Carson Sister Cities Association

2021 CSCA Pictures & Videos Exchange Message Program
Due to the pandemic, we were not able to host our sister city Soka, Japan in 2021, but we substituted it for the Pictures & Videos Exchange Message Program. The video includes elected officials, board members, and past delegates and host families. In addition to their greetings, they reflect upon our sisterhood through memorable experiences and contributions to the City of Carson.

The Carson Sister Cities Association (CSCA) is an organization (under the banner of the City of Carson) of individuals interested in fostering better international cooperation and understanding through sister city relationships between the City of Carson and foreign cities.

  • To plan and conduct projects which will foster understanding, unity and goodwill between the citizenry of Carson and the citizenry of any foreign city duly designated by the City Council of the City of Carson as a Sister City.

  • To advise the City of Council of the City of Carson, upon request, on matters pertaining to any Sister Cities' affairs.

  • To promote enthusiasm conducive to increase community awareness, enhancing pride among Carson residents and the business community.

  • To encourage youth participation by utilizing their knowledge and skills to perpetuate international understanding.

  • To initiate a domestic America to America Educational and Cultural Youth Exchange Program.
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The Carson Sister Cities Association traces its origin to 1972, when Carson's first sister city affiliation with Sinait, Philippines was established. Since that time, three other affiliations were established, including Soka, Japan in 1979; Oyoko, Ghana in 1980 and Robertsport, Liberia in 1985. However, because of inactivity and/or political crisis, the Carson City Council officially severed affiliations with Sinait, Oyoko and Robertsport in 1993. Since then, the City has formed affiliations with Wanju-gun County, Korea in 1997, Soka, Japan in 1979, and Paranaque, Philippines in 2017.

Originally known as the Carson Sister City Committee, a named change was adopted in 1988 to reflect the organization's growth and reflect its expanding role to involve all segments of the community.

In addition, CSCA is a member of Sister Cities International (SCI), a tax-exempt, non-profit organization incorporated in the District of Colombia in 1967. SCI provides a mechanism for U.S. cities to enter into city affiliations by assisting them in the process of linking with a city in another country. It acts as a coordinator and catalyst to encourage various types of sister cities activities and serves as a clearinghouse to gather, analyze and share information, knowledge and technology.

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The Carson Sister Cities Association (CSCA)'s current affiliations include: Soka, Japan; Wanju-gun County, Korea, and Paranaque, Philippines.

Members of the CSCA are privileged to learn about culture and history of different countries and their people. Key to CSCA membership is the opportunity to enjoy the interaction with others who are dedicated to developing relationships with citizens in foreign countries.
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  • Annual student and adult group exchange visit with Soka, Japan for educational and cultural purposes.

  • Major fundraising activities for each calendar year.

  • Initiate active youth affairs program beginning with cultural excursions, special events and other opportunities designed for youth participation.

  • Involvement in the annual City of Carson Unity Day Celebration.
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CSCA has an open membership policy and consists of volunteers. Students, families, community members, elected officials, representatives of clubs and associations and business leaders participate as members of CSCA.

Elections are held every two years for the following officers:

  • Chairperson

  • Vice Chairperson

  • Vice Chairperson for Youth Affairs

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Parliamentarian

What is the roles of members?

  • Establish global understanding through relationships among U.S. and foreign communities.

  • Coordinate activities among sister cities affiliated with Carson.

  • Conduct regular business meetings for the purpose of carrying out the CSCA mission.

  • Sponsor membership activities to promote fellowship with diverse cultures.

  • Participate in fundraising efforts for special CSCA projects.

  • Pay associate dues to help support the activities of the Association.

  • Act as a community ambassador in promoting recruitment and participation in the CSCA.

  • Serve as a host family for Student Exchange programs sponsored by CSCA.
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Carson Sister Cities Association (CSCA) is now recruiting individuals, families, and businesses. Download application online or contact Public Information Office at 310-952-1740.
Annual membership dues:
Individuals - $10
Family - $20
Business - $50
Checks must be payable to Carson Sister Cities Association.

Application forms must be submitted with corresponding membership check by mail or in person to:
City of Carson
Public Information Office
701 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
For more information on CSCA and any of its programs, please contact the Public Information Office at (310) 952-1740.
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City Hall Contact

701 E Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 830-7600, 7 AM - 6 PM
Monday - Thursday
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