Brea Sister City Program
Sister City Program
The Sister City program was first established in October 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote international goodwill through greater understanding of cultures and lifestyles. The City of Brea has participated in the program with three cities in three different countries: Lagos de Moreno, Mexico; Hanno, Japan and Anseong, Republic of Korea.
Although each of these Sister Cities has a population that is more than double that of Brea’s, they all share some important characteristics. These qualities would be: strong community values; support for residents of all ages; good schools; a vibrant business sector; appreciation for visual and performing arts; involved city officials; and most importantly, an openness to developing new friendships. Through its involvement the City of Brea has continued to build bridges of international understanding with ongoing visitor and student exchanges.
Brea’s original sister city is Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, which was adopted in 1969. Another long-standing relationship has been established with Hanno, Japan since 1980. More recently, Anseong, Republic of Korea, became Brea’s newest Sister City in 2011.
Everyone is encouraged to learn more about each of the sister cities and consider how they might support rewarding exchanges for both students and adults. In conjunction with periodic visits, City staff works closely with two community based non-profit organizations. The Brea Sister City Association is a volunteer organization that facilitates long-running adult and student exchange programs between the citizens of Brea, California and citizens from Lagos de Moreno, Mexico and Hanno, Japan. Additionally, the Brea Korea Sister City Association was formed to develop similiar activities for Anseong. These associations are open to new members and would welcome your new ideas and energy.
Sister City relationships offer a variety of opportunities to meet local people who share an interest in travel and learning about other cultures. Community participants are encouraged to work on a committee as needed and to become a host family for a student or adult that might be visiting from another country when exchanges take place. Of course, another personally rewarding activity is the periodic opportunity for travel with a Brea delegation to visit one of the three sister cities and experience their warm hospitality for yourself!