Chinese New Year Celebration

Dear CAFAM Members,

Don’t miss CAFAM’s biggest event of the year, our Chinese New Year celebration!
This year we welcome the Year of the Monkey on Saturday, Feb 6th, and we hope you will be there!

Date/time: Saturday, Feb 6, 2016; 10 am -3 pm
Place: Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, Maine
Cost: Children $4, adults $6, family of 5 $20; CAFAM member discount; free parking

As always, the event will include lion dancers, performers, art & crafts, vendors, talks, demonstrations and food – but this year we’re adding some new, exciting features.

One of the highlights of this year’s performances will be The Peacock Dance, which will be performed by three students from CAFAM’s Chinese School as a result of an apprenticeship through the Maine Arts Commission. There will also be a talent show showcasing Chinese culture and local performers.

Food offerings this year will include dishes that will soon be featured at Portland’s newest Sichuan restaurant, such as kung pao chicken and pork buns. Dumplings, noodles, rice and bubble tea will be among the options as well.

Our speakers this year will offer a tea talk and tasting, and a session on “Pain Relief through Tai Ch’i.”

There will also be extra activities throughout the day, including Monkey King videos and mah jong tables.

Hope to see you Saturday! Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Maine Folklife Center

Maine Folklife Center Seeks Fiber Artists from Chinese Community

Dear CAFAM members,

CAFAM recently received a request for any fiber artists in Maine who are Chinese or who express some Chinese influence in their work. If you know of anyone who fits this description, please email Cindy Han at

Here is the message we received; more detailed information about the project is also available if you are interested:

“The Maine Folklife Center (MFC) at the University of Maine in Orono is doing a project on Maine traditional artists who work with cloth, thread, and yarn (fiber). We were hoping that you could help us get in touch with fiber artists in your community, particularly fiber artists who are influenced by their Chinese roots, or by the Chinese community in Maine.”
–Elisa Sance, Research Assistant, Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine 

Thank you,

CAFAM board

Welcoming New Arrivals to Maine

Welcoming New Arrivals to Maine

Dear CAFAM members,

With a growing influx of Chinese-speaking people moving to Maine, CAFAM has gotten more frequent requests for help—often for basic, introductory info about our region, or for language assistance, or simply for the chance to meet others in the community.

We would like to compile a list of people who would be willing to be contacted when we get these requests. If you are interested in helping CAFAM’s efforts to welcome our new neighbors, please send an email to Cindy Han at

You don’t necessarily have to be Chinese or speak Chinese; we’d just like a list of people to contact for advice or outreach when we get these requests.

Thank you!

Cindy Han

CAFAM board member

Who We Are

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine provides forums and outreach to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture. More.


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