Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:25
Lights of the World 2016 will be launching November 18, 2016 and take place at Rawhide Western Town at Wild Horse Pass until January 28, 2017. Lights of the World, is a unique international lantern arts festival that combines the age-old Chinese tradition of lantern festivals with modern cutting-edge technology and lights.
This Festival offers exciting fundraising opportunities for the Phoenix Sister Cities Committees. One dollar of every ticket sold through the coupon codes below will be donated to the corresponding committee. Please support the committee of your choice by using the discount codes below when purchasing tickets.
Tickets can be purchased at: http://lightsoftheworldus.com/buy-ticket/
Coupons assigned to each Committee are as follows:
PSC01: Phoenix Sister Cities (overall program)
Monday, 31 October 2016 13:49
Chengdu Committee member Elena Zee recently was awarded the prestigious ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award for her work in the Public Sector. "The ATHENA Award honors women who have consistently invested in themselves, their profession, their community, and especially other women. They have achieved the pinnacle of success within their industry, have mentored women throughout their career, and have dedicated themselves to the community through various activities and charities."
Elena Zee has led a fascinating life, including her family shipping her out of China during the Cultural Revolution to pursue a better life in the US. Elena Zee graduated from Wellesley and Columbia universities and has dedicated her professional life towards improving economic and personal financial literacy through the Arizona Council on Economic Education. Passionate about cultural awareness, Zee also serves on the board of Arizona’s Chinese Chamber of Commerce, which works to promote beneficial relationships between businesses and city government.
Phoenix Sister Cities would like to congratulate it Elena Zee for her award and thank her for all of her hard work!
Read More about Elena Zee here: https://phoenixchamber.com/2016/10/17/2016-public-sector-athena-award-finalist-elena-zee/
Monday, 31 October 2016 13:10
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance Phoenix Lodge is proud to host the screenings of
Friday, November 4th at ASU Downtown Campus (6.30 pm to 9 pm) see attached flyer &
Saturday, November 5th at Northwest Chinese Baptist Church (5.30 pm to 8 pm) see attached flyer
For more information visit: http://www.heritageseries.us/honor-and-duty/
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:31
Article by Elizabeth Clarke, Speech and Debate Coach at Brophy and Xavier
One June 1st 2016, Elizabeth Clarke traveled to Chengdu, China with students Tristan Brown and Shaloni Pinto for a cultural exchange and a debate tournament: the 2016 Chengdu Youth Debate Challenge. Prior to their arrival, hundreds of students from Chengdu had been competing in preliminary tournaments to qualify for the exhibition in June which included debate teams from several of Chengdu’s sister cities (San Francisco, Louisville, and Honolulu). It was a truly unique educational and cultural experience proving that healthy, good- hearted competition can foster learning, growth, and friendships.
The first few days of the experience were centered around the Debate Challenge. On the first day of their arrival they visited a school and met the students from China and the US who would also be competing in the Debate Challenge. The US and Chinese students were mixed up at random into teams that would have to work together throughout the tournament to succeed. They drew the Blue Team; which consisted of Elizabeth Clarke,… as the only American team and their six new Chinese teammates. By the end of the tournament it was as if they had been friends for years! While in the end they were not the most competitively successful team, they were privileged to work with wonderful people in the tournament. It was easily one of the best experiences they ever had in debate.
It’s also important to note that this was not a normal tournament-- their hosts in Chengdu gave them an amazing welcome. There was, in fact, a red carpet. At the opening and closing ceremonies, prominent diplomats addressed the students and teachers. Great care was put into selecting judges for each round. Their host’s hospitality was simply unparalleled. It was also remarkable how well prepared the Chinese debaters were. Even though they were debating in their second language, they were formidable opponents! The final round was between a Chinese and an American team. The American team came out on top, but it was a very competitive final round! The quality of the tournament, in every facet, was top- notch. Elizabeth Clarke describes it as “the most well thought- out and best run tournament we have ever attended.”
This thoughtfulness and hospitality continued throughout the week as their competition hosts became tour guides taking them to the Panda research facility, the Shu Dynasty Museum, and to “The Alley”-- a cultural and commercial hub of the city. They ate, learned, and shopped their way through Chengdu. One of the best events was when the students engaged in Chinese Opera by painting their own masks and then performing a fashion show for their coaches. But this was exemplary of every event their hosts planned for them. Everything well thought- out, all the food was delicious, they learned an incredible amount about the city. Most importantly, they had a lot of fun and made some very good friends. The farewell at the airport was not without tears. It’s easy to think of debate as a mode of communication that can divide cultures; but on the contrary, a healthy exchange in a vigorous marketplace of ideas can be unifying-- they have so much more in common than not. They cherish this experience and would love to return.