Help for a Planning Committee

Dear CAFAM members,

Is there anyone out there in CAFAM land who would like to join me and Patti Oldmixon in a subcommittee to organize a panel for the Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb 4? The panel is generally about doing business in or with China.

Much of the work has already been done. Members of the panel have been chosen: Eliot Cutler (moderator and commentator), Suzanne Fox, and Terry Kieffer, all having lots of experience in China. A fourth person is under consideration to round out the panel.

What remains to be done is to work out the theme and format of the event and square everything up with the participants. I have a couple ideas, but it would be good to have one or two more people involved in this process. I’m hoping that most or all of the work can be done by email.

Interested? Contact me at dietrich


China opportunities for educators

Dear CAFAM members,

Here is information on two China-related programs for educators sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the American Councils for International Education in Washington, DC.


The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) places EFL teachers from China in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin language and culture. TCLP provides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, round trip airfare, training, professional development funds, and ongoing program support. Deadline for application is January 9, 2012. For more, visit: tclp.


Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. Deadline for application is March 2, 2012. For more visit isli.

The contact person at ACIE is Daniel Cassiday (202) 833-7522.

Best regards,

A New, Exciting Program – Dinner with Ten Fellows

CAFAM is starting a brand new program called Dinners for 10 Fellows, which brings all kinds of CAFAM members together to enjoy good food and great conversation. Whether you’re a new or old member, a single person or a family, younger or older, any CAFAM member is welcome to attend this small dinner party. It is your opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal (at a low cost) while socializing and networking with fellow CAFAMers. By the end of the evening, 10 fellows will become 10 friends!

How does it work, you ask? Hosts open up their home and prepare a Saturday dinner for ~$10/person. You can also change the number of guests you can host or co-host if you’d like to share hosting duties with another. Dinners can be homemade, any cuisine, take-out, party platters, whatever floats your boat.

Registered dinner guests are randomly selected based on location to attend an upcoming dinner. Guests pay only $10/person to help the cover the costs of hosting. It’s also a great way for CAFAM families to meet other CAFAM families!

Sign-up to be a host and/or a guest is OPEN now for dinners from January through May. If you still have questions or you’re ready to sign up, go to for more details!

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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