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.
Please check back soon for information on upcoming events!
Selected Recent Programs & Events
BXSCC Announces 2018-2019 Leadership Team
Thursday, March 8th, 2018
The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2018-2019 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include Xin (Cindy) Wang as Chair, Danny Evans as Vice Chair, Arella Liu as Treasurer, and W. Fontaine Bell as Member-at-Large. Regan Lerner has been newly elected Secretary. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.
Port Discovery’s Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Celebration Event
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
BXSCC members volunteered at Port Discovery Children’s museum on Saturday, February 24th, to celebrate Lunar New Year with personalized bookmarks, coloring pages, and lessons on how to use chopsticks.
Baltimore Sister Cities General Meeting and Holiday Potluck
January 12th, 2018
BXSCC members joined members of Baltimore Sister Cities at our annual general meeting to vote on Bylaws amendments and other agenda items. Holiday festivities followed.
Xiamen Arts & Culture Delegation Visit to Baltimore
December 4th & 5th, 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.
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
the Honorable Susan E. Rice, National Security Advisor (2013 – 2017) and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2009 – 2013)
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 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.
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.