CAFAM Chinese New Year Celebration 2015

Join CAFAM for the 2015 Chinese New Year celebration.

February 7, 2015 starting at 10 am.

Westbrook Performing Arts Center,  471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook, Maine

Click here for more complete information.

Moon Festival 2014

Join CAFAM for the 2014 Moon Festival.  This is the mid-autumn festival.  We will eat Moon Cakes and a variety of pot luck foods.  There will be recitations of Chinese poetry.about the moon.  And of course, lots of good conversation.  The event is open to all CAFAM members and the public.

When:  September 13, 2014 starting at 3 pm.

Where:  Woodford’s Church  202 Woodford Street, Portland, Maine

Why:  Tradition

If you need more information, please contact CAFAM at


CAFAM New Years 2014 — Year of the Horse

Please join CAFAM in welcoming in the Year of the Horse, 2014.  This year’s horse is wood, which means it is stable and strong, as well as good at making decisions.

Make the decision to join us at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, located in the Westbrook Middle School at 471 Stroudwater Street in Westbrook, Maine on Saturday, February 8, 2014.  Doors open at 10 am.

There will be Chinese dance, music, lectures, and plenty of fresh Chinese food.  And lots of friendship.


Happy New Year

At Portland Public Library

Dear CAFAM members,

Local author Jennifer DeCristoforo will be hosting Chinese hands-on crafts and teaching children about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at the Kid’s Place in the Portland Public Library on Saturday, September 21st, from 1-2pm.

Check it out at


Performance at St. Lawrence Arts Center

From Melissa Lin:

Dear CAFAM Members,

Long time no chat. Just wanted to give you a heads up of an event that’s happening this coming Saturday, the members might be interested. Plus, who doesn’t want to see a former Board VP perform? I’ll be doing a traditional Flying Apsaras ribbon dance=) Miss you guys a ton.

The website links are below:


Naya’s Trance invites you to join us for an enchanting evening of dance spanning the globe. This annual spectacular will feature performances from Polynesia, China, India, Ireland, America, the Middle East and more! Get your tickets now for this one-night only event!


Saturday, September 7, 2013 (THIS SATURDAY)
Doors at 7 PM, Show at 7:30 PM
St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, Maine
Advanced tickets: $18 at
Tickets at the door: $25

Performances by:

Kathak Dance – Hannah Sher
Authentic Tahitian Dance – Hui Na Kawaiuaili
Intuitive Belly Dance – Cait Capaldi
Chinese Cultural Dance – Melissa Lin
American Tribal Style Belly Dance – Sisters of the Sun
Irish Step Dance – Rosebeth Eddy
Fusion Belly Dance – Heather Powers
Contemporary Dance – Caitlin Bernard of Maine State Ballet

…and Belly Dance from Naya’s Trance


Chinese Language and Culture Program

Dear CAFAM members,

From the Confucius Institute at USM

A Reminder about the Chinese Language and Culture Program for K-12 Educators.

EPC 567 Beginning Chinese for Teachers, Part I
Dates: September 3-December 17, 2013
Times: Tuesdays, 4:10pm-6:40pm
Location: 415 Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus

This course is for teachers or those aspiring to be teachers who have little or no knowledge of the Chinese language. The student will learn Chinese phonetics, tones, basic words, grammar, and sentence structure. The course meets face-to-face weekly with independent study between course sessions.

Please note that this course is part of the Chinese Language and Culture Program. Only students accepted into the Program can enroll in this course.

Please call 780-5055 for more information.


One-week Chinese Summer Camp Opportunity at Portland

Dear Friends of Portland Chinese School,

I hope you all had a wonderful summer so far.
There is a one-week Chinese Dagon Summer Camp that will begin next Monday, August 19th for children 5 and up at the Portland Chinese School. The program has been running successfully in Bangor since 2005 and now the program will be available for students in the Portland area. The program will close for registration by Friday, the 16th, so if you could please help spread the word out, it will be appreciated very much.

To register for the program or for more information please visit our website: OR call 207-990-0710 or 1-800-769-6688. There is also a registration form attached for your convenience.

Some of your registrations are received; thank you very much and you will receive further information on Thursday.



Jing Zhang
Director of Chinese Language Center & Confucius Classroom of Maine

American Folk Festival, Peking Opera Group

Dear CAFAM members,

The Peking Opera group (Qi Shu Fang) is scheduled to perform at the American Folk Festival in Bangor.

The three day festival celebrates multicultural traditional arts, music, dance, crafts, food and storytelling through a cultural arts Festival.

Wearing elaborate and colorful costumes, performers in this traditional Chinese theater combine music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics to help audiences navigate the plot of the production. The layers of meaning within each movement are expressed in time with music and are based on Chinese history, folklore, and even contemporary life. The Peking Opera tradition is regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China– a treasure for Mainers and visitors to understand and develop a greater appreciation and insight into Chinese culture.

Dates: August 23, 24, and 25.

Time of Festival: Friday 6-10:30pm; Sat noon-10:30pm and Sunday noon-6:30pm.

Peking Opera Group Performances (LL Bean Penobscot Stage)will be on Saturday at 1:30 and 9:30 and Sunday at 1:45.

Location: On the Bangor waterfront – There will be signs and parking at the Bass Park with a free shuttle.

For more information, contact Heather McCarthy at 262-7763 or email to heather.


Moon Festival

Dear CAFAM members,

Come celebrate with CAFAM the Moon Festival which will take place on Saturday, September 21st at Woodfords Church on Woodfords Street in Portland beginning at 4:00. It is always a fun filled evening with great food and entertainment.

The Moon Festival dates back over 3,000 years, to moon worshiping in the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC). Ancient Chinese emperors worshiped the moon in the autumn, as they believed that the practice would bring them a plentiful harvest the next year.

Join us in the celebration. Bring your favorite dish to share. We will have moon cakes. And of course feel free to also bring a moon poem or song to share with everyone.


Maine’s First Confucius Institute

Dear CAFAM members,

The following message is from Theodora J. Kalikow, President, University of Southern Maine.

I’m pleased to announce that, beginning this fall, USM will host Maine’s first Confucius Institute.

In partnership with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China, USM has established this new Confucius Institute to provide a regional, and eventually, statewide resource for educators, business professionals, and community members to engage in Chinese language and cultural studies. The USM Confucius Institute joins 400 institutes throughout the world and 90 institutes nationwide.

We will begin offering programs through the institute this fall. The School of Education and Human Development has taken the lead in reaching out to schools throughout southern Maine to offer teacher training and classroom programs. The school has already started recruiting for the new Chinese Teacher Education Program for K-12 educators, which will serve as an excellent professional development resource for Maine teachers. Several school districts- including Portland, Gorham, Falmouth, and Scarborough- have already requested to host onsite programs through the USM Confucius Institute. A new course, Chinese Language and Culture, will also be offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute this fall.

Through the next few years, we will continue to grow the institute’s offerings and strengthen its impact through collaboration with local cultural and international organizations, businesses, libraries, and government agencies. An initial relationship with the Chinese American Friendship Association of Maine has provided a strong foundation for this growth.

As part of our partnership, Dongbei University will be providing three faculty members to staff the institute. This August, we will welcome Zhao Yue, vice dean of Dongbei University’s International Institute of Chinese Language and Culture, and her colleagues. They will be housed in Bailey Hall, with the School of Education and Human Development, and will work closely with the school to reach the broader primary and secondary education community in Maine.

Dr. Joseph McDonnell, dean of the USM College of Management and Human Service, will serve as director of the Confucius Institute. Dean McDonnell has experience in Chinese culture and business practice and served on the Stony Brook University Confucius Institute Advisory Board. The institute will also benefit from the leadership of a board directors, which will include Professor Ah-Kau Ng of the USM Department of Applied Medical Science, Superintendent Ted Sharp of the Gorham School District, Dean McDonnell, myself, and four representatives from Dongbei University.

Planning has begun for an inaugural celebration, scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, on the Gorham campus. You will all be invited to join me, members of the Chinese consulate, and representatives from Dongbei for an evening of festivities, including a Chinese dance performance, art exhibit, and ceremonial tree planting. We will share more details when they are finalized. In the meantime, I encourage you to learn more about Dongbei (which offers 38 doctoral degrees, 72 master’s degrees, and 31 undergraduate programs!) and our new sister city, Dalian, which, like Portland, is a picturesque port city on the northeast coast.

Please join me in welcoming our visiting Chinese faculty this fall and in celebrating this new partnership and new opportunity to serve our region and state. Hosting the Confucius Institute is an extraordinary opportunity for USM and the state of Maine

Sincerely yours,

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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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