2010 Maine Chinese Conference set for Husson

Posted Oct. 19, 2010, at 12:35 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Educators, entrepreneurs and others are invited to take part in the 2010 Maine Chinese Conference set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-30, at the Dyke Center for Family Business at Husson University.

Sponsored by Lee Academy, the conference will be hosted by the Chinese Language & Culture Center of Maine and Bangor Chinese School in collaboration with the Maine Department of Education, University of Maine, Husson University and Orono High School.

According to organizers, the aim of the conference is to create cooperative opportunities in education and business between the United States and China by promoting the teaching of Chinese in Maine and establishing local business partnerships between the peoples of the two global powers.

Conference coordinator Jing Zhang of Bangor Chinese School said topics are expected to include methods of teaching foreign language with a focus on Chinese, marketing Maine education in China, the economy and culture of China and business opportunities in China.

In Bangor, city officials already have taken steps to build bonds with China, the most recent of which was a cultural, educational and trade exchange with the city of Harbin.

According to Jhang, the 2010 edition of the conference will include high school and university educators from Maine and elsewhere, students of the Chinese language, businesspeople doing business with China, consultants, economic development officials and the consulate general of the People’s Republic of China in New York.

Because of space limitations, registration will be first come, first served. Payments should be sent to 2010 Maine Chinese Conference, 53 Cumberland St., Bangor 04401.

For information or to register, call 990-0710 or visit www.bangorchinese.com, where registration forms can be downloaded.

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