Down East 2013 ©
A Chinese newspaper derided an effort to recruit 60 Chinese high school students by Millinocket's Stearns High School.
The Global Times, a Chinese- and English-language newspaper, editorialized against the plan, calling Stearns a "run-of-the-mill high school" and Millinocket a place where "the biggest kick for kids in hanging out in a supermarket parking lot."
The Atlantic magazine jumped into the fray, calling The Global Times a communist propaganda tool. "It struck me as patently unfair that subsidized newspaper, circulation 1.5 million, would pick on a small town in Maine, population 5,000, without giving that small town the opportunity to respond."
Read the Bangor Daily News report on the incident.
Read the Global Times article.
Read the commentary by Max Fisher, associate editor of The Atlantic .