Reminder: “Abacus” Film Screening at Space Gallery

When: Wednesday, July 5, 2017; 7 pm

Where: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

What: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” documentary film

CAFAM and Space Gallery are co-hosting the screening of this fascinating documentary about a small bank owned by a Chinese family faced with fighting criminal charges during U.S. financial crisis. The film has won many awards for telling such a compelling ‘underdog’ tale, set in New York’s Chinatown.

Please come out and see the film on July 5th at Space Gallery. CAFAM members receive a discounted ticket price of $6! And we’ll be serving Chinese tea at the screening –hope to see you there!

For information or to purchase tickets: http://www.space538.org/events/abacus-small-enough-jail

“Abacus” Film Screening at Space Gallery

When: Wednesday, July 5, 2017; 7 pm

Where: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

What: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” documentary film

CAFAM and Space Gallery are co-hosting the screening of this fascinating documentary about a small bank owned by a Chinese family faced with fighting criminal charges during U.S. financial crisis. The film has won many awards for telling such a compelling ‘underdog’ tale, set in New York’s Chinatown.

Please come out and see the film on July 5th at Space Gallery. CAFAM members receive a discounted ticket price of $6! And we’ll be serving Chinese tea at the screening –hope to see you there!

For information or to purchase tickets: http://www.space538.org/events/abacus-small-enough-jail

Summer Picnic In The Park

When: June 25th, starting at 11 am
Where: Winslow Park, Freeport

CAFAM will be holding its annual summer pot luck picnic on Sunday, June 25th, at Winslow Park in Freeport. 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.

Admission to Winslow Park will be paid by CAFAM, so just let the people at the gate know that you’re there for the pot luck picnic. Please bring food to share—Chinese food or any kind of picnic food is welcome!

Looking for an Erhu Player in Maine

Dear CAFAM members,

Parents in Bar Harbor are looking for an erhu player or teacher in Maine to teach their young son how to play erhu. If you can play or know enough to give the boy and his parents some lessons or pointers, please contact Xiaorong Horton directly: xiaorong (at) northfork.net. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine Seeks Volunteers

Dear CAFAM members,

The following is a note from the Children’s Museum in Portland. They often hold events and activities that teach kids about Chinese culture, and they’re looking for help from the CAFAM community. Please consider getting involved!

The Children’s Museum & Theatre would like to celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival this August and other Chinese holidays throughout the year, but we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to share their stories, foods, and other traditions with the visitors at the Museum & Theatre. No prior experience working with kids is necessarily, as volunteers will be accompanied by a Museum & Theatre educator. If you have interest or questions please contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Brittany Liscord at brittanyl (at) kitetails.org or (207)828-1234 Ext 241.

CAFAM Artist’s Talk

Dear CAFAM Members,

Please join us for a special CAFAM lecture:

Contemporary Chinese artist Haitao Pang
Thursday, March 30th, 7-8 pm
USM-Portland, Luther Bonney Hall, Room 100

Haitao Pang will be speaking about traditional Chinese art and its influence upon the arts throughout East Asian countries.

He will bring some materials to demonstrate his painting and encourages audience participation and questions. There will be interpreters present, since Mr. Pang speaks Mandarin.

Mr. Pang is from the Hebei Province in China, where he is founder and director of Shi Er Feng Art Gallery. He received an MFA in oil painting from Beijing National Art Institute and has studied under several famous Chinese artists. His work has been exhibited across China, in France and Canada, and he was won numerous awards. He is visiting Maine this month and teaching at Bates College.

CAFAM Lecture Series Welcomes

Chinese Contemporary Artist: Haitao Pang

Where: University of Southern Maine, Luther Bonney Hall, Rm 100

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 pm to 8 pm

Haitao Pang will be speaking about traditional Chinese art and its influence upon the arts throughout East Asian countries.

He will bring some materials to demonstrate his painting and encourages audience participation and questions. There will be interpreters present, since Mr. Pang speaks Mandarin.

Mr. Pang is from the Hebei Province in China, where he is founder and director of Shi Er Feng Art Gallery. He received an MFA in oil painting from Beijing National Art Institute and has studied under several famous Chinese artists. His work has been exhibited across China, in France and Canada, and he was won numerous awards. He is visiting Maine this month and teaching at Bates College.

The event is free to the public. Chinese snacks will be provided.

This lecture is sponsored by Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM); cafammaine.org

CAFAM March 2017 Newsletter

Dear CAFAM Members,

We invite you to enjoy the CAFAM March 2017 Newsletter, http://wp.me/p1tPuO-12X which is full of information, including:

* New Mainers in the spotlight

* Author Bill Lascher this week, March 8th, for a book signing & reading

* Golden Dragon Acrobats, April 6th, with discounted tickets for CAFAM members

* Chinese New Year wrap-up and photos

* Profile of Viveca Kwan

* Chinese poetry: Famous female poet Li Qingzhao

Also, please stay tuned for information about an upcoming CAFAM lecture, featuring Chinese artist Haitao Pang, on March 30th.

Happy almost-Spring!

CAFAM board

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/375KMZS

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

Thank you!

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