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.


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.