2015 Asian Cultural Festival Highlights

The 2nd Annual Asian Cultural Festival was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Olathe East High School with Special Guests, buffet of food, 18 Martial art school demonstrations, 18 dance teams, two YoYo demonstrations, and many children actives. How many people? Around 5000 one day at the Festival. Share your pictures on our Facebook!

Ambassador Ziauddin inaugurates Asian Festival

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin inaugurated the ¡®Asian Festival 2015¡¯ in Kansas on Saturday 25 April 2015. ¡®Asian Festival 2015¡¯ is the largest yearly celebration for the 15 Asian nations in Kansas organised by the Mid-American Asian Cultural Association (MAACA). MAACA is an umbrella Association of 15 South and South East Asian diasporas in Kansas, USA. On Saturday (25 April), morning Bangladesh Ambassador Ziauddin formally inaugurated the festival followed by an inaugural speech. Mayor of Olathe, Kansas, White House representative, Diplomats, corporate representatives and high profile businessmen were present on the occasion.

Asian Cultural Festival


2nd Annual
Asian Cultural Festival

The 2015 Asian Cultural Festival, hosted by The Mid-America Asian Culture Association (MAACA), was held on April 25, 2015 at Olathe East High School. About 5000 people were in attendance at the festival. The event included special guests such as White House Asian American Committee Representative and the Ambassador of Bangladesh. The Korean booth was represented by Myung Hee Kim, featuring a variety of delicious Korean foods.

Upcoming MAACA Annual Award Dinner
The Mid-American Asian Cultural Association will honor 15 partner organizations on September 2, 2015 at their awards dinner at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. This event is to celebrate the success and appreciation to the sponsors, vendors, as well as to the supporters from all 15 Asian countries during the recent 2015 Asian Cultural Festival, held on April 25 at Olathe East High School. To enhance the award dinner, MAACA prepares a series of programs, including jazz music, yoy show, performance by Nepal dance group, and attractive raffle prizes!

Emcee - 41 Action News Cynthia Newsome
  • Date: 9/2/2015
  • Time: 5:00-9:00pm
  • Contact: Carol Wei wei_carol@hotmail.com
  • Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
    4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
  • Individual ticket: $38 (tax deductible)
    as a donation to the award dinner

    Click to see program detailsAttractive Raffle Prizes!Rebirth of Soul Jazz Band PerformanceNepal dance performances
    Prashun Chapagaee Regmi
    Yoyo show

    Partner Association Upcoming Events

    Nepal Earthquake

    Homeless urgently need help; death toll above 9,000...
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    Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country located in South Asia. With an area of and a population of approximately 27 million, Nepal is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country.
    India Fest 2015: Sunday, August 30
    Vietnam Association Festival: Saturday, August 29

    Filipino Association of Greater Kansas Free Health Fair: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      There will also be door prizes and giveaways, so tell your family, friends, and neighbors! The event will take place in the banquet hall at Redemptorist Church. Co-sponsored by the Filipino Cultural Center Foundation; and in collaboration with the Philippine Medical Society of Greater Kansas City, the Philippine Nurses Association of Greater Kansas City, and the Kansas City World Outreach Lions Club.
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    Contact: Alcy Malkmus lionalcy@yahoo.com 816-588-5619

    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: 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:

    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.
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    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 edgar@centralexchange.org.
    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 edgar@centralexchange.org.
    Deadline for all paperwork: August 3, 2015.
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    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: http://www.allex.org/summer-chinese-or-japanese/ or call 607.218.2130.
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    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.

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    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.