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
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.
Here are few Pictures for our annual New Years Banquet.
2018 Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Banquet
The annual LAGSCA Chinese New Year Banquet will be held at Ocean Seafood Restaurant on Sunday, March 4th starting at 6:30. Join us in welcoming the Year of the Dog!
The Two Roads, One Journey: Education in China and the United States Exhibition will be held at the McCarthy Library at Mount Saint Mary’s University from January 26 to April 28, 2018. The exhibition will be co- sponsored by the Los Angeles Guangzhou Sister City Association.
This innovative exhibition brings together the power and cultural influences of education in the United States and China, showcasing the points of pride and challenge for both countries. The exhibition explores how education can be improved and take visitors on a thought-provoking journey into what goes on inside these dynamically different classrooms. The exhibition draws it inspiration from a book published by
Dr. Nancy Pine, an emerita professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University and a member of the Los Angeles Guangzhou Sister City Association.
The exhibition is drawn for Dr. Pine’s book Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn ( and Don’t Learn) in China and America. The book has been published in the United States and translated into Chinese.
There will be reception held on February 9th, 2018 to announce the Exhibition.
Consul General Zhang Ping, recently appointed to Los Angeles, was hosted by the LAGSCA Board of Directors and Corporate Sponsors at a luncheon on January 22, 2018. The venue for the event was the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Consul Zhang gave the group an informal briefing on current events in China and on China – US relations. A lively discussion followed and included a pledge by the Consul General to assist the association in any way to help it promote better relations and exchange between Guangzhou and Los Angeles and between China and the United States.
Consul General Zhang’s CV contains a number of appointments at China embassies around the world, in Australia, The USA, Fiji and now in Los Angeles. He has a long and successful career serving within the Chinese Foreign Ministry. We consider ourselves fortunate to have such a high-ranking and influential government official leading the Consulate General in Los Angeles.