News and Media – 2013

7th Annual China Town Hall: Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright & Counselor Zha Liyou

6:00 to 8:15pm, October 28th, 2013

The City of Baltimore – Office of the Mayor and the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee hosted the “7th Annual China Town Hall” on behalf of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR) at Baltimore’s City Hall. Following a reception from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, the 2013 program began with a nationwide webcast speech by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. After the national program, Counselor Zha Liyou from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC, commented in person on the webcast speech and also addressed the important role of sister cities and friendship organizations in U.S.-China bilateral relations.

For more information, including registration instructions, please view our flyer. View photos from the event via Facebook.

Baltimore-China Business Mission 2013

September 3rd through 12th, 2013

Shanghai & Xiamen

To learn more about this exciting event, please visit the Mission website.

Baltimore High School Students Study in Xiamen: Supporting Public High School Students’ Studies at Their Sister School

Mid-July 2013

A select group of Carver Vocational-Technical High School students represented Baltimore City when they traveled to Xiamen in July. Their visit was the result of a sister school relationship that was established between Carver and the Xiamen Electronic Vocational School (XMEVS) in April 2010. This was the second trip to China for Carver students. The first trip was in July 2011. Carver has also hosted administrators and teachers from XMEVS on several occasions.

View a video of the briefing that Carver students gave Mayor Rawlings-Blake on August 12 after their return from Xiamen here.

Parties interested in making a contribution to support this project should download the Funds for Sister School Exchange Form. Contributions may be made either by check as indicated in the form or by credit card using the below PayPal Donate link. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Any questions about contributing to this project should be emailed to Ms. Dawn Simon-Matthews, Business Manager, Carver Vocational-Technical High School or call (443) 984-3171.

2nd Briefing for Baltimore-China Business Mission 2013

July 9th, 2013 (updated date)

From September 3rd through 12th, Baltimore City Deputy Chief for Economic Development Kaliope Parthemos will be leading local Baltimore & Maryland companies to Shanghai and Xiamen, China on a business (trade & investment) development mission. For more information, please view our mission page.

Top Baltimore City Public School System Chinese Language Scholars Honored

May-June, 2013

Four Baltimore City Chinese language high school students were recognized and honored for outstanding work in their study of the Mandarin Chinese language. The teachers, Mr. Jim Zhang of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Dr. Jiya Zhong of Carver Vocational-Technical High School, selected their top Chinese language students, who each received a certificate and a gift card. The 2012-2013 school year’s recipients were Benjamin Ferrone and Morgan Greene of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Marcus Carter and Dareese Dunaway of Carver Vocational Technical High School. Three of the students were graduating seniors while Marcus Carter, then a junior, will graduate in 2014.

Baltimore City Deputy Chief Hosts Kick-off Briefing & Reception for Baltimore-China Business Mission 2013

4:30pm to 6:30pm, May 22nd, 2013

In September 2013, Baltimore City Deputy Chief for Economic Development Kaliope Parthemos will be leading local Baltimore & Maryland companies to Shanghai and Xiamen, China on a business (trade & investment) development mission. The kick-off briefing and reception was well-attended by several dozen guests, including supporters from Cecil, Howard, and Prince George’s Counties as well as the Maryland state government and the Chinese Embassy.

Companies interested in doing business with China are invited to join this trip, which will emphasize one-on-one matchmaking meetings with Chinese counterparts for companies in a wide range of industry sectors and with diverse interests (including exporting, importing, and attracting Chinese investment capital). There will also be good opportunities for meetings with relevant government officials and industry associations and representatives. For more information, please view our mission page.

BXSCC’s Fifth Annual Calvin Chin Memorial Dim Sum Brunch

11am to 2pm, May 19th, 2013

Our 2013 Dim Sum Brunch featured a tribute to our late friend and honoree, Calvin Chin, and an address from distinguished guest Mr. Edward Chow Jr., Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs and a Bronze Star Vietnam veteran. Secretary Chow’s comments recognized and honored local Asian-Pacific American military veterans as well as National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

The brunch was also honored to have the U.S. Senator from Maryland, Ben Cardin, join us to share some heart-felt words about Calvin and his wife, Kitty, who remains a vital member of the Committee. We were also pleased to have a representative from U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski’s office present a message from the Senator.

The BXSCC also wants to give special recognition to all of the veterans that attended the program and to sincerely thank them for their service to this country.

Our event also featured a screening of “Touching the Tigers”, a documentary about the U.S. Flying Tigers fighter pilots in China during WWII, a silent auction, and raffle prizes as well as entertaining cultural performances.

For more information, please view our 2013 flyer. View photos from the event via Facebook.

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

10am to 5pm, February 16th, 2013

BXSCC volunteers enthusiastically helped welcome the Year of the Snake 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 2014 for the Year of the Horse celebration!

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