Mandarin classes

Dear CAFAM members,

First a quick reminder that the Mandarin round table for intermediate and advanced chatting will take place this Friday at 4 Milk St., Portland, 12:00 – 1:00. Normally it’s the first and third Fridays, but this month is an exception. Now for the main message:

For those interested in learning or brushing up on Mandarin this winter session, the Language Exchange at 80 Exchange Street in Portland, Maine, will host an OPEN HOUSE from 5:30 – 7:00 pm this Thursday, January 24, 2013.

This is a chance to meet the instructor and CAFAM member, Viveca Kwan, and discuss the Mandarin classes.

Please explore the website for more information or contact Viveca at


PS: If these contacts don’t work, just google “language exchange portland”

New Year Crafts Prep Day Jan 26

Dear CAFAM members,

Our Chinese New Year Celebration is coming up on February 9. As you probably know, one feature of the day will be several tables where children can assemble “snake” crafts. The components of those crafts must be cut out and prepared in advance.

A get-together to accomplish all this cutting, etc. is scheduled for this coming Saturday, January 26, at 72 Bowdoin Street in Portland, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. And there will be dumplings.

You are cordially invited to participate. BRING SCISSORS.

If you decide to come, it would be helpful if you could notify me by email:

In any event, Do Not Miss This Year’s Celebration on Saturday, February 9, Westbrook Middle School, starting at 10:00 am.



Upcoming Talk on Virtual China

Dear CAFAM members,

Fox Intercultural Services will hold its first China Business Networking Roundtable in the Year of the Snake on Wednesday, February 13. It’s at the offices of Burnstein Schur, 100 Middle Street, Portland from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

The speaker is Evan Saunders, and he will be talking about, “Inside the Year of the Snake: Navigating Virtual China.”

Evan is Co-Founder and CEO of Attract China, a company that helps tourist destinations market to Chinese online. He builds online presence and customer retention through web development and social media campaigns.

His vast experience in this arena gives him an understanding of Chinese trends in social media. He knows the most popular sites and how they differ from Google, Facebook and Twitter. He helps his clients market effectively within this virtual realm.

Online registration at info. The charge is $25, payable by check in advance or cash at the door.

Thanks Joe for CNYFEB9

CAFAM thanks Joe Bornstein for the “CNYFEB9” message to appear on Portland’s time/temperature building, starting in February.

Our Chinese New Year Celebration is indeed February 9, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Westbrook Middle School and Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St. Westbrook.

NOTE: Due to impending snowstorm, the date of the Chinese New Year Celebration has been changed to February 10th, Sunday.  Same time, same location.  

CAFAM newsletter editing

Dear CAFAM members,


As has been announced here and in the CAFAM newsletter, I will no longer be editing the newsletter in September. The board has been hoping that some person or some team might want to step into this gap and carry on. So far, a couple of people have kindly expressed a desire to help, but do not want to take on the entire role of editor. So this problem remains unsolved.

During the next two weeks, I will be assembling, printing, and mailing out the January-February issue. If anyone out there is interested in learning what is involved, I would be happy to share the experience electronically. Of course this would not commit anybody to anything.

I use a PC and Microsoft Office software. In particular, I use Publisher to lay out the material. XPressCopy prints it. And I mail it.

Perhaps wannabe editors out there might find this of interest for its own sake.

So that’s my invitation.

You can contact me at



Mandarin translators sought

Dear CAFAM members,

A few volunteer interpreters are urgently needed to help out at an exciting event.

Time: Friday January 18, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Place: McKernan Center at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland,

The event: A group of educators from China will be visiting Maine to establish sister school relationships in New England. There are around 20 of them, and not all speak English fluently.

As they meet with school principals from across New England on that day, the assistance of some folks fluent in English and Mandarin will ensure smooth communications.

Would you or someone you know be willing to help out?

Please contact Suzanne Fox by email at: Or by phone 207-233-8612. She thanks you!



Chinese New Year Celebration coming on February 16th

The CNY Celebration will be held on February 16th!  Check out the 2013 CNY page for more info!

Join the excitement at the 23rd annual Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, February 16th, at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center and Middle School, 471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook.

This popular event features heart-warming songs and dances by the children of the CAFAM Chinese School. Nationally touring Magician Norman Ng will amaze. Sparks’Ark will present live Chinese zodiac animals. Bowdoin College Professor Tsui will explain the work of China’s Nobel Prize laureate Mo Yan and the famous film based on his novel. Martial arts masters from the Riverview Foundation will demonstrate and teach.

All day, children can come and assemble free “snake” crafts. Books, special teas, and Chinese crafts and products will be available for sale. In the cafeteria fresh hot dumplings will be available, as well as delicious dishes and bubble tea by Bubble Mania.

The celebration runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PLENTY OF FREE PARKING. Admission is $4.00 for children and $6.00 for adults. Families of 5 are just $20.00. Sponsored by the Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine.

Slither on down! This year’s celebration should not be missed!

Chinese for Maine schools and teachers

Dear CAFAM members,

Chinese language programs are available for Maine schools and educators:

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program places teachers from China (and Egypt) in schools for one year where they teach Mandarin. These are teachers of English as a foreign language. The program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State. Application deadline: January 23. Get more information by emailing


This source also provides “Educational Seminars” for teachers and administrators. Also there is an “Intensive Summer Language Institute” for non-native teachers of Chinese language. Both of these programs are also fully funded. Application deadlines: February 13 and TBD, respectively.

Get more information by emailing



There is also a College Board Chinese Guest Teacher and Trainee Program, which will support Maine schools in starting or enhancing Chinese language programs. Teachers or trainees from China can be supported for periods from one to three years. For more information on these opportunities go to

Don Reutershan at the Maine Department of Education also can provide information and insights concerning these programs. His telephone is 207-624-6826, his email is: don.reutershan[ampersand]

Best regards,


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