Sister City, Tainan, Taiwan - San Jose, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 19.863 W 121° 53.737
10S E 597837 N 4132169
Quick Description: Tainan, Taiwan is one of San Jose, California's seven sister cities around the world.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 9/3/2010 12:46:39 PM
Waymark Code: WM9MC7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 2

Long Description:
This sister city plaza is located near the Guadalupe Parkway Trail near McEnery Park. It features a stone table surrounded by stone stools. The table is inscribed with a presentation message. A nearby flagpole flies the flag of Tainan, Taiwan. A dedication inscription is present on a plaque mounted in the ground.

From the near by sign:

Known as the "Culture City" because of its unique role in Taiwan's history, Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan (just as San Jose is the oldest city in California) and was the capital of Taiwan province from 1661, when it was liberated from the Dutch, until 1885. Located on the coastal plains on the southwest side of the island, with a population of 750,000, Tainan is the fourth largest city in Taiwan.

Although historically Tainan's economy has been based on agriculture and fishing, in recent years, the region has shifted towards technology and service industries, which are also string business sectors in San Jose. The Tainan Technology Industrial Park-nearly 4,000 acres-is rapidly shaping the city's future.

Tainan, Taiwan has been San Jose's sister city since 1975.

History of the Sister Cities Program

The Sister Cities Program began as an element of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's People-to-People Programs shortly after World War II. After meeting with American leaders from many fields, President Eisenhower proposed this initiative to engage private citizens in international diplomacy. By pairing like cities across the globe, the program sought to spark peace and conversation between people, without the influence of their respective governments.

San Jose has seven sister cities, which were chosen because of their social, economic, historic and cultural ties to the city: Okayama, Japan; San Jose, Costa Rica; Tainan Taiwan; Veracruz, Mexico; Dublin, Ireland; Pune India; and Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Twin Cities / Sister Cities:
San Jose, California - Tainan, Taiwan

McEnery Park, West San Fernando Street, San Jose, California

Table Inscription: Presented on 14 March 1994, by The Eastern Tainan Women Association, Taiwan (also in Chinese) Wall Plaque: Dedicated to our Sister City Tainan, Taiwan Ground Dedication Plaque: Dedicated to Multicultural Goodwill Our Sister City Tainan, Taiwan

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