People from around the world are actively creating relationships and exploring cultures, and Long Beach residents can get involved too.
Sister Cities International is a global collection of people who are making efforts to interact with — and learn from — other people in international cities.
“We’re informal citizen diplomats that help maintain good relationships between countries,” Mary Barton, board member of the Long Beach-Qinqdao Association as well as the newly reopened Long Beach-Bacolod group, said. “It’s kind of like a club here in Long Beach.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the nonprofit group — first referred to as the National League of Cities — in 1956 to foster friendly relationships between cities in the United States and around the world.
In 1963, Long Beach established its first partnership with Yokkaichi, Japan. Eventually, groups expanded to share…
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