News and Media – 2017

Baltimore Sister Cities Displays at the World Trade Center Institute Global Gala

December 6th, 2017

BXSCC representatives supported the WTCI as part of the Baltimore Sister Cities delegation and exhibited at this celebration of Baltimore businesses with global trade interests.

Xiamen Arts & Culture Delegation Visit to Baltimore

December 3rd & 4th, 2017

The BXSCC hosted a four-person delegation from Xiamen’s Publicity Department, Institute of Calligraphy and Painting, Federation of Literary & Art Circles, and Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. During visits with the Mayor, the Office of the City Council President, the Baltimore of Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and Towson University, the delegation discussed potential future arts and culture collaborations and exchanges.

View photos from the visit via Facebook.

Towson University Asian Faculty & Staff Association Event Featuring Robert Daly

December 1st, 2017

The BXSCC helped arrange for Robert Daly, the Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center, to be the keynote speaker for this event and sponsored a table at the event.

Baltimore Sister Cities Vice President & BXSCC Vice Chair Speak With Coppin State University’s Business Leaders of the Future Students

November 13th, 2017

The Business Leaders of the Future Program is a professional development program comprised of some of the top scholars in the College of Business at Coppin State University. Under the direction of Dr. Victoria Miller, Assistant Professor of Marketing, these scholars engage in a series of experiential learning activities designed to enhance their level of professionalism, making them more marketable for placement at top companies upon graduation. BSC Vice President Fontaine Bell and BXSCC Vice Chair Danny Evans spoke with Coppin State’s Business Leaders about the importance of China in a presentation titled “The Old and New Perspectives of China: How Can China Help Shape Your Professional Career?” and a subsequent discussion session. The students were also extended an invite to become involved with BSC and the BXSCC – and to help make a difference in Baltimore from an international perspective.

11th Annual National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
featuring
the Honorable Susan E. Rice, National Security Advisor (2013 – 2017) and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2009 – 2013)
and
Mr. John C. Wobensmith, Secretary of State of Maryland (2015 – present)
with the national dialogue moderated by
Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

5:30 to 9:00pm, Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The 2017 program included a catered reception, a local address by Secretary Wobensmith in person, a nationwide webcast featuring Ambassador Rice, and a panel discussion with the local audience featuring Secretary Wobensmith, Minister Counselor Deyou Tian of the Chinese Embassy, and Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs President Dr. Frank Burd. Check-in & refreshments began at 5:30pm and the local program began at 6:00pm. The national webcast was from 7:00 to 7:45pm EDT.

To register, visit the event registration page which leads to a link for credit card payments. Checks in advance are to be made out to “Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc.” Registration fees were $20 for students & members and $30 for non-members if paid by October 17th, 2017. For payments & registrations after that date, a $10 surcharge is being assessed. All guests must register in advance in order to be allowed entry to City Hall. Refunds are not be available. Seating is limited.

This 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 2017 edition of this event was sponsored by BRIC, LLC, Ekpac, the Exelon Asian American Resource Group, and the University of Maryland’s Office of China Affairs.

View photos from the program via Facebook.

The BXSCC Partners with the Xiamen University of Technology for Light City 2018 Proposal

July 31st, 2017

Thanks to wide-ranging support from local partners in both Xiamen and Baltimore, over the course of six weeks, a team of BXSCC volunteers and XMUT staff pulled together a proposal for a light installation melding both traditional Chinese lantern elements and modern technological innovations to be exhibited as part of the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in April 2018.

Results of the juried contest were announced in October 2017; the BXSCC congratulates the finalists for the Light Art Walk!

The BXSCC Hosts University of Maryland – Office of China Affairs Global Leadership Program Delegation

July 25th, 2017

The University of Maryland – Office of China Affairs brought 31 students and representatives from the Shanghai area to Baltimore’s City Hall to learn about how local governments function in the U.S.

The program began with a tour of City Hall by Jeanne Davis, City Hall Curator, and continued with a panel moderated by BXSCC Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang. Guest panelists represented an array of aspects of Baltimore City Government and civil society:

  • Mayor (Ethan Cohen, Senior Project Coordinator, Strategic Alliances, Office of Mayor Catherine Pugh)
  • City Council (Hosea Chew, Director of Administration, Office of the City Council President)
  • Economic Development (Larry Collins, Director Foreign Trade Zone # 74, Baltimore Development Corporation)
  • International Outreach (Fontaine Bell, Vice President, Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc.)

View photos from the program via Facebook.

BXSCC Website Overhauled

July 24th, 2017

The second generation of the BXSCC’s website was retired as of 12:01am on July 24th, 2017 and replaced with a much more modern and smart phone-friendly version, courtesy of our long-time website provider USABAL Solutions.

The BXSCC Features in the Artscape 2017​ Baltimore Sister Cities Booth

July 21st – 23rd, 2017

In July 2017, the BXSCC returned to Artscape as part of the Baltimore Sister Cities booth. Artscape 2017’s theme was “CAMP”, so the BXSCC held an exhibit showcasing nature in traditional Chinese paintings, with examples from last year’s resident artist from Xiamen, Ms. Lifen Weng.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

See the Orioles, Support Sister Cities!

Through July 15th, 2017

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh kindly made two packages of field box # 42 seats at Orioles Park at Camden Yards available for a raffle to benefit Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. These packages were for the Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers game on Saturday, August 5th and the Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels game on Saturday, August 19th. Two winners were selected; each winner received a package of 4 game tickets and 1 parking pass for one of the games. The total value of each prize package was $350. The raffle ticket prices were $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets.

The drawing was held at 4pm on Sunday, July 23 at the Baltimore Sister Cities Artscape booth. The winning tickets were sold by the Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister City Committee and the Baltimore – Kawasaki Sister City Committee, respectively.

View the raffle flyer.

The BXSCC Hosts ‘People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries’ Delegation

June 14th, 2017

The University of Maryland – Office of China Affairs brought 24 high-ranking officials from a number of Chinese provincial and city governments to Baltimore’s City Hall to learn about Baltimore’s experience with sister cities and to discuss cross-cultural communications. Fontaine Bell, Vice President of Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc., and Danny Evans, Vice Chair of the BXSCC, led the presentations and discussion. Also assisting were BXSCC officers Arella Liu and Matt Moores and member Denée Barr. Hosea Chew, Director of Administration for the Baltimore City Council, represented the city government.

Following the formal presentations, Jeanne Davis, City Hall Curator, led a tour of the historic building.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

The BXSCC Joins the Charles Village Festival

June 3rd & 4th, 2017

Wyman Park Dell, Charles Village, Baltimore, MD

For the first time ever, the BXSCC displayed at a local Baltimore neighborhood festival. Visitor shared in Xiamen & Chinese stories & crafts as well as supporting the BXSCC’s fundraiser to better help “promote business, cultural, educational, health/environmental and other cooperation and exchanges between the cities of Baltimore … and Xiamen … and to support Baltimore City’s other activities and programs related to China and the local Chinese community.”

The BXSCC Participates in Asian Pacific Celebration at Port Discovery!

May 27th, 2017

On Saturday, May 27th, the BXSCC celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Port Discovery, meeting with community members and engaging in Chinese culture with children and parents! Children were invited to participate in a number of cultural activities, such as learning how to use chopsticks and receiving a transliteration of their names written by a calligrapher.

To learn more about Port Discovery and the wide variety of activities they offer, please visit the Port Discovery events page here.

The BXSCC Celebrates Chinese-Language Education Initiatives in Baltimore

May 15th & 17th, 2017

On May 15th, the BXSCC honored four Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students for their outstanding work in studying the Chinese language. Each student received a certificate and a monetary gift (enclosed in a ‘red envelope’) from the BXSCC. BXSCC Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang presided during the morning ceremony. Founding BXSCC member Mrs. Katherine Chin spoke to the students about the history of Baltimore City’s Chinese community and early trade with China. BXSCC Vice Chair Danny Evans presented awards to students during the afternoon ceremony and discussed the benefits of studying Chinese.

Two days later, fifty-two Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students traveled to Washington, DC, to the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the United States of America. The visit included a tour of the Chancery Building where the students were able to view magnificent Chinese art treasures as well as listen to brief lectures concerning Chinese history and the current state of China-U.S. relations.

Baltimore City’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

5:00 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Gas & Electric Building, 110 W. Fayette Street (2 Center Plaza), Baltimore, MD 21202

Together with Exelon Corporation’s Asian American Resource Group, the Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee, and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA), the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee co-hosted Baltimore City’s 2017 APAHM event in downtown Baltimore. Around 200 people attended the event, including Baltimore’s Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, BGE CEO Calvin G. Butler, Jr., Meals on Wheels Maryland Executive Director Stephanie Archer-Smith, state and city officials, representatives of the Chinese Embassy & the Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Convention & Exhibition Affairs, and other honored guests. Guests enjoyed performances & foods representative of an array of Asian cultures as well as networking opportunities.

Event sign-ups were via Eventbrite; this event sold out.

View photos and videos from the event via Facebook.

Delegation from Xiamen: China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT)

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The BXSCC was pleased to welcome representatives from Xiamen’s Bureau of Convention & Exhibition Affairs who visited Baltimore to promote the CIFIT – and were featured as special guests at the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Reception that took place in Baltimore that same day.

The 2017 CIFIT will be held September 18th through 21st. For more information, please contact the BXSCC or visit the event website.

The BXSCC Supports Cecil County’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event

6:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Rising Sun High School Auditorium, 100 Tiger Dr., North East, MD 21901

The BXSCC joined in Cecil County’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event in its celebration of cultures across Asia – and met friends both old and new!

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Amoy Art Deco Weekend

March 24th – 26th, 2017

BXSCC Public Relations & Promotion Chair Gabriel Meredith, his Asian Art Deco Alliance group, and Historic Shanghai, hosted a three days of walking tours of the Art Deco architectural gems of Xiamen.

The BXSCC Supports the On Leong Chinese Merchants Association of Baltimore Chinese New Year Banquet

March 5th, 2017

The On Leong Chinese Merchants Association of Baltimore hosted its 2017 Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rooster Banquet at Chopstix Gourmet Restaurant. About 130 people attended the event, including the Chinese Embassy, State and City officials, honored guests, association members, friends, and their families.

BXSCC Business Sub-Committee Co-Chair Carol (Min) Du was the emcee for the event. For more details, please read the article from Washington Chinese Daily News (in Chinese).

Maryland Organizations Co-Host U.S.-China Trade Conference with the Chinese Embassy

February 16th, 2017

The BXSCC was honored to co-host a high-level conference on U.S.-China trade under the new Trump administration with the Chinese Embassy, the Maryland-China Business Council, & the Maryland-Anhui Province Sister State Committee at the Chinese Embassy’s Business Offices in Washington, DC. In addition to remarks by the Embassy’s Minister for Commercial Affairs, Mr. Zhu Hong, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States Robert Daly, and Senior Vice President of the U.S.-China Business Council Erin Ennis also spoke at length regarding the challenges and opportunities in trade and investment in China and the U.S. today. Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade’s General Representative in the U.S. Mr. Zhenge Zhao, representatives from leading Baltimore and Maryland businesses, and the leadership of the organizing committees joined in a lively discussion regarding these complex but very relevant concerns.

During the event, Lieutenant Governor Rutherford presented a Governor’s Citation to 2006-2017 BXSCC Chair W. Fontaine Bell to recognize his many years of service to Maryland and his dedication to promoting U.S.-China exchanges. Guests also enjoyed a subsequent reception graciously provided by the Embassy.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

The BXSCC Announces Leadership Team Changes

February 9th, 2017

After 11 years as Chair, W. Fontaine Bell is taking on the role of the BXSCC’s Member-at-Large. The BXSCC is pleased to welcome former Vice Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang as our new Chair. Former Culture, Sports, Promotion & Tourism Chair Danny Evans was elected Vice Chair. Kirsten Foster was previously elected Secretary, and Arella Liu continues as Treasurer. All executive committee terms will be through early 2018.

For the latest listing of the BXSCC’s officers, please visit our Leadership page.

Port Discovery’s Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year Celebration Event

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee members celebrated the Year of the Rooster by volunteering their time at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum on Saturday, February 4th. BXSCC members assisted Port Discovery guests with CNY art activities from 10:30am until 4:00pm. Among other activities, Mr. Jinrong Chen, a gifted calligrapher, again wrote our visitors’ names in Chinese characters on bookmarks.

View media from the event via Facebook.

Business

A delegation from Xiamen consisting of 5 government officials, 6 economic development and education leaders, and 18 companies conduct “matchmaking” meetings with Baltimore-area companies and institutions.

News and Media – 2016

Exelon Highlights Maryland Sister State & Baltimore Sister Cities Programs

November 16th, 2016

Exelon Corporation‘s Asian American Resource Group hosted representatives from the Maryland Sister State and Baltimore Sister Cities programs at a two-hour event to explain the sister state/city programs to Exelon’s employees. Atsuko Biars, Chair of the Baltimore-Kawasaki Committee, and Fontaine Bell, Chair of the Baltimore-Xiamen Committee, presented to a group of about 50 Exelon employees. Both committees also served Asian food and drink to the attendees. Other presenters included representatives from the state’s China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam sister state committees. This program was an important part of Exelon’s annual Diversity & Inclusion Week.

10th Annual National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

featuring

Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State (1973 – 1977) and National Security Advisor (1969 – 1975)

and

Dr. David M. Lampton, Hyman Professor and Director, China Studies Program, the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (1997 – present) and former President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (1988 – 1997)

and moderated by

Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

5:30 to 9:00pm, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The 2016 program included a catered reception, a local address & discussion, “Where Is the U.S.-China Relationship Headed — Why?” by Dr. Lampton in person, and a nationwide webcast featuring Dr. Kissinger. Check-in & refreshments began at 5:30pm. The national webcast was from 7:00 to 8:00pm.

To register, visit the event registration page which contains a link for credit card payments. Checks in advance are to be made out to “Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc.” Registration fees are $20 for students & members and $30 for non-members if paid by October 11th, 2016. For payments & registrations after that date, a $10 surcharge will be assessed. All guests must register in advance in order to be allowed entry to City Hall. Refunds are not be available. Seating is limited.

This 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.

This event was sponsored at the Silver level by Active Minerals International, LLC, BRIC LLC, Ekpac China Inc., and TradeRiver USA and at the Bronze level by Exelon Asian American Resource Group (AARG).

View media from the event via Facebook. View China Daily’s report on the event on their website.

An Evening Romancing the River with MCBC and the Chinese Embassy

6:30 to 9:00pm, August 10th, 2016

The BXSCC joined the Maryland-China Business Council (MCBC) and our friends from the Chinese Embassy for a sunset cruise and dinner on the scenic Potomac River, passing along the picturesque Washington, D.C. waterfront, glowing monuments, the stately Lee-Curtis Mansion, and the charm of Georgetown.

Registration was available at mcbc.net.

Xiamen Students Visit Baltimore City Hall

July 26th, 2016

Eleven middle school and high school students from Xiamen visited Baltimore City Hall on the morning of July 26th. The students were from a number of different schools in Xiamen and were attending an English language immersion program at McDonogh School in Baltimore County. They were greeted at City Hall by Claudia Freeland Jolin, Special Assistant in the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Neighborhood Development, and Fontaine Bell, Chairman of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee. They were given a briefing on Baltimore City and a special tour of City Hall by the building’s Curator, Jeanne Davis.

Baltimore Sister Cities Exhibit at Artscape 2016!

July 15th through 17th, 2016

A big thank you to all our supporters who volunteered at or visited the Baltimore Sister Cities booth during Artscape!

The BXSCC’s fellow sister city committees were your hosts Friday & Saturday, during which all 500 of our BSC, Inc.-branded fans found new homes with festival-goers. The BXSCC – including Xiamen watercolor artist Ms. Lifen Weng – showed off our artistic chops on Sunday the 17th.

See the Baltimore Sister Cities announcement and the festival website for more information.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Baltimore Sister Cities Wins Innovation Award

June 29th, 2016

Baltimore Sister Cities has been awarded Sister Cities International’s 2016 Innovation Award for Economic Development! The BXSCC received special mention for our 30th anniversary delegation and its promotion of business development and education exchanges.

See the Baltimore Sister Cities announcement and the Sister Cities International press release for more information.

2016 Baltimore-Xiamen Chinese Language Awards

May 2016

At the end of each school year, the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee recognizes students in Baltimore City Public Schools who have excelled in learning Chinese as a foreign language. This year, Dr. Jiya Zhong of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Ms. Lifen Weng of Baltimore Design School each selected four of their students to be honored by our committee. Each student received a certificate and a gift card. Students honored were Kayla Brown, Ronald Jackson, Abigail McKenna, and Ezra Szanton of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Jonay Cunningham, Arjaai Fair, Donshay Johnson, and Tadeo Majarro of the Baltimore Design School. We congratulate and extend best wishes to each honoree!

View photos from the events via Facebook.

Baltimore Design School Students Travel to the Chinese Embassy and Chalin’s Restaurant

May 25th, 2016

Fourteen of Ms. Lifen Weng’s Chinese language learning students and four BXSCC members traveled to Washington, DC for a wonderful trip to the Chinese Embassy. The students, all 8th graders, learned about Chinese history through the magnificent artwork viewed in several key rooms and a lecture from a staff member. Upon leaving the embassy, the group left for a highly anticipated visit to Chalin’s Restaurant for lunch. Chalin’s is a highly-regarded Chinese restaurant in the Washington, DC area, and the students enjoyed their meal, which served as the coda to a new and exciting experience for the students.

View photos from the trip via Facebook.

Baltimore Orioles Mayor’s Sky Box Raffle

April 11th through May 15th, 2016

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake kindly made the Mayor’s Skybox at Orioles Park at Camden Yards available for a raffle to benefit the Baltimore Sister Cities Program. This was for the Orioles/Tampa Bay Rays game on June 26th. The winner received 20 game tickets, 4 parking passes, and $400 in food and beverage credits; the corresponding flyer had more details.

The drawing was held as scheduled on May 22. A winner was picked and awarded prizes. Raffle proceeds totaled $5,380 (269 tickets at $20 each). These funds will be used to support our sister cities educational exchanges, cultural programs, and other activities. Contact Fontaine Bell ( fontainebell@gmail.com or 410-440-6117) with any questions.

Dialogue with Delegation from Xiamen: China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT)

Friday, May 13th, 2016

It was 11am when more than the usual excitement began to stir at Baltimore City Hall. Curiosity abounded as the Xiamen delegation walked into the heart of Baltimore’s governmental system. Guests from Xiamen had come to Baltimore in person to invite our governing body as well as interested individuals and corporations to the 20th CIFIT event. This was the beginning of what became a very fruitful day.

Upon their arrival, the delegation was given a tour of City Hall. Many pictures were taken, smiles ensued, and overall enjoyment was had. Afterwards, Xiamen delegation representative Eric Chen met with Baltimore Deputy Mayor Colin Tarbert. Introductions were made, exchanges of ideas took place, and finally, the official written invitation was handed from Xiamen to Baltimore.

Following was a productive lunch where not only business was discussed but also exchanges of different experiences between Chinese and American life. It was a very lively table where the conversation ranged from business ideas to cultural differences in everyday life.

Finally, the delegation made their way to the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), where Xiamen informed American corporations about CIFIT. BDC President & CEO William H. Cole IV made opening remarks while both the delegation and BXSCC led the presentation. The meeting was very successful and, while BXSCC will not be able to attend the 2016 CIFIT, we will be more than happy to assist Baltimore and Maryland businesses in doing so should they decide to attend.

For more information about the 2016 CIFIT, please visit their website.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

6:30pm, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake invited the public to attend the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception at Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. This free reception featured Asian cultural performances, cuisine samples from local Asian restaurants, and other activities. Pre-registration was required. The contact for additional information or questions was Danny Evans ( dbevans6891@yahoo.com or 404-483-6848).

View photos from the event via Facebook.

BXSCC Announces 2016-2018 Leadership Team

March 10th, 2016

The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2016-2018 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include Xin (Cindy) Wang and Arella Liu as Vice Chair and Treasurer, respectively. W. Fontaine Bell is now our Member-at-Large while serving as Acting Chair, and Kirsten Foster has been newly elected Secretary. Lisa (Weimin) Liu and Bob Zhang are now honorary Members-at-Large. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.

Port Discovery’s “Year of the Monkey” Chinese New Year Celebration Event

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Excitement filled the air on February 6th at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. The occasion was the annual Chinese New Year Celebration. Curious children visited the BXSCC Chinese New Year station and enjoyed creating various “Year of the Monkey” and other Chinese New Year-related art activities. Additionally, master calligrapher Mr. Jinrong Chen provided our guests with their own personalized bookmarks that were written in Chinese characters. The day was busy and very successful. The BXSCC looks forward to participating in the 2017 “Year of the Rooster” Chinese New Year celebration!

View photos from the event via Facebook.

News and Media – 2015

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Announces Enhancements to Baltimore Sister Cities Program

Monday, December 7th, 2015

See the Baltimore Sister Cities website for the press release and working group report.

Xiamen, China 30th Anniversary Trade & Investment Delegation to Baltimore

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
(Recommended parking at “Baltimore Street Garage” next to City Hall at 15 Guilford Ave.)

Friends old and new joined the BXSCC in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Baltimore’s sister city relationship with Xiamen, China by welcoming 35 businesses and government officials from Xiamen. The BXSCC hosted two opportunities to meet one-on-one with the delegation, led by Xiamen Vice Mayor Li Dongliang, consisting of 5 government officials, 6 economic development and education leaders, and 18 companies*:

  • Business Matchmaking (included reception; prior registration required for City Hall access)
  • Reception (only; prior registration required for City Hall access)

*Members from the delegation represented industries such as construction/building, energy, industrial manufacturing, logistics, health/medical, and food processing. View the Full Delegation List (please note this information was subject to change and was not a guarantee).Platinum Delegation Sponsors:
Caracal Strategies
Maryland/DC District Export Council

Silver Delegation Sponsors:
UNC Kenan-Flagler OneMBA Program
United States – China Association of CommerceFor further information on how to be involved, interested parties were asked to contact Kathy Spanogle, 30th Anniversary Project Manager, at kspanogle@yahoo.com or 410-300-3322 OR Fontaine Bell, BXSCC Chairman, at fontainebell@gmail.com or 410-440-6117. For Sponsorship Opportunities and benefits, companies/organizations contacted Fontaine Bell. This website had the most up-to-date information including any changes in the delegation’s schedule or composition. The delegation’s program was subject to change without notice.

View photos & a video from the event via Facebook.

9th Annual CHINA Town Hall:

“Chinese Investment in the United States”

Featuring Former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Huntsville, AL Mayor Sheldon A. Day, & Rhodium Group Founding Partner Daniel H. Rosen

and

“A Greater Game: The United States, China, & Russia Redux?”

Featuring Kissinger Institute on China and the United States Director Robert Daly

5:30 to 9:00pm, October 5th, 2015

Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The program featured, via webcast, a panel discussion on Chinese investment in the United States by Secretary Rubin, Mr. Rosen, and Mayor Day as moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Following this discussion, the panel responded to questions e-mailed in from audience members in Baltimore and throughout the country. After the national webcast program, Mr. Daly, in person, spoke on the subject of “A Greater Game: The United States, China, & Russia Redux?”

Audience members were requested to register via the event registration page. The registration form had a link for credit card payments. Check in advance were made out to “Director of Finance”. Registration fees were $20 for students & members and $30 for non-members if paid in advance by September 30th, 2015. For payments at the door, $10 was added to each price. Only cash or checks were accepted at the door. Everyone, even guests paying at the door, had to register in advance in order to be allowed entry to City Hall. Refunds were not be available. Seating was limited. Check-in and refreshments were from 5:30pm to 6:45pm; the national webcast began at 7:00pm.

For more information regarding our national panelists and local speaker, please follow the hyperlinks above. For a printer-friendly version of the information above, please view the event flyer.

View photos & videos from the event via Facebook.

The Baltimore-Xiamen & Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committees Celebrate Our 30th Anniversaries

September 26th, 2015

Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224

For the past 30 years, the BXSCC has been and continues to be an active sister city creating opportunities in Baltimore City and Xiamen, China for business, education, and cultural exchanges. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, the BXSCC joined efforts with the Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee, which also reached this milestone: Artists from Rotterdam and Xiamen, along with cultural activities curated by Stephen Bradley of the BXSCC and Annet Couwenberg of the BRSCC, were selected to represent these unique exchanges.

For more information about the anniversary celebrations, including a schedule of events, please view the event page. View photos from the event via Facebook.

Baltimore Sister Cities at Artscape 2015

July 17th-19th, 2015

Baltimore’s Artscape arts festival is the largest event of its kind in the entire United States. The 2015 festival was a great opportunity to introduce Baltimore’s six active sister city relationships to all those who came to the Baltimore Sister Cities‘ amazing booth, young and old alike. Whether it was participating in a unique shipping container game (complete with a replica of a cargo ship), distributing brochures, sharing our knowledge of our international friends, or selling items native to the five nations we represented, our presence in Baltimore City and in Maryland was clearly made known. We look forward to Artscape 2016!

View photos from the event via Facebook.

BXSCC Honors Three Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Students for Excellence in the Study of the Chinese Language

June 3rd, 2015

At the end of each school year, the BXSCC takes pride in recognizing several Baltimore City high school students who demonstrate excellence in studying Mandarin Chinese. This year, three Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students of BXSCC member Dr. Jiya Zhong were selected for this honor. This year’s honorees were William Moorer, Aishwarya Shettigar, and BXSCC member Sydney Worsham. Each student received a certificate and a gift card. Mrs. Jacqueline Williams, the school’s principal, attended this special ceremony.

Congratulations, students!

View photos of the honorees via Facebook.

BXSCC Hosts Sponsor Appreciation Reception and Announces 4th Quarter Trade & Investment Delegation from Xiamen

May 14th, 2015

More than 50 business, education, and government representatives attended a Sponsor Appreciation Reception at City Hall on May 14th. Also attending were Deputy Mayor Colin Tarbert, City Council President Jack Young, Baltimore Development Corp. President Bill Cole, and senior representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. The evening featured a presentation on financing exports to China by David Cooke, President of Ekpac China, Inc. Additionally, BXSCC Chair Fontaine Bell announced details of a major trade and investment delegation coming from Xiamen in the 4th quarter 2015 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Baltimore-Xiamen relationship.

View photos and a video from the event via Facebook.

Baltimore Poly Students Visit the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC

March 31st, 2015

Approximately 75 Chinese language students and teachers from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute visited the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC. The trip also included lunch in Washington’s Chinatown and a short visit to the U.S. Capitol. At the embassy, the students viewed art and calligraphy displayed throughout the magnificent building which was designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 2009 by Chinese contractors. The students were also shown a film on modern China’s society and economy. The embassy visit was arranged by the BXSCC.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Xiamen Medical Officials Visit Johns Hopkins Hospital; Baltimore Health Comissioner Dr. Leana Wen Hosts Lunch

March 29th, 2015

Six senior medical officials from Baltimore’s Sister City in Xiamen, China visited Baltimore for discussions with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore-based Chinese Amercan Doctors Association and the BXSCC. During their stay, Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, hosted a lunch in their honor in downtown Baltimore.

Health and medical cooperation is an important part of Baltimore’s Sister City relationship with Xiamen. Since 2009, there have been four important medical exchanges between the two cities.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Year of the Sheep Port Discovery Chinese New Year Celebration

February 14th, 2015

A visit to the Port Discovery Children’s Museum guarantees a very enjoyable experience for all who visit. On Saturday, February 14th, excitement filled the museum as the annual Chinese New Year holiday was celebrated. Children of all ages learned about the holiday through a variety of “hands-on” activities that were provided by various organizations, including the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee. Highlights included performances by The New Century School’s Chinese language immersion students, the Gina Liang Dancers, dazzling lion dances, and the personalized Chinese character bookmarks that each child received upon request from the BXSCC CNY station. A wonderful day was enjoyed by all!

For more information, please visit the Port Discovery event website. View photos from the event via Facebook.

Supporting the Maryland-China Business Council at Their “Who Is Doing Business In Africa? (And Why Is China So Interested?)” Panel Discussion & Reception

January 21st, 2015

Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.

Guests expanded their horizons at this exciting event from our partner organization! View the event flyer and the MCBC website for more information.

Name List of Xiamen Delegation*

Name List of Xiamen Delegation*

I. Government Delegation (Family names are capitalized)
1. Mr. LI Dongliang Vice Mayor, Xiamen Municipal People’s Government
2. Mr. REN Yong Vice Director General, Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Education
3. Ms. SU Miaoling Director of Healthcare Office, CPC Xiamen Municipal Committee
4. Ms. CHEN Hongying Deputy Division Director & Interpreter, Xiamen Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office
II. Economic and Education Delegation
1. Mr. ZHU Fuzhi Secretary General, Xiamen General Chamber of Commerce
2. Mr. GUO Qingxian Deputy Director, Administrative Committee of Xiamen Torch High-Tech Industrial Development Zone
3. Mr. ZHUANG Mingxing President, Xiamen Information School
4. Ms. LOU Xiaolan Principal Staff Member of Economic Liaison Department, Xiamen General Chamber of Commerce
5. Mr. LIAO Huaidong Director of Office, Xiamen Information School (responsible for international exchanges)
6. Ms. ZHU Ruijin Interpreter, Xiamen Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office
III. Healthcare Delegation
1. Mr. TONG Suijun Party Secretary and Vice Director, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University
2. Mr. WANG Wenqiang Director, Xiamen Xianyue Hospital
3. Mr. NIU Jianjun Vice Director, Zhongshan Hospital of Xiamen University
4. Mr. WANG Yan Director, Xiamen Cardiovascular Hospital
5. Mr. ZHUANG Jianmin Vice Director, Xiamen Haicang Hospital
6. Mr. YANG Hua Director of Obstetrics VIP Department, Xiamen Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital
IV. Business Delegation
Company Business
1. Xiamen Chuangxin Commerce, Trade and Investment Co., Ltd. Real estate investment
2. Xiamen Gangfeng Group Co., Ltd. Energy trading, petroleum and chemical warehousing and logistics, health, & education
3. Xiamen Xintianda Corporation Development Co., Ltd. Import & export of steel raw materials, steel products, & coal
4. Le’ster (Xiamen) Curtain-wall Technology Co., Ltd. Curtain wall design, development, construction, maintenance, & processing
5. Xiamen Goodtime Entertainment Co., Ltd. Karaoke
6. Xiamen Wingtas Group Co., Ltd Manufacturing, service, catering, & cosmetology
7. Fujian Jiyang Group Co., Ltd. Asset investment & management, wholesale & retail, automobile sales, & artwork
8. Xiamen Yingxuan Wood Products Co., Ltd. Wood door & wood furniture manufacturing
9. Xiamen Daven Overseas Chinese Pig Breeding Co., Ltd. Pig farming & fresh meat
10. Xiamen Jicaishen Internet Science and Technology Co., Ltd. Online financial services
11. Xiamen Minchanglu Science and Technology Development Co. Engineering machinery R&D and manufacturing as well as patent technology commercialization
12. Xiamen Hanbang Packaging Products Co., Ltd. Plastic film R&D, manufacturing, & sales
13. Xiamen Ropeok Group Co., Ltd. Security products R&D, manufacturing & sales
14. Zhangzhou Chamber of Commerce in Xiamen
15. Fujian Xinsanli Complete Set of Electronic Equipment Co., Ltd. Design, installment, & maintenance of low-voltage power distribution boxes and systems
16. Xiamen Hongdaxing Hardware and Mechatronics Co., Ltd. Sales of welding rods and gas pressure regulators
17. Xiamen Jian’an Group Co., Ltd. Construction
18. Xiamen Wingtas Clothing Co., Ltd Clothing manufacturing
*Members and composition of the delegation is subject to change at any time without notice. Given the nature of international business and government delegations, we have provided the information available and cannot guarantee participation.

News and Media – 2014

8th Annual China Town Hall: “Issues in U.S.-China Relations” featuring President Jimmy Carter & Mr. Frank Jannuzi

6:00 to 9:00pm, Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The 2014 China Town Hall was truly a night to remember! The event opened with a networking reception filled with political dignitaries and business professionals. A nationwide webcast from the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations followed, with former president Jimmy Carter headlining. President Carter captivated audience members with his eloquent speech and intimate knowledge of American – Chinese diplomatic relations. His expertise was shown also during the tactful and informative answers he gave to viewers’ questions. After the webcast, local speaker Frank Jannuzi, President & CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and former (1997-2012) Policy Director, East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, engaged the local audience with his speech “Six Dragons Imperiling the Rise of China and Implications for U.S. – China Relations.” The China Town Hall is always a smashing success and this year was no different!

Pricing was $15 for students, $25 for BXSCC members, and $35 for non-members, payable in advance by credit card or check. Payment at the door required a $10 surcharge and could only be made by cash or check. Advance registration was required for everyone, even if paying at the door, in order to allow City Hall access.

This event sold out. Thank you for your interest!

For more information, view the event flyer. View photos from the event via Facebook.

The BXSCC’s Partner Organization, the Maryland-China Business Council (MCBC), Hosted Friends From the Chinese Embassy for a Dinner Cruise on the Potomac

6:00pm boarding with a 7:00pm departure time, August 12th, 2014

Included: Dinner, wine, beer and music!

An evening of scenery, socializing and sailing on the good ship Odyssey was enjoyed by all. The cruise departed the waterfront promptly at 7pm and ran north to Georgetown, cruising by monuments into the warm Washington summer sunset.

MCBC Members and Guests: $110

Non-members: $150

Baltimore-Xiamen Sister members: Use the MCBC member rate when registering.

REGISTER HERE.

For more information, please contact MCBC.

The BXSCC and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Honor Some of BCPSS’ Great Students

June 1st, 2014

Four outstanding Baltimore City high school students were recognized by their teachers for excellence in the study of the Mandarin Chinese language. BXSCC members Dr. Jiya Zhong of Carver Vocational-Technical High School and Mr. Jim Zhang of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute selected their two top language scholars: Brinyia Trezevant and Tia Patterson were Carver Vocational-Technical High School’s recipients, while Macey Williams and Shelby Bouthner were Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s honorees. Each student received a special certificate and a gift card.

Additionally, four Carver Vocational-Technical High School students who participated in the Xiamen Electronic Vocational High School Summer Camp last summer were awarded Mayoral Citations at their graduation on June 1st. Six members of Carver’s Class of 2014 represented Baltimore City in Xiamen between 2011 and 2013.

The BXSCC’s Sixth (and Final) Calvin Chin Memorial Dim Sum Brunch

11:00am to 2:00pm, June 1st, 2014

ZhongShan Restaurant, 323 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Once again we honored our late friend, honoree and original member, Calvin Chin. But this year’s event had two other special honorees, Rudolph S. Chow, Director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, and Katherine M. Chin, Calvin’s wife and also an original member of BXSCC. Mr. Chow spoke about his department’s important role and vision for maintaining and improving Baltimore’s physical infrastructure. Mrs. Chin was honored with Certificates of Appreciation from our Governor, Mayor, City Council President and the Xiamen Mayor’s Office, for her 30 years of service to BXSCC and her even longer advocacy for Baltimore’s Chinese-American community.

Dignitaries in attendance included City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City Council 14th District Representative Mary Pat Clarke, Director of the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Yi Shen, and Maryland Office of the Secretary of State’s Director of International Affairs Anna Yankova.

The brunch featured a kung fu demonstration by the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, a choral and dance performance by students from The New Century School, and a silent auction of Asian arts and crafts. About 100 persons attended.

For more information, please view our 2014 event flyer. A video of the event is posted at Google Drive. View photos from the event via Facebook.

BXSCC Announces 2014-2016 Leadership Team

April 10th, 2014

The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2014-2016 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include W. Fontaine Bell as Chair and Andrew Brizzolara as Secretary. Xin (Cindy) Wang and Arella Liu are our new Vice Chair and Treasurer, respectively. Former Vice Chairs Lisa (Weimin) Liu and Bob Zhang were voted Members-at-Large. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.

Baltimore & Xiamen’s Sister City Relationship Wins “Most Innovative” Award at the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Awards

March 27th, 2014

See Sister Cities International 2014 awards announcement page for details.

BXSCC Members Join Port Discovery’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

10am to 5pm, February 8th, 2014

BXSCC volunteers enthusiastically helped welcome the Year of the Horse at the annual Port Discovery Chinese New Year Celebration. Committee members assisted visiting guests with art activities and shared information about Chinese culture and new year traditions, and our master calligrapher added a special touch to bookmarks given to our young guests. We will return in 2015 for the Year of the Sheep celebration!

For more information, please visit the Port Discovery event website. View photos from the event via Facebook.

Free Concert Featuring the Xiamen Foreign Language School Youth Orchestra and the Baltimore School for the Arts

5:00 to 7:00pm, February 4th, 2014

Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Youth Orchestra of the Xiamen Foreign Language School made their very first visit to Baltimore during February 2014. These talented musicians performed in a free concert at the Baltimore’s very own School for the Arts on February 4. The concert repertoire included selections from classical music masters from China (Li Huanzhi, Lü Qiming, and Bao Yuankai, etc.), the United States (Copland), and Europe (Beethoven, Bizet, and Handel, etc.). An additional treat for the audience was a brief performance by the Baltimore School for the Arts Chamber Orchestra.

For more information, please view our event flyer.