host families for Chinese students

Dear CAFAM members,

Kathleen Hansen, a private school consultant and New England Director of the Center for Cultural Interchange, is seeking families to host Chinese high school students.

She mentions two categories.

Public school students. There is no stipend attached to hosting these young people. They lack the funds to attend private schools or pay living stipends.

Private school students. Various private schools (she lists Cheverus, McAuley, Saint Dominics, and WCA) offer a $650/month host family stipend.

If you would like to pursue these opportunities, you can contact Kathleen.


Tel. 892-3004 Cell 653-1007



Cantonese stroke victim

Dear CAFAM members,

Carol Foster reports that there is a 50-year-old Chinese man in Portland who is recovering from a recent stroke. His name is An Diep and he is in rehab at St. Joseph’s Manor on 1133 Washington Ave 797-0600. Eventually he wants to join his niece in California. Because of language, he can’t interact much with English speakers, and his speech has been severely affected by the stroke. Since his situation is so isolating, it would boost his morale a lot if speakers of Mandarin or Cantonese could stop by for a brief chat. A translator is also available.

Carol says, “He is a very kind and sweet man who is having a very difficult time right now. The translator Eva brought in some native food which he seemed to respond to. I’m sure any time someone could spend would be most appreciated.”

Visitors can come at almost any time, but probably late morning or early afternoon is best. If you have questions for Carol, her telephone number is 653-2906. His translator is Eva Chen and her telephone is 615-6615.


Meet Chinese profs at USM

Dear CAFAM members,

Would you like to meet and chat with some young Chinese professors? Here’s your chance. Sixteen of them are currently at USM studying mornings to improve their English language and teaching skills.

They hail from Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, which is located in Ganzhou City (central China west of Shanghai).

They will be having lunch every day for the next couple weeks at USM’s Gorham facility. You are invited to join them. Just call Robin Day 780-5015 or email rday[ampersand]

For Dean Joe McDonnell’s full invitation read on:


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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