Urgent need for host family in Portland

Dear CAFAM members,

A host family is needed for a Cheverus sophomore from China. She is a pleasant, hardworking girl who also loves art, music and fashion design. The host family need not have children at home (okay if they do); could be couple or single person, including retired couple or single. Basic accommodations include: a private bedroom (ample natural light preferred), transportation to and from school, and breakfast and dinner.

This is a great opportunity to help a foreign student and engage in a cultural exchange experience! You’ll also receive a generous stipend through New Oasis International Education agency.

If you are interested, please contact Jenny Mills by email jmills(at)newoasisedu.com or by phone (202) 531-1210. If you know others who may be interested, please help spread the word.

Thank you!

Language Table is back starting NEXT TUESDAY!

Dear CAFAM members,

CAFAM is partnering with The Language Exchange of Portland to offer you a new venue for the future meetings of the Mandarin roundtable led by Viveca Kwan, CAFAM member and Mandarin instructor at The Language Exchange.

Beginning on Tuesday September 25, 2018, from 12pm-1pm, the Mandarin roundtable will be held at The Language Exchange, 75 Market Street, Suite 305 (3rd floor) in downtown Portland. Future dates will be forthcoming.

These roundtables are open to all interested — members and non-members of CAFAM, students and non-students of The Language Exchange — and to all levels of Mandarin Chinese.

Come and partake in fun and informal conversations in Mandarin and get to know a community of like-minded people. Feel free to bring your lunch.

The Language Exchange was founded in 1992 and provides a broad range of language related services and instruction to individuals and businesses statewide and nationally.

CAFAM Moon Festival

Dear CAFAM members,

It’s almost that time again to gaze at the full Harvest Moon and share an evening of festivities together! CAFAM’s annual Moon Festival celebration is coming soon, and we hope you can join us.

What: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

When: Sunday, September 30, 2018; 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Woodfords Club, 179 Woodfords St., Portland

Admission: Free; please bring a dish to share

We will have a potluck dinner, entertainment, poetry & singing, and, as always, mooncakes! Come celebrate this iconic Chinese holiday with us!

Planning CAFAM group trip to museums

Dear CAFAM Members,

There are a couple of museum exhibits that may be of interest to CAFAM members, and we are hoping to organize a group visit to one or both of the exhibits. If you are interested in traveling with a group to either of these museums at some point in the next couple of months, we would like to know!

·Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine: A special exhibition of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Head: Gold —a sculptural work. It will be on display through Dec 30, 2018.

·Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City explores the role of empresses in shaping China’s Qing dynasty. Nearly 200 spectacular objects from the Palace Museum tell the stories of how imperial women influenced court politics, art and religion. This exhibit will run until Feb 10, 2019.

·Also at the Peabody: Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House is an ancestral family home that offers a rare perspective on the artistic and cultural heritage of rural China. Admission is charged for a tour of the house.

If you would like to join a group to visit any of these museum exhibits, please contact CAFAM treasurer Gary Libby at gwlibby2(at)gmail.com.

Depending on the responses we get, we will try to coordinate a good date and mode of transportation for one or two field trips to the museums.

Thank you!

“The Great LOL of China” Coming to Bowdoin

Dear CAFAM members,

On Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 PM, Bowdoin College is hosting Jesse Appell, a bilingual comedian using comedy to bridge cultural gaps. The event will be in the Beam Classroom of the Visual Arts Center. For more information, please contact Suzanne Astolfi at sastolfi(at)bowdoin.edu.

FACULTY CONCERT SERIES: Sounds of China – September 14, 2018

Dear CAFAM members,

On September 14, at Hannaford Hall at the Abromson Community Education Center, Portland campus, Confucius Institute at USM is hosting USM’s opening faculty concert.

Feat. Thomas Parchman has assembled a chamber ensemble with faculty colleagues Krysia Tripp, flute and Robert Lehmann, violin, with guest artists Bridget Convey, piano; John Mehrmann, percussion; Benjamin Noyes, cello, and special guest Zhantao Lin playing a traditional Chinese bowed string instrument, the erhu.

The concert will be held on Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m. in Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Community Education Center on the Portland campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students, and can be purchased online at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, or by phone at (207) 780-5555.

For more details, visit: https://usm.maine.edu/music/faculty-concert-series-sounds-china

China Town Hall feat. Condoleezza Rice webcast & Eliot Cutler

Dear CAFAM members,

The World Affairs Council of Maine, in collaboration with Camden Conference and the National Committee on U.S. China Relations, presents the twelfth annual China Town Hall. The program will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and feature Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor, as the national webcast speaker, followed by an in-person presentation by Eliot Cutler, titled "Slipping the Noose: How the U.S and China Could Evade the Thucydides Trap."

Free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $15 to support the programming of the World Affairs Council of Maine.

For more details, visit: https://www.wacmaine.org/events/china-town-hall-featuring-condoleezza-rice-webcast-and-eliot-cutler

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)mainedaytrip.com.

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1770244319749464/?active_tab=about

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!

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