Maine Chinese Conference

Dear CAFAM members,

A reminder that the
2012 Maine Chinese Language and Business Conference will take place in Bangor/Orono on the 26th and 27th of this month. There are a number of panels planned, as well as keynote speakers Congressman MIke Michaud and Jackson Laboratory CEO Edison Liu.

Some need-based scholarships are available.

For more information you can call 990-0710 or email Jing Zhang at jingzhang[ampersand] The conference also has a website.

I know of a person driving from the Brunswick-Wiscasset area to attend one day. They would be happy to car pool. For more on this, call me 688-4826.

Best regards,


Hosting NYA student

Dear CAFAM members,

North Yarmouth Academy is seeking a host family for a high school junior from Shenyang in China’s northeast.

His English name is Evan and he is a soccer player.

For more information contact Betsy Tomlinson, 846-9051, btomlinson[ampersand]



China talks in Bangor and Orono

Dear CAFAM members,

This coming Monday (October 15) will feature two interesting and timely lectures, one in Bangor and one in Orono, by Professor Don J. Wyatt of Middlebury College.

His first talk is “A Quest for Security or Invincibility?: The Question of Motive in China’s Military Expansionism.” It addresses the question of why China is seeking to rapidly increase its military. This talk is for early risers, as it takes place at 7:30 AM in the Bangor Public Library.

His second lecture is “China’s Other Demographic Challenge.” He will discuss demographic questions surrounding the 55 ethnic “nationalities” and how population policies have applied to them. It’s at 4:00 PM at DP Corbett at the University of Maine.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about Professor Wyatt and his topics call 581-1835 or visit

Best regards,

Craig Dietrich

Vietnamese Girl needs Home

Dear CAFAM members,

Yet another student is in need of a host family for the academic year. She is a 17-year-old (in December) high school junior from Hanoi, Vietnam. Windham seems to be where she is scheduled to go at the moment, but she could probably change.

Attached is her application.

Interested families should contact Lisa Beth Naseef, 615-5399, regal[ampersand]

Best regards,



Deering student needs home

Dear CAFAM members,

There is a Chinese high school student presently a senior at Deering High who is in need of a home placement from November 1 to June 30. Lisa Beth Naseef of the Center for Cultural Interchange explains that his welcome host father recently earned his doctorate and needs to get back to work.

The student is Jason Tsz Leung Cheng from Hong Kong. Here is how Lisa Beth describes him:

“He is polite, respectful and the host father and I like him very much. He’s got a great attitude, loves music, joined the math team and chess club. He can live with a family (or single parent) with or without children, no problem (he is an only child at home). His first language is Cantonese, but he is exceptionally good in English (got a 55 on his SLEP – English Proficiency test, and it is very difficult for Asian students to even attain a 50!) .”

If you can help out or want more details, contact Lisa Beth at 615-5399 or regal[ampersand]

Best regards,

Maine China Conference at Bangor

Dear CAFAM members,

The 2012 Maine Chinese Conference will be held at Husson University in Bangor on Friday and Saturday, October 26, 27.

This year’s theme is: “State of the Field: Building up Maine as a Modern Global Community.”

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Edison Liu, President and CEO of the Jackson Laboratory, and Maine Congressman Michael Michaud. Speakers and panel members include: Don Reutershan from the Maine Department of Education, Suzanne Fox of Fox Intercultural Consulting, Tony Kieffer of Maine Asia, LLC, and Wade Merritt of the Maine International Trade Center, among many others.

Early Bird registration extends until October 5. More information on the program can be found at the conference website:

For PDF of the complete program and registration form, contact Jing Zhang 990-0710, jingzhang.

Best regards,


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