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December 2018

The Eagle and the Dragon: A New Geopolitics of the 21st Century-talk by Matt Ward at the York Public Library

December 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd,
York, ME 03909 United States
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As China’s participation in global politics and culture increases, so does its power. But is the country ready to lead? This and other pertinent questions will be explored on Tuesday, December 4, at 7pm at York Public Library. Retired Foreign Service Officer and China expert Matt Ward will present “The Eagle and the Dragon: A New Geopolitics of the 21st Century.” The Library is collaborating with the Camden Conference 2019 to offer this timely program. “Is this China’s Century?” is the theme of this year’s conference, a 2-day symposium led by experts from China, East Asia, Europe, and the United States that will analyze a wide range of topics and issues regarding the emergence of China as a global power. The Conference will be held at the Camden Opera House, February 22-24 and satellite programs will be held in select public libraries in the months leading up to the Conference.…

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Talk and Tour: Ai Weiwei, international artist-gallery talk at the Farnsworth Art Museum

December 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St.
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference in collaboration with the Farnsworth Art Museum, presents an introduction to the exhibition, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold on Wednesday, December 5 at 2:00 pm. Learn about internationally renowned artist and filmmaker, Ai Weiwei. Born in China, educated in China and USA, now living in Germany, Ai’s artwork and other projects are world renowned. In Circle of Animals, the year 1860 was critical to socio-political change in China and indeed around the world. How these events affected the people of China, the Chinese government, the art world and Ai’s life is the story behind the exhibition Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold. The talk will introduce the subjects; the tour will invite participants’ thoughts and reactions. The speaker will be Vas Prabhu, Director of Education at the Farnsworth Museum and tour guide will be Judy Bing, Farnsworth docent and professor emeritus, Drexel University. 

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“Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict” talk by John Doughty at the Rockland Public Library

December 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference presents John Doughty at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, December 6 at 6:30pm. His talk is titled "Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict." Sino-U.S. relations are approaching a low point.  With tensions building on the trade front and the increased risk of a confrontation in the South China sea, will Thucydides’ trap be sprung?  Can the world’s two super powers move forward peacefully?  We will examine five key historical events in China’s past which may provide a guidepost for future economic and military relations between the two countries.  Further, we will discuss the ongoing trade war between China and the U.S. as well as Chinese military developments.  As America increasingly looks inward, the probability of Chinese efforts to cement their position as a global economic and military leader has risen.  Will America pivot to meet this challenge?  The answer to this question…

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

December 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 United States
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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. Join presenter Kyle Tong at the Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 to learn about the Chinese educational system. 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 well as societal thinking. He will attempt to get beyond the stereotypes and delve deeper into the mind of the Middle Kingdom. Kyle…

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“Maine in the China Trade” talk by Cipperly Good at the Belfast Free Library

December 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Cipperly Good, Curator and Collections Manager of the Penobscot Marine Museum, at the Belfast Free Library on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm. Her talk is titled "Maine in the China Trade." This event is free and open to all. Drugs, armed conflict, and free trade.  Sound familiar?  The First Opium War of the early 1840s, with British and Chinese fighting over the opium trade and Chinese sovereignty,  opened up Chinese ports to the world.  Maine's merchant mariners aboard Maine-built ships soon thereafter entered the Chinese import and export trade.  The trade aboard Maine-built ships lasted into the turn of the 20th Century.  In the meantime, Maine sea captains and their families brought back souvenirs, stories, and an economic understanding of China.  This talk will use objects, photographs, and archives from Penobscot Marine Museum's collections to provide a historical context to the 32nd Annual Camden Conference's leading…

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“China in Africa: A New Kind of Colonialism?” Paul Holman speaks at Camden Library

December 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Professor Paul Holman at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm. He will discuss "China in Africa: A New Kind of Colonialism?" This event is free and open to all. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, no event has transformed world politics as much as the spectacular rise of China.  Its President Xi Jinping was recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as the most powerful person in the world, and his Belt and Road Initiative will involve massive investments (estimated at $4-8 trillion) for participating countries in Asia, Europe, Oceania, and East Africa.  Xi recently hosted a summit conference in China for some 50 African heads of state, with the goal of fostering solidarity and “win-win cooperation” between equal players. Even so, the Chinese impact on Africa is not well understood.   Many Western leaders have accused Beijing of engineering “debt…

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January 2019

Xi Jinping’s “New Era:” Prospects and Vulnerabilities-talk by Tom Remington in Belfast

January 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Tom Remington at the Belfast Free Library on Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30 pm at the Belfast Free Library. His talk, "Xi Jinping's 'New Era:' Prospects and Vulnerabilities," is free and open to all. China’s president Xi Jinping has accumulated more personal power than any Chinese leader since Mao and used it to move China into what he calls “a new era.”  This entails a new economic development strategy, an increasingly repressive political regime, and an expansionist foreign policy.  His policies demonstrate China’s confidence and strength but at the same time expose China to significant risks at home and abroad.  Some believe that China is overstretched, that its economy still relies too heavily on state investment, that the gap between rich and poor is growing dangerously wide, and that the possibility of serious military conflict with the United States is growing.  We will review these issues…

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“The Eagle and the Dragon: U.S. and Chinese Relations in the 21st Century” talk by Matt Ward at the Freeport Public Library

January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive
Freeport, 04032 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Matt Ward at the Freeport Public Library on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30pm. Join us for a crash course in U.S. and Chinese relations. This talk will cover all of the salient issues, similarities, differences, myths, facts and fallacies in the relationship between the two countries. This talk is free and open to the public. Matt Ward is a retired Foreign Service Officer.  He is the former President of the World Affairs Council of Maine and has been an Adjunct Professor at the USM School of Social Work where he taught multicultural social work, and in the Political Science Department where he taught modern Chinese politics.  He currently lectures on international issues and consults on cross-cultural matters. Ward served the United States as a career Foreign Service Officer from 1967 to 1996.  Specializing in economic, developmental and humanitarian issues, Matt served in Vietnam (CORDS), Cambodia, Haiti,…

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

January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vose Library (Union, ME), 392 Common Road
Union, ME 04862 United States
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Please note that tonight’s scheduled community event at the Union Vose Library with Educator Kyle Tong will be postponed due to the inclement weather. The event will be rescheduled to Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. The Camden Conference presents Kyle Tong at the Vose Library in Union on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm. His talk will be "Chinese Education: 20 Years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership." 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…

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York Public Library Hosts Book Discussion: China’s Evolving Middle Class

January 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd,
York, ME 03909 United States
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One can’t read or listen to the news today without noticing a headline about China. In December, York Public Library featured a program on China and its role as a global superpower. On Wednesday, January 9, a follow-up program and book discussion will explore China as a country experiencing growing pains and the cultural, social, and economic conflicts that arise from such growth. The program will be presented by Edwin H. Pierce, former social studies teacher at Marshwood High School, in conjunction with the Camden Conference 2019. Attendees are encouraged to read beforehand the 2014 book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, written by Evan Osnos. The author lived in China for five years as a reporter for The New Yorker, and the book addresses the dualities and dramas continually in motion in modern China. He presents the Chinese Communist Party which, though powerful,…

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“Trouble in Chinese Waters? The Trump Administration and China’s Territorial Disputes”- Kristin Vekasi speaks at the Southwest Harbor Pubic Library

January 12 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Southwest Harbor, 338 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kristin Vekasi at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, January 12 at 1:30pm. This event is free and open to all. Professor Vekasi of the University of Maine will speak on how Chinese domestic politics and American national interests have set a course for potential conflict over the South China Sea. The talk will unpack the complex political and economics conflicts in the region, and discuss policy options to deescalate military tensions and increase peaceful cooperation. Kristin Vekasi is an assistant professor in the department of political science and School of Policy and International Affairs. She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has conducted extensive research and fieldwork across Northeast Asia, particularly in Japan and China. She has been a visiting fellow with the Japan Foundation at Tokyo University, a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow…

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“Chinese Art through the Eyes of an Art Museum Educator” a talk by Vas Prabhu at the Cushing Library

January 13 @ 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 Vas Prabhu at the Cushing Library on Sunday, January 13 at 2:00pm. This event is free and open to all. Bronze, clay, porcelain, jade, paper & ink and installation art… Chinese artists have done it all.  Experience a personal journey of China’s artistic accomplishments through ten works of art from the Bronze Age to the present day. The session will conclude with a discussion about current practice. Vas Prabhu is a museum educator who has worked in a variety of art museums with Asian collections, including Cornell University’s art museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and others. Her Asian projects include exhibitions, exchanges with museum colleagues, and interpretation of Yin Yu Tang, a merchant’s home that was moved from rural Anhui Province, China to Salem, MA. She also helped create the audio tour, the accompanying exhibition and interpretation rooms related to the…

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

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road
Falmouth, ME 04105 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 Falmouth Memorial Library on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30pm. 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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“Trouble in Chinese Waters? The Trump Administration and China’s Territorial Disputes”- Kristin Vekasi speaks at the Camden Public Library

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kristin Vekasi at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 pm. This event is free and open to all. Professor Vekasi of the University of Maine will speak on how Chinese domestic politics and American national interests have set a course for potential conflict over the South China Sea. The talk will unpack the complex political and economics conflicts in the region, and discuss policy options to deescalate military tensions and increase peaceful cooperation. Kristin Vekasi is an assistant professor in the department of political science and School of Policy and International Affairs. She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has conducted extensive research and fieldwork across Northeast Asia, particularly in Japan and China. She has been a visiting fellow with the Japan Foundation at Tokyo University, a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow…

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

January 27 @ 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  Sunday, January 27 at 2:00pm. This event is free and open to all. NOTE: This event was re-scheduled due to inclement weather. 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…

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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

Bowdoin Collects: Chinese Ceramics, Jades, and Paintings

February 1
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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Rarely seen masterpieces from Bowdoin’s collection offer insights into the materials, technologies, and changing tastes that shaped Chinese art over the past five centuries. Selections range from a Ming-dynasty porcelain box and an eighteenth-century jade bowl from the Qianlong Emperor’s personal collection to a recently acquired work by one of modern China’s most revered painters, Chen Yifei. This exhibition runs February 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020. Image: Chinese Covered Box, porcelain, Ming Dynasty, Wangli period, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Tudor Gardiner.

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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 6:30 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-POSTPONED TO FEB. 26

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. This event was rescheduled from February 12. 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. As a prolific composer who blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries, Dr. Chen Yi is the recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. She is the Cravens/Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,…

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“Trouble in Chinese Waters?”- Kristin Vekasi at the Witherle Memorial Library CANCELLED

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Witherle Memorial Library, 41 School St.
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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Kristin Vekasi's talk at the Witherle Memorial Library in Castine on February 13 has been CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. Professor Vekasi of the University of Maine will speak on how Chinese domestic politics and American national interests have set a course for potential conflict over the South China Sea. The talk will unpack the complex political and economics conflicts in the region, and discuss policy options to deescalate military tensions and increase peaceful cooperation. Kristin Vekasi is an assistant professor in the department of political science and School of Policy and International Affairs. She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has conducted extensive research and fieldwork across Northeast Asia, particularly in Japan and China. She has been a visiting fellow with the Japan Foundation at Tokyo University, a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow at the Harbin Institute of Technology.…

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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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Camden Conference speakers on Maine Public’s “Maine Calling”

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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On Friday, February 22, Maine Calling on Maine Public Radio will highlight this year’s Camden Conference “Is This China’s Century?” The program airs live 1-2pm and repeats at 8pm. Maine Calling is an interactive program hosted by Jennifer Rooks that “features interesting conversations with interesting people.” Once again this year, the Camden Conference will focus on a timely and compelling topic. The 2019 Camden Conference will explore China as it emerges as a major global power, and faces complex challenges in its domestic economic, social, environmental and political affairs and its relations with Asian neighbors, the United States and the broader international community. Jennifer’s guests will be three speakers from this year’s Conference. Keynote speaker Martin Jacques, author of the global bestseller When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order Yuen Yuen Ang, author of How China Escaped the…

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