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Palo Alto and sister city Oaxaca celebrate 50th anniversary

Decades of sharing has far-reaching impact on two cultures

Palo Alto and its sister city Oaxaca have reached their 50-year milestone this summer, and officials with the two cities renewed their commitment in June. A 30-person Palo Alto delegation that included city officials and volunteers from the Neighbors Abroad cultural-exchange program traveled to Mexico June 8 to 19 to celebrate the five-decade collaboration.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I spent six weeks in Oaxaca in 1981 as part of the Sister Cites exchange. In those days 15 students from Palo Alto would go down, as a group. Fifteen students we each stayed with would come back with us, for another six weeks here, the whole summer casi, todo el verano.

Quite a summer. My exchange brother Memo came back here and stayed with my girlfriend and I in 2012; we were amazed at how little we had changed, either of us, in the ensuing 30 years.

Gracias a Nancy Shepherd y todos de Palo Alto para visitar nuestra familia de Oaxaca.


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Posted by Question
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 15, 2014 at 5:06 pm

@Mark: is this program still in existence? There was one like it in Cupertino, with two sister cities: one in Recife, Brazil, and one in Copertino, Italy. Both were wonderful cross-cultural experiences, but paid for entirely by parents, though made possible by the city of Cupertino.

I would love to see more double-exchange programs in Palo Alto schools.

BTW, the one in Cupertino no longer exists, as the Asian majority parents put a stop to it in the early 2000's, unfortunately.


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Posted by martha rees
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 15, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Actually, I live in Oaxaca, and the proposed parking lot that is part of the Oaxaca-Palo Alto sister city program is a monstrosity, designed to enrich a few, and it's on a damaged and delicate ecosystem. And it's ugly.

There is huge public debate and protest about the whole project, and it seems kind of nasty that Palo Alto's name is going to be on a parking lot.

In addition, title to the pieces of land has not been cleared. Also, there is a huge uproar about the corruption and money-grabbing involved in this project.

Martha Rees
mwrees@gmail.com



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