Asians in the Maine economy

The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) has released a report entitled “Asians in the Maine Economy: Opportunities for Growth” as part of its ongoing focus on sustainable development in the State of Maine.

The report calls attention to the past achievements of Maine’s Asian population and what the growth in the state’s Asian population means to Maine’s future.

  • Asians and Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic groups in the U. S. Maine’s Asian population doubled in the 1990s and increased again by 49 percent in the past decade. Still, Maine remains one of the “whitest” states; Asians comprise roughly 1 percent of Maine’s total population, 13,571 by the 2010 census count,
  • Asians’ contribution to Maine’s economy is increasing.  In 2007, Maine’s Asian-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $284 million and employed 2,543 people. According to the Selig Center for Economic Growth, the 2009 buying power of Asians in Maine totaled $307 million, a 277% increase since 1990.
  • Asians are represented in every county of Maine with the largest percentages living in the greater Portland and Bangor areas. Chinese, Filipinos and Asian Indians make up the largest share of the Asian population in Maine followed by Cambodians, Vietnamese and Koreans.

“Looking to the future, Asians will play a significant role in Maine’s labor force,” said Deborah Felder, project manager of MECEP’s Asian immigrant study. “Asians in Maine have a younger median age and are employed in all sectors of our economy. Educational attainment levels of Asians in Maine exceed other minority groups and often surpass whites in post-secondary degrees.”

This report is a comprehensive compilation of data and oral histories from Maine’s Asian community. In addition to statistical breakdowns, twenty-six profiles present a cross section of Asians in Maine, including restaurant owners, educators, scientists, artists, health care workers, farmers, bankers, factory workers and many others from communities as far north as Fort Fairfield and as far south as Saco/Biddeford.

Mah Jongg in Maine

Dear CAFAM members,
Andrea Muraskin, an independent radio and multimedia producer, has asked whether there are Chinese-style mahjongg players she could talk to.  For details, see below.  If you can help her, please contact her directly at the email address or telephone number given.
Best regards,
Craig More

Cantonese translator sought in Kittery

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection seeks a Cantonese translator in connection with site clean up in Kittery tomorrow, Friday.  If you can help, please contact Franki Delaney. More

Host family opportunities

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) has asked to circulate this invitation.

Become a host family for International Students

CIEE, the only Maine based non-profit agency that coordinates foreign exchange students would like to invite you to bring the world to Maine.    We have been designated by the Department of State to sponsor, place and supervise high school exchange students. We sponsor over 1400 exchange students annually from all over the world.   Our mission is to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.  By having these students live with Maine families, we break down the barriers that divide people, not only across international borders, but also within our own community.


Chinese student host families sought

The following request for host families for Chinese students comes from Kathleen Hansen, Regional Director for [the New England] Center for Cultural Exchange and Greenheart (see her information below).  I do not know anything about this organization.  If you wish to learn more, please contact Kathy at the address below.

Dear Craig,

I have two international exchange students from China who would like to do a school year.   I am trying to find two families who might like the opportunity to host a Chinese student.

Could you forward it to the members of CAFAM and the Chinese School?

Below are the bio”s of two students.  We can’t show the pictures because of the Department of State new regulations.  We can send the pictures when a family has done an interest application.  It does not mean they have to host if they apply but it means they have had background checks.  We need to protect the identity of these students.


Who We Are

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine provides forums and outreach to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture. More.


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