NORWAY – “How Chinese Is It?” will be the topic for the talk by Dennis Grafflin at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the Norway Memorial Library. It is part of the ongoing programs related to the One Book One Community: Oxford Hills Reads event.

The talk will pose questions about the Chinese culture, economy, politics and philosophy of today.

Grafflin teaches the history of China, Korea and Taiwan at Bates College and was trained as a premodern China specialist. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

Evelina Chao, author of the book “Yeh Yeh’s House” that is being read for the 2007 One Book One Community program, will be available for a telephone interview prior to Grafflin’s talk from 6 to 6:30. Chao will answer questions, which must be submitted in advance to the library or by e-mail to [email protected]

The public is welcome to attend both.

The deadline for registering for the trip to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., is Monday, March 19. It is the One Book One Community combined group tour of the Yin Yu Tang House and the China collection of the museum.

The museum entrance fee is $17 and that amount must be paid at the Norway Memorial Library in order to register for the trip. For more information, call the library at 743-5309 or visit online at

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