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

CAFAM Moon Festival

Dear CAFAM members,

It’s almost time 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, October 1, 2017; 4 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Woodfords Club, 179 Woodfords St., Portland
Please note that this is a new location for our event; in the past we were
across the street at Woodfords Church.

Admission: Free; please bring a dish to share

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

International Calligraphy Event

Just wanted to let you know about an interesting multicultural event coming up! One of our CAFAM members, Coco Liu, will be demonstrating Chinese calligraphy as part of the event. You may have seen Coco and her wonderful calligraphy at our Chinese New Year celebration.

What: “Try Your Hand” – International Calligraphy Art Interaction
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017; 10 am – 1 pm (rain date Sept 10, 1 – 4 pm)
Where: Congress Square Park, Portland

Did you ever wish you could write in another language? Or have beautiful penmanship in your own? Here’s a chance to Try Your Hand at an international calligraphy event at Congress Square Park!

People from around the world will show you how to write in their native script, such as Cyrillic, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew and Chinese. You’ll also have a chance to try Medieval and Modern Latin alphabet calligraphy to write English, French, German, Kinyarwanda, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili and more!

You’ll learn a few words from each language and be able to make a keepsake pendant and bookmark. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in Building Bridges by contributing your effort to creating a symbolic bridge of friendship.

Supplies will be provided and instruction is free.

This activity is fun and meaningful for children and adults.

CAFAM Newsletter

Dear CAFAM members,

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Maine summer!

We have some updates for you in the latest CAFAM newsletter.

https://cafammaine.org/2017/08/17/cafam-newsletter-august-2017/

Please click the link to learn about:

– Recent dance workshop and film screening
– Upcoming Moon Festival celebration
– New CAFAM board members
– … and more!

Don’t forget that it’s time to renew your CAFAM membership. We encourage everyone to renew annually by September—which means NOW! Please go online and continue to support CAFAM. Thank you!

https://cafammaine.org/join/

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

Thank you.

CAFAM Workshop Features Taiwanese Dancers

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What: Traditional & Modern Dance from Taiwan and China
Where: University of Southern Maine, Portland—Talbot Lecture Hall in the Luther Bonney Building
When: Monday, Aug 7, 2017; 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a special opportunity to learn about traditional and modern dance, featuring visiting dancers from Taiwan.

The workshop will offer a brief overview of dance practices in Taiwan before demonstrating modern dance techniques infused with aspects of Chinese folk dance and wushu (martial arts). Finally, the audience will be invited to try some of the basic elements of Taiwanese dance as previewed in the lecture demonstration. No dance experience necessary to enjoy this event!

The event is free. Some refreshments will be provided.

Here is information about the featured dancers:

Hsiu-Ju is a professional dancer and choreographer from Taipei, Taiwan.

In 1999, Hsiu-Ju received an American Dance Festival (A.D.F) scholarship to work with the David Dorfman Dance Company in the U.S. Since then, she has danced for numerous dance companies in Taiwan, performing large-scale works in a variety of venues. She danced in “Dream Dream Dream Dream,” produced by Century Contemporary Dance Company and has worked with Zhong Mei Li, co-choreographing a piece performed in Taiwan’s Experimental Theater. 


In 2002, Hsiu-Ju returned to the U.S. as she traveled with fellow artists from Taiwan University of Arts to tour various colleges and universities. In 2007, Hsiu-Ju danced for German-based choreographer Lai-Chui Shuang and in Century Contemporary Dance Company’s “living room of the home,” performed at the National Experimental Theatre.

Hsiu-Ju has worked with Taiwanese and foreign artists to create a music and dance collaboration between dancers and an orchestra through an exhibition that took place in southern Taiwan. Furthermore, she participated in the work “Room,” by Aboriginal Dance Theater and has worked with Hitoshi Hitoshi Theatre, Thirty Dance Theatre, and performed in the piece “Look” by Tainan’s Dance Theater. She joined 8213 Physical Theater’s production of “Unsigned Season” and “Not Dance” in 2011 and 2012. She also worked with Ilanit Tadmor, an Israeli choreographer to create a collaborative piece. Recently, Hsiu-Ju has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, Avignon Festival OFF in 2015 and at the World Dance Alliance symposium in Seoul, Korea in 2016.

Hsin-Yi is a graduate of Taiwan’s prestigious dance conservatory, Taipei National University of the Arts. She has performed and taught internationally and throughout Taiwan.

She has had the opportunity to dance with multiple professional dance companies in Taiwan including Assembly Dance Theatre, Century Contemporary Dance Company, 30 Dance Contemporary, Jazz Dance Theater and 8213 Physical Dance Theater.

Over the past seven years, Hsin-Yi has been invited to participate in a variety of international festivals including the New York International Arts Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Korean International Dance Festival.

In addition to her dance career, Hsin-Yi is a professional martial artist, specializing in Tai-Chi forms. She incorporates her martial arts expertise and knowledge of the subtle, intuitive body into her dance movement practice. She is renowned for her unique movement style that combines Eastern and Western aesthetics, resulting in a style that is strong yet graceful.

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

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