Breaking News

  Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr. to Visit Kansas City
by Dr. Lillian Pardo
August 2015

A historical first visit to Kansas City by a Philippine Ambassador to the United States will occur on the weekend of September 26-28, 2015. Ambassador Jose Cuisia's visit will be timely as the Sampaguita Debutantes Ball sponsored by the Filipino Association will be held on September 26 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri¡£

2015 MAACA Annual Award Dinner
The Mid-American Asian Cultural Association honored 15 partner organizations on September 2, 2015 at the award dinner at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. The program emceed by KSHB-TV's Cynthia Newsome that included jazz music, a yoyo show, and Nepali dance performances. 200 guests celebrated with Mid-America Asian Culture Association at Kauffman Foundation center, and we honor to have white house AAPI David Hung, Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland, Lt Jeff Coyler and MO councilman Dan Fowler coming this event and have a speech.

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Partner Association Upcoming Events

September Affair: Sampaguita Debutantes' Ball

  The September Affair, an annual dinner-dance gala and fundraiser, takes place at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, in the Count Basie Ballroom, on Saturday, September 26 from 5:30pm to Midnight.

The Sampaguita Debutantes' Ball is a formal presentation to society of young ladies of Filipino heritage. Named after the Philippine national flower, the occasion was first held in 1982, and followed in 1992, 1998, 2004, and 2009. For the young ladies who participate in this rich tradition, the event signifies their blossoming as they assume new roles in their path to adulthood. Click here to reserve your seats.

Indian Classical Music

Saturday, September 26 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Address : Regnier Hall @ KU Edwards
12610 Quivira Road , Overland Park, KS 66213
Tickets available at

Greater Kansas City Japan Festival

  When: Saturday, October 03, 2015
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Location: Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210
Program: Click here for details.

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



MAACA dance Class Support by Kansas 6 Dance Schools


Community Services

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:

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

Open position at the UMKC SBTDC ¨C Technology & Commercialization Specialist - Business Entrepreneur Officer, Job ID#17226
The Business Entrepreneur Officer works within UMKC Innovation Center/SBTDC and the Office of Research and Economic Development of UMKC to create positive connections with Kansas City small businesses and large corporations that result in beneficial relationships for business development and commercialization of research technologies. The position works with UMKC and other regional campuses to identify highest priority areas and then identify potential enterprises to license, invest, contract and/or commercialize technologies and services.
  • Responsible for working with the community and university to develop research/industry partnerships.
  • Develops and conducts educational sessions on research, commercialization, and technology business development.
  • Counsels with clients one-on-one to address a variety of entrepreneurial small business management issues, including assistance with accessing capital needs, financing, equity, marketing, human resources, strategic planning and business assessment.
  • Position posted at

    Apply today for the AHEAD Scholarship Program!
         Applications are now being accepted for the AHEAD scholarship program. Each year, a group of exceptional women are selected for CX memberships who do not currently have the financial resources to participate as Central Exchange members. This two-year endowed membership offers participants full exposure to all that our organization offers. Through Central Exchange programs and connections, AHEAD members discover new leadership and professional skills to enhance their careers.
    Required paperwork:
  • Completed application form (Click here for AHEAD application.)
  • 1 letter of reference
  • Applicant¡¯s bio or resume (including mailing address)
  • Submit one reference letter and bio or resume to Edgar Palacios at
    Application Process:
  • All applicants will be notified at the beginning of August whether or not they have been selected for an interview
  • Interviews will take place during August
  • Membership to the 2015 AHEAD class begins September
  • For questions about the AHEAD program, email Edgar Palacios at
    Deadline for all paperwork: August 3, 2015.
    Click here to complete the AHEAD Application

    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¡ªspeaking, listening, reading and writing¡ªat 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¡ªto 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: or call 607.218.2130.
    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:

    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 Website:

    Dealership: Rob Sight Ford
         Check out this Dealership everyone is talking about!
    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, and see for yourself.

    The Dream - A Full-Service Bank Focused on the Community
         Bank of Blue Valley began as an idea of what a community bank focused on the success of local residents and businesses should be. Bob Regnier, President, Chairman and CEO of Bank of Blue Valley, wanted to create a community bank where convenience, community partnerships and personal relationships were principal tenets supported by the best banking services available.
    In 1989, Bob founded Bank of Blue Valley as a locally-owned, locally-managed community bank ready to assist residents and businesses in Johnson County and the Kansas City area with their banking and lending needs. Through building lasting relationships based on quality customer service, Bank of Blue Valley has been able to expand to the current five banking locations today in Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Leawood and Lenexa. These strategically placed locations, along with extended banking hours (91.5 hours per week, seven days per week) and the latest banking innovations have made Bank of Blue Valley a respected and trusted name in the community and regional banking.

    Community Stories
    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 ¨CMAACA. 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.

    Asian Immigrant Community
    Over the past decade, more immigrants have come to the United States from Asia than from any other region in the world, making Asians the fastest growing immigrant population in the United States. These immigrants bring their diverse cultures, language skills, and different economic and demographic traits from various Asian countries and the Indian subcontinent.
    Demographics of the Asian immigrant population
    Today¡¯s Asian immigrant community in the United States is diverse: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese immigrants are the top six nationalities of Asian immigrants and account for 85 percent of the total Asian immigrant population. These immigrants have contributed greatly to the overall growth of the U.S. Asian population. Since 2008, Asian immigrants have represented approximately 40 percent of the U.S. foreign-born population compared to 27 percent in 2005. The U.S. Asian population is also majority-foreign born: 66 percent of Asian Americans were born in another country, compared with only 37 percent of Latinos.