A message from Dr. James T. Kenny, Chair of the Board of Directors
In today's search for global stability, a climate of lessened conflict and balanced trade, we are forced to transcend some
known and previously workable public policy positions and icons. Evolutions in technology and commerce, the emergence of
politio-cultural fault lines, the re-definition of work, and the changing role of women in societies are but a few of the
signals that the world is not what it once was. British historian, Arnold Toynbee commenting on the growth and decline of
civilizations noted that, "the nemesis of creativity is the idolization of ethereal technique." This now seems an almost
intuitive reality. A new century and our fullest participation in it requires us to embrace reasoned change. Two world
superpowers, the United States and the People's Republic of China will most assuredly continue to expand in both productivity
and world influence. In light of this probability a more balanced, cooperative pattern of interaction between the two twenty-first
Century leader states should be sought along with a mutual re-definition of common goals that might benefit all of mankind in
increased health, enhanced well-being, freedom from fear, and clean sustainable living environments. These concerns should be on
the agendas of both powers, but that process begins with each of us. CLCCM as an organization is committed to exchange--the sharing
of ideas and ideals, the opening of economic opportunities, and the provision of cultural and language training. If change is to be
a constant feature of our global landscape, let it be for the best and predicated upon a mutual and sustainable commitment to
accommodation, reciprocity, and broadened human understanding.
Director of CLCCM's Welcome
I am proud to say that the Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine (CLCCM) provides a valuable and necessary array of community and educational services. CLCCM serves as the umbrella organization that lends its planning and organization skills to a variety of activities important to bridging historical and cultural differences and maintaining productive dialog between the people of China and the United States. Focusing on Chinese language education for students and adults, student exchange, shared cultural events, and local and state-wide public service, our organization plans the curriculum for our ever-growing Bangor Chinese School and that organization’s educational services to public schools, private schools, adult learners, teachers, and business people in Maine. We have been offering programs for all ages, with all levels and meet all need for more than 7 years.
Working with government officials at the city, state, and federal level, CLCCM has forged excellent relations with the U.S. Department
of State, the National Security Agency, and Maine’s congressional delegation. CLCCM officials work regularly with Maine State Department
of Education leaders, and Bangor, Maine’s City Council. On July 13, 2009, the Council provided the Bangor Chinese School a City
recognizing the efforts of the school and its officers in promoting Chinese language education and cultural experiences for area citizens.
During the summer of 2011, with the help and sponsorship of the American Councils for International Education, our organization
has trained twenty (20) Maine high school students in Mandarin Chinese and then taken them to China for a six-week, expense paid, educational
program in language and culture.
Our other activities include K-12 courses and programs in area schools, language courses at the University of Maine and Husson University,
guided China trips for business people and professionals, special teacher education programs bearing university credit, cultural events, and
summer camps for children. This past summer for the third year we had the good fortune of hosting the NSA at University of Maryland’s STARTALK
language program for Maine students and for Maine Chinese teachers training.
It is important that each one of us work to bridge historical and cultural differences and maintain a productive dialog between the
People’s Republic of China and the U.S. To put this more succinctly, for the sake of a brighter and better tomorrow, we should “think globally,
and act locally.”
Director of the Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine