The 82nd Annual Plaza Art Fair
--- At Country Club Plaza Kansas City; September 20, 21 and 22, 2013
The Plaza Art Fair is one of the most popular/loved annual events and one of the most successful art fairs across the United States. This year will be the 12th year for Kansas City-Xi’an Sister City Committee and The Society for Friendship with China, Inc. participate in the event as a special guest. Every year we celebrate the festivity with Xian’s red lantern decorations, which have commonly been the source for/the objects in many great photo shots.

The booth of Xi’an locates in front of the Sister Cities Bridge and Terracotta Warrior. The art work sales income from our booth will be donated to schools in Xi'an as scholarships. We sponsor in total 35 scholarships among An Shan, HanJiaPing, Yu Kou School and Shaanxi Normal University.

We look forward to seeing you at the booth. Thank you for your support!

Donations Renovated Han Jia Ping School
I would like to thank all of you for your great support of our New Year Celebration and Dragon Boat Festival. With your generous donations, we were able to do the renovation work on Han Jia Ping School, which was completed before the school started on September 1, 2012.
Friendship Tablet & Learning Center Sign Friendship Tablet Renovated Exterior
The James J. Lloyd Library and Learning Center was built by Kansas City-Xi’an Sister City Committee with matching fund of the late James J. Lloyd at a mountain top at the edge of Xi’an in 2001.

Our delegation visited all of the four schools in Shaanxi Province we support with scholarships in 2011 – Shaanxi Normal University, Han Jia Ping School, Yu Kou School, and An Shang School. The delegation reported that Han Jia Ping School needed repairs. Our board approved a budget of $10,000 for the renovation with help of Mr. An Wei, our liaison in Xi’an. The renovation work was completed on August 25, a week before the school started on September 1st, 2012.

We have continued giving 30 primary school scholarships and 5 university scholarships as our annual projects. Due to the success of the Dragon Boat Festival, we have started to give three scholarships to top three winning teams of the Dragon Boat Race.

Again, on behalf of the board, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your kind support.

Thank you,
Bob Chien

Education & Scholarship

Although China is the most rapidly developing industrial nation in the world, in China's rural and agricultural areas there are few educational opportunities and girls are often passed over for boys when it comes to even basic academic advancement. Therefore the Society for Friendship with China, Inc. has made its mission to assist both boys and girls from rural areas so that they have the same opportunities as other children in the cities.

Here are some on going projects in 2009:
  • An educational endowment fund will be established to support annually 5 university students’ and 15 primary students’ scholarships.
  • Heartland Bank, Sprint and Black & Veatch pledged corporate membership to support our Educational Scholarship Fund. (We cannot use the Endowment Fund that words will need $80,000 in the bank before we can use any money from interest for the Scholarship $2400 a year we are giving out.)
  • We will launch 2000 lotus flower color-changing lanterns floating on the Brush Creek on June 13th, 2009 - the day of our Dragon Boat Festival.
  • 2009 Scholarship Awards had been given to Ms. Mary Eisenhower, Mrs. Jeannette Nichols, Mr. Michael Newburger and Mr. Larry Moore for their continuous help on Society’s educational projects.

Below are some projects that the Society for Friendship with China, Inc. have done or are currently sponsoring:

  • 1998 We helped Sharon Crain establish a book room at Han Jia Ping School on Chin Mountain top. 800 books were delivered to Han Jia Ping School, books were displayed in teachers’ dormitory (bed room. where they cook and sleep) for there were no library at Han Jia Ping School.
  • 2000 Board Member James J. Lloyd matched Xian Sister City fund to build a Library and Learning Center. James J. Lloyd Library and Learning Center in Han Jia Ping primary School was built and equipped.
  • 2001 $5000 was donated to An Shang School in Shaanxi, China.
  • 2005 $12,000 was donated to An Shang School to buy 600 sets of desk and chair for the students.
  • 2002 Sharon Crain, Teresa and Bob Chien visit Han Jia Ping School to renew the friendship. Han Jia Ping School is on the top of the Qin Mountain.
  • 2004 The Society arranged KU’s visit to Han Jia Ping School. The Society matched KU $500 to make a $1000 gift for Han Jia Ping School.
  • 2005The Society arranged KU’s visit to Yu Kou School. The Society matched KU $500 to make a $1000 gift for Yu Kou School.
  • 2006 BEVERLY CHIEN GRAHAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS were established at Han Jia Ping, Yu Kou, An Shang primary school and Shaanxi Normal University. Kansas City School teacher led by Mary Lee Sturdevant for summer teaching at BoAi School in Xi’an and visited all three primary schools to deliver the scholarships.
  • 2007 ten teachers and students from Shaanxi Normal University came to Kansas City and performed at the Society’s Chinese New Year celebration, Kansas City Zoo, Paseo Performance Academy.
  • 2008 Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs, John Phillips, Bob Chien, Jody Edgerton and Fang Shen visited Zheng Zhou, Cheng Du, Xi An, He Fei, Ning Bo and Shanghai. During the visit, we arranged a book donation project to all three primary schools. We visited Han Jia Ping and Yu Kou schools. At Han Jia Ping School, we delivered 200 new books and paper and supplies, we agreed to pay the fee to hock their Computers to internet. At Yu Kou School, we delivered 200 books and supplies, also agreed to pay the cost to set phone poles and line to their only computer to internet. We also asked Mr. An Wei deliver 200 books to An Shang School.

If you are interested in participating in any of these programs, please click here to contact us. All contributions to the Society for Friendship with China, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) are tax-deductible.

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