2017 Mid-America Asian Cultural Festival Committee Positions Available

  MAACA is looking for volunteers to fill several committee positions to support the 2017 Mid-America Asian Cultural Festival.

Marketing Committee ¨C this committee position will assist the festival committee to provide marketing support including helping to develop a marketing plan to bring better public awareness to the 2017 festival in the Greater Kansas City community, increase donor support, development of annual festival poster, and to optimize use of media and presentation opportunities to maximize the MAACA brand image.
Outreach Committee ¨C this committee position will help to develop a broader donor support base, increased participation from the Asian country communities and new opportunities to broaden partner relationships.
Fundraiser Committee ¨C this committee position will assist the festival committee to increase revenues from various fundraising opportunities which could include increased booth sales, various ideas for merchandise sales, ticket sales, and food court vendors.

Thank you for your consideration to support this outstanding event! Please complete the committee registration form and send to:
Steve Duxbury
President of the 2017 MAACA Asian Cultural Festival

MAACA Award Announcement


   A good news! Mid-America Asian Culture Association is a finalist in the ¡°Organization of the Year - Government or Non-Profit - 10 or Less Employees¡±category. A team of judges from across the country selected us as finalists based on a record of high-level activities, accomplishments, and achievements during the last 12 months. As Stevie Award finalists, we will receive a Award at the Stevie Awards gala presentation in New York City, Friday evening, November 18, 2016. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business program annually honors outstanding women leaders and exceptional for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations in the United States. Our chairperson Carol Wei also won "Female Innovator of the year" this time. Congratulations to MAACA and chairperson Carol Wei!

2016 Asian Cultural Festival Sponsors

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

Cultural Performance more photos

Partner Countries more photos

Booth Vendors more photos

Martial Art Demonstration more photos

Outstanding Students Award

Photo Competition Award

Happy Audiences more photos

Volunteers more photos

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

    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



    Community Services
    Support MAACA

    Find Us On Facebook

    Growing Asian-American community could influence U.S. elections --- Voice of America
         Kane Farabaugh, May 06, 2016
    FORT WAYNE, INDIANA - The expanding number of Asian-American voters in the United States doesn¡¯t necessarily translate into political clout in U.S. elections, even though Asian-Americans represent the fastest-growing immigrant population in the United States. Read more

    Centralized Showing Service, Inc. Customer Service Representative positions available
         Company Name: Centralized Showing Service
    Title of job: Customer Service Representative - Including Bilingual in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish languages.
    Part time and Full-time positions available
    Duties: Due to our continuing success, Centralized Showing Service, Inc. (CSS), the nation's premiere residential real estate showing service, has immediate openings for Customer Service Representatives in our Overland Park, KS customer-service contact center.
    Customer Service Representatives assist our clients (licensed real estate agents/brokers) in scheduling their property showing appointments by using our proprietary, confidential electronic systems.
    How to Apply: You may apply online 24/7 on our website or in person from 8am-5pm M-F and 9am-4pm Sat-Sun.
    Salary: $9.00 - $13.00 per hour
    Company website: www.showings.com
    For detail benefit and qulification requirements, please click here.

    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.
    Comments are due to USCIS by February 29, 2016.
    Read and Comment to the Proposed Rule on Regulations.gov.
    Rule Summary on USCIS Website.
    Advocacy Contact: Janis Reyes or call 202-205-6533.

    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:

    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.