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Ulsan traveler writes on Korean trip

Jackie Walden, Ph.D., wrote a moving article about a recent trip to Portland's sister city, Ulsan, South Korea. Ulsan's Mayor Bak invited six US veterans of the Korean War to travel to Ulsan for a week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Amistice and to thank the veterans for their service. Dr. Walden's companion, Drury Wood, was one of the six veterans invited to Ulsan. Another of the veterans, Hollis Hess, was joined by his wife Shirley. The other four veterans were Bruce Pence, Bruce Wickward, Arthur Hull, and Al Pule. Click on the jpeg to read Dr. Walden's report. 

Mayor Hales visits South Africa, speaks on climate change and more

Portland is a member of an elite group -- the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. This cohort of the world's major cities works together to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emmisions, address climate risks, and share best practices with each other. While the majority of the C40 cities are megacities -- New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Berlin -- Portland was invited to join the c40 cohort as a gesture recognizing its pioneering measures in the United States to address climate change.

Portland's emphasis on sustainability and practical solutions to problems we face -- a thriving streetcar system, tree planting missions, an active climate action plan, urban growth boundaries -- are not merely rhetoric, as Mayor Hales pointed out. 

"We have tens of thousands of people living a true low-carbon lifestyle -- where they walk for most trips and take the streetcar for most others, and hardly ever use their car -- and that result has been noticed by the rest of the country," said Mayor Hales while attending the c40 Cities Mayors Summit in South Africa.

To see more of what the C40 cities are doing, click here: Megacities cutting carbon emissions.




Portlander visits Brazil for music festival

Portland resident and former Rose Festival Queen Victoria Dinu spent the last two weeks visiting Jaragua do Sol, located in the northern Brazil state of Santa Catarina. While there, she attended the 9th annual music festival of Santa Catarina, Femusc. The Femusc brings together musicans from various cultures to take classes and play music together to find common bonds. Dinu, a noted violinist, interacted with fellow musicians and stayed with a local host family. 

While in Brazil, the 22 year old Dinu created a tumblr blog, populating it with pictures of what she saw and descriptions -- in both English and Brazilian Portuguese -- of her experiences. The Lost in Brazil tumblr reflects the strong ties between Portland and Jaragua do Sol. Her blog has taken Portland -- and Brazil -- by storm.

Here in Portland, Dinu is a student at Portland State University studying communication with a minor in civic engagement and also works as a student ambassador for First Stop Portland

Victoria Dinu


Utrecht brewers featured at Oregon Brewers Festival

Portland shares many common values and passions with its friendship city, Utrecht. Urban design? Yes. Bicycling? You bet. Beer? Proost!

Art Larrance and Greg Raisman standing before Dutch beers

Portland Utrecht Network president Greg Raisman and noted brewer Art Larrance (from Cascade Brewing and Raccoon Lodge) stand behind Dutch beers.

Oregon BrewFest will feature Dutch brewers at the Specialty Tent this year. 

Beercraft and artisan practices illustrate how the shared connections between sister cities strengthens Portland.

Click here to read more about the relationship: Portland and Utrecht: Friendship Cities!

City Hall celebrates Chinese New Year


Mayor Hales speaksFriday, January 31, 2014, saw the entrance of the Year of the Horse. City Hall celebrated New Year’s Day with a delegation of Chinese and Chinese-American guests.

Friday marked the beginning of Lunar Year 4712, the Year of the Horse.

On hand for the event were students from students from Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China. 

Other guests included Cathy Chinn, president of Portland’s Suzhou Sister City organization; Yi Xianrong, deputy consul from China; former City Council member Jim Francesconi, and State Rep. Jeff Barker of Aloha.

 'Lions' roam City Hall.