Connecting with Communities Around the World
Global connections fuel Cupertino’s success. Many of our residents are immigrants or first-generation Americans, and, likewise, many of the products designed here are distributed around the world. Partnering with communities in other countries celebrates and enhances the international nature of our community. We cherish our sister city and friendship city relationships, which foster people-to-people international diplomacy, cooperation and friendship.
A sister city relationship is a long-term, formal agreement that may include cultural, educational, business and technical exchanges. These relationships start with the mayor of Cupertino and his or her counterpart for the other city formalizing a memorandum of understanding. Thereafter, an association of volunteers nurtures the ongoing connections. These can include visits by delegations of civic and business leaders, student exchange programs and cultural events.
Marking the importance of these relationships, a set of directional signs in the Civic Center courtyard point toward Cupertino’s sister cities.
Though less formal, a friendship city relationship also is an important way to foster international cooperation at a local level. Cupertino’s City Council has established official friendships with the following cities: Guro, Seoul, South Korea; Luoyang, People’s Republic of China; Qingdao, People’s Republic of China; Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China; Suzhou, People’s Republic of China; Wuhan, People’s Republic of China; Yilan, Taiwan, Republic of China; and Zhaoqing, People’s Republic of China.
- Sister City Signage Unveiling, Sept. 20, 2016, Press Release, City of Cupertino