LAGSCA Screens Mysterious China: Yibin, the Gateway to the Yangtze

On a warm Saturday afternoon at Amat House at the beautiful Mount Saint Mary’s University campus, our Association had the honor and pleasure of featuring a documentary by the renowned and respected filmmaker Chris D. Nebe.  Mr. Nebe is mostly known for his “Mysterious China” series of documentaries that have introduced places and topics such as Tibet, Yangzhou, Jiangsu, Dali, Kungfu Masters and the Silk Road.  

A nice crowd of LAGSCA members, friends, students, media and invited guests were treated to Mr. Nebe’s film “Yibin, Golden Gate of the Yangtze River”.  Using all the techniques he has developed over a long career in cinema, Chris Nebe introduced the wonders and history of this little-known city in Sichuan.  Located where two great rivers meet, the Yangtze and the Min, Yibin is a fount of ancient and modern history, culture and modernity. 

Yibin’s history is introduced, tracing its early beginnings as a Ming Dynasty outpost to the site of intense military action and regular bombing raids during WWII

Yibin is famous, among many reasons, as the corporate headquarters of the Wuliangye brand of fiery Chinese baijiu.  Wuliangye wine is made from five organic grains.  It is a household name in China and is exported around the world. It is the largest employer in the city and representative of the kind of go-go economy Yibin is famous for.

The hour-long documentary was very much enjoyed by all gathered friends.  Upon the conclusion of the film, writer, director and producer Chris Nebe fielded questions from the audience.  Aside from what will become the first of many films LAGSCA plans to screen, it was another good opportunity for everyone to mix and mingle, enjoy refreshments and discuss US-China news and affairs.

We were especially honored to have Vice-Consul Shao Junying and his family on hand for the movie.  The China Consulate General has always shown so much support for our Association.  Reporters from People’s Daily, Xinhua and China Daily also attended the event and wrote about it in their newspapers.

Thanks to the success of this first outing, be looking for more of these documentaries from LAGSCA. These events are meant to bring together people who are interested to learn about China and promote the people-to-people friendly relations that our Association stands for.

Director Steve Temkin speaks at USPTO IP Road Show

The US Patent and Trademark Office held a nation-wide roadshow featuring a number of local experts who spoke on the matter of US-China Intellectual Property issues.  About a hundred people signed up for the event held at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce on June 7, 2019.

The Association was invited to send a representative to speak at the conference by Conrad Wong, Incoming USPTO IP Attache, U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou.  The conference featured a number of experienced speakers who presented information about protecting your company in China with respect to trademarks, patents, designs, counterfeiting and other matters related to intellectual property protection.

Steve spoke on behalf of the Association regarding LAGSCA’s history and achievements.  He also spoke to the critical importance of grass roots relationships at this time in US-PRC relations.  While the heated debate is carried out by the top leaders in the respective governments, it is more important than ever for people-to-people relations to remain strong.  The open dialog that exists between LAGSCA and their counterparts in Guangzhou remains respectful, open and frank.  This is an important moment for citizen diplomacy.  The work carried out by LAGSCA and many other Sister-City organizations across the US, will play a role in preserving the good relationship for the long term.

CHINAWEEK Series Event

Greetings Fellow Members and Friends,

We wanted to inform you that as part of the CHINAWEEK month-long series of activities our Association will be attending an event that may be of interest to you.

CHINAWEEK is an annual series of events designed to bring the most current, relevant, multidisciplinary information about China and Chinese culture to the city of Los Angeles. 

The 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.You can see all of the activities and events by clicking on

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. 

It will focus on ways in which immigration and US-China relations have shaped Chinese American life over time.

There is no charge to attend but we kindly request that you RSVP via the Associations website at later than Friday April 26th.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Click on the link for more information

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

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.

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!


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