China education and business trip

Dear CAFAM members,

I hope you have been enjoying the holidays.

The Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine in Bangor is organizing an “Education and Business Trip to China” for March 7 to 17. The itinerary includes cities from Harbin in the northeast to Guangzhou in the south, visiting schools and businesses. The deadline for application is January 15. In-country cost is $2750, plus international airfare.

For more information, call 207 990-0710 or 1-888-769-6688; or email at jingzhang[ampersand]; or gpalmer[ampersand]; or visit the website:

Best regards,


Seeking Chinese Blue Silk

Dear CAFAM members,

Can anyone help Andrea?

Hi, Craig,

I am wondering if you can help me. My daughter, Emma Leah Weihe, will be Bat Mitzvah this spring. We are making her a Tallit (prayer shawl) and would like to include blue silk from China. Do you know where I could purchase this or do you know of anyone who might be willing to sell me some?

Thank you,

Andrea Freed

Chinese New Year Celebration support

Dear CAFAM members,

This message is about sponsorships and vendors.

We have begun vigorous preparations for the annual New Year Celebration. It’s Saturday, February 9.

Some truly exciting things: Chinese School children’s songs and dances, plus a terrific magician, a naturalist with live snakes, rabbits, and dragons (really), drummers, martial arts, a talk about China’s recent Nobel Prize, and more. We have greatly improved the food service set-up.

So unless we are hit by a nor’easter of biblical proportions, it will be a tremendous celebration.

We welcome corporate and individual sponsorships to help defray the costs of Westbrook Performing Arts Center and keep admissions reasonable. Already Fairpoint Communications, Idexx Labs, Southworth Industries, and Fox Intercultural have become sponsors.

If you can help in this effort, it would be much appreciated, either individual support or solicitation of businesses. Individual support can range from $25 and up. There are levels of corporate sponsorship from $50 through $1000 (we should be so lucky). The different levels receive varying degrees of acknowledgment in our program, etc. We have a 4-page explanatory brochure that I can be email to anyone who wants to approach businesses.

Secondly, the Celebration provides space for small vendors to offer their wares in the gym. There are still some tables available. The cost is quite reasonable. If you know of anyone that would like to take advantage of this opportunity, let me know.

You can contact me: dietrich[ampersand], or go to the cafam website and click the “contact us” link. If all else fails, my number is 688-4826.

But In any case, do plan to join in the event this year.

Best regards,

Chinese photographs in Brunswick

Dear CAFAM members,

Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick has an exhibit of photographs of China running until December 31. It’s in the Morrell Meeting Room.

Roughly half of the show consists of historic photos of Chinese immigrants in Maine, provided by CAFAM and the Maine Historical Society.

The other half is photos by William and Michael Connelly in two major cities (Beijing and Yangzhou) and two villages. They were taken in the spring and the fall of 2012.

Very interesting. Check it out.


Mandarin summer language fellowships

Dear CAFAM members,

The Maine Department of Education is spreading the word about fully-funded summer language fellowships for teachers of Mandarin who are non-native speakers, and for college students currently enrolled in education programs and who intend to teach Mandarin.

Organized by the American Councils for International Education, this 2013 Intensive Summer Language Institute will take place in Changchun, China.

Participants receive ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College. The Institute provides many opportunities for curriculum building, networking and professional development. In addition to daily intensive language training, participants will enjoy cultural activities and excursions designed to reinforce classroom material.

Information and application instructions are located online at Applicants must provide official transcripts and two reference letters. All materials are due on February 11, 2013.

This program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Best regards,


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