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. 

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