I am proud to say that the Bangor Chinese School (BCS)
provides a valuable and necessary array of community and educational services.
BCS 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,
educational services to public schools, private schools, adult learners, teachers, and business
people in Maine and other states. We have been offering programs for all ages, with all levels and meet all need since 2001.
Working with government officials at the city, state, and federal level, BCS has forged excellent relations with the U.S. Department
of State, the National Security Agency, and Maine’s congressional delegation. BCS 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 tenth 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.”