Welcome to CAFAM

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM) provides forums and outreach to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture. We promote friendship between non-Chinese Americans, Chinese-Americans, and Chinese people, whether from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, or elsewhere. Learn more

A Message from CAFAM

As a Chinese cultural and friendship organization, our mission at CAFAM is to bring to our Maine community an understanding and enjoyment of Chinese culture. We promote activities that foster a positive attitude toward other cultures and of course we oppose any and all types of racial or ethnic discrimination. As a result of the recent COVID pandemic, we have seen examples of elevated racism and hatred toward Asians and Asian-Americans. While we recognize that throughout history people have often used scapegoats in order to blame others for current troubles, we must also recognize that such attitudes are hurtful, dangerous and do not reflect the open and welcoming culture of the State of Maine. 

Our CAFAM community has always been dedicated to the ideals of a rich multicultural society and we actively support businesses and organizations that share our positive vision.  However, given the recent examples of anti-Asian racism, we must now expand our mission to clearly state that we oppose these attitudes and dedicate ourselves to eradicating them.

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM) in partnership with the University of Southern Maine Confucius Institute is pleased to announce we will be celebrating the ‘Year of the Ox’ with a virtual event beginning on February 11th, 2021.

This year’s event will include festive music and lion dance performances, DIY at-home activities, informative speakers, calligraphy, links to celebrations around the world, a holiday marketplace and a live interactive cooking class.

Our usual Chinese New Year celebration is the largest and longest-sustaining Chinese cultural event in Maine, attracting hundreds of visitors each year to enjoy a day of live performances, speakers, crafts, displays and delicious food. However, due to the pandemic, we have moved our event online to adhere to state restrictions.