Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association

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Trio

MISSION STATEMENT
“To create rapport between the cities by exchanging cultural, civic and educational ideas and issues and to promote better understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.”

TRIO CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

About

The Trio Exchange Program was established in 1964 at the request of the Mayor Wade and the City Council of Long Beach.  The Port of Long Beach accepted the financial sponsorship and the program received approval of the Mayor and City Council of Yokkaichi. Since the founding of the program, the Long Beach Unified School District has supported the program with teacher and student candidates for selection as “Goodwill Ambassadors”.

The purpose of the program is to allow two students and one teacher from the Long Beach and Yokkaichi schools to visit the reciprocal sister city on alternate years and share their culture, knowledge and experiences with their fellow students and teachers.  Typically, one male and one female student are selected.  Each trio member will spend about 10 days with one family and the final 10 days with another family.

The very first group of Long Beach Delegates was sent to Yokkaichi in 1966.  Upon their return they presented educational programs about their experiences to more than 6,500 students in the Long Beach schools.

See our Testimonials Page for comments from past Trio Members.

 

In July 2018 the city of Yokkaichi will be sending a teacher and 2 students.  We will  need 6 host families.

If you would like to host a student or teacher for approximately 9 days,
click here to download the
Trio Host Family Application Form.

Please contact the Trio Program chair, Yoko Pusavat at
 yoko.pusavat@csulb.edu
with questions.

A TRIO FROM LONG BEACH WILL BE SENT TO YOKKAICHI IN 2019.
WATCH THIS SITE IN DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019 FOR TRIO APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION.
Read More about the Trio Program
Click Here.

View the 28 minute Broadcast on NHK World, Culture February 5, 2018  (Available until February 5, 2019

Yokkaichi: Bringing Back the Skies

On this journey, we visit Yokkaichi in northern Mie Prefecture, central Japan. This industrial city, with a population of just over 300,000, is home to Japan's first petrochemical complex. It's known as the place where air pollution from sulfurous acid gas emissions caused respiratory diseases, called "Yokkaichi asthma", in the 1960's. Thanks to sweeping environmental protection measures, the environment has been vastly cleaned up, and the petrochemical complex has become a source of tourism-especially its nighttime factory cruises. The city is also famous for its ceramic ware, called Banko-yaki. Some local studios offer pottery-making workshops. Visitors can also take in the tea fields that flank the city's edge and enjoy high-quality beverage in a cafe run by a tea-farming family. Journalist Alice Gordenker travels to Yokkaichi, a city that has recovered from air pollution.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/culture/

 

2017 Trio Ambassadors

2017 Trio

Marybeth Murray, Lily Brossus, and Aidan Haper.

2017 Trio with Mayor in Yokkaichi

With the Yokkaichi Mayor Mori