Ya Ji: Language and Identity

Dear CAFAM members,

“Language and Identity” is the focus of the latest in the series of Ya Ji East/West Cultural Gatherings hosted by Fox Intercultural Consulting.

Three artists will discuss their work, from the lyrical poetry of hip-hop artist Lady Zen, to the striking photography of the Beijing-born, Rockport-based photographer Ni Rong, to the storytelling prowess of Portland-based writer Frank O Smith. All of the artists weave Eastern and Western traditions into their work and their lives.

“Language & Identity” will be held Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, 5-7 pm
(5-5:30pm tea and conversation; 5:30-7 pm artist talk) at ICA, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland.

The event is free. Chinese tea will be provided.

For more information, contact: clare or visit www.foxintercultural.net/yaji


Mei Selvage Art Exhibit

Dear CAFAM members,

Portland-based Chinese artist Mei Selvage is exhibiting her contemporary Chinese art at 3fish Gallery (377 Cumberland Ave, Portland) from May 1-29, 2015.

The exhibit, “Zen Mind, Artist Mind,” expresses Mei’s philosophy that art making is an active discovery of the Zen mind, and art is a path of joy, hope and sanity.

Mei is a visual artist who was born in Sichuan, China, and migrated to the United States in 1997. Creating works in acrylic painting and mixed media, she takes her inspiration from Chinese artistic, cultural and spiritual traditions. She is also one of the co-founders of the new arts series Yaji: East/West Cultural Gatherings.

3fish Gallery is open Thursday to Saturday: 1–4 pm; (207) 773-4773.

For more information, please visit www.meiselvage.com


Chinese Story Times

Dear CAFAM members,

There is a new Chinese Story Times series starting at the Auburn Public Library. The 6-week series will have feature Lilly Huang reading stories to children in Chinese.

The first session will be on Monday, April 27th, 5 pm to 5:30 pm. The location is: Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street, Maggie Trafton Room. All ages are encouraged to come!

For more information, please contact Yu Li (Lilly) Huang at LillyHuang910@aol.com.


World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day

Dear CAFAM members,

Did you know that April 25th is “World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day”?

Every year on the last Saturday of April, enthusiasts of T’ai Chi and Qigong who live in the eastern-most time zone of New Zealand and China gather at 10 am to practice together. Then the next time zone does the same at 10 am, until the wave of practice sweeps across the globe, covering 80 nations.

Maine Coast Taijiquan and Maine Center for Taijiquan have hosted this global event for the past 12 years at Bowdoin College. This year, the Bowdoin College Asian Student Association has taken over sponsorship, but it will be the same inclusive gathering on campus.

Please show up for the event and make a statement through your presence: Saturday, April 25th, 10 am, Walker Art Building Quad, Bowdoin College (rain site Sargent Gym). Everyone is welcome; free admission.

For more information, contact maineqi@gmail.com or go to the Maine Coast Taijiquan site, http://mainecoasttaichi.com/events/.

–This information was provided by CAFAM member/ T’ai Chi instructor Karen Morency

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