Chairperson Message

  I want to express my appreciation to all of you who attended MAACA¡¯s annual gala. Our board members and volunteers worked hard to prepare this event to make sure our guests will have a good time. I hope you all enjoyed the evening of socializing with new and old friends, had a taste of variety of Asian dances.

Fall is celebration season, we want to celebrate our success with you, our sponsors and volunteers, and we want to thank you for your generous support. We will continue work hard to be the advocate of culture diversity in our community. We will see you all at our annual Asian Culture Festival on April 29, 2017 at Olathe East High school.


Carol Wei
Chairperson of Mid-American Asian Cultural Association

MAACA 2016 Annual Award Gala

The Mid-America Asian Culture Association (MAACA) presented the 2016 MAACA Annual Award Gala on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Mid-American Nazarene University Bell Cultural Events Center. The program emceed by KMBC 9 News Taisha Walker that included a serie of 2 hours program including America KC friend Dance, Chinese Gongfu, Indian dance and 2016 Asian dancing comptition winner dancing.


MAACA 1st Annual Golf Tournament

 Purpose - why we are hosting this event and what are the expectations
1) To promote cultural awareness, socialization, and develop common interests among all members and potential members
2) Adding the golf tournament to MAACA's series of activities will continue the expansion and appreciation of cultural diversity. With the strong support and collaboration between all who love and support our multi-ethnic community.
3) MAACA focuses on building better relationships between the Kansas City metropolitan area and Asian Cultures. The addition of this golf tournament can help establish yet another annual event to help pull together not only the Asian cultures and communities but those who are interested in learning about MAACA and building business and personal relationships to better understand the Asian Cultures and building a stronger unified community.


2016 Asian Cultural Festival Highlights

2016 Asian Cultural Festival Pictures
Photo by Hai Jun Wei, Steve Boyda, Steve Thompson
Click to see larger pictures

Cultural Performance

Partner Countries

Booth Vendors

Martial Art Demonstration

Outstanding Students Award

Photo Competition Award

Happy Audiences


Media Coverage

2016 Asian Cultural Festival Videos
Recorded by Hua Deng



2016 Dancing Competition Winners
  • #1 Mudra Dance Academy --- vote number 191
  • #2 Nepalese society -----vote number 163
  • #3 Malaysian Association -----vote number 143
  • #4 Nartan Academy of Dance -----vote number 106
  • #5 Lyue Performing Arts -----vote number 96
  • #6 Buddhist Youth Assocation -----vote number 82
  • #7 All about Rtrythm dance group-----vote number 80
  • #8 Nritya school of indian dance -----vote number 72
  • #9 KCCAA dance group -----vote number 51
  • #10 Jasmine Chinese dance group -----vote number 44
  • #11 Lawrence Chinese dancing group----vote number 5/9

  • 2016 Asian Photography Competition Winners
    1st Place: Best in Show
    Still Life
    #303 "A Mother and A Baby Single Horn Rhinoceros"
    by Praksah Neupane
    2nd Prize: Still Life
    #302 "Batik in America"
    by Estu Pawestri
    Indonesia/Pembroke Hill
    2nd Place Winner: Portrait
    #203 "It's Also Your Journey, Indonesia"
    by Estu Pawestri
    Indonesia/Pembroke Hill
    2nd Place Winner: Landscape
    #117 "Sunrise at Karakul Lake"
    by Jun Zuo
    3rd Prize: Still Life
    #301 "Udeng, Small Thing Big Philosophy"
    by Estu Pawestri
    Indonesia/Pembroke Hill
    3rd Place Winner: Portrait
    #206 "Into Her Eyes"
    by Matthew Ryan Dobbins & Abigail Dobbins
    Source: Private Collection
    3rd Place Winner: Landscape
    #114 "Shanghai never sleeps"
    by Jun Zuo

    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

    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...


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         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.

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