equipment.

More about this project can be found in the press releases linked to below:

Local Baltimore media reports:

Other featurettes:

  • Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. podcast
  • Sister Cities International post

Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month 2020

May 2020 Pursuant to public health guidelines during the COVID-19 outbreak, the in-person 2020 celebration in partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library was unfortunately cancelled. We’ll be back in 2021 – but in the meantime, we encourage all members of the BXSCC community to visit virtual APA-themed displays from our community partners:

Towson University’s Asian Arts & Culture Center and partners created a virtual Asia North celebration: https://www.towson.edu/campus/artsculture/centers/asianarts/collection-resources/asia-north/
Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective’s Virtual Art Gallery: https://baltimoreapac.org/apahm-virtual-art-gallery

Baltimore Sister Cities Joins the Enoch Pratt Free Library Imagination Celebration

Saturday, October 24th, 2020 Postponed from March 28th, 2020 due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Further details to come.

Baltimore’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Celebration

Saturday, May 15th, 2021 (projected)
The 2021 celebration will be held at Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Library, with a projected event date of Saturday, May 15th.
Check back for more details.