Monday, September 1, 2008

Bandung's Sister Cities

Text and pictures by Eki Qushay Akhwan

There are currently six cities that are formally linked as Bandung's sisters: Braunschweig (Germany), Forth Worth, Texas (USA), Suwon (South Korea), Hamamatsu (Japan), Cebu (The Philippines), and Bari (Italy).

Braunschweig was the first city to sign sister city cooperation agreement with Bandung. The MOU for this cooperation was signed on May 24, 1960 by Braunschweig's city director Hans Gunther Weber, Mayor Martha Fuchs, and the Indonesian ambassador to West Germany Dr. Zairin Zain. The document was later ammended and signed by Bandung's Mayor R. Priatnakusumah and Braunschweig's envoy Prof Dr George Eckert on June 2, 1960 in Bandung.

BANDUNG SISTER CITY FORTH WORTH TX

The second city to sign sister city cooperation agreement with Bandung was Forth Worth, Texas. The MOU for this cooperation was signed by Bandung's Mayor Ateng Wahyudi and Forth Worth's Mayor Bob Bolen on April 2, 1990. The sister city cooperation agreement was signed against the backdrop of an already existing cooperation between two aircraft industries located in both cities, i.e. Indonesia's PT IPTN (Nusantara Aircraft Industries, Ltd.) and Forth Worth's BELL Helicopter Industries.

BANDUNG SISTER CITY SUWON


Sister city agreement with the city of Suwon, South Korea, was signed on August 27, 1997. Suwon is the third city to have such an agreement with Bandung. Sister city agreements with the other three cities were signed only recently (two in 2005 at the occasion of 50th anniversary of Asian-African/Bandung Conference, and one in 2007.

BANDUNG SISTER CITY BRAUNSCHWEIG

To mark the cooperations with its sister cities, the people and the municipal government of Bandung have erected commemorative monuments, the photos of three of which I post today.

Note:
Sister city link/cooperation is a form of citizen to citizen diplomacy. This movement got its historic footing in September 1956 when President Dwight Eisenhower held a Conference on Citizen Diplomacy at the White House. You can read more about the history of Sister City Movement here.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

14 comments:

me said...

It's interesting to see how Bandung has marked it's relationship with it's sisters. Great idea for a topic - and some great captures, too. Interesting information as well about how the relationship works between Bandung & the sister cities.

USelaine said...

I wish our little town had a sister. I had to improvise a bit. Well done to have found these markers.

Sometimes I don't, sometimes I do said...

It is very nice, that you have some tangible reminder of your sister cities; I was looking around to find something along the same lines in Chennai and I was disappointed!

angela said...

Bandung seems to take its sister cities relationship seriously...good photos.

Julie said...

This is a good post on the Theme, Eki. Both the mages and the text work very well together.

Hyde DP said...

so many sisters - what a conflab

Kelly said...

Excellent shots! The post that accompanied the photos was really interesting!

melanie said...

Une ville qui sait ainsi s'ouvrir à d'autres villes a toutes les chances de devenir prospère ! Car l'intelligence empêche le repliement sur soi.

Mo said...

It has been interesting seeing those cities who have large families and those that have none. Great informative post.

babooshka said...

Unlike most of us who have had to really hunt for info. on our sister cities, Bandung seems to show how proud it is. This markers are wonderful. I hope more cities adopt the idea.

Kim said...

Wow Eki, you've given us not one, but three great monument shots! It's good to see the sister city relationships acknowledged by Bandung in such a nice way. Thanks for giving us these views today. You did a lot of photo work for theme day!
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Rambling Woods said...

Fort Worth..No kidding. How interesting. I am trying to think of who our sister city in Poland is...

Hendrawan said...

wew, new domain!.

can you infrom me how to join theme of the day? and when the time

REnoLALAlala..... said...

bagaimana dengan kota Hamamtsu di Jepang? apakah sudah ada MOU nya?

thx before, this article is really usefull, awsome.