Ineffable Takamatsu

Blog contributed by Vanessa B. Nguyen, 2016 Student Ambassador, St. Petersburg, Florida. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.How do I begin this without sounding cliche? It’s the last thing I want to do, sound unextraordinary when describing my experience in Takamatsu, Japan, a well hidden, extraordinary gem. If I absolutely had to describe my experience in such a charming city with a single word, I would have to absolutely say “ineffable.” Ironic, isn’t it?It was a short 10 days in Takamatsu, but a couple of minutes was all it took for me to fall ...

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Sister Cities International Announces Winners of 2016 Annual Awards for Innovation in Arts and Culture

WASHINGTON, DC –The 2016 Sister Cities International Innovation Award for Arts and Culture recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.The award was given to organizations in two sister city programs in different population categories. Norfolk Sister City Association, Inc. (NSCA) of Norfolk, Virginia won among cities with population under 500,000 and the City of San Antonio International Relations Office (CSAIRO) of San Antonio, Texas won among cities ...

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Sister Cities International Announces 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners

Over 100 students from around the globe ages 13-22 interpret peace through art, film, writing, and photography for the 28th Annual Young Artists and Authors ShowcaseWashington, DC (June 16, 2016) – Today, Sister Cities International (SCI) announced the winners and finalists of the 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase. For nearly three decades, SCI has leveraged the power that art has to transform societies and transcend cultural boundaries through the Young Artists and Authors Showcase. The Showcase has given youth ages 14-18 from around the globe the opportunity to ...

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Connecting Minneapolitans to the Realities of Life in Iraq: A Sister City Relationship between Najaf, Iraq and Minneapolis, Minnesota

Iraqi Voices film screening
Blog contributed by Jessy Belt, Deputy Director, Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Click here to view original blog post on Medium. “Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.” —Chimamanda AdichieThe Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) has managed the day to day work of the sister city relationship between Najaf, Iraq and Minneapolis, Minnesota ...

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50 Years of History and Friendship: A Trip to Shizuoka

Fumiko and Masahiro Sone. A retired TV executive, Masahiro Sone was a child when Shizuoka was bombed by the U.S. in 1945. [Photo by Michael Kelly/The World Herald]
Blog by Mary D. Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International. Click here to view original post on Medium.This November I was extremely privileged to travel to Shizuoka, Japan along with an official delegation from their sister city Omaha, Nebraska. This partnership has a long, complicated, and exciting history, like many sister city partnerships.It all started in 1965 when a group of people in Omaha, Nebraska decided that they should form a sister city relationship with a city in Japan — Shizouka. What makes this partnership interesting and impactful is that ...

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Sculpture Unveiling Celebrates 13 Years of Sister City Partnership

With the delegation, hosts, and La Crosse committee members
Blog submitted by Todd Bye, La Crosse-Friedberg Sister City Committee. Click here to view original post on Medium.The city of La Crosse, Wisconsin has a total of seven sister city relationships throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. In late August 2015, a delegation of 14 people led by Friedberg, Germany Mayor “Burgermeister” Roland Eichman arrived in La Crosse. What marked this occasion as being so special was the presentation of a gift of a sculpture from the city of Friedberg which represented a lasting memorial to the friendships that have been built over the ...

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Global Diaspora Week: Digital Diaspora

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As part of 2015 Global Diaspora Week, Sister Cities International hosted a Digital Diaspora +SocialGood Google Hangout to highlight the leading cities whose sister city relationships formed or have been strengthened because of local diaspora. Furthermore, panelists discussed how these communities leverage technology and digital media to stay connected and why these tools are important to strengthening and maintaining global relationships.  Sister city partnerships may form for a variety of reasons including preexisting trade relationships, historical connections, ...

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Muslim Community Contributions to Houston Lauded during Iftar Celebration

Blog contributed by Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, President, Houston Karachi Sister City AssociationFor Houstonians, the beginning of Ramadan means the exciting news that the Abu Dhabi, Baku, Basrah, Istanbul, and Karachi Sister City Associations in Houston, along with The Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), and over 50 other collaborating organizations will bring “Houston Iftar: Annual Ramadan Dinner with Mayor of Houston” to the city. The 2015 Houston Iftar was attended by more than 1,800 individuals on June 28. Attendees enjoyed candid talks, inspirational prayers, ...

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Rekindling a 30-Year Sister City Partnership

Mayors from Park City, Utah, and Courchevel France, Jack Thomas & Philippe Mugnier rekindle a 30-year sister city relationship
Story contributed by Karen Anderson, Executive Analyst, Park City Municipal CorporationTwo mountain towns – Park City, Utah and Courchevel, France – though a continent away, have developed a long and storied bond through their sister city program.The cities, both world-renowned ski resort destinations, first developed an alliance in 1984. During that time, Courchevel’s star was rising after having just helped secure the bid for the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, Park City was still a sleepy, funky mountain town just beginning its own rise to internati...

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Spring “New Year” Celebration Forms Community Bonds

This year we hope you remembered to tell your Uzbek friends “Navro'z muborak!” The word Navruz itself means “new day” or “new beginning” and marks the beginning of the Persian calendar during spring solstice each year. Sister cities Seattle, Washington and Tashkent, Uzbekistan had a new beginning of their own 42 years ago, as they established the first U.S.-Uzbek sister city partnership (and the first U.S.-Soviet sister city as well). One of the ways Seattle has grown and maintained its ties with Tashkent is by celebrating Navruz, a holiday widely observed in ...

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