The Chinese are Coming- Representatives of Thousand Oaks sister city to visit area

redDragonBy Daniel Gelman

A delegation of Chinese regional government officials from Qingdao Shibei District will visit the City of Thousand Oaks from February 26-28 to inaugurate a “Sister City” relationship. According to Rosemary Licata (photo- below right) of Thousand Oaks Republican Women Federated, buy cialis the purpose of the visit is to promote a long term cultural exchange including business, seek the arts, nurse education, and trade. Rosemary is part of the large local committee of business and citizen representatives joining hands to plan the event and provide sponsorship.LicattaRosemary

The idea originated with the Center for Asian Performing Arts (CAPA). They’re known for staging charitable cultural events at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza benefitting the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and other causes. Qingdao is in Shandong Province in Eastern China at the Yellow Sea. It’s a bustling manufacturing center.

changProfessor Debby Chang (photo-left)  teaches Chinese language and culture at California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks and is affiliated with the CAPA. Many of her students travel to China, so she is quite enthusiastic about this opportunity. “Qingdao is a large city, so we are focusing specifically on the Shibei District within it,” she told the Citizens Journal. According to Chang, the district has a population roughly equivalent to Ventura County.

The Chinese dignitaries will include the mayor, the heads of the Bureaus of Tourism and Economic Development, and the Department of Commerce. Although it is not an officially city sponsored event, former mayor and current city councilmember Claudia Bill de la Pena was instrumental in facilitating the concept in May 2013. The events will include the signing of a formal declaration of the relationship by current Mayor of Thousand Oaks Andy Fox and his counterpart from the Chinese district. The city may appropriate some funds for variable aspects of the future relationship.

Representatives from Tarcine BioMed, a developer and manufacturer of diagnostic products in Westlake Village, and an affiliate of Baheal Pharmaceutical Group in Qingdao will also be involved with the planning. Participants from local pharmaceutical companies Amgen and Baxter and many more will sit on the planning committee too. The last Sister City to Thousand Oaks was Spitak, Armenia several years ago.

Qingdao.Beer.Street.District.of.the.cityAbove: Street scene from Qingdao Shibei District


Daniel Gelman has been a Reporter/Writer for several years, specializing in News, Business, Feature, and Op-Ed.


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Bill Neumann
6 years ago

No taxpayer funds should be used for this or any other event of the same nature.