Los Angeles-Guangzhou Sister City Association

Established in 1981 as part of the Sister Cities International
CHINAWEEK Series Event
CHINAWEEK events take place throughout the greater Los Angeles region from May 1-19 each year across nine sectors including: arts and culture, business, education, entertainment, environment, public affairs, science and technology, tourism, and philanthropy.

We have arranged for a block of seats for the Tuesday, May 14th event that will examine “Transformation of Chinese America: From Yellow Peril to Model Minority and Everything in Between”.  This will be the culminating event for ChinaWeek 2019.  It will be atthe UCLA Faculty Center, California Room, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095 from 4-7pm. 

Please RSVP to info@lagsca.org no later than Friday April 26.  

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LAGSCA Directors, Members and Friends Welcome the Year of the Pig

The Association celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 24 at the Chinatown institution Ocean Seafood along with many guests and friends.  A good time was had by all.   

Vice-Consuls Shao Junying and Cao Ting represented the the China Consulate.  Consul Shao’s remarks concerning the trade talks between China and the US were well received and struck an optimistic note.  Our old friend and supporter Tom Gilmore, Chair of LA Sister Cities International Committee, helped to perk up the festivities. Delta’s Flora Wong came with presents that were auctioned and raffled off.  Mt. St. Mary’s University was represented as in past New Years banquets with a group of exchange students from China and Japan.   

Our longtime president Mrs. Katherine Whitman announced her retirement as president of the LAGSCA. Because of her longtime service to the Association and in the mission of fostering friendly relations between the cities of Los Angeles and Guangzhou, Mrs. Whitman was given the distinguished award of Guangzhou Honorary Citizen.  Mr. Jeffrey Cheung and Dr. Peter Antoniou will take over as Co-Presidents of the LAGSCA.   

As an extra added bonus and dose of excitement former LA City Councilman from the 4th District, and all-around fun guy to be around, Tom LaBonge made a surprise appearance.  As he has done throughout his political career Tom spoke of the importance of people to people engagement and how organizations like LAGSCA do so much to build these important grass roots relations.   

Even on Oscar night so many guests and VIP’s joined together to celebrate the Chinese New Year and show support for the LA-Guangzhou Sister City Association.  Be looking for many upcoming events during this Year of the Pig.

Bee Canterbury Lavery 1926 - 2018

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that one of our founders, Bee Canterbury Lavery, recently passed away.  Bee had been the Chief of Protocol under Mayor Tom Bradley for 17 years and was instrumental in securing the sister city relationship between Guangzhou and Los Angeles.

She served the association as Secretary General and led many influential delegations to China as well as receiving many high ranking Chinese officials in Los Angeles. After retiring from city government she joined the United States Government State Department helping to establish the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles. 

After her service to the State Department she was founder and president of International Executive Protocol traveling internationally, especially to China, to share her expertise with business and government leaders.

Although she had traveled the world her first love was China and special favorite city was Guangzhou.

On May 23, 2018 LAGSCA received a delegation from Guangzhou, including the Vice Mayor. 



On July 19, 2017, LAGSCA officers hosted a visiting delegation of our good friends and partners from the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office. The delegation of seven members was led by Madame Chen Jie. 

The group had flown into Los Angeles that day from our mutual sister city of Auckland, New Zealand. This trip was in advance of the 2017 Tripartate Economic Summit to be held in Guangzhou November 8-10. This summit is being billed as one that will converge innovation and Business Opportunities. Any members interested to attend the summit should contact the LAGSCA by email. Everyone here is very excited about the prospects of this year's summit. I

t was a pleasant evening of good food and good service at one of the longtime stalwarts of LA Chinatown, Ocean Seafood. This dinner was another pleasant opportunity for two old friends, our Association and the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office to spread good cheer and enjoy informal discussion on the upcoming summit and matter of current interest. 

Bilen Fraye also joined us from Sister Cities of Los Angeles. With so much going on between Los Angeles and the city of Guangzhou in the commercial, cultural, educational and scientific spheres, there will be many things our two cities can cooperate on in the years to come.


The Silk Road American Forum

LAGSCA was well represented at this event held on November 2-4 at the J.W. Marriott. The One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative was the reason behind the gathering hosted by the KJ Institute. Co-Chairs for the event were Jim Maclellan of the Port of LA and KJC International CEO Zhuo Lin. Congratulations for the forum were sent by President Trump, Congressman Ed Royce, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other government officials. Attendees came from different organizations ranging from foundations to government to Academia. Catherine Lin moderated the forum.
Awareness of China's ambitious and visionary One Belt One Road megaproject is growing in the US. Because of California's unique relationship with the People's Republic, there is a greater excitement about OBOR than in other parts of the country. This forum brought together different people from China and from Southern California to exchange ideas, make contacts and explore ways to get in on the ground floor with something that can cause a sea change in the way the world economy functions.
The Hong Kong Association of Souther California hosts The Belt and Road Forum
On April 27, 2018 200 guests attended the Belt and Road Forum where many ideas were exchanged with regard to this most high profile of China initiatives.  LAGSCA directors Katherine Whitman, K.K. Kwong, Peter Antoniou, Frank Zagar, Buck and Victoria Stapleton attended with Raymond Cheng acting as one of the chief organizers of the event.  It was a great success with extensive media coverage.  Much feedback and information was exchanged regarding the myriad
of opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative. There will be another  Belt and Road Summit that will take place on June 28, 2018 in Hong Kong.