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January 2019

“Living in China, An Architectural Perspective” a talk by J. Brooke Harrington and Judith Bing at the Cushing Library

January 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road
Cushing, ME 04563 United States
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The Camden Conference presents J. Brooke Harrington and Judith Bing at the Cushing Public Library on January 20 at 2:00pm. This event is free and open to all. China’s domestic architecture is impressive, from remote village dwellings of the past to imposing urban constructions of the present. In this vast, populous, and ancient country, consistent principals have guided the design of houses from earliest history into the modern era. Nevertheless, regional variations distinguish the modest homes of ordinary people and of the numerous minorities in this dominantly rural country. As China increasingly opened its doors to the outside world its dwelling traditions remained surprisingly intact until radical transformations under Mao. In recent decades, global forces and a changing economy have altered Chinese living environments dramatically. This collaborative presentation will consolidate a vast history with two areas of focus: Brooke Harrington will introduce traditional dwelling environments of selected regions, while Judith…

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“From Chinese Streets to American Homes: International Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption” talk by Peter Fitzgerald and Allyson MacKenna at the Kennebunk Free Library

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Peter Fitzgerald, Emeritus Professor of Law, and Allyson MacKenna, Executive Director of Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, at the Kennebunk Free Library on Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00pm. Their talk, “From Chinese Streets to American Homes: International Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption,” is free and open to all. In recent years pet ownership in China has increased significantly, due in no small part to the development of a large, urban, middle class. China is now said to have the world’s third largest dog population, estimated at 27+ million animals, and a booming pet and pet-products marketplace. Many – especially younger – Chinese welcome this development. However, the legacy of the Maoist era when pet dogs were viewed as part of a Western lifestyle that was inappropriate for socialist China is still seen in a wide range of conflicting legal and social attitudes towards pet dogs. Accordingly, alongside the increasing number…

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Chinese Education: 20 years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership-talk by Kyle Tong in Union

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vose Library (Union, ME), 392 Common Road
Union, ME 04862 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kyle Tong at the Vose Library in Union on Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. His talk will be “Chinese Education: 20 Years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership.” Rescheduled from January 9, this event is free and open to all. The past twenty years of education in China has been a period of constant change. There are forces internally and externally that drive these changes. Curriculum serves several masters so some aspects of the educational system are quite progressive while others remain virtually unchanged.  Having worked closely with the one-million-student school system of Hefei for two decades has allowed Tong to have a fairly unique window into the soul of China through the education of their young. Tong will talk about the traditional systems, how they have been jerked into the 20th and 21st Centuries, and how simple demographics drive so much in education as…

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“A Touch of Sin”-film screening in Yarmouth

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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The Camden Conference presents a screening of the film "A Touch of Sin" at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to all. A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China" (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), "one of the best and most important directors in the world" (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a…

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“From Chinese Streets to American Homes: International Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption” talk by Peter Fitzgerald and Allyson MacKenna at Camden Public Library

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Peter Fitzgerald, Emeritus Professor of Law, and Allyson MacKenna, Executive Director of Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, at the Camden Public Library on Sunday, January 27 at 2pm. Their talk, "From Chinese Streets to American Homes: International Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption," is free and open to all. In recent years pet ownership in China has increased significantly, due in no small part to the development of a large, urban, middle class. China is now said to have the world’s third largest dog population, estimated at 27+ million animals, and a booming pet and pet-products marketplace. Many - especially younger - Chinese welcome this development. However, the legacy of the Maoist era when pet dogs were viewed as part of a Western lifestyle that was inappropriate for socialist China is still seen in a wide range of conflicting legal and social attitudes towards pet dogs. Accordingly, alongside the increasing number…

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“The China Hustle” film at Freeport Public Library

January 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive
Freeport, 04032 United States
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The Camden Conference presents "The China Hustle" at the Freeport Public Library on Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30pm. From the producers of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room comes a Wall Street heist story about a still-unfolding financial crime so big, it has the power to affect all of our wallets. Investors on the fringes of the financial world feverishly seek new alternatives for high-return investments in the global markets, and have found a goldmine in China. But when one investor discovers a massive web of fraud, everything else is called into question. Jed Rothstein's documentary rings the alarm on the need for transparency in an increasingly deregulated financial world by following those working to uncover the biggest heist you've never heard of. Forbes deemed The China Hustle as “the most important film of 2018.” This film is 1 hour 22 minutes long and is rated R. This event is free…

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“Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane”-book discussion at Merrill Memorial Library

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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The Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth is hosting a discussion of the book "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See on Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 pm.  The discussion group is free and open to the public. This event is in advance of the 32nd Annual Camden Conference Is This China's Century?, February 22-24, 2019. 

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February 2019

The Wrong Goodbye for Chinese Hong Kong-talk by author Xu Xi in Rockland

February 7 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Xu Xi at the Rockland Public Library on February 7 at 7:00 pm for her talk "The Wrong Goodbye for Chinese Hong Kong." This event is free and open to all. In Chinese, goodbye is 再見, meaning “see you again,” but for Hong Kong writer Xu Xi, her birthplace may not be one she can quite “see” again.    Xu will talk about what Hong Kong is and is becoming through the lens of her two most recent books.  As well, she will address the larger question of the shifting balance of superpowers — namely, China and the U.S.A. — that underpin the transnational world of much of her work.  Xu Xi 許素細 is author of five novels, seven collections of short fiction and/or essays, one memoir and editor or co-editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.  Her most recent titles are a novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R 2016), a memoir Dear…

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“Is This China’s Century?” (Discussion Series @ Blue Hill Public Library-Part 1)

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road
Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States
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The Blue Hill Public Library will be holding a three session discussion series hosted by former U.S. Diplomat Bob Sargent, in connection with the 32nd annual Camden Conference. The sessions will take place on three dates: Monday, February 11th, Tuesday, February 19th, and Monday, March 4th, all from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The Camden Conference runs from February 22nd to 24th in Camden, between the second and last discussion sessions. The BHPL discussion series is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. This series is designed to help participants achieve optimal benefit from participation in the Camden Conference. In the first two sessions, participants will consider a list of questions deemed relevant and provocative to the theme of the conference, which this year is “Is This China's Century?” In the third session, participants will review and discuss findings and recommendations that surfaced during the Camden Conference. Bob Sargent’s…

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Odeon Chamber Orchestra Performs work by Chinese Composer, Chen YI

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Union Hall, 24 Central Street
Rockport, 04856
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The Camden Conference, in partnership with the Bay Chamber Concerts, is sponsoring a concert by the Odeon Chamber Orchestra at Union Hall in Rockport on February 12 at 6:30 pm. The evening's performance features a chamber work by Chinese Composer, Chen Yi, accompanied by a short video of the artist discussing her work with commentary by Odeon conductor, Deidre McClure. Also on the program are works by Charles Ives and Edward Elgar. The concert is free and will be followed by a reception with the musicians. Composer, Chen Yi

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“To Live”-film screening in Yarmouth

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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The Camden Conference presents a screening of the film “To Live” at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to all. "To Live" is a simple title, but it conceals a universe. The film follows the life of one family in China, from the heady days of gambling dens in the 1940s to the austere hardship of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. And through all of their fierce struggles with fate, all of the political twists and turns they endure, their hope is basically one summed up by the heroine, a wife who loses wealth and position and children, and who says, "All I ask is a quiet life together." The movie has been directed by Zhang Yimou, the leading Chinese filmmaker right now (although this film offended Beijing and earned him a two-year ban from filmmaking). It…

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“Is This China’s Century?” (Discussion Series @ Blue Hill Public Library-Part 2)

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road
Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States
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The Blue Hill Public Library will be holding a three session discussion series hosted by former U.S. Diplomat Bob Sargent, in connection with the 32nd annual Camden Conference. The sessions will take place on three dates: Monday, February 11th, Tuesday, February 19th, and Monday, March 4th, all from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The Camden Conference runs from February 22nd to 24th in Camden, between the second and last discussion sessions. The BHPL discussion series is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. This series is designed to help participants achieve optimal benefit from participation in the Camden Conference. In the first two sessions, participants will consider a list of questions deemed relevant and provocative to the theme of the conference, which this year is “Is This China's Century?” In the third session, participants will review and discuss findings and recommendations that surfaced during the Camden Conference. Bob Sargent’s…

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National Sword: The Price of Contaminated Recycling-presented by ecomaine at the Freeport Community Library

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive
Freeport, 04032 United States
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The Camden Conference announces a talk presented by ecomaine titled “National Sword: The Price of Contaminated Recycling.” This talk will be held at Freeport Community Library on Wednesday, February 20 from 6:30-7:30PM. In 2017, China enacted its “National Sword” policy, effectively banning the import of recyclable materials from across the globe. Once the world’s leading importer of these materials, China has sent shockwaves through the recycling and waste management industry. Maine’s leading recycler, ecomaine, will present on how we got here, what’s happening now, and the future of waste management, from Augusta to Zhuhai and beyond. This event is free and open to the public.

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March 2019

“Is This China’s Century?” (Discussion Series @ Blue Hill Public Library-Part 3)

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road
Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States
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The Blue Hill Public Library will be holding a three session discussion series hosted by former U.S. Diplomat Bob Sargent, in connection with the 32nd annual Camden Conference. The sessions will take place on three dates: Monday, February 11th, Tuesday, February 19th, and Monday, March 4th, all from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The Camden Conference runs from February 22nd to 24th in Camden, between the second and last discussion sessions. The BHPL discussion series is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. This series is designed to help participants achieve optimal benefit from participation in the Camden Conference. In the first two sessions, participants will consider a list of questions deemed relevant and provocative to the theme of the conference, which this year is “Is This China’s Century?” In the third session, participants will review and discuss findings and recommendations that surfaced during the Camden Conference. Bob Sargent’s diplomatic assignments have…

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