News and Events

– Current & 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. During the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, a call-in option is being made available.


Interested persons who are not committee members should contact the Committee Chair in advance to arrange access to City Hall and/or to receive the meeting call-in information.

15th Annual CHINA Town Hall – Baltimore

October 19, 2021 at 7:00pm-8:00pm Join us for the 15th annual CHINA Town Hall, hosted nationwide by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) and in Baltimore by the Baltimore – Xiamen Sister City Committee. This year’s event features CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria, a national conversation on how the U.S.-China relationship affects our cities, towns, and communities.

To register go to- China Town Hall

Our Home Too: A Forum in Support of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities

May 27, 2021 at 7:00pm-8:30pm May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), a time when we recognize the history and achievements of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Unfortunately, this year’s celebrations are marred by increasing rates of targeted violence against AAPI individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions are rooted in our nation’s history of periodic exclusion, discrimination, racism, and xenophobia which have long been juxtaposed with the vitality, promise, and mutual benefit endowed by our diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

Please join Baltimore Sister Cities and our partners in solidarity, community and celebration as we honor the invaluable contributions of AAPI communities in Baltimore and Maryland. During this panel discussion, we will explore what AAPI heritage means to all of us. How have AAPI communities contributed to Baltimore and American history? What are AAPI communities currently doing to contribute to culture, the arts, activism, and public service in our region? What new directions are they calling for?

For more information go to- Our Home too

Pratt Library Announcement

May 22nd, 2021 at 1:00pm-4:00pm The Pratt Library is celebrating all month long with “Imagination Celebration” in its many branch libraries throughout Baltimore City. An interactive program based on a children’s book “Everywhere Wonder” by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr.

Take & Make: Chinese Fan
Celebrate Chinese culture with the Baltimore Xiamen Sister City Committee. Pick up a kit to make your own traditional Chinese folded fan.

This take & make kit will be available at the Washington Village Branch on May 22 from 1pm to 4pm on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. 

This program is part of the Imagination Celebration, celebrating children’s creativity with special events, arts and crafts, and more throughout the month of May. The Imagination Celebration is made possible by Transamerica.

Washington Village
856 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230 Join us at Sat. May 22, 2021, 1-4pm at the Washington Village branch, 853 Washington Blvd.

For more information go to- Imagination Celebration

COVID-19 in Baltimore and Maryland

Ongoing Baltimore Sister Cities Food Drive for our hungry neighbors: Support food insecure members of our community by donating to the Maryland Food Bank!

– Selected Recent Programs –

14th Annual CHINA Town Hall

November 10th, 2020 – November 18th, 2020 Join us for the 14th Annual CHINA Town Hall, hosted nationwide by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) and in Baltimore by the Baltimore – Xiamen Sister City Committee.

In light of the growing downturn in U.S.-China relations over the past year, CHINA Town Hall has expanded from a single night into a multi-night series of programming to address the range of issues confronting the relationship. The series will kick off at 7:00PM on Tuesday, November 10th, starting with a keynote event with renowned investor Ray Dalio, followed by events on three subsequent evenings, each focused on a specific issue area: economics and trade, climate and health, and society and culture. In addition, a fifth Mandarin-language event will be held for Chinese-speaking audiences in the United States, China, and around the world.

Due to public health concerns, Baltimore’s 2020 edition of this event will be all-virtual. To allow a wider audience to participate, this year’s event is free to attend. Register via Eventbrite

China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT)

September 8th, 2020 – September 11th, 2020 The China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) occurs in September of every year in Xiamen, China. CIFIT aims to focus on international business investment, promotion, development, and relations both in and outside China. The fair has been held annually for more than 30 years in Xiamen, Fujian Province in southeast China and is the largest such event in the country, regularly attracting more than 100,000 business people and 5,000 enterprises from more than 100 countries.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, CIFIT has elevated their platform to be both online and in-person.

This year, BXSCC is partnering with the Maryland Department of Commerce to have a virtual booth to advertise and promote multiple aspects of Maryland industry and business. The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee (BXSCC) is celebrating 35 years of sister city relations with Xiamen this year.

For more information on CIFIT, please visit

Many of MD Department of Commerce and BXSCC international activities are going virtual this year, so please contact Felicia Pullam (MD Department of Commerce) or Robin Su (BXSCC Business Sub-Committee Chair) at their respective organizations to get involved in future events.

BXSCC Announces New Secretary

June 17th, 2020 BXSCC members elected Brian Jia through 2021. Brian is also taking over as Website & E-Communications Content Manager.

City of Xiamen Donates 50,000 Surgical Masks to Baltimore

May 29th, 2020 On May 24th, a shipment of 50,000 surgical masks valued at nearly US$ 25,000 arrived at JFK Airport in New York for further transport to Baltimore. This is a gift from Baltimore’s sister city of Xiamen, China to the City of Baltimore to assist in the city’s COVID-19 response efforts. It follows an April letter of support from Xiamen Mayor Jiahan Zhuang to Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. The masks will be kept at the Baltimore City Emergency Operations Center and distributed based on requests received from local health care institutions to meet critical shortages of this equipment.

More about this project can be found in the press releases linked to below:

Local Baltimore media reports:

Other featurettes:

  • Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. podcast
  • Sister Cities International post

Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month 2020

May 2020 Pursuant to public health guidelines during the COVID-19 outbreak, the in-person 2020 celebration in partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library was unfortunately cancelled. We’ll be back in 2021 – but in the meantime, we encourage all members of the BXSCC community to visit virtual APA-themed displays from our community partners:

Towson University’s Asian Arts & Culture Center and partners created a virtual Asia North celebration:
Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective’s Virtual Art Gallery:

Port Discovery’s Year of the Rat Lunar New Year Celebration Event

January 25th & 26th, 2020 BXSCC members volunteered at Port Discovery Children’s Museum on Saturday, January 25th and Sunday the 26th to celebrate the Lunar New Year with personalized bookmarks, handicrafts, coloring pages, lessons on how to use chopsticks, and a photo booth.

13th Annual National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5:30PM
Baltimore City Hall
National Panelists (via webcast): 
President of NCUSCR
Senior Fellow and Director for China Policy at the Center for American Progress
International Management Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management
Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security
National Moderator (via webcast):
ABC News Chief Anchor
Local Moderator (in person):
Executive Director and Founder of American Mandarin Society
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 2019 CHINA Town Hall, hosted by the National Committee on U.S. China Relations (NCUSCR), included a nationwide webcast featuring four national panelists: Mr. Steve Orlins, Dr. Melanie Hart, Dr. Yasheng Huang, and Dr. Ely Ratner. The Baltimore program, which was hosted at Baltimore City Hall by the BXSCC and the Office of the Mayor, followed the national program with a local discussion moderated by Mr. Nat Ahrens in person. For more information regarding our national and local speakers, please follow the hyperlinks above.
Check-in & refreshments in Baltimore began at 5:30pm and the nationwide program began at 6:00pm. The local address was from 7:30 to 8:30pm EDT. For further details regarding the Baltimore program, please view the Eventbrite page.
The 2019 edition of this event was sponsored locally by BRIC, LLC, the Exelon Asian American Resource Group, and the University of Maryland Office of China Affairs.

BXSCC Announces 2020-2021 Leadership Team

November 14th, 2019 The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2020-2021 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include Xin (Cindy) Wang as Chair, Danny Evans as Vice Chair, and Arella Liu as Treasurer. Hosea Chew has been newly elected Member-at-Large. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.

World Trade Center (WTCI) State of the Ports / Embassy Wine Tasting / 30th Year Anniversary

November 13th, 2019 The BXSCC supported the joint Baltimore Sister Cities presence at this celebration for Baltimore businesses with global trade interests.

Charm City Night Market

September 21th, 2019 The BXSCC engaged with the Baltimore community with a booth at this annual street festival near historic Chinatown celebrating Baltimore’s Asian community and businesses through conducted a calligraphy activity and other programming.

Xiamen & Beijing “Youth Ambassadors” Summer Camp

June 24th to July 4th, 2019 and various BXSCC Vice Chair Danny Evans spearheaded the planning of and led this visit of 16 Baltimore and Maryland high school-aged students and 2 other chaperones to Xiamen and Beijing. The BXSCC obtained funds via cash grants, donations, and fundraising activities to help offset trip costs. Organizational & business in-kind sponsors included Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Shake Shack, Blaze Pizza, Papa John’s, and Xiamen Shuangshi Middle / High School.

Summer trip activities included: In Xiamen, students took classes in airplane modeling, tai chi, calligraphy, folk music & music appreciation, Minnan-style Mid-Autumn Festival culture, literature, martial arts, polymer clay, and more at Xiamen Shuangshi Middle / High School. Participants visited Xiamen Airlines, the Xiamen International Convention and Exhibition Center / BRICS Xiamen Summit venue, Xiamen University, Nanputuo Temple, Gulangyu Island, and engaged with the Xiamen Office of Foreign Affairs. In Beijing, the students visited Peking University, Tian’anmen Square, the Palace Museum, the Beijing American Center (U.S. Embassy in Beijing), the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall, and Beijing Olympic Park.

Associated events included: Two kick-off briefings (on December 7th, 2018 and January 18th, 2019), three participant and parents meetings (on March 29th, May 3rd, & June 14th), a visit to the State Department and USAID in Washington, D.C. (on June 21st), a Small Business Administration presentation (on July 24th), a debriefing with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young (on July 29th), and a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Panel discussion in Washington, D.C. (on August 29th). At an August 2nd closing reception & awards ceremony, three Youth Ambassadors were presented with certificates and gift cards for their excellent participation in the Youth Ambassadors program.

Annual Baltimore City High School Chinese Embassy Trip

June 6th, 2019 It is a yearly tradition that BXSCC collaborates with schools in Baltimore city to bring students to visit the Chinese Embassy in D.C., to expand their horizon and learn more of China. On June 6th, BXSCC collaborated with Bard High School Early College and brought 24 exceptional students who are currently taking Chinese class from the 9th grade to 12th grade levels to visit the Chinese Embassy. The visit was followed by an authentic Chinese lunch in a restaurant located in Baltimore’s old Chinatown. The students expressed that it was an eye-opening experience, that the forum held after the guided tour helped them gain an in-depth understanding of modern China, and that they look forward to future opportunities to study or work in China.

Baltimore’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Celebration

May 31st, 2019 The Baltimore – Changwon, Baltimore – Kawasaki, and Baltimore – Xiamen Sister City Committees along with other area Asian and Asian-American organizations, came together in celebrating Asian Pacific American (APA) cultures and the contributions of APAs to Baltimore at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). BCSCC led the 2019 event planning. Over 550 guests attended, including representatives of the Japanese and Chinese embassies and from the local Vietnamese community. Welcome remarks by MICA president Samuel Hoi.

Guest speakers included Maryland State Senator Susan C. Lee and Dr. Van-Khue Ton, a University of Maryland cardiologist. The event consisted of martial arts demonstrations, singing, dance and drum performances, and other cultural activities.

The BXSCC Welcomes Xiamen International Bank Delegation to Baltimore

May 24th, 2019 BXSCC officers met with human resources representatives of Xiamen International Bank at the State of Maryland Department of Commerce offices, as liaised by BXSCC member and Commerce’s Regional Manager for East Asia Felicia Pullam.

Sister Cities Animated! Film Screening

February 11th & April 5th, 2019 At the SNF Parkway Theatre on February 11th and at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on April 5th, 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.

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