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A hearty congratulations to our member and director Dr. Nancy Pine on the publication of her latest book, “One in a Billion: One Man’s  Remarkable Odyssey Through Modern-Day China”.


This heart-wrenching story immerses readers in the dramatic survival of one outspoken man who illuminates the souls of a billion ordinary Chinese citizens. An Wei (a stubborn, hardworking peasant who has lived by his values and stood up for his convictions) has succeeded against all odds in the authoritarian environment of China. Despite grinding poverty, hunger, reeducation campaigns, and attacks from jealous peers, An Wei continues to inspire with his daring achievements, such as launching a democratic congress in his village. His compelling life provides a vivid backdrop for understanding the development of modern China from the unique perspective of an outspoken citizen. Through his audacious determination and survival skills forged in rural poverty, An Wei’s unstoppable drive to improve himself and rural China will captivate and enthrall readers. Her website can be found at


Nancy said of this man’s life, “For me, An Wei’s life, his accomplishments, his fearlessness, and his drive to make his world better, showed that one individual could challenge authority and make a difference while upholding his core values. It is a story worth telling!”


Nancy Pine has traveled and studied in China for decades. She holds a Ph.D. in education and is one of the leading American experts on Chinese early childhood education, which led to her book, Educating Young Giants, published by Palgrave Macmillan. She has taught everything from kindergarten to graduate school and founded the Bridging Cultures US/China Program. At Mount Saint Mary’s University, she has advised the administration and faculty on China.


LAGSCA congratulates member Sijia Chen on the acquisition of her painting, A Great Disruption, by the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


The painting, A Great Disruption, presents a collaborative study of migration in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Chen invited the Asian community to share material related to their experience of the pandemic, which she used to create paper-cut images of architectural and natural scenes. The collage forms an image that both emulates and disrupts the aesthetic of traditional Chinese landscape paintings.


Sijia Chen holds an M.F.A. degree from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a B.F.A. degree from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.


Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Guangdong Folk Art Museum, Guangzhou, China; and FEI Gallery, Guangzhou, China. Chen’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Guangdong Art Museum, the Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Museum of Shantou University, and the Inside-Out Art Museum. Chen’s public artwork is on permanent display in Claremont, CA; North Kansas City, MO; Portsmouth, NH; Shantou, China; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport;  and Jieyang-Chaoshan International Airport.


Sijia Chen lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


On the evening of October 23, 2023, the Los Angeles Guangzhou Sister City Association hosted a grand dinner honoring the visit to Los Angeles of the Guangzhou Party Secretary,

the Honorable Guo Yonghang.


This event coincided with the Association’s celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of the establishment of the sister city relations between Los Angeles and Guangzhou. Party Secretary Guo was on an official visit to Los Angeles during which he met with representatives of the city government and the Port of Los Angeles.  During the dinner, Mr. Guo delivered remarks celebrating the long history of friendship and sister-city relations between the two great world cities. Co-President Fred Hong presented a pictorial review of the history of the people-to-people friendship between Guangzhou and Los Angeles and expressed good wishes for future cooperation.

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