Chinese Kites and Lan Su Garden for Portland Suzhou Sister City Members and Friends!
Portland-Suzhou Bridges Mural
We celebrate with a “Big Thanks!” and share this beautiful mural created by the Woodstock Elementary third graders, from both the Mandarin Immersion Program and the Neighborhood Program, under the guidance of Cooperating Artist - Sarah Ferguson.
Woodstock Elementary third graders, from the Mandarin Immersion Program and the Neighborhood Program, all collaborated and contributed to the Portland-Suzhou Bridges Mural.
Sister Cities, Portland and Suzhou, are both known for their beautiful bridges and gardens. In the Portland-Suzhou Bridges Mural, the bridges span cities, time, and culture.
The concept for this mural originated with the students and teachers. Each of the third grade classes identified a theme to develop for the mural. Liduan Laoshi’s class worked on bridges; Ms. Hillenberg’s class chose animals; Ms. McAdam’s class explored modes of transportation; and Ms. Engstrom’s class contributed the landscape and dwellings.
Students started with painting papers, while learning about collages. They then used the papers to cut into shapes and designs, glueing the parts together to create the individual representations for the mural.
The student work was then composed on a background panel to unify the themes of the mural.
To complete the project, students revisited their collective work to see how the different parts of the two cities come together to create a unifying work of art.
Suzhou Bridges Represented:
Portland Bridges Represented:
Classes of Contributing Young Artists:
- Mandarin Immersion Teacher
- English Immersion Teacher
- Neighborhood Teacher
- Neighborhood Teacher
We celebrate our Portland - Suzhou educators and the students in their care! Together we learn culture, language (Mandarin & English) and how to promote awareness and peace between our great nations. These students are Portland’s future business, education and cultural leaders!
Students from our Suzhou Sister City visited several Portland schools in January and February. Each year various students from our Sister City schools visit Suzhou during spring break and summer vacation. Students are able to participate in home stays, educational opportunities (including Mandarin immersion) and of course tour beautiful natural and historic sites.
The Portland Suzhou Sister City Association is proud to celebrate our amazing teachers who encourage our students to grow to make our cities and nations more prosperous and peaceful.
History of the Portland-Suzhou Sister City Association
Compiled by Jeffrey Kinkley (former PSSCA Secretary)
Republished February 2019
It all started with a relationship and mutual exchange.
David Wu (Wu Zhenwei吴振伟), an attorney at the firm of Miller Nash who will come to serve as a Portland Planning Commissioner (1986-1989) and later represent Oregon’s First District in the US Congress (1999-2011), born in Taiwan of Suzhou parents who completed their emigration to the US in 1961, introduces the idea of a sister city relationship with Portland to Suzhou authorities in a letter of March 5. Other early leaders in the search for a Chinese sister city are John E. “Bud” Clark, Mayor of Portland (1985-1992); Mike Lindberg, Portland City Commissioner (1979-1996); Patrick LaCrosse, Director of the Portland Development Commission (1981-1994); and Dr. Joseph Ha, a Korean American and Nike consultant for global business (1981-1996; subsequently chair of Lewis and Clark University’s International Affairs program) who also assists Mayor Clark’s successful initiatives to establish sister city relations with South Korea (Ulsan, 1987) and the USSR/Russia (Khabarovsk, November 1988). …