Past 2019 CAFAM Events

World of Opera @ USM

The USM School of Music and Confucius Institute welcome a troupe of professional actors and musicians to give a performance of Chinese opera. The program will feature Beijing opera excerpts, including movement and music, traditional Chinese instruments, and lively Chinese folk songs. All performers are trained by China’s foremost institution on Chinese opera art, The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, the partner institution of the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at USM

Free, open to the public, tickets not required.

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook

Performance: October 5, 8:00 PM, Westbrook Performing Arts Center
Masterclasses: October 6, 10:00 AM, Corthell Hall, USM Gorham

CAFAM 2019 Moon Festival Potluck Dinner

  • Saturday, September 7th, 2019, 16:00 pm to 19:30 pm 
  • Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland ME (Across from Woodfords Church)

Moon Festival poster 2019 USMrev

CAFAM Annual Summer Picnic in the Park

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm 
  • Winslow Park, Freeport

CAFAM will be holding its annual summer pot luck picnic on Saturday, June 22nd, 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 as well. 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. We will have a sheltered picnic area. Please bring food to share—Chinese food or any kind of picnic food is welcome! We will supply beverages and paper goods.

Slanted: How An Asian American Troublemaker took on the Supreme Court

  • Friday, May 24, 2019, 7:30 PM
  • Space, 534-538 Congress Street, Portland, ME

The Slants 2018

SPACE and CAFAM presents: A performance by The Slants and a discussion with Simon Tam. Simon is founder and bassist of The Slants, often credited as the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band but he’s probably best known for winning a landmark civil rights case.

The US Patent & Trademark office had originally barred the band from registering what it noted was a culturally disparaging name, citing the Lanham Act which prohibits any trademark that could “disparage…or bring… into contempt or disrepute any persons, living or dead.” The band insisted that in naming their group The Slants it was an act of reclaiming a slur, and took their lawsuit against the office’s ruling all the way to the Supreme Court.

Now debuting a new memoir titled Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, he’ll speak with the audience in a discussion moderated by Cindy Han of the Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine. The event will also feature music from The Slants, as well as two local high school performers to open the evening, Qifeng (Eric) Ruan and Boyu (Eason) Chen.

Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. He approaches activism through the arts and encourages people to challenge their perceptions of how we connect with others we normally don’t get along with. In 2017, he unanimously won a landmark trademark case at the U.S Supreme Court helping to expand civil liberties and freedom of expression for marginalized groups. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across over 150 countries, including Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, BBC and the New York Times.

  • Friday May 24, 2019
  • 7:30 p.m., doors open AT 7 p.m.
  • Location: SPACE, 534-538 Congress Street, Portland, ME
  • $10 advance, $12 on the day of the show
  • $2 off for SPACE members and CAFAM members

CAFAM Film Screening At SPACE Gallery: MAINELAND

CAFAM is pleased to announce an upcoming film screening in collaboration with SPACE Gallery. Please see details below:

  • Sunday,  January 7th  2019, 7:00pm
  • SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St, Portland
  • (207) 828.5600
  • Doors open at 6:30pm, Film begins at 7:00pm
  • Admission $8, $6 for SPACE Members and Students w/ ID

Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country.

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