International festival planning for February

Dear CAFAM members,

A group in Maine is starting to plan a big international celebration on February 2 called “Thank You America.” They hope to feature international food, music, dancing, etc.

Although this is just a week away from our CAFAM New Year Celebration, there may well be those who would think about being on the organizing committee or in other ways helping out.

If so or for more information please contact Ashok Nalamalapu (207) 671-1583. or ashok[ampersand]

It is interesting indeed to note the cosmopolitanization of Maine.


Riverview Foundation kick-a-thon Saturday

Dear CAFAM members,

The following is from Nina Hendrikson of Riverview Foundation martial arts:

Hello! If any of the CAFAM students and families would like to join Riverview this Saturday at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland we will be holding our annual Kick-a-Thon from 11:00-2:00. It is a lot of fun with music, slideshows, crafts (perfect for children to create holiday gifts!) and great food! There is no charge, but donations are encourages and our friend from the North Pole will be kicking for kids this year! To learn more visit

(If the address doesn’t work, just google Riverview Foundation kick-a-thon.)



Intercultural Position Opens

Dear CAFAM members,

Fox Intercultural Consulting LLC in Portland is opening a part-time position in the area of educational exchange and relations.

Qualifications include speaking and writing fluency in both English and Mandarin.

As the company describes the position, they are seeking: “a candidate with a strong interest in US-China educational exchange and relations. This is an entry-level role for a bilingual candidate who wishes to join a dynamic organization at the very forefront of a rapidly developing sector.”

To enquire about the terms of employment and job description, please contact Fox Intercultural at the following web address: info[ampersand]

The company also has a website with contact information.



breakfast on business in China

Dear CAFAM members,

The World Affairs Council and the Maine International Trade Center are sponsoring a breakfast: “China: Opportunities for Maine.” The meeting will feature a panel of members of the September trade delegation to China, including Governor Paul LePage. The governor will give the keynote address.

It’s on Tuesday, December 11, 6:45 to 9:00 AM at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

The breakfast will be served at 7:15 and the program will run from 7:45 to 9:00.

The cost is $25 for WAC or MITC members, $40 for non-members. To register, go to the following website:

Sometimes these web addresses don’t seem to work. If so, just contact the World Affairs Council or MITC.



student seeks South China placement

Dear CAFAM members,

Michael Connelly and Fred Fagin are trying to assist ninth-grader Kun Zhou to transfer to Erskine Academy in South China ME. This is contingent upon finding a local home stay situation. The host family would be compensated for their costs.

Anyone in the area who would be interested in helping this young man should contact Fred at flfagin or one of the following 207 numbers: 458-3623 or 549-4507.

Best regards,


Documentary about Chinese adoptees

Dear CAFAM members,

An outstanding documentary film called “Somewhere Between” will be screened at the Portland Museum of Art on the following schedule:

Friday, November 16, 6:30 pm

Saturday, November 17, 2:00 pm

Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm

Here is a brief description of the film: In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, director Linda Goldstein Knowlton has created a deeply moving documentary. The film follows four of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989. These four, wise-beyond-their-years yet typical American teens, attempt to answer the question, “Who am I?” They bond with other adoptees. Some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. All attempt, each in her own way, to make sense of their complex identities with honesty and open hearts.

Tickets are $7 at the desk.

study Mandarin in Taiwan

Dear CAFAM members,

The Ministry of Education in Taiwan is offering fifteen scholarships to students from New England to study Mandarin in Taiwan for three months (June – August 2013). The “Huayu Enrichment Scholarships” provide a monthly stipend of around $850. It is not clear whether transportation or other benefits are also included.

The deadline for applying is December 15, 2012.

For more information on the application go to:

If for some reason that fails, contact Levina Weiting Huang at wthuang[ampersand]

This would be a great opportunity for students who want to take their Chinese to another level.

China talks at USM

Dear CAFAM members,

I fear that by the time I get the information about this lecture series correct, the series will be over. On my last attempt something funny happened with the link.

So here’s the scoop. USM is hosting two visiting professors from the Jiangxi (China) University of Science and Technology, and they are offering a lecture series about China and business in China. One series has been underway on the Portland Campus; in fact a talk was given today (Friday). But never fear, because (a) the final lecture will be given next Friday. And (b) the whole series will be repeated on the Gorham campus in late November and early December. The sessions are free and open to the public. You can just drop in.


The historical/cultural lectures explore China’s World Heritage. Here are the remaining dates for the series (all run from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Friday, November 16, Wishcamper Center, room 203

Fridays, November 30 to December 14, Bailey Hall (Gorham), room 301C

This repeats the lectures given on the Portland campus.

Then there is the series called


These presentations take place from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

Thursday, November 15, Wishcamper Center, room 133

Thursday, November 29, Wishcamper Center, room 203

Thursday, December 6, Wishcamper Center, room 203

The presenters are Min Liang and Hongying Liu.

Professor Liang teaches International Finance, Money & Banking, and Oral Chinese, Chinese Culture & Economy to foreign students at the University of Science and Technology.

Professor Liu teaches English at the University of Science and Technology.

For more you can contact Christen Stande, 780-5055, cstande[ampersand]

Or visit:

(I do hope this is right!)

Chinese talks at USM clarification

Dear CAFAM members,

The notice I sent out yesterday about upcoming free talks and workshops on China made it seem as though they were being conducted at Orono. They are at USM.

Sorry for any confusion.

The place to go for more information is:

(confused) Craig

China talks & workshops

Dear CAFAM members,

For all in the Bangor/Orono area, there are a number of workshops and talks, all free. They are presented by visiting faculty members from Jiangxi University.

Beautiful China Lecture Series (11:30-1:00pm)
November 9; 419 Wishcamper
November 16; 203 Wishcamper
November 30; 301C Bailey Hall
December 7; 301C Bailey Hall
December 14; 301C Bailey Hall

Chinese Etiquette, Protocol, and Economy for Business Leaders Lecture Series (5:00-6:30pm)
November 8; 133 Wishcamper
November 15; 133 Wishcamper
November 29; 203 Wishcamper
December 6; 203 Wishcamper

Traditional Chinese Culture & Arts
Mondays & Wednesdays
Nov. 5, 8, 14, 26 & 28; Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12 & 17 4:30-5:30pm

Chinese for Beginners
Mondays & Wednesdays
Nov. 5, 8, 14, 26 & 28; Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12 & 17 5:30-6:30pm
207 Bailey Hall


Best regards,

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