About us

Dancing at a CAFAM Chinese New Year


CAFAM was founded in 1988 by a small group of dedicated individuals who believed in the importance of promoting cultural exchanges, preserving Chinese culture, holding annual events, and encouraging other exchanges.


The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes friendship between Chinese Americans, non-Chinese Americans, and Chinese people of all nationalities. We promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture in Maine and assist individuals with China-related questions.

We invite anyone with an interest in China to become a member.

What We Do

CAFAM sponsors activities each year, including a Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival Celebration, a Lunar New Year Celebration, potlucks, film screenings, and other events.

CAFAM also supports the Maine Historical Society in building a Chinese in Maine archive, collaborates with other local organizations, and promotes educational outreach.

Many families involved with CAFAM also participate in the CAFAM Chinese School. Established in 1996 and sponsored by CAFAM, the Chinese School is open to any family who is interested in bringing Chinese culture into the lives of their children.

Some CAFAM members also belong to the US-China People’s Friendship Association (USCPFA), which aims to develop and strengthen friendship and understanding between the peoples of the United States and China.

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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