Sister City’s Students Visit Island City

Sarah Henry

A group of 30 eighth-grade students and their chaperones from Alameda’s South Korean sister city, Yeongdong-gun visited the Island City last week. 

While in Alameda they stopped by the mural at Lincoln Avenue at Bay Street, above. Chris Chanyan Shim, who is based in Seoul, South Korea, created the work of art that he described to the Korea Daily as “an African American girl in a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress.”  

The visitors also studied at the Academy of Alameda Middle School, visited Alameda Fire Department’s Station No. 1 and enjoyed a scoop of ice cream at Tucker’s on Park Street.

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Aschcraft welcomed the visitors to City Hall and gave them a tour.  

Hee Jeong Matz and the Alameda Sister City Association (ASCA) made this year’s visit possible possible.  As an ASCA board member, Matz was instrumental in coordinating last year’s visit, when Alameda also welcomed 30 eighth-graders from Yeongdong-gun. 

Alameda formalized a Sister City relationship with Yeongdong-gun on July 3, 2017. The city is located in one of South Korea’s largest wine producing regions. 

In addition to Sister City relationships with Yeongdong-gun, South Korea, the Island City’s sister cities include Jiang yin, China, Dumaguete in the Philippines and Varazze, Italy.