Bilingual Tour Guides Needed in Southern Maine

Dear CAFAM Members:

Good news! Maine Day Trip is looking for freelance Chinese-speaking tour guides to join their team. Current needs are for group bus tours around Greater Portland and Kennebunkport. No driving is required, but there will be an initial training session along the tour route.

If you are fluent in Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese) and English, familiar with local sights in southern Maine, and enjoy interacting with Chinese tourists, please consider this opportunity! For more information (including pay rate), please contact Norm Forgey directly at 207.838.5275 or info(at)

Tai Chi at the Farmers Market Starting This Saturday

Dear CAFAM members,

Come join CAFAM for Tai Chi at the Farmers Market on Saturdays and starting on JUNE 16th!

Tai chi is a mind-body exercise that is simultaneously easy to begin and near-impossible to perfect. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Tai Chi at the Farmers Market is an introduction to a longstanding Chinese practice of community-building and personal wellness that prioritizes showing up and practicing over performance. It’s also a great way to make new friends and meet new neighbors.

– WHEN: 9am-10am every Saturday June – August

– WHERE: By the rose garden at Deering Oaks Park during the Farmers’ Market.

– COST: Free – donations welcome!

Come join us while you’re at the Farmers’ Market. Professional Tai Chi instructor Karen Morency is great at bringing folks in after a lesson has begun, so don’t be afraid to jump in if you’re running late!

For more details, visit:

CAFAM Annual Meeting & Summer Picnic in the Park

Dear CAFAM members,

CAFAM will hold its annual summer potluck picnic on Saturday, June 2nd, at Winslow Park in Freeport. Feel free to bring family, friends, and those interested in learning more about CAFAM.

Winslow Park is on the water with a beach and has plenty of room to fly kites and enjoy outdoor play. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and enjoy time with other CAFAM members and friends. CAFAM would love to have new people join us.

CAFAM Annual Meeting & Summer Picnic in the Park
When: June 2nd, 11am – 3pm
Where: Winslow Park, Freeport

Admission to Winslow Park will be paid by CAFAM, so just let the folks at the gate know that you’re there for CAFAM’s potluck picnic. If you can, please bring food to share – Chinese food or any kind of picnic food are all welcome.

Hope to see you there!

Sip & Paint Chinese Style

Dear CAFAM members,

Members of Maine China Network are unveiling their spring fundraising event: Sip & Paint Chinese Style.

Date: Friday May 11th 6PM till done
Location: Creative Arts Center, 54 Wilson St. Brewer Maine
Event: Sip & Paint Chinese Style:

Join Maine China Network for an evening of fun, sipping teas from China, snacking on homemade dim sum, and painting. This is MCN’s spring fundraiser event. $25/person includes material, paints, teas, and dim sum. You are welcome to bring your own favorite tea to share. It is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new friends. It could also make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, either for a mother-child evening out, or wrapping the finished painting as a gift to mom.

Spaces are limited, reservations are highly recommended:
Phone: 207-200-8168
E-mail: info(at)

Host Families Needed

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Dear CAFAM members,

Cheverus High School is currently looking for host families for two Chinese students (one boy, one girl) who will be attending Cheverus in the fall.

Host families need to provide basic lodging (a private bedroom), transportation (between home and school), and meals, and will receive a generous monthly stipend. These students speak fluent English and have been screened by international education agencies.

If you are interested in hosting a Chinese student and need more information, please feel free to contact Cheverus Admissions Director Bethany Hanley, email: hanley(at), phone: 207 774-6238.

This is a great opportunity to help a foreign student and engage in a cultural exchange experience!

CAFAM March 2018 Newsletter

Dear CAFAM Members,

We invite you to take a look at the latest CAFAM newsletter for updates, news and events, including:
· Chinese food stories in Maine Historical Society exhibit
· Upcoming performances and talks
· Highlights from Lunar New Year and film screening
· Profile of Chinese high school student

Happy Spring to all!

From the CAFAM Board

Upcoming Events at Bowdoin

Dear CAFAM members,

There are two upcoming events of interest during April at Bowdoin College. Both are FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, April 7

Concert: "An Evening of Chinese Music" Seven professional musicians introducing classical music instruments such as Pipa, Guzheng, and Dulcimer and contemporary compositions

Where: Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 18

Public Talk: An Environmental Economy in China’s ‘Medieval Economic Revolution’ (this title may change) given by Ling Zhang, Associate Professor of History at Boston College

Where: Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
Time: 4:30 p.m.

2018 Lunar New Year Celebration schedule now available!

Dear CAFAM members,

The Lunar New Year is fast approaching, and the event schedule is now available! Please see attached pdf to view the schedule.

For more information about the event, visit us on our website, or on Facebook,

We look forward to celebrating the new year with you. Bring friends and family, and feel free to stay for the whole day!


cny 2018

Welcome the Year of the Dog!

Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, Feb 10th, 2018
10am – 3pm

Westbrook Center for the Performing Arts
471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook

Join us for Chinese cultural activities, dance,
arts & crafts, workshops & lectures, and delicious food. 

Reminder: THIS SUNDAY Upcoming CAFAM Film Screening At SPACE Gallery: MAINELAND

Dear CAFAM members,

CAFAM is pleased to announce an upcoming film screening in collaboration with SPACE Gallery. Please see details below:

Presented with the Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine
Sunday, January 7th 7:00pm
SPACE Gallery | 538 Congress St, Portland | (207) 828.5600
Doors open at 6:30pm | Film begins at 7:00pm
Admission $8 | $6 for SPACE Members and Students w/ ID

MAINELAND website (with trailer):

Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of "parachute students" from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country.

PHOTOS (more press assets here: )

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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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