Councilman Blong Xiong goes to Brazil

Councilmember Blong Xiong has been selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) as a delegate to Brazil for a two week political study program beginning August 9, 2007. He will join nine other young political leaders from across the United States to study the Brazilian political system, engage in dialogue on international issues and forge professional relationships.

Council member Xiong stated, “This is a great opportunity to study and understand the current political and social dynamics in Brazil. I hope to share and create a better understanding of the United States. With a significant Latino population in the City of Fresno, this is a will be an invaluable experience to promote mutual understanding and respect for each others’ political cultures.”

Blong will join other delegates in Washington, DC for briefings by the U.S. Department of State and the Brazil Embassy before flying to Brazil. The program will provide opportunities to travel within the country and interact with rising local and national leaders, business communities and civic groups.

Since 1966, the American Council of Young Political Leaders has conducted bilateral exchanges in order to promote awareness and understanding of the common problems, opportunities and challenges that face the international community. Over 90 nations in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Rim have participated in exchange programs with ACYPL. ACYPL receives partial funding from the U.S. State Department and has been endorsed as an important source of education on key foreign policy issues for rising American and foreign political leaders.

ACYPL delegates are chosen from a competitive, bi-partisan field of candidates who are between the ages of 25 and 40 and have exhibited strong leadership during their careers in public or private service. Former ACYPL participants include current members of the U.S. Congress, governors, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, and foreign prime ministers. For more additional information, visit

Miguel Angel Arias Chief of Staff 559-621-7810

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