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!

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. 

CAFAM Workshop Features Taiwanese Dancers 

CAFAM Workshop
Features Taiwanese Dancers 


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.

Featured Dancers: 

Hsiu-Ju Yang (Collaborator and Performer)

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 in 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.


Hsueh Hsin-Yi (Collaborator and Performer)          Dancer2

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.

Chinese Contemporary Artist: Haitao Pang

CAFAM Lecture Series Welcomes
Chinese Contemporary Artist:

Haitao Pang

Where:  University of Southern Maine,
Luther Bonney Hall, Rm 1
When:   Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 pm to 8 pm

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

This lecture is sponsored by
Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM)


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.

Chinese Pipa Musician Wu Man: Special Reception and Performance

Dear CAFAM Members,

We are fortunate to be invited to two special events this month!

Renowned Chinese pipa musician Wu Man is coming to Maine to perform with The Shanghai Quartet. The night before her performance, there will be an evening reception with Wu Man, and CAFAM members are encouraged to come. She will screen her short documentary about her journey of discovery through China, and she’ll speak about her life experiences.

What: An Intimate Evening of Conversation with Wu Man
When: Wed, March 30, 2016; 6:15 to 8 pm
Where: Maine College of Art, Osher Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public

The salon-like gathering is organized by Portland Ovations in collaboration with Fox Intercultural Consulting and MECA.

The following day features the performance, with a special discounted rate offered to CAFAM members! The tickets are normally $42, but CAFAM members can get a $10 rate, thanks to Portland Ovations. Just mention “Residency” when you order the tickets.

What: Wu Man & The Shanghai Quartet — “A Night in Ancient and New China”
When: Thurs, March 31, 2016; 7:30 pm
Where: University of Southern Maine, Hannaford Hall
Tickets: $42; students $10

United Way Surveys Community

Dear CAFAM Members:

The United Way of Greater Portland attended our recent Chinese New Year celebration in the hopes of getting some people to answer some survey questions about our greater community. They did not get many people to fill out the survey at the event, so we are asking if members would take a few minutes to do it online.

Please find the survey at: ccsurvey.unitedwaygp.org

United Way Surveys Community

Dear CAFAM Members:

The United Way of Greater Portland attended our recent Chinese New Year celebration in the hopes of getting some people to answer some survey questions about our greater community. They did not get many people to fill out the survey at the event, so we are asking if members would take a few minutes to do it online.

Please find the survey at: ccsurvey.unitedwaygp.org

Moon Festival 2015

Please join us for CAFAM’s annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival celebration:
When: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015; 4-7 pm

Where: Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, Maine

Bring potluck dish to share, and enjoy music, poetry and more!

Chinese Home-Cooking

Dear CAFAM members,

Seeking Chinese Home-Cooking for an Event

This request came to our CAFAM website. If you are interested in helping, please contact Charlene Damion at: mommy147@juno.com

Ni hao. My daughter is going to Taiwan for 1 year to be a teaching assistant. I am having a party for her (July 25th for about 50 people) and would like to include some Chinese food specialties. We are looking for someone who is willing to cook for this occasion. I will certainly pay for their time and all ingredients.


Film Screening: “The Search for General Tso”

CAFAM is sponsoring the showing of the film “The Search for General Tso”

This entertaining documentary explores the origins of the ubiquitous Chinese-American restaurant dish, General Tso’s Chicken. The search uncovers discoveries about Chinese-American culture and food heritage along the way.

Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

Saturday, February 7, 2015  [note: this is the same date as CAFAM’s Chinese New Year celebration … cap off the day with a movie!]

Doors open at 7 pm; film starts at 7:30 pm

Q&A with the filmmakers follows the screening

Click here for more information or tickets

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