Los Angeles-Guangzhou Sister City Association

Established in 1981 as part of the Sister Cities International
Education & Scientific

One of the most important programs of LAGSCA is the Lawrence Liu Scholarship designed to honor our founding president. Each year a candidate from the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office comes to Los Angeles to study at a local university as a visiting scholar. Both the University of California, Northridge and Mount St Mary

Since its founding in 1981, LAGSCA has received numerable delegations from Guangzhou and other cities in China, and it has organized delegations to visit China as well. The on-going exchange of visits has contributed greatly to the enhancement of the friendship and understanding between the two sister cities and the two countries.

Art, Culture, & Sports
In 1982, LAGSCA assisted with the negotiations for the two red pandas from China that were given to the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. In turn, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association made a permanent gift of two drill baboons to the Guangzhou Zoo.In 1984, LAGSCA assisted in the negotiations with China for the six-month loan of two giant pandas that China made to the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association in honor of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.LAGSCA has assisted the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in an exhibition of Chinese Bronzes, hosted numerous other exhibits by Chinese artists, and has held seminars at the Pacific Asia Museum and similar venues.Along with the sponsorship and planning grants of corporate board members ARCO and AT&T, LAGSCA supported two major exhibitions of Chinese paintings at the Pacific Asia Museum, which were the first important exhibitions of Chinese contemporary art outside of China – “Beyond the Open Door” (1987), “I Don’t Want to Play Cards With Cezanne,” (1991) and other works.
Los Angeles Area Economic and Trade delegations, interested in export-import, manufacturing, service industries and investments, visit Guangzhou and other parts of China. With the assistance of LAGSCA, they travel to China at least once annually to explore and promote trade between Los Angeles and Guangzhou.In the Los Angeles area, LAGSCA continues to arrange frequent panel discussions independently and in collaboration with the U.S Consul General in Guangzhou, other business, academic and civic organizations such as Town Hall of California, World Affairs Council, The Asia Society, American Women Economic Development Corporation (AWED), World Trade Center, UCLA, USC and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Recently, LAGSCA sponsored a dialogue, “Current Developments in Business and Art in China,” at the Pacific Asia Museum that featured a panel discussion of Chinese diplomats and a United States economist.LAGSCA also assists corporate, business and individual patron members in the Association’s highest membership level with liaison services to facilitate their individual exchange programs with Guangzhou and other cities of China.