On Thursday morning, November 10th, Red Wing received a visit from a five-member Chinese Education Delegation hailing from Sister City Quzhou, China. Red Wing and Quzhou are looking to enhance their 20-year relationship by expanding on the educational opportunities that already have led to more than a dozen exchanges. The exchange of educators and artists has been an essential part of the two cities' ongoing relationship.
Delegation members included William Pan, who came from China to teach at Red Wing schools in 1995-1996; Prof. Ding Dingdi of the Quzhou Broadcasting and Television university; Lan Shuigao, deputy director of the Quzhou Department of Education; Shen Xinmin, No. 3 High School Principal; and Prof. Luo Weihong, Vice Mayor of Quzhou.
The delegation met at Minnesota State College-Southeastern Technical for a discussion about possibly expanding the exchange program to include teachers or students in science and technology as well as education and culture. Several past exchange teachers and founders of the Sister Cities Commission attended a luncheon at the St. James Hotel. Vice Mayor Luo Weihong presented Red Wing and the Sister Cities Commission with a scrolled mural, 16 ft. long, which was created by more than 60 painters. The mural featured the Confucius Temple in Quzhou.