The Long Beach-Qingdao Association was founded in 1985, following a trip to Qingdao by City leaders who realized Long Beach had much in common with our “big sister.” Today, we are one of the members of Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc., and a member of Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C. We follow the theme of “citizen ambassadors” with a people-to-people mission, as envisioned by our original founder, Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower back in the 1950’s.
We charge minimal dues and raise funds for our activities through various events.
We’re a group of dedicated volunteers—scholars, business people, parents, etc.—who want to know more about China. People who want to explore the largest country in the world, either through events here or by travel to China.
For nearly 30 years, the Long Beach-Qingdao Association has provided ways to open people’s eyes to China through educational events and experiences…to open your mind to the different culture and economy of The People’s Republic…to open the doors to people in China so you can make friends, learn, and even do business across the Pacific.
Established on April 12, 1985, the mission of the Long Beach-Qingdao Sister City Association is to promote understanding between Long Beach, California, in the United States of America, and Qingdao, Shandong Province, in the People’s Republic of China, by pledging to assist exchange and trade between the people of the two great cities.
- President – Mary E. Barton, Ph.D.
- Vice-President – Wendy Chou Le
- Secretary – Patricia Tsoiasue
- Treasurer – David Griffith
- Membership Director – Susan T. Redfield