Welcome

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

April 27th, 2022: The CAFAM community is full of talent, including many photographers. This gallery includes photos submitted by local folks that wanted to share some of their favorite images. Enjoy! Click Here To See Gallery!

September 1st, 2022: Please plan on joining us for our Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Potluck Picnic at Fort Williams Park on Saturday, September 24th from 3-6 p.m.. In addition to the potluck there will be moon cakes, activities, song, crafts and more. This is a free family event (donations accepted) so we would love you to bring your family and friends to join us as we celebrate community, socialize and learn about the Moon Festival (中秋节) traditions. See details and parking map below.

Map of Fort Williams Park

January 30th, 2022: We are wishing our CAFAM community joy, good health and abundance in the new year!

Graphic artwork created by Colby Ting, Yarmouth High School student

January 15th, 2022 – We unfortunately need to announce that we are canceling our CAFAM Lunar New Year celebration in Westbrook on Feb. 5th. We’ve been watching the Maine uptick in COVID cases closely and don’t believe it is prudent to host the family performance and event at this time.

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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.