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.
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