Upcoming Event for Portland Residents: the Candidates on Immigrant Concerns

Dear Portland CAFAM members:

Undoubtedly, you’ve seen signs by the side of the road asking you to vote for one candidate or another this November 7th.

But who are they? Why do they matter? And what’s up with the "No on 1" or "Yes on 1" signs?

On Tuesday, October 24th from 7pm-9pm, all the City Council candidates will be at East End Elementary School (195 North St, Portland, ME 04101) to answer your questions with a specific focus on issues facing those who are new to the United States or to Maine.

Councilor Pious Ali, who attended CAFAM’s Moon Festival Celebration, extended an invitation to all Portland CAFAM members (and family and friends) to attend this interactive evening and come with any questions you may have about the upcoming election on November 7th.

This event has no political affiliation and is not sponsored by any candidate. It is purely an educational event to inform and engage Portland’s immigrant community, including Chinese and Chinese-American Portlanders.

What: "Meet the Candidates" Interactive Event
When: Tuesday, October 24th, 7pm-9pm
Where: East End Elementary School (195 North St, Portland, ME 04101)

Please see the attachment in this email for more information about the candidates, ballot questions, and information on absentee voting. Hope to see you on Tuesday!

Sincerely,
Ophelia

2017 Voter Guide.pdf

Film Schedule Changes At Bowdoin

Dear CAFAM members,

The viewing schedule of Bowdoin’s films focusing on Chinese life and issues has changed:

Jordan will be on campus to screen The Silk and the Flame on Oct 29 and a duo of his feature-length film Dog Days and a short film Turtle on Oct 30.

Dog Days looks at the sensitive subject of child trafficking and the struggles of the underclass in China. The Silk and the Flame reveals how cultural and familial pressure to engage in a heterosexual marriage forces a gay son to conceal his identity.

Thank you.

Film Screenings At Bowdoin

Dear CAFAM members,

Bowdoin College has invited CAFAM members to attend an upcoming film screening:

What: Award-winning feature film Dog Days, and documentary film The Silk and the Flame
When: October 29 & 30, 2017; films start at 7 pm
Where: Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College
Cost: The screenings are free

Jordan Schiele, a filmmaker based in Beijing, will visit the Bowdoin campus on October 29 & 30. Jordan graduated from Bowdoin (Class of 2007) with a double major in Government and Asian Studies, and went on to graduate school from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in film directing and cinematography. His features and shorts have been nominated for, or granted, several awards from the Berlin International Film Festival, Louis Vuitton at Cannes Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival.

Jordan will be on campus to screen his feature film, Dog Days (Oct 29); a documentary, The Silk and the Flame; and a short, Turtle (both Oct 30). Dog Days, Jordan’s debut film, looks at the sensitive subject of child trafficking and the struggles of the underclass in China. The Silk and the Flame reveals how cultural and familial pressure to engage in a heterosexual marriage forces a gay son to conceal his gender identity.

A Brooklyn-born New Yorker, Jordan has become a successful film director and world citizen living in China.

China Town Hall

Dear CAFAM members,

Please consider attending this event to learn more about U.S.-China relations.

What: World Affairs Council of Maine hosts “CHINA Town Hall”
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017; 6-8 pm
Where: University of Maine School of Law, Moot Courtroom, 246 Deering Ave., Portland (park on street or in USM garage)

The World Affairs Council of Maine will host an annual event called the CHINA Town Hall. The focus is US-Chinese relations. Speakers will be Ambassador Susan Rice, via webcast from Washington, D.C., and Dr. Patricia Kim, coming to Portland from the Council on Foreign Relations.

For more information and to register, visit the World Affairs Council at http://wacmaine.wildapricot.org

Who We Are

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine provides forums and outreach to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture. We promote friendship between non-Chinese Americans, Chinese-Americans, and Chinese people, whether from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, or elsewhere.

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