CHIANG RAI – The city of Merced, California has announced its pursuing a sister city relationship with a Chiang Rai with the help of nonprofit Merced Lao Family Community Inc.
The idea gained widespread support among the Merced City Council.
“I think it makes a lot of sense for our city to have a tie and a relationship to Chiang Rai.
“I reached out to the Merced Lao Family and asked them to come up with a city they thought might be a good fit.”
Moua Thao, a member of the Merced Lao Family Community advisory board said many Hmong visit Thailand regularly and bring their American-born children to reconnect with the culture.
Sister city relationships differ among individual agreements, according to Sister Cities International, a nonprofit set up by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The cities can exchange culture, business, education or participate in other projects.
Source: Merced Sun Star