CNY 2012 Program Details

Interested in what we have to offer at this year’s CNY 2012 Celebration? Check out the schedule of events below! Doors open at 10:30, so plan ahead. We’re excited to have you join us at the Westbrook Middle School this February 4th, 2012!

Time Event Location
11:00 – 12:00 Chinese School Dance Performance Auditorium
12:45 – 1:45 Expert Panel: Bridges from Maine to China Library
1:00 – 1:30 Cooking Demo #1 – Egg rolls Room A203 – 2nd Floor
1:00 – 2:00 Chinese Energetics for Instant Healing Room A205 – 2nd Floor
2:00 – 3:00 Letters Home from Beijing with author of The Foremost Good Fortune Library
2:00 – 2:30 Cooking Demo #2 – Wonton soup Room A203 – 2nd Floor
2:00 – 3:00 Riverview Foundation martial arts workshop Auditorium
2:00 – 3:00 Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Room A205 – 2nd Floor
All Day Mahjong Cafeteria
All Day Dragon crafts Gymnasium
All Day Vendors of books, videos and Chinese crafts Gymnasium
All Day Bubble Maineia and the Chinese School Dads! Cafeteria

Chinese cooking on WCSH6 Feb 2

Dear CAFAM members,

Nancy and Eric Zhou, proprietors of Bubble Maineia in Portland, will be demonstrating Chinese cooking on WCSH TV6 at 7:00 PM this Thursday, February 2. The “207” show is observing Chinese New Year.

And keep in mind: Bubble Maineia will offer delicious Chinese food at our CAFAM New Year Celebration this Saturday, February 4, at Westbrook Performing Arts Center and Middle School. It all starts at 10:00 AM.

Best regards,
Craig

Can a water dragon breathe fire when it’s wet? And other conundra

Letters from China

By Patrick Murphy – January 2012

The Chinese have an amazingly complicated calendar, but for all its sophistication and complexities you would think they could, at least, get the placement of Spring correct, right? Apparently not, as this is Chinese Spring. What we call “Chinese New Year” is called by the Chinese “Spring Festival.” Hello? It’s January. The days are short, the nights are long and it’s cold as a botch. Spring? Spring? The answer to the question, “Can 1.3 billion people get it wrong?” is a resounding “yes.” More

MPBN’s Maine Calling: Chinese New Year

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Maine Public Radio hosted three of our esteemed CAFAM members on their new talk show, “Maine Calling”to talk about the Chinese community in Maine, the Chinese New Year, and other related topics.  The guests included Craig Dietrich, founder of CAFAM and retired professor of Chinese History at USM, Suzanne Fox, a former Board member and president and founder of Fox Intercultural Consulting Services, and Connie Zhu, an incredibly talented CAFAM member and adjunct language instructor at Colby College.  A fantastic, very informative show, please click the link below to tune in on the archived recording.  It’s available as an .mp3 or Podcast file.

MPBN’s Maine Calling: Chinese in Maine show

Don’t forget that our CAFAM Celebration takes place next Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Westbrook Middle School and Performing Arts Center, starting at 10:30 AM. Song, dance, crafts, vendors, food, talks, martial arts, cooking demos, mahjongg, etc. It’s the place to be! For more information about the Celebration, check out the 2012 CNY page.

CAFAM volunteers where to reply

Dear CAFAM members,

We recently called for volunteers for the New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 4.

Unfortunately, spam protection truncated the contact address in that email.

If you’re interested in volunteering an hour or so (and we hope you are) please contact Roger Brodeur via Mary Tennant at maryetennant15 [at] yahoo.com. (When you send the email please replace the “[at]” with the usual ampersand.)

Or you can email me through our webpage: just go here: cafammaine.org/contact.

Best regards,

Craig

How to volunteer for CAFAM new year

Dear CAFAM members,

We recently called for volunteers for the New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 4.

However the contact address in that email was truncated.

If you’re interested (and we hope you are) please reach us at https://cafammaine.org/contact/.

best regards,
Craig

CAFAM celebration seeking volunteers

Dear CAFAM members

We’re looking for volunteers to help out at the Chinese New Year Celebration on February 4. People are needed at the registration table, the CAFAM table, at children’s crafts tables, as room monitors, setting up, cleaning up, etc.

You can volunteer for 1 or 2 sessions of about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Admission is free for volunteers.

Volunteers did a great job last year, and we look forward to another successful event.

Please contact maryetennant15 if you can help.

Also please forward this email to others who you think might be interested.

Thank you.

Chinese New Year call-in show

Dear CAFAM members,

Maine Public Radio is dedicating its talk show “Maine Calling” on Tuesday, January 24, 12:15 – 1:00 PM to the Chinese New Year Celebration, Chinese in Maine, and related topics. That day is the second day of the Year of the Dragon.

The guests will be:

Connie Zhu, former policy analyst with the Maine Center for Economic Policy, now a freelance translator and consultant and adjunct language instructor at Colby College.

Suzanne Fox, president and founder of Fox Intercultural Consulting Services.

Craig Dietrich, retired professor of Chinese History at USM.

Give us a listen. It’s a call-in show. So if you have a question to stump the panel, fire away.

And don’t forget that our CAFAM Celebration takes place on Saturday, February 4 at the Westbrook Middle School and Performing Arts Center, starting at 10:30 AM. Song, dance, crafts, vendors, food, talks, martial arts, cooking demos, mahjongg, etc. It’s the place to be! For more information about the Celebration, check out https://cafammaine.org/cny.

Best regards,

Craig

CAFAM sponsorship opportunity

Dear CAFAM members,

The CAFAM community has been busily preparing what we expect will to be our most outstanding Chinese New Year Celebration yet! This includes our first-ever effort to identify individuals and companies who wish to support our contributions to multicultural awareness and community growth.

The response has been truly gratifying, and we want to give everyone one last opportunity to help sponsor the 2012 Celebration.

We welcome parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, small businesses, or corporations. All sponsors will be recognized in the CNY Program and in the CAFAM newsletter. There are increasing benefits for each level. CAFAM accepts minimum donations of $25 for individuals and $50 (and up) for businesses. Unless you wish to remain anonymous, your support will be highlighted at our Celebration. Moreover it is tax-deductible.

To access the sponsorship brochure and form, please visit: https://cafammaine.org/cny/sponsorship/.

We will be accepting sponsorships until January 20th, this Friday. If you have any questions or just want to talk to someone directly, please feel free to contact our CNY Sponsorship Chair, Melissa Lin.

Whether or not you become a sponsor, do come help us celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Westbrook on Saturday February 4! For more info, check out: https://cafammaine.org/cny

Best regards and xiexie,
Craig

Chinese New Year in Bangor

Dear CAFAM members,

In addition to our CAFAM New Year Celebration, a program is being organized in the Bangor area. The event will take place on Saturday, January 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Husson University- Student Center & Gracie Theater.

The event is presented by Bangor Chinese School and Chinese Language and Cultural Center of Maine and Sponsored by Husson University. For more information, to participate, and for reservations, visit http://bangorchinese.com/HOLIDAYNY12.HTML.

Best regards,

Craig

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