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LAGSCA Directors, Members, and Friends:

A warm welcome to you all as we usher in the Year of the Rabbit.

The Association celebrated the New Year of the Rabbit with a lively get-together on February 17th, 2023.

Mr. Shi Yuanqiang, Vice Consul General, and his colleagues Mr. Han Jiangtao, and Ms. Yan Lingzhi also joined us from Chinese Consulate.

Our dedicated Co-President, Jeffrey Cheung, passed the baton to Fred Hong who plans on spending more time in Los Angeles.

Marsha Hobbs, our long serving Chairman, will now be Chairman Emeritus but continues on as an active supporter. Succeeding her will be Katherine Whitman who has previously served as Vice Chairman. Marcia’s contributions to the LA-Guangzhou Sister City Association going back to the founding, have been too numerous to name.

What is coming up for the Association? We are developing a number of new initiatives. Already underway, in the planning stages, is an exchange of art between children in Guangzhou and Los Angeles. You will be hearing more details soon.

We are also in contact with our partners at the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office in the planning for our 40th anniversary gift to the city.

Our gift was designed by Elaine Yolam Kwong and produced in China by the Shanghai Yaohua Pilkington Glass Co., Ltd. with the gracious assistance of our member and Secretary, Frank Zagar.

Plans are in the works for a visit to Guangzhou to celebrate our continuing People to People relationship with Guangzhou and to see the gift in place.

We’ll keep you apprised of anything new regarding these and other upcoming events.


On December 8, 2021 at The Emerald Room of the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, directors, members and invited special guests assembled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding in 1981.

Ambassador Zhang Ping was there to show his support for LAGSCA. Please watch the video to hear some of the ambassador’s remarks. Mayor Garcetti and the Los Angeles City government also showed great support and have always been good friends to the Association in helping to build bridges with our friends in the great and historic city of Guangzhou.

Updated: Apr 7, 2022


On January 7, 2021 the Los Angeles - Guangzhou Sister City Association and the people of Los Angeles lost a great friend. Thomas J. LaBonge was a great supporter and promoter of friendship between the people of Los Angeles and Guangzhou. He served our city from 2001-2015 representing the 4th District.

Many a past LAGSCA gala event was made more merrier and delightful whenever Tom was invited to the stage to offer a few remarks. Tom left us too soon and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the good fortune to known him.


LA officials remember Councilman Tom LaBonge on one-year anniversary of death

"One year ago, L.A. lost a giant in Tom LaBonge — a true public servant who brought so much passion and decency to the task of building a stronger, safer and fairer Los Angeles,” Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted Friday. “Today, we remember the imprint he left on the a city he loved — and that loved him right back."

Former L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge, known to many as ‘Mr. Los Angeles,’ dies at 67

"The 39-year veteran of City Hall regularly asked Angelenos to name their favorite L.A. buildings. He handed out calendars featuring his photographs of the city and loaves of pumpkin bread baked by local nuns. He was a champion of Griffith Park, hiking there every day, and worked to expand its size by hundreds of acres."

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