Located in Northern Taiwan, Taipei sits about 16 miles southwest of the northern port city, Keelung. Taipei is the capital of Taiwan, having a population of more than 2.6 million. Taipei and Phoenix established a sister city relationship in 1979.
Taipei expanded greatly in the decades after 1949 and, in 1967 was given the administrative status of a province. The city boasts a strong economy and diverse business opportunities in high tech, bioscience, alternative energy, and manufacturing. Taipei is known for its tourist destinations and landmarks, including: the Taipei 101 building, National Palace Museum, Grand Hotel, the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and the Taipei World Trade Center.
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Taipei Firefighters Visit Phoenix
In November, the Phoenix Sister Cities and Phoenix Fire Department hosted two firefighter officers from the Taipei City Fire Department, Kuang-Ting Jui and Jia Ruei Lang. The goal of their visit was to better understand disaster management and how to allocate resources to fight against different types and scale of natural disasters. While staying at Phoenix Fire station # 12, the officers received briefings on urban search and rescue, observed fire department emergency calls, trained in handling hazardous materials and participated in ride-along and other fire department activities. They also toured the fire administration building and the dispatch center at Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport. The Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei committee hosted the officers and coordinated a welcome celebration where they were introduced to the committee members and exchanged gifts. They also enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner, some shopping, and tours of popular attractions on Phoenix during their visit.
Taipei Ambassador Visit
Mayor Stanton visits Taipei for Sister City Anniversary
Phoenix Sister Cities and Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton traveled to Taipei this past October to renew its sister cities tie. Mayor Stanton is the first Phoenix Mayor to visit Taipei in 37 years! The mayor traveled with Vice President of Phoenix Sister Cities, Rick Gerard and a delegation consisting of former Taipei Committee chair, Lin Ling Lee, Taipei Committee Liaison, Wen Chyi Chi, and Taipei Committee Member, Laetitia Hua.
During the four-day trip, the Mayor had the opportunity to tour the Taipei 101, the landmark skyscraper that is known as the tallest green building in the world and the world’s second tallest building. The delegation and Mayor Stanton also had the opportunity to sit down with the Taipei City Government and Taipei Mayor KO Wen Je and signed the reaffirmation of Phoenix and Taipei sister cities relationship. Mayor Stanton attended the International Green Industry show with Vice President Chen Chien Jen and also met with TECO Electric and Machinery on October 12. During the trip, the delegation had the opportunity to ride and sit down with the Taipei Rapid Transit in order to gain insight on public transportation and ways that these ideas can be applied to Phoenix. Mayor Stanton also attended the Network of Cities Meeting where a memorandum of understanding was signed. The following day, Mayor Stanton attended the opening ceremony for the International Design House Exhibition with Taiwan President, Tsai Ing Wen and Taipei Mayor, KO Wen Je. During the ceremony President, Tsai Ing Wen, Taipei Mayor, KO Wen Je, and Mayor Greg Stanton Sealed the memorandum of understanding between the two sister cities.
That same day, the Mayor and the Taipei Committee Delegation visited the Commercial Section of the American Institute which assists US exporters to Taipei. The day was concluded by touring the National Palace Museum and Visiting the Taipei City Council. The final day of the trip Mayor Stanton and the delegation visited OBI Pharma, Inc, and the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. The Mayor and the Delegation were treated to a luncheon that same day by The Director General of Department of North American Affairs, Christine M Y Hsueh. Mayor Stanton concluded his trip by meeting with EVA Air Corporation, Derek Chen. During the meeting, the Mayor had the opportunity to tour their training center and learn about their programs. Mayor Stanton and the Taipei Committee Delegation would like to thank everyone who took the time to meet with them during their short time in Taipei. Phoenix Sister Cities is honored to work with this thriving city and hopes to continue to build prosperous relationships between the two cities.
Taipei Mayor KO Visit – March 2016
The city of Phoenix was honored to welcome Mayor KO Wen-je of Taipei who led a 26-member delegation to Phoenix, March 13-14. The delegates were Taipei City government officials and 18 members of the Taiwanese media. This was the first visit to Phoenix of a Taipei mayor since 2003. Mayor KO is an avid cyclist and instead of a private car, he toured downtown Phoenix on the City’s GridBike, a bike share program. Mayor KO was joined by two members of the Taipei City Council and accompanied members of Phoenix Spokes People, a partner in the GridBike program. Former Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox and his wife, PSC Commission member Sherri Fagan, hosted a welcome reception and dinner for the delegation. Vice Mayor Kate Gallego welcomed Mayor KO at the rooftop gathering on behalf of the City of Phoenix. PSC Taipei Committee Chair Lin Ling Lee and her Committee helped arrange hospitality for the delegation during the visit.
In addition to learning about the GridBike program, Mayor KO and his delegation toured the University of Arizona – Phoenix Biomedical Campus. As a practicing physician, Mayor KO appreciated the opportunity to observe the medical school staff demonstrate cutting-edge technologies used in the classrooms, including a simulator for chest compression procedures. Following the medical school visit, Mayor Stanton hosted a luncheon in honor of Mayor KO at the biomedical center. Both cities had the opportunity to present briefings on the biomedical industries in their cities. Phoenix and Taipei have been sister cities for 37 years and Mayor KO’s visit to Phoenix was a testament to the longstanding friendship between the two cities.
The Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei Committee organizes exchange programs in arts and culture, education, business, culinary arts, sports and youth exchanges. The committee also participates in annual festivals, including Chinese Week; Taiwan art and photographic exhibitions; Taipei Chinese Culture Summer Camp; Chinese calligraphy events; and the Double Ten national day celebration. Other activities involve hosting visiting delegations, such as performers, teachers, and government officials, organizing back-to-school events and complimentary cultural outreaches to schools and service clubs to promote cultural awareness and diversity. The Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
Taipei Committee Contact Information
The committee meets every second Thursday of the month, July, August, and December.
Meetings begin at 5:30pm and are located at a private home, located at 1318 E Captain Dreyfus Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85022
2017 Taipei Chinese Culture Camp 2017
2017 Taipei Culture Summer Camp was from June 26 to 29 at Herrera School/Performing Arts Center with over 400 students ages from 6-18.
Students are grouped by ages in learning Lion and Dragon Dances, Folk Dances, Folk Sports, Yo Yo, and Po La Sticks, Folk Arts and Crafts, Straw Arts, Calligraphy and Painting, Taiwan Pastry, Rice Arts, Candy Arts, Tea Ceremony, Mandarin, and more.
Two teachers from Taipei Miss Wei Nung Pan to teach folk sports, and Hui Chen Hsu to teach dances along with local six teachers to educate students regarding the importance of arts and culture awareness and diversity, to allow students to experience team works and leadership skills, and to gain the global perspectives of the world.
Taipei Culture Summer Camp’s motto is to educate students today to become leaders of tomorrow.
Taipei Culture Summer Camp held formal graduation on June 29 at 1 pm at Herrera School/Performing Arts Center with over 1,000 attendants. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilwoman Debra Stark, and Phoenix Deputy Fire Chief Mark Faulkner attended the Graduation, Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas also attended graduation, Phoenix School District One Governing board Dr. Marston, Dr. Stark, Miss Almy, and community leaders attended graduation as well.
During graduation students were presented with custom t-shirts and gold medals, and students performed wonderful lion and dragon dances, folk dances, and yo yo and po la stick performances.
2017 Taipei Culture Summer Camp is organized by Lin Ling Lee and Wen Chyi Chiu and in team with OCAC Santa Ana Culture Center, Phoenix Elementary School District One, Phoenix Sister Cities Taipei Sister Cities Committee, and supported by BLIA Phoenix Chapter, Taiwanese American Heritage Week, and Fu Jen Alumni Association of Arizona.
Mayor Greg Stanton greeted Taiwan teachers when touring the Taiwan Exhibition on June 26.
Lin Ling Lee Hosting Welcome Party for Taiwan Aboriginal Leaders with US State Department Visiting Phoenix, Arizona with Taipei Sister Cities Committee members and friends on June 5, 2017 at Phoenix residence with Taiwan Cuisines, cake cutting, and gifts presentations
Gifts Presentation for guests
Cake Cutting to welcome guests
Homemade Taiwanese Cuisine Buffet Dinner to welcome guests
At the invitation of Taipei Committee members Lin Ling Lee and Wen Chyi Chui, Mayor Greg Stanton toured the Taiwan Arts Exhibition on display in the atrium of City Hall on June 26th. The exhibit promoted global arts and culture awareness and diversity; acknowledged the talents of Taiwan young artists; and demonstrated the positive impact of arts and culture on the world.
On behalf of young artist Szu Hua Huang, and in honor of the 38-year sister cities affiliation between Phoenix and Taipei, Lin Ling Lee and Wen Chyi Chiu presented a calligraphy piece to the Mayor.