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Programs & Contributions

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Since its founding in 1981, LAGSCA has received numerous delegations from Guangzhou and other cities in China, and it has organized delegations to visit China as well. The ongoing exchange of visits has contributed greatly to the enhancement of the friendship and understanding between the two sister cities and the two countries.


One of the most important programs of LAGSCA is the Lawrence Liu Scholarship designed to honor our founding president. Each year a candidate from the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office comes to Los Angeles to study at a local university as a visiting scholar both at the University of California, Northridge, and Mount St. Mary’s University.

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In 1982, LAGSCA assisted with the negotiations for the two red pandas from China that were given to the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. In turn, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association made a permanent gift of two drill baboons to the Guangzhou Zoo. In 1984, LAGSCA assisted in the negotiations with China for the six-month loan of two giant pandas that China made to the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association in honor of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

            LAGSCA has assisted the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in an exhibition of Chinese Bronzes, hosted numerous other exhibits by Chinese artists, and has held seminars at the Pacific Asia Museum and similar venues.



In the Los Angeles area, LAGSCA continues to arrange frequent panel discussions independently and in collaboration with the U.S. Consul General in Guangzhou, other business, academic and civic organizations such as Town Hall of California, World Affairs Council, The Asia Society, American Women Economic Development Corporation (AWED), the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and many more.

            LAGSCA also assists corporate, business, and individual patron members in the Association’s highest membership level with liaison services to facilitate their individual exchange programs with Guangzhou and other cities of China.

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