Dozens of people are getting together in Bangor to focus on Maine’s connection to China.
The annual Maine Chinese Conference is taking place at Husson University.
The theme for the two-day event, which started Friday, is thinking globally and acting locally.
The goal is to build the relationship between Maine and China and foster economic growth for both of them.
Right now 18 high schools in the state offer programs to teach Chinese language and culture.
Speakers at the conference say they hope that number will continue to rise.
Jianjun Cen, counselor with the Chinese Consulate General in New York, says, ”If the American students master Chinese language or vice versa, we can enhance the mutual understanding of young people. So that is important for both America and China. It’s also important for world peace.”
The conference is put on by The Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine and the Bangor/Portland Chinese School.