2016 Asian Cultural Festival Highlights
  On behalf of the Board of Mid-America Asian Cultural Association, we want to extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude for your support and enthusiasm for the third annual Mid-American Asian Culture Association Asian Culture Festival that took place on April 23, 2016 at Olathe East High School. With your support we expanded the festival and were able to provide a wonderful cultural experience to more than 9600 guests this year. This has been by far the most well attended festival we have held to date. All of this is because of the our 165 volunteer hard work and long hours each of volunteer contributed to making the festival a wonderful experience for the families that attended. We are grateful for our volunteer time and commitment and appreciate all volunteer very much.

We would like to extend a special Thank You to Black and Veatch our main sponsor for the leadership they have taken in supporting MACCA¡¯s efforts in providing cultural enrichment to our great region of Kansas City.

We are grateful to Mayor Michael Copeland, of City of Olathe for his ongoing support and recognition of MAACA. The City of Olathe and Olathe East High School have been generous hosts for the festival. Thanks David Hung , Senior Advisor of White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders", Thanks Brad Li, General manager of ZTE (USA), Thanks our sponsor Sprint , Garmin , Burn& McDonnell, Bank of Blue Valley , UMB bank, fox4, 41Action news, Kansas star.

MAACA would also like to extend our appreciation for the 20 partner countries¡¯ that are the heart and soul of our organization and contribute exemplary leadership and passion to our mission of Asian solidarity.

We look forward to growing with all of you in the year 2016 and beyond.

With much gratitude.

Sincerely,
Carol Wei
Chairperson and Founder of Mid-America Asian Cultural Association

2016 Asian Cultural Festival Pictures
Photo by Hai Jun Wei, Steve Boyda, Steve Thompson
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Cultural Performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Partner Countries
                                                                                                                                            

Booth Vendors
                                                                                                

Martial Art Demonstration
                            

Outstanding Students Award
    

Photo Competition Award
                    

Happy Audiences
                                                    

Volunteers
                                                                                    

Media Coverage
            

2016 Asian Cultural Festival Videos
Recorded by Hua Deng

        

        

2016 Asian Cultural Festival Sponsors


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.

Photos By: Michael Alvarado. more photos
          

Photos By: PICHAKOI PHOTOGRAPHY. more photos
            

Partner Association Upcoming Events

  

2015 MAACA Breaking News

Welcome Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr.
first time visit Kansas City


    

    

  
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. Read more...

        

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 Proposes Amendments to High-Skilled Visa Regulations for Permanent and Temporary Workers
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is amending regulations related to certain employment-based high-skilled permanent (EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3) and temporary (H-1B) visa programs. The proposed amendments codify provisions of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (AC21), the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), and related guidance documents. Many of these changes are aimed at improving the ability of U.S. employers seeking to sponsor or retain workers on visas, such as allowing extensions of immigration status. This proposal would also codify worker portability, or the ability of visa holders to seek promotions or change employers. USCIS seeks feedback from small businesses sponsoring the employment of these visa holders regarding potential increased turnover costs (or employee replacement costs) and paperwork costs of this rulemaking.
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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

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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.