Book Signing at MCA

Dear CAFAM members,

An interesting event with ties to China coming up next week:

Bill Lascher will be in town, Wednesday, March 8, at 6 pm, for a book signing and reading of his book Eve of a Hundred Midnights. The event will be at Maine College of Art, in the PhotoLab, lower level of the Porteous Building. Free and open to the public.

Lascher’s book tells the true story of two newlywed war correspondents’ journey across the Pacific after the fall of Manila. The book charts the career of Melville Jacoby, who covered China and the Philippines during World War II, and recounts how Mel’s love for China and journalism led him to scriptwriter-turned-journalist Annalee Whitmore, who he married in Manila barely a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Lascher, a relative of Jacoby’s and a 2002 graduate of Portland’s Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, will discuss the book and how journalists brought the conflict in China and the Philippines to U.S. audiences.

Online Survey

Dear CAFAM members,

A graduate student at Fudan University in Shanghai is requesting participants
to take a survey as part of his research on how people of Chinese origin adapt to American culture.

The survey is at

If you have any questions, contact Darnell Gardner: dlyndongardner(at)

Thank you!

Cycling the Silk Road

Dear CAFAM members,

The World Affairs Council of Maine presents Cycling the Silk Road.

Peter Robbins will share stories and photographs about his bike trip from China to Italy via the Silk Road.

Thursday, February 9 at 5:30 at Oxbow Brewing and Bottling, 49 Washington Avenue in Portland.

Free, no registration required. More info at

Reminder: Chinese New Year Celebration

Dear CAFAM members,

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 4, 10 am-3 pm, at Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook.

We have an exciting day of programs for adults and children, including:
Dance performance and lion dancers, arts & crafts, Chinese food, games, vendors, talks and demonstrations.

The talks and demonstrations include a range of interesting topics, including:
– US/China Relations
– Chinese Pop Divas
– Tai Chi
– Screening and discussion of the documentary Plastic China
– Acupuncture
– Traveling up the Yangtze River
– Chinese Tea

Activities and crafts will be available throughout the day. Chinese food will be on sale beginning at 11:30.

The event is sponsored by the Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine and USM Confucius Institute.

Don’t miss CAFAM’s biggest event of the year!

For more information, contact Susan Lieberman at liebs @ .

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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