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.
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Selected Recent Events
The BXSCC Supports the On Leong Chinese Merchants Association of Baltimore Chinese New Year Banquet
March 5th, 2017
The On Leong Chinese Merchants Association of Baltimore hosted its 2017 Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rooster Banquet at Chopstix Gourmet Restaurant. About 130 people attended the event, including the Chinese Embassy, State and City officials, honored guests, association members, friends, and their families.
BXSCC Business Sub-Committee Co-Chair Carol (Min) Du was the emcee for the event. For more details, please read the article from Washington Chinese Daily News (in Chinese).
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.
The BXSCC Announces Leadership Team Changes
February 9th, 2017
After 11 years as Chair, W. Fontaine Bell is taking on the role of the BXSCC's Member-at-Large. The BXSCC is pleased to welcome former Vice Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang as our new Chair. Former Culture, Sports, Promotion & Tourism Chair Danny Evans was elected Vice Chair. Kirsten Foster was previously elected Secretary, and Arella Liu continues as Treasurer. All executive committee terms will be through early 2018.
For the latest listing of the BXSCC's officers, please visit our Leadership page.
Port Discovery's Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year Celebration Event
Saturday, February 4th, 2017
Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee members celebrated the Year of the Rooster by volunteering their time at the Port Discovery Children's Museum on Saturday, February 4th. BXSCC members assisted Port Discovery guests with CNY art activities from 10:30am until 4:00pm. Amongst other activities, Mr. Jinrong Chen, a gifted calligrapher, again wrote our visitors' names in Chinese characters on bookmarks.
View media from the event via Facebook.
Exelon Highlights Maryland Sister State & Baltimore Sister Cities Programs
November 16th, 2016
Exelon Corporation's Asian American Resource Group hosted representatives from the Maryland Sister State and Baltimore Sister Cities programs at a two-hour event to explain the sister state/city programs to Exelon's employees. Atsuko Biars, Chair of the Baltimore-Kawasaki Committee, and Fontaine Bell, Chair of the Baltimore-Xiamen Committee, presented to a group of about 50 Exelon employees. Both committees also served Asian food and drink to the attendees. Other presenters included representatives from the state's China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam sister state committees. This program was an important part of Exelon's annual Diversity & Inclusion Week.
10th Annual National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State (1973 - 1977) and National Security Advisor (1969 - 1975)
Dr. David M. Lampton, Hyman Professor and Director, China Studies Program, the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (1997 - present) and former President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (1988 - 1997)
and moderated by
Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
5:30 to 9:00pm, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
The 2016 program included a catered reception, a local address & discussion, "Where Is the U.S.-China Relationship Headed — Why?" by Dr. Lampton in person, and a nationwide webcast featuring Dr. Kissinger. Check-in & refreshments began at 5:30pm. The national webcast was from 7:00 to 8:00pm.
To register, visit the event registration page which contains a link for credit card payments. Checks in advance are to be made out to “Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc.” Registration fees are $20 for students & members and $30 for non-members if paid by October 11th, 2016. For payments & registrations after that date, a $10 surcharge will be 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.
This event was sponsored at the Silver level by Active Minerals International, LLC, BRIC LLC, Ekpac China Inc., and TradeRiver USA and at the Bronze level by Exelon Asian American Resource Group (AARG).
An Evening Romancing the River with MCBC and the Chinese Embassy
6:30 to 9:00pm, August 10th, 2016
The BXSCC joined the Maryland-China Business Council (MCBC) and our friends from the Chinese Embassy for a sunset cruise and dinner on the scenic Potomac River, passing along the picturesque Washington, D.C. waterfront, glowing monuments, the stately Lee-Curtis Mansion, and the charm of Georgetown.
Registration was available at mcbc.net.
Xiamen Students Visit Baltimore City Hall
July 26th, 2016
Eleven middle school and high school students from Xiamen visited Baltimore City Hall on the morning of July 26th. The students were from a number of different schools in Xiamen and were attending an English language immersion program at McDonogh School in Baltimore County. They were greeted at City Hall by Claudia Freeland Jolin, Special Assistant in the Mayor's Office of Economic & Neighborhood Development, and Fontaine Bell, Chairman of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee. They were given a briefing on Baltimore City and a special tour of City Hall by the building's Curator, Jeanne Davis.
Baltimore Sister Cities Exhibit at Artscape 2016!
July 15th through 17th, 2016
A big thank you to all our supporters who volunteered at or visited the Baltimore Sister Cities booth during Artscape!
The BXSCC's fellow sister city committees were your hosts Friday & Saturday, during which all 500 of our BSC, Inc.-branded fans found new homes with festival-goers. The BXSCC - including Xiamen watercolor artist Ms. Lifen Weng - showed off our artistic chops on Sunday the 17th.
View photos from the event via Facebook.
Baltimore Sister Cities Wins Innovation Award
June 29th, 2016
Baltimore Sister Cities has been awarded Sister Cities International’s 2016 Innovation Award for Economic Development! The BXSCC received special mention for our 30th anniversary delegation and its promotion of business development and education exchanges.
2016 Baltimore-Xiamen Chinese Language Awards
At the end of each school year, the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee recognizes students in Baltimore City Public Schools who have excelled in learning Chinese as a foreign language. This year, Dr. Jiya Zhong of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Ms. Lifen Weng of Baltimore Design School each selected four of their students to be honored by our committee. Each student received a certificate and a gift card. Students honored were Kayla Brown, Ronald Jackson, Abigail McKenna, and Ezra Szanton of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Jonay Cunningham, Arjaai Fair, Donshay Johnson, and Tadeo Majarro of the Baltimore Design School. We congratulate and extend best wishes to each honoree!
View photos from the events via Facebook.
Baltimore Design School Students Travel to the Chinese Embassy and Chalin's Restaurant
May 25th, 2016
Fourteen of Ms. Lifen Weng's Chinese language learning students and four BXSCC members traveled to Washington, DC for a wonderful trip to the Chinese Embassy. The students, all 8th graders, learned about Chinese history through the magnificent artwork viewed in several key rooms and a lecture from a staff member. Upon leaving the embassy, the group left for a highly anticipated visit to Chalin's Restaurant for lunch. Chalin's is a highly-regarded Chinese restaurant in the Washington, DC area, and the students enjoyed their meal, which served as the coda to a new and exciting experience for the students.
View photos from the trip via Facebook.
Baltimore Orioles Mayor's Sky Box Raffle
April 11th through May 15th, 2016
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake kindly made the Mayor’s Skybox at Orioles Park at Camden Yards available for a raffle to benefit the Baltimore Sister Cities Program. This was for the Orioles/Tampa Bay Rays game on June 26th. The winner received 20 game tickets, 4 parking passes, and $400 in food and beverage credits; the corresponding flyer had more details.
Dialogue with Delegation from Xiamen: China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT)
Friday, May 13th, 2016
It was 11am when more than the usual excitement began to stir at Baltimore City Hall. Curiosity abounded as the Xiamen delegation walked into the heart of Baltimore's governmental system. Guests from Xiamen had come to Baltimore in person to invite our governing body as well as interested individuals and corporations to the 20th CIFIT event. This was the beginning of what became a very fruitful day.
Upon their arrival, the delegation was given a tour of City Hall. Many pictures were taken, smiles ensued, and overall enjoyment was had. Afterwards, Xiamen delegation representative Eric Chen met with Baltimore Deputy Mayor Colin Tarbert. Introductions were made, exchanges of ideas took place, and finally, the official written invitation was handed from Xiamen to Baltimore.
Following was a productive lunch where not only business was discussed but also exchanges of different experiences between Chinese and American life. It was a very lively table where the conversation ranged from business ideas to cultural differences in everyday life.
Finally, the delegation made their way to the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), where Xiamen informed American corporations about CIFIT. BDC President & CEO William H. Cole IV made opening remarks while both the delegation and BXSCC led the presentation. The meeting was very successful and, while BXSCC will not be able to attend the 2016 CIFIT, we will be more than happy to assist Baltimore and Maryland businesses in doing so should they decide to attend.
For more information about the 2016 CIFIT, please visit their website.
View photos from the event via Facebook.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception
6:30pm, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
View photos from the event via Facebook.
BXSCC Announces 2016-2018 Leadership Team
March 10th, 2016
The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2016-2018 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include Xin (Cindy) Wang and Arella Liu as Vice Chair and Treasurer, respectively. W. Fontaine Bell is now our Member-at-Large while serving as Acting Chair, and Kirsten Foster has been newly elected Secretary. Lisa (Weimin) Liu and Bob Zhang are now honorary Members-at-Large. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.
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