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Anaheim Sister City Commission

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City of Anaheim
City Manager's Office
City Hall
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 765-5162


About Us

The Anaheim Sister City Commission works to foster relationships between Anaheim and its Sister Cities to promote mutual cross-cultural understanding and exchanges. The Commission will cultivate this environment by serving as a conduit for potential business and educational collaboration, and offering unique experiences internationally.

The Sister City Commission Meeting is open to the public and encourages public attendance. The Commission meets on the 4th Monday of every month at 4:00 PM at Anaheim City Hall, 7th Floor. For more information on the Sister City Commission Meetings, please contact us at (714) 765-5162 or email us at sistercity@anaheim.net. To view the Commission’s calendar of events, please click here.

The Anaheim Sister City Commission envisions a future where Anaheim citizens and their international partners understand, appreciate, and accept the unique characteristics of their Sister Cities' history, culture and goals to achieve global harmony.

The 15-member commission, which is appointed by the Anaheim City Council, is responsible for maintaining relationships with our current Sister Cities and develop new sister city relationships throughout their term. The duties of the Commission are to develop guidelines and programs for Sister City relationships, to further public awareness of other cultures, emphasizing cultural, historical and economic development with Anaheim’s Sister Cities.

Anaheim’s Sister Cities are selected on the basis of common interests that may relate to cultural, educational, or commercial relationships. Where possible, there has been an attempt to match the size of the Sister City with that of Anaheim. Each relationship carries a sense of potential, as future interchanges may lead to greater benefits.

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Upcoming Events:

2014 Calendar
The Commission meets on the 4th Monday of every month:
January 27
February 24
March 24
April 21
May 19
June 23
July 21
August 25
September 22
October 27
November 24
December DARK

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Meet the Commission

Sister City Commission Group

John Nguyen

Vice Chairman
Kyndell Paine

Laurie Leonard

Ann Gallaugher
Anna Piercy

Anthony Al-Jamie

Brian O'Neal

Debbie Juliani

James Dinwiddie

Linda Newby

Lori Farrow

Mark Lopez

Pat Pina



Image Gallery


Image Gallery

Mito Exchange Photo Image Gallery

Vitoria-Gasteiz Delegation 2011

Vitoria-Gasteiz Delegation 2012

City Staff Exchange 2013


Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain Video
Anaheim Mito Exchange Video









Press Room

Anaheim Magazine Fall 2013

Anaheim Magazine Spring 2012

Anaheim Magazine Winter 2008

Japanese visitors to Anaheim

Anaheim overwhelmed by kindness for Japan

OC Register, Sept. 15, 2014


ASCC Minutes

January 2014 Minutes
February 2014 Minutes
March 2014 Minutes

Mito Student Exchange Program

2014 Mito Exchange Recap

This summer, the Anaheim Sister City Commission had the opportunity to once again welcome a group of Mito, Japan exchange students for a week- long stay in Anaheim. During their stay, the students participated in educational and recreational proceedings that we hope somehow increased their understanding of the Anaheim and the American culture. Upon their arrival from Japan on July 25, the Mito students were received with gift bags filled with donated items from Angels Baseball, OC Parks, Honda Center, Anaheim Union High School District and more. The Sister City Commission also hosted a tailgate party at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, followed by the Angels game vs Detroit Tigers to welcome the Mito exchange students. During their stay the students visited popular destinations including Disneyland, where they experienced the breathtaking World of Color show, and the Barnum and Bailey Circus at Honda center where they were given a backstage tour from a circus participant who was from Japan. The Mito exchange students also enjoyed their warm summer days at the Anaheim Packing House where they treated themselves to a variety of delightful treats and a day at the beach where they indulged in fire roasted s’mores. In addition, the City of Anaheim granted the students an exclusive tour of the City Council Chambers, Police Department and Fire Station. To conclude their visit, a sayonara dinner was held at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center that brought Sister City commissioners, host families and the exchange students together one last time before their departure on August 2.

Click Here to view a video presentation of our Mito exchange program.

Since 1984, the City of Anaheim and Mito have enjoyed an annual student exchange program that involves a handful of high school students from Anaheim spending two weeks in Japan each summer. During their time in Mito, Anaheim Student Ambassadors are hosted by local families and get an opportunity to about Japanese culture and lifestyle, as well as visiting local attractions including a trip to Tokyo. The cost of the two-week trip, including airfare, is covered by the Anaheim Sister City Commission; however, students are asked to fundraise at least $500 to support the cost of the trip.

It is an honor to be selected as a Student Ambassador for the City of Anaheim. To be considered as a Student Ambassador, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be U. S. citizens that live in the City of Anaheim and are in grades 10-12 for the current academic calendar year;
  • Must have an interest in Japan and the Anaheim-Mito Sister City relationship;
  • Must Must be available to interview for the program and attend group meetings as indicated in the application.


If you are interested in becoming a student exchange host family for 2015, please email sistercity@anaheim.net. The Anaheim Sister City Commission relies solely on Anaheim families to house the Japanese students during their visit. Dates for the 2015 exchange will be announced in early 2015.

To qualify as a Host Family you must agree to all of the following conditions:

  1. Have a suitable household that provides privacy and comfort for the visiting student.
  2. Have a safe household equipped with fire alarms/smoke detectors as prescribed by the California Building & Fire Codes.
  3. Have everyone in the household age 18 and over fingerprinted by the City of Anaheim Police department prior to hosting.
  4. Assume responsibility for costs associated with the student’s visit, including some meals and entertainment.

For more information or questions regarding the student exchange program, please email us at sistercity@anaheim.net

To view photos from previous student exchanges, please click here


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