Upcoming 2015 Asian Cultural Festival

    Asian Cultural Festival to return April 25, 2015 Saturday with Special Guest, buffet of food, 18 Martial art school demonstrations, 18 dance teams, two YoYo demonstrations, and many children actives. The Mid-America Asian Cultural Association will present its Annual Asian Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 25th from 11:00am to 5:30pm at Olathe East High School (14545 W. 127th Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062). This is a great opportunity to enjoying entertainment and wonderful experience cultural enrichment. Click here for event details.

MAACA is pleased to announce:
The Ambassador of Bangladesh will be visiting Kansas and have a speech at 2015 Asian Cultural Festival on April 25, 2015.
MAACA will host a big welcome party for H.E. Mr. Mohammad Ziauddin, Ambassador of Bangladesh.

Partner Association Upcoming Events

Bangladesh Association for Greater Kansas City
Bangladesh Visa Services during 2015 Asian Cultural Festival
Bangladesh Embassy in Washington D.C. will have a mobile visa office during this event. If you are needing visa, NVR, etc., please make sure you have the needed documents and fees when you arrive at the visa booth on April 25, 2015. Please click here to see information regarding visa fees, etc. His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Ziauddin, Bangladesh Ambassador to the US, will be attending the festival.

MAACA Award Luncheon
The Mid-American Asian Cultural Association honored 15 partner organizations on September 13, 2014 at their awards luncheon
Photo taken by Kansas City Star Photography Michael Alvarado. Click to see more photo.

Asian Photography Competition Judges & Art Work Appraisal Rules
Competition Judges
  Ray Rosewall*s photographic experience spans four decades and thousands of images. Fine Art Landscapes and Portraiture have become his genre of choice over the last decade. His work has won numerous awards and recognitions including:
First Place 每 Black & White Photography - Blue Springs Art League Annual Fine Art Show 每 2015
First Place - Illustrative General Category 每 Missouri Professional Photographer Association 每 2015
Second Place - Illustrative General Category 每 Missouri Professional Photographer Association 每 2015
Top Ten Photographer 每 Missouri Professional Photographer Association 每 2015
Golden Bellows Award for High Case Score 每 Greater Kansas City Professional Photographer Association Print Competition 每 2015
Best of Show - Illustrative General Category - Greater Kansas City Professional Photographer Association 每 2015
First Place - Illustrative General Category - Greater Kansas City Professional Photographer Association 每 2015
Second Place - Illustrative General Category - Greater Kansas City Professional Photographer Association 每 2015
Judges Award 每 ※The Long Road Home§ - Greater Kansas City Professional Photographer Association Print Competition 每 2015
Judges Award 每 ※The Blue House§ - Greater Kansas City Professional Photographers Association Print Competition 每 2015
International Photographic Competition - Loan Collection - Sunrise in Tuscany 每 2014
International Photographic Competition - General Collection - Innocence 每 2014
International Photographic Competition - General Collection - Daybreak in Venice 每 2014
International Photographic Competition - General Collection - Rocky Falls - 2013
International Photographic Competition - Silver Medalist 每 2012
Ray is a sustaining member of the Professional Photographers Association, The Missouri Professional Photographers Association, The Professional Photographer Association of Greater Kansas City and the Imagemakers Photography Club.

  Carolyn Fox, who owns FoxDen Images, specializes in fine art and stock photography. Carolyn has written 3 books & conducts photo workshops in Yellowstone National Park. Carolyn has judged photo contests and has won numerous awards and has also been published in magazines, newspapers and books, both nationally and internationally. Carolyn is a member of the ImageMakers and Northland Photography Photo Clubs. You can see some of Carolyn*s work, or contact her by visiting her website at carolynfoxphotos.com.

  Kwan Wu - President of the International Sculpture Foundation
MAJOR SCULPTURES & WORK (1989 每 Present)
Kwan Wu Art Museum 每 10,000 square feet, Guangdong Province, China, 2010
"Lewis the Naturalist" 每 20" bronze, White House Exhibition and Smithsonian, 1999, invited by President & First Lady Clinton to the White House
"Blossom" 每 stainless steel, 15' with fountain, Nanhai, China, 2010
"The Peace Gate" 每 bronze with granite, 15', Nanhai, China, 2009
"Flying Geese" 每 nine geese in larger than life size bronze, Leawood, KS, 2009
One Man sculpture show in Guangzhou Art Museum 每 Guangzhou, China 2008
"Kids Playing Water" 每 three life-sized children water fountain, bronze, Lee's Summit, MO, 2008
One man sculpture show in the National Art Museum 每 Beijing, China, 7/2007
Unveiling of "Kwan Wu Sculpture Exhibition Hall" 每 9,000 square feet, Shan Xi, China, 8/2007
"Stage Coach" 每 six life-sized horses with 16 size people in bronze casting with 60' x15' wall relief, for the Mahaffie Museum, 150th anniversary of the city of Olathe, KS, 2007
"Railroad Man" 每 6'10" bronze, Atchison, KS, 2007
Gold Metal for the work "Cowboy" 每 6th International Bronze Work Exhibition of Shanghai, China, 11/2007
"Kids with Doves" 每 12' bronze, Commerce & Trust Bank, Topeka, KS, 2006
"Frederick T. Kemper" 每 twice life-sized bronze, Boonville MO, 2006
"Mr. William Strang Memorial" 每 11' bronze with granite base, Overland Park, KS, 2005
"Mr. James Milton Turner Memorial" 每 twice life-sized bronze, Boonville, MO, 2005
"Four Star Busts" 每 life-sized bronze, National Bird & Dog Museum, Memphis, TN, 2004
"Song of Tomorrow" 每 1 1/8 life-sized bronze, Santa Fe Common Park, Overland Park, KS, 2004
"Lenesi Memorial" 每 7' bronze Indian lady, city hall, Lenexa, Kansas, 2003
"Yearly" 每 life-sized bronze horse, Santa Rosa, California, 2003
"Brad & Jerry" 每 life-sized bronze, San Francisco, California, 2002
"Andrew Drumm Memorial" 每 three life-sized bronze pieces, Independence, Missouri, 2002
"Motherhood" 每 life-sized bear and cubs, Merriam, Kansas, 2002
"Arthur Dayton Memorial" 每 life-sized bronze, in butterfly garden, Kansas State University, 2001
"Morgan Horse" 每 life-sized bronze, private commission, 2001
"Serenity" 每 life-sized bronze, Kansas State University Garden, Manhattan, Kansas, 2001
"Bobcat" 每 48" bronze, Kansas State University Garden, 2001
"George Brett" 每 life-sized bronze, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri, 2000
       Art Work Appraisal Rules
Twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelv elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one.

The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.
1.) Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.
2.) Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.
3.) Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.
4.) Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.
5.) Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.
6.) Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.
7.) Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.
8.) Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.
9.) Lighting 〞the use and control of light〞refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.
10.) Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.
11.) Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.
12.) Story Telling refers to the image*s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.

MAACA Martial Art Education Class Support by Kansas 18 Martial Art Schools



MAACA dance Class Support by Kansas 6 Dance Schools


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USCIS: Fliers on Executive Actions on Immigration in Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese
     New fliers on President Obama's executive actions on immigration are now available in Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese. The three fliers explain briefly: 1) the importance of avoiding scams and not submitting requests until the new initiatives are available. 2) Eligibility requirements for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Read more , Please check: http://www.uscis.gov/executive-actions-immigration/executive-actions-immigration-resources

U.S. Department of Education
     Workplace health and safety in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Nepal:

Dealership: Rob Sight Ford
     Check out this Dealership everyone is talking about! http://www.dealerrater.com/dealer/Rob-Sight-Ford-review-29447/.
Just East of 135th street and State Line. Their non-commission sales staff make it easy to do business with their internet No hassle Pricing. Guaranteed! Go to their website, www.robsightford.com and see for yourself.

Translation / Foreign Language Communications:
     Transimpex is a full-service Translation / Foreign Language Communications Company. We have established an Excellent Reputation for Quality Work; our translations have been referred to as ※Better Than the Original§, and many times, we have even become the ※Rescue Squad§ for translations that had been acquired from inadequate sources (some of our most faithful clients came to us that way).
We work with Highly Qualified Translators (most with advanced degrees in translation and/or technical & other specialized fields & foreign languages), including the owner of Transimpex. Our on-line data base contains approximately 3500 translators (accessible by language combination and subject specialty), and we have access to thousands more through Translator & Interpreter associations and associates world-wide. Please check our link: http://www.transimpex.com/

School Introduction:
     The Malay Fighting Arts Academy teaches the very best in Filipino and Indonesian Martial Arts. We teach Pangasinan Arnis, Kuntao Silat, Poekoelan, and Military & Police Combatives. Guro James Hogue has 40yrs experience in the Southeast Asian Martial Arts, and 27yrs of police & security experience where he had to defend himself against violent criminals. Guro Hogue has been feature is FMA Digest, FMA Informative, RAVEN International Combatives Magazine, and has received recognition in several martial arts books. Guro Hogue was inducted into RAVEN International Combatives Hall of Fame for the 2010 Partner Distant Learning Program of the Year. Guro Hogue continues to instruct Police Officers, Correction Officers, Security Officers, Military Personnel, and citizens that what to know how to protect themselves better. Malay Fighting Arts teaches empty hands fighting, weapons and improvised weapons, and ground fighting skill. To contact Guro Hogue call 913-626-4372, or Gurujim@pukulan.net. Website: www.pukulan.net.

Scholarships Available to Study Intensive Chinese or Japanese at Washington University in St. Louis this Summer with the ALLEX Foundation
     The WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Chinese and Japanese Institute will offer intensive beginning level classes in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese at Washington University in St. Louis for seven weeks this summer. Each class meets for 2 hours per day, 5 days a week for 7 weeks. The course is intensive and requires 3-5 hours of mandatory self-managed study per day.
This program is designed to train students to speak and listen to Chinese or Japanese, and to introduce students to reading and writing the language. At the end of the course students will be expected to perform in all four skills〞speaking, listening, reading and writing〞at a basic level of proficiency. Students will not only learn to speak the language; they will also develop an understanding of Chinese or Japanese interpersonal behavior. The ultimate goal is to teach students not just to speak Chinese or Japanese, but to function successfully in Chinese or Japanese culture〞to present yourself as an intelligent person in the culture using the language. Students will learn to speak and perform correctly in a variety of social situations.
Scholarships are available to qualified students.
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions; apply immediately. Scholarships under consideration now.
For more information please visit: http://www.allex.org/summer-chinese-or-japanese/ or call 607.218.2130.

Community Stories
Winning is spinning: Go Big Skill Toys of Shawnee has its own yo-yo team

Go Big Skill Toys is a Shawnee toy store, yes, but it*s about much more than toys, says owner Cesar Conde. Go Big is the only toy store in the region that emphasizes learning a particular skill with yo-yos and has its own team to display that skill. Watch for the Go Big Skill team*s performance at the Asian Cultural Festival on April 25 in Overland Park.
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MAACA Volunteer Story:
Li Xing Story
My volunteer work with MAACA has greatly contributed to growth my financial career. Being in MAACA is a way for me to stay connected to the culture in an environment that stresses innovation, support and collaboration. MACCA is full of so many smart, creative, driven folks who are constantly doing interesting things. It consistently renews my energy and interest in Asian Culture.

Through my association with MAACA, I have made great contacts with people, gained a different view into my work, formed a relationship with each family, and developed important professional skills." This experience has made me appreciate all the hard work involved in running the nonprofit Organization 每MAACA. I've been more proud of the Asian Festival day which was authorized by local government. Asian Festival day shows that MAACA and its Volunteer group truly care about their community and are willing to invest both time and money to help make a difference.

MAACA Advisor News
Irving High JROTC students receive visit by Mary Eisenhower and three veterans
  President Dwight Eisenhower*s granddaughter Mary Eisenhower (far right in the picture) and three veterans recently visited Irving High School Marine Corps JROTC students.

MAACA Advisor Mary Jean Eisenhower was Invited to 70th Anniversary of Normandy, France
  For young people, there was no way to know if they would live to see another dawn, let alone the end of the Second World War, but for those who did survive, today marks another milestone in their tale, as the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

When tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen from across the free world descended on the coastline of Normandy in one of the greatest invasion forces the world had ever seen, a great victory the Allies had 70 years ago under the direction of Dwight Eisenhower, grandfather of our advisor, Mary Eisenhower.

Thank you, Mary Eisenhower, this day is a somber and bittersweet occasion for you and your family!

Biggest Newspaper in Spain
      Benny and Edith gave Media Award to one of major Radio TV Station who did great job to promote our products.

DuraComm Spain Sponsor for Undas Award
  Yearly Undas event to recognize outstanding media, film, advertisement ..etc. Duracomm is next to Ford, Telefonica... In picture, owner of DuraComm & MAACA advisor, Benny Lee, with DuraComm staffs in Spain office.

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