By Mary Warpeha, contributor
A seven-member delegation from Changsha, Hunan, visited their Sister City of St. Paul on Sept. 19 - 20. The delegation was from the Changsha Science and Technology Bureau, which administers 16 hi-tech development centers in the Changsha area. They were hosted by Dr. Jiangbo Yang, University of Minnesota, and Mary Warpeha of US-China Peoples Friendship Association of Minnesota.
A whirlwind itinerary included visits with Kathleen Motzenbecker, director of the Minnesota Trade Office; Louis Jambois, director of the St. Paul Port Authority; Nancy Homans, Political Affairs in the St. Paul Mayor’s Office; Dr. James McCarthy, Masonic Cancer Center; and Joan Brzezinski, director of the China Center at the University of Minnesota. There also was a festive autumn dinner at the home of Dr. Walter and Mary Warpeha.
The delegation also visited Phalen Regional Park where they viewed “Meditation,” a sculpture crafted by Changsha Master Sculptor, Lei Yixin and walked through the future site of the St. Paul-Changsha Friendship Garden.