News and Events

– Upcoming Events –

Regularly Scheduled Monthly Meeting

The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee usually meets at 5:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Meetings are held at Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.
A limited amount of free parking is available in front of City Hall after 5:00 pm.
Interested persons who are not committee members should contact the Committee Chair or Vice Chair in advance to arrange access to City Hall.

Baltimore’s 2019 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event

Friday, May 31st, 2019
5 PM – 9 PM

Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Join the BXSCC, the Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee, and the Baltimore-Changwon Sister City Committee for a unique celebration with keynote speakers, Asian traditional cultural dance and vocals, Martial Arts, and free ethnic food!

Music, dance, and art are timeless and boundless expressions of cultural traditions and celebration. Through dance, rhythms of the drum, and artistic expression, this event will transcend cultural differences through the unifying force of music and the universal visuals of dance and art.

It will celebrate the commonality of the strong traditions of the drum in Asian and African culture. The artistry of calligraphy on display will generate interesting thoughts and discussions on the origin and meaning of words, names, and their linguistic translations. Ethnic foods to be served will provide a uniquely enjoyable cross-cultural experience for the senses. Inspirational speeches by leaders with diverse cultural backgrounds will highlight the accomplishments of Asian Americans in our community.

This opportunity to gather together will lead to fulfillment of the ultimate goal of this event: to appreciate and harmonize our diversity and to celebrate the contributions of the Asian Pacific community.

For more information, please visit the Eventbrite page.

– Selected Recent Programs –


February 11th, 2019 On February 11th, Baltimore Sister Cities held an international screening of short animated films created by artists working and/or residing in Baltimore and in Baltimore’s Sister Cities. Sister Cities Animated, which featured 20 short films, was curated by award-winning animator and animation scholar Lynn Tomlinson, with help from assistant curator Safiyah Cheatam. The screening’s “Student Award” was awarded to “The Burning of the King Boat” by Xiamen Academy of Arts and Design, Fuzhou University student Kai Gao.

Baltimore Sister Cities General Meeting and Holiday Potluck

January 11th, 2019 BXSCC members joined fellow members of Baltimore Sister Cities at our annual general meeting to cast ballots on our 2018 Accomplishments, 2019 Plan, and 2019 leadership team. Holiday festivities as well as a multi-prize raffle of donated items followed.

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

December 7th, 2018 The BXSCC held an kick-off briefing in City Hall to share information about the upcoming 2019 BXSCC Youth Ambassadors program, taking place this summer in various cities across China. The program is a 2-week high school study abroad program to develop Baltimore-area high school students’ linguistic and cultural interest in China. Food for the kick-off event was sponsored by Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A. For more information on upcoming events related to the 2019 BXSCC Youth Ambassadors program, please visit the 2019 trip page.

Baltimore at the Global Mayors’ Forum & 2018 Urban Innovation Conference

December 5th to 8th, 2018 Courtesy of the conference host city of Guangzhou, China and the Xiamen Municipal Government’s Foreign & Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (FOCAO), Baltimore was invited to participate in the Global Mayors’ Forum & 2018 Urban Innovation Conference in Guangzhou. In conjunction with the Xiamen FOCAO, the BXSCC facilitated the attendance of Baltimore’s Office of the Mayor representative Ethan Cohen at this conference where mayors and mayoral representatives from over 40 cities on 6 continents exchanged best practices on subjects such as economic development, innovations in urban governance, urban cultural inheritance & innovation for future cities, urban mobility & transportation, and urban green development.

BXSCC Hosts Delegation at Baltimore City Hall

October 31st, 2018 Courtesy of George Mason University, 18 high-ranking officials from across China, including from the municipalities of Beijing and Shanghai and the provinces of Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shandong, & Yunnan, came to 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 Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang and Treasurer Arella Liu led the presentations and discussion. Guest panelists included Ethan Cohen, Senior Project Coordinator, Strategic Alliances in the Office of the Mayor, Hosea Chew, Director of Administration for the Baltimore City Council as well as Larysa Salamacha, Managing Director of Business Development and Larry Collins, Director of Foreign Trade Zone # 74 at the Baltimore Development Corporation.

Guangxi and Guangdong Delegation at the World Trade Center Institute

October 26th, 2018 Courtesy of the World Trade Center Institute and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, three high ranking officials from the provinces of Guangxi and Guangdong visited the offices of the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore on October 26. One area of interest was in regards to Sister City relationships – how they are established and how they become successful. BXSCC Treasurer Arella Liu and Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. liaison to the World Trade Center Institute, Nancy Taylor, led the discussion.

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.

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