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.

LAGSCA Board Members
LAGSCA President Peter H. Antoniou, DBA & Vice Chairman Katherine Whitman
Exec. Vice President Steve Temkin & Vice Chairman Katherine Whiteman

China Southern Airway Gala Event

Gala Event

On December 18, 2018 our good friends at China Southern Airways held a gala event at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The occasion was the announcement of their new three times weekly route between Los Angeles and Shenyang. Shenyang, the site of so much modern Chinese history, is one of the biggest cities in China and the capital of Liaoning Province.

Flight CZ610 departs Tom Bradley International Terminal at 12:40AM and arrives in Shenyang the next day at 5:10AM. The flight provides all the comforts and elbow room found on the Airbus A330-300.

Mr. Hou Ming, head of China Southern Airlines for North America said, “The new Los Angeles flights will serve to strengthen and open new opportunities for economic, cultural and trade exchanges between the two countries.” Several top executives flew in for the festivities surrounding the inaugural flight on December 18th.

Steve Temkin represented LAGSCA at the event and was the lucky winner of a round trip flight to Shenyang!

 

40 Years Relationship between the US and China Event

LAGSCA President Katherine Whitman and several directors attended the opening ceremony of an event hosted at the Whittier Museum on January 4th. Organized by Dr. Pedro Chan, Director of the Flying Tigers Institute, this photo exhibit of historic images celebrates forty years of US-China Relations.

Memorabilia, photographs, newspapers and magazines made up the exhibit that chronicled high profile meetings of American and Chinese leaders. Everyone was treated to a historic walk down memory lane revisiting the 1972 visit to China by Richard Nixon and all the subsequent visits by American presidents to China and Chinese leaders in the US. This included the signing of the historic document in January 1979 between President Jimmy Carter and Deng Xiaoping.

It was truly a cause to celebrate and highlighted the strong friendship between the US and China over the past forty years. In these challenging times between our two nations it was a great moment to look back on the good times of hope and close cooperation.

Around a hundred invited guests attended the event held at the Whittier Museum, not far from the boyhood home of Richard Nixon. Special guests included Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri, Yorba Linda Mayor Tara Campbell, Councilman (and former mayor) Gene Hernandez, Cerritos council member Grace Hu, Maj. General William Chen and other VIP’s from the China Consulate.

Zhang Ping Luncheon

Zhang Ping

On December 3rd, our Association hosted a luncheon for the Chinese Consul General Zhang Ping at The Board Room of the Beverly Hills Peninsula. The event was a wonderful success and we were treated to remarks made by Ambassador Zhang regarding the present state of affairs between the US and China. Although the US-China relationship has seen better days, an optimistic outlook was given and shared by all. In addition to many of our directors, the luncheon was also attended by representatives from our friends at China Southern Airways, Mount St. Mary’s University as well as Vice Consuls Cao Ting and Shao Junying.

Bee Canterbury Lavery 1926 – 2018

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.

 Bee Lavery with Guangdong Governor Liang Lingguang in Guangzhou in 1996

Bee Lavery and Katherine Whitman with Ambassador Li Zhaoxing 1998

The Hong Kong Association of Southern 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.