Topsham area Chinese grades 3 to 5

Dear CAFAM parents living in Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham or Harpswell.

MSAD 75 wants to assess interest in a Chinese Language/Cultural Literacy Program for grades 3-5. This would add to the ongoing programs in Mount Ararat High and Middle Schools.

They first want to find out how many families would be interested in an elementary-age program.

They have a survey at If you are interested please go to the link and complete the survey by the end of March.

Once they have responses, they will invite interested parties to a planning session.

If you have specific questions or would like further information, please contact Darren at akermand [at] link75 [dot] org. Tel. (207) 504-1787. He is the Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

Best regards,


Womens Day event seeks Chinese

Dear CAFAM members

The group Women Around the World is sponsoring its 3d annual celebration of International Women’s Day at the Woodfords Club in Portland on Saturday March 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The highlight of the evening will be an International Fashion Show. This is the brainchild of the organization’s president, Adele Ngoy, a fashion designer from Kinshasha, Congo.

The group would like to have Chinese culture/dress represented.

The contact person is Margie MacDonald. If you can help in some way or direct her to someone who can, please contact her. Her address is mmacdonaldconsulting AT gmail-dot-com. (note that this address is spelled out because of how our email list provider is set up to discourage phishing for addresses – just put the conventional ampersand and period in the appropriate places)

Or alternately send a message to the “contact us” address at the bottom of this page.

Best regards,


Mandarin round table still meets

Dear CAFAM members,

A reminder to those who speak Mandarin at intermediate or advanced level that the Chinese conversation get-together still takes place every other Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Tomorrow, February 17, it will meet at the CIEE building on 300 Fore Street in Portland, second floor. You can bring a lunch, or not, as preferred.

Best regards,

Go Jeremy!

Chinese theatre queries

Dear CAFAM members,

Karen Morency asks the following: for a magic trick in a play, the Freeport High drama department needs a black, silky scarf with a dragon on it, about 2 to 3 feet square, opaque. Does anyone have something like that to lend?

Second, because two Chinese kids in the play are not moving on stage like Chinese people are supposed to move, walk, and gesture, Karen asks if anyone has insights on how (and I would add, if) Chinese move their bodies differently from Caucasians. Count me as unobservant, but I’ve never noticed that contemporary Chinese carry themselves differently from “us”. Am I wrong?

Contact link is below.



CAFAM thanks and a notice

Dear CAFAM members,

First, a huge THANK YOU to one and all who contributed to the success of our New Year Celebration! More than 1,000 people came through the doors. It was a great day, and all indications are that everyone greatly enjoyed the performances, talks, activities, and eats.

Of course, looking to the future, if you have concerns or suggestions that should be brought to our attention, please do so while it is still fresh in your mind. Anything, large or small. We want feedback.

Second, if you’re fluent in Chinese and itching to work in China, the following may be for you:

The US State Department is taking applications for “Consular Adjudicators” for posts in China. Applicants must be US citizens who have fluency in Mandarin. The posts are initially for 13 months and involve working in the visa section of American consulates. Application deadline is February 29.

For more information, visit <

China comes to Maine – 2012

Excerpts from the Portland Press Herald

Little Calico Cat, Jia Chase

Photos by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Right, Jia Chase performs the Little Calico Cats dance.

A New Year celebration gives Mainers a taste of the richness of the culture.

WESTBROOK – The clatter of mah-jongg tiles, the sweet smell of steaming vegetable and pork dumplings and the sound of occasional snatches of Mandarin transformed Westbrook Middle School into Maine’s own Chinatown on Saturday. More

Chinese New Year Celebration Saturday

Dear CAFAM members,

It is almost upon us, the New Year Celebration, Year of the Dragon. Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Under Generalissimo Patti Oldmixon an enormous amount of work has gone into presenting a bang-up program at our new Location.

Watch the dance and song by 85 children from the Chinese School.

Win a great door prize.

Take the little ones to the Dragon craft tables.

Hear talks by Eliot Cutler and panel (education/business), or Susan Conley (life in China), or Karen Morency (self-healing), or Merrit Bainbridge (acupuncture).

Slurp up some Bubble Maineia noodles or wash down some Chinese School Dads’ dumplings.

Buy a book or two, a diabolo for that overactive ten-year-old, a “fu” cap for good luck, some special tea and other exotica straight from China, etc.

Participate in some mild martial arts, for kids or adults.

Stop by to hear Chinese instruments being played.

Whatever you choose, it will be a blast. The Dragon is definitely going to bring perfect weather.

So betake yourself, if at all possible, to Westbrook Middle School and Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St. There’s lots of parking.

As we used to say (before we stopped saying it), “Be there or be square!”



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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