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As Suzanne Fox stood before a delegation of dozens of Chinese and New England educators in the McKernan Center on the wintery afternoon in January, she borrowed a line from one of the wisest minds in Chinese history: “A journey of a ten thousand miles begins with a single step.”

January marks the launch of some exciting new projects at Fox Intercultural headquarters in Portland. On Friday, January 18th, we will be welcoming a delegation of 12 educators from the Chinese Province of Zhejiang.

The interconnectedness of today’s world requires a greater sense of cross-cultural competency.  With the longest continuous history of any country, and complex economic, political, and social issues, a comprehensive understanding of China can provide tremendous opportunities.

We organize quarterly networking roundtables in Portland, Maine. These events are open to a wide audience of educators, business leaders and people across the spectrum to provide a forum to learn about current topics in Chinese life, business, politics and society.   

Opening day at Erskine Academy and Juniors Gillian and Elena head for homeroom. Elena came to Erskine last year, and lived with Gillian and her family. Now she's back for another year... one of eight Chinese students enrolled at Erskine this fall.

There is a growing trend among high schools in Maine where international students from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are recruited to come to the Pine Tree State and enroll in school.

When Ken Smith took over as superintendent of the Millinocket School Department in July 2010, he inherited a tough challenge: Revenue was falling as enrollment continued to shrink.