Hello Everyone, my name is Zeyu Ma…

Zeyu Ma is a senior at JW North High School.  Read his remarks addressing the 85 students from Jiangmen #1 High (North’s sister-school) during their recent visit to Riverside.

Hello Everyone, my name is Zeyu Ma:

As a representative of the students from JW North High School, today’s speech is something special to me. Firstly, I am lucky enough to meet you guys here, in America, a place that is thousands of miles away from our home. Secondly, I think this is a great opportunity for me to talk to you about my experience.

America is the land of the free, home of the brave—at least in the popular imagination. It is a country different from China in many aspects. But the most surprising discovery I made after living in the United States for four years, is how similar two peoples are. I used to think that only Chinese students stay up all night to finish their homework, and only young Chinese are lost and feel uncertain about their future. That is simply not true. Americans, like their Chinese counterparts, are trapped in the same conundrum of life. My friends must constantly study and get themselves prepared for the test, so they won’t be pressed by their parents for their bad grade. Young Americans feel equally lost and uncertain on many issues—after all their fathers left them a world with more challenges but fewer opportunities.

But America is just the same as China when compared to other parts of life. Chinese culture values the transformative power of knowledge and education; American families also recognize the importance of going to college. Chinese people are patriotic and are proud of their 5000 years of history; America, though a young country it is, has a people that are genuinely passionate about their past and heritage. Chinese love classical poetries, constantly finding joy in the words of ancient sages; Americans, too, are patrons of art and literature, always seeking great works that are set to explore the meaning of life and human conditions.

Today’s world is becoming smaller and smaller as the fate of nations are brought closer by technological advancement. I am glad that we as students have the chance to act as agents of peace, deepening the understanding between two of the most important countries in our modern world. Perhaps this will be your last visit to the United States, perhaps you will spend four years here in an American college. I cannot see the road ahead. What I know for certain, is that whatever path we will take, our future is bright for “The earth is yours and the fullness thereof.”

Thank you.

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Japanese Garden Fundraiser Sendai/Riverside IRC Sister City Event

Join the Riverside/Sendai Sister City Committee fundraiser for an evening of Japanese Culture and Riverside Community Players theater! Attend the reception, starting at 6:45 and sample sushi (vegetable) and multiple Japanese treats. Try a little plum wine, or sake, and then sit back and enjoy the live theater. Community Players is presenting F. Andrew Leslie’s adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s gothic horror novel, The Haunting of Hill House. All donations from this fundraiser will be used to help renovate the Japanese Garden at White Park.

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Application to Represent Riverside at the 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon

Team Riverside at the 28th Sendai International Half Marathon (2018 May 13)

Required Information

To apply to represent Riverside at the annual running of the Sendai International Half Marathon in May 2019, please submit this application through Google Docs to the Sendai Committee of the International Relations Council (IRC) of the City of Riverside. For further information, you may email them at: sendai.half.marathon@gmail.com

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North High School Blue Star Regiment China Trip update


The members of the Blue Star Regiment are traveling to China in 2018 for the third time since 2002. This exciting, once in a lifetime trip, will have the students traveling and learning about culture, history, and performing in the most populous country in the world.

3/27 Good afternoon friends, family and fans of the Blue Star Regiment!  You are getting this email because someone, somewhere thought you’d like to have some updates on the progress of the world-traveling, performing arts marvel that is the BSR.  You will receive updates over the next 10 days as the BSR moves their way through Jiangmen, Beijing and Hong Kong.  We will be updating as often as we can.  Wish us all well, and the next time you hear from us, we will be on the other side of the Globe!!

3/30 Good morning everyone. Or goodnight, as it stands from China. We have all just finished our second full day with our sister school, and what a day it was.

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Riverside / Erlangen Student Exchange Summer 2018

Travel to Germany- June 28-July 18 & Hosting in Riverside– July 27– August 15

Cost $2,900* incl. round-trip airfare, taxes and fees, airport transfers, travel and admissions for excursions, medical/accident insurance in Germany, experienced Poly HS chaperones, room and board with an Erlangen host family.

Attend a German HS with your host brother/sister. Experience the German lifestyle

Trips with our German partner schools:

  • 2 night trip to Berlin
  • Nϋrnberg
  • Bamberg
  • Waldklettergarten Kloster Banz (Adventure Park)
  • Explore Riverside’s sister city Erlangen
  • Additonal Trips TBD

Please RSVP: Lisa Miller at 951-212-8344

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Orange Tree in Jiangmen, China

Mayor Rusty Bailey and Reza Abbaschian, VP IRC Riverside at the “Orange Tree” in Jiangmen, China.

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