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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:40

Master Hsing Yun Calligraphy Exhibition

Newspaper articleThe Arizona Chinese Ameerican Newspaper featured a peice about Venerable Master Hsing Yun's art exhibit at Phoenix City Hall. The exhibit was made possible by IBAA Arizona Phoenix Chapter and the Taipei Sister Cities Comittee. The exhibit celebrated the 37th aniversery of the relationship between Phoenix and Taipei. To read more about this article please visit: AZCNEWS.ORG 


Below are photos of Taiwan Famous Master Hsing Yun’s Calligraphy Exhibition. Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony were held on August 10 at 10 am at Phoenix City Hall.

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Taiwan Master Hsing Yun’s Calligraphy Exhibition Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Phoenix City Hall.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:31

Chengdu Speech and Debate Exchange

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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. 


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City of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen Je sent world renowned Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group to visit Phoenix to celebrate and honor 37 years of friendship between Phoenix, Arizona and Taipei, Taiwan. The group was led by Taipei Education Department Deputy Commissioner Tseng Tsan Chin with 13 delegations and 27 performers. The Taipei group arrived on July 27 and were welcomed at the airport by Phoenix Sister Cities Vice President Rick Gerrard, Taipei Sister Cities Committee Chair Lin Ling Lee, and Global Federation of Chinese Business Women Arizona Chapter President Wen Chyi Chiu.

Lin Ling Lee and Wen Chyi Chiu arranged and accompanied Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group to visit Phoenix Channel 11 Know 99 TV for interviews and meet with Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas. The group received a warm welcome, recognition certificates, and souvenir coins from Arizona Superintendent Douglas. Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group also visited Arizona Senate and Arizona House. Senate President Andy Biggs greeted them at Arizona Senate and presented Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group with a Recognition Proclamation and gifts. Younger generations’ role model Senator Kimberly Yee introduced the Arizona Senate to Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group and encouraged the students to become leaders of tomorrow. Arizona House of Representative Kate Brophy McGee also presented Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group a Recognition Proclamation at the Arizona House. In addition, Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group toured the Arizona Capitol Museum.

Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group’s visit to Phoenix, Arizona is recognized by US Congress, State of Arizona, and City of Phoenix. Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan presented Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group with a Proclamation and US Congressman David Schweikert awarded the Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group with US Congressional Certificates. In addition, Appreciation Certificates from Phoenix Sister Cities honored each delegate for promoting global arts, culture, sports and diversity.

Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group had a spectacular performance on July 28 at 7 pm at KROC Center Theater including various forms of Taiwanese Diabolo Spinning, Shuttlecock Kicking, Rope Skipping, and folk dances. The performance attracted a full audience who gave standing ovations. Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei Sister Cities Committee presented plaques and gold medals to Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group to honor their wonderful performance.

Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group strengthened Phoenix and Taipei’s relationship by expanding international culture awareness and diversity, and promoting Taiwan and US culture exchanges.

World Famous Taiwanese Folk Sports

Performance Comes to Phoenix 


PHOENIX – In honor of the 37th Anniversary of the Phoenix and Taipei Sister Cities relationship, Taipei, Taiwan is sending the world famous Taipei Folk Sports Performance troupe to Phoenix.  The troupe will perform at 7 pm on July 28 at the Salvation Army KROC Center Theater, 1375 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix AZ 85040.


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Attendees will experience a performance composed of Taiwan folk sports, athletics and dance including champion Taiwanese yoyo, spinning tops, shuttle kicking and jump rope techniques.  The international travel troupe promotes the beauty of Taiwanese culture and performing arts.The Taipei Performance is coordinated by Phoenix Sister Cities' Taipei Committee.


 In adddition, check out AZCentral's article about Taipei and the Youth performance here: View AZCentral Article