Maine-Chinese enterprise, education, collaboration focus of Bangor conference

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 18, 2012, at 8:50 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A two-day conference focusing on the growing business, educational and cultural links between the Pine Tree State and China is scheduled to start next week.

The 2012 Maine Chinese Conference will be held from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at Husson University’s Dyke Center for Family Business in Bangor.

Keynote speakers will include Dr. Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory; Lisa Huang Healy, associate director of The College Board’s Chinese Language and Culture program; Jianjun Cen, counselor at the Chinese Consulate General in New York; and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

Administrators of area high schools that court students from China, such as Lee Academy, John Bapst Memorial High School and Orono High School, will discuss why Chinese students choose to study abroad and how the schools plan to continue to build on their exchange programs.

Wade Merritt, vice president of the Maine International Trade Center, will talk about Gov. Paul LePage’s recent trade mission to China and share his views on the Chinese business climate and how Maine businesses can expand their sales and services overseas.

The first day of the conference will focus largely on education, while the second will feature discussions of business and trade.

The event is sponsored by Lee Academy and the Consulate General of the People’s Republic China in New York. John Bapst Memorial High School is co-sponsor.

For information and a full schedule of events, visit http://www.bangorchinese.com/CONFERENCE12.HTML or email jingzhang@bangorchinese.com.

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