Chinese Medicine Summer Course

Dear CAFAM members,

Medical professionals, students, and others might find the following of interest:

The Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine, Husson Institute of Continuing Health Education Programming, and Eastern Maine Medical Center are organizing a course in traditional Chinese medicine this summer. It will take place in July and August in China at the Hubei Institute of Technology, Huangshi, China (which is near Wuhan).

According to the organizers, “The course will offer a combination of pre-trip study of Chinese language and fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, and will conclude with travel to and study in China. Participants will work and study under the direct supervision of Chinese Medicine practitioners in didactic lecture settings and will obtain direct hands-on experience in Hubei’s renowned Traditional Chinese Medical hospital as well.”

The deadline for registration is May 25, 2012.

For full information about the course content, pre-course instruction, credits, fees, etc., go to

Or contact Jing Zhang at jingzhang[ampersand], tel. 990-0710.

Best regards,


orchid ensemble concerts

Dear CAFAM members who love music:

An outstanding Canadian instrumental group, The Orchid Ensemble, is coming to the area at the end of April. This trio consists of Ms. Lan Tong on the erhu (Chinese violin), Ms. Yu-Chen Wang on the guzheng (Chinese “zither”), and Mr. Jonathan Bernard on marimba.

Established in 1997, the ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond. They embrace a variety of musical styles, from the traditional and contemporary music of China, to jazz and creative improvisation. Their website is:

Next week, they will be giving several performances in the area, at schools and for the public, two of them being joint concerts with the Oratorio Chorale, a well-known institution based in Brunswick. The latter’s website is

The performance schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 25, 3:30 to 4:30: Orchid Ensemble presentation for school children at the Temple Beth’el 400 Deering Avenue, Portland. Free. As the time of this posting, it seems that any area children can attend this event. But to be sure, check with the temple at 774-2649.

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 PM: Orchid Ensemble’s special program of Jewish/Chinese fusion music at Temple Beth’el 400 Deering Avenue, inspired by the Jewish presence on the ancient Silk Road. This concert is free.

Thursday, April 26, daytime: school presentation in Freeport

Friday, April 27, daytime: school presentation in Bath

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 Orchid Ensemble and Oratorio Chorale, program of Eastern and Western music. Montgomery Theater, Morse High School, Bath. Tickets: advanced purchase $20, at the door $25; students $10 and $12.50; children under 12 with paying adult, free. For information on how to obtain tickets, go to or call 798-7985.

Sunday, April 29, 3:00 PM: program of Eastern and Western music with the Brunswick-based Oratorio Chorale. Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland. Tickets: advanced purchase $20, at the door $25; students $10 and $12.50; children under 12 with paying adult, free. For information on how to obtain tickets, go to or call 798-7985.

Best regards,


China photographic exhibit ready

Dear CAFAM members,

Many of you may not know (or may have forgotten) that there exists an outstanding photographic exhibit of northern China as it looked more than a century ago. It consists of pictures taken in 1904 by Harvey Sargent, the grandfather of CAFAM member Bob Sargent, when Harvey served as cartographer on a scientific expedition.

You can see a small sample of these photographs at

The images have been enlarged and beautifully framed, ready to hang in a suitable space. First exhibited in 1994, they have travelled to a total of 29 venues in Maine, Rhode Island, Florida, Colorado, Virginia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The collection has reached an estimated 63,000 public viewers.

Bob also has made many slide talks to schools and civic groups.

Bob is always ready for more! If you think you know of an institution that would want to display this great exhibit, please contact Bob at rmsargent47. And do check out the website.



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