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Asian Pacific Youth Council’s The Expo: Open Mic Recap

On April 27th, 2013, the Asian Pacific Youth Council (APYC) hosted their very first Open Mic, which was held at the People’s Center Theater in Minneapolis and welcomed a little over 50 attendees. The night was led by guest emcees Tou Saiko Lee, spoken word, hip hop, and community artist/activist, and Justen Gowing, an APYC mentor. The community and youth council were also introduced to Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans’ (CAPM) newest executive director, Sia Her. Further, attendees and performers enjoyed light refreshments from Kowloon Restaurant as they were entertained for the night.

On stage were diversely talented individuals/groups found in and around the twin cities community, with an opening skit and dance from the Asian Pacific Youth Council. Immediately following, with no hesitation, young and aspiring artists performed, one after another. The emcees delightfully interacted with the audience between each performance, which allowed for smooth transition and anticipation of the next performer(s).

Closing the event was brief social time, where all attendees and performers were able to connect and reflect on a successful Open Mic night.

Performers and attendees are all smiles after a fun night.

Performers and attendees are all smiles after a fun night.

Written by: Thayeng Her

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in APYC News, CAPM Events, Community Event


Dragon Festival 2012 Recap

By Ilean Her

Saturday, July 14 dawned with sunlight and a promise of hotter than usual weather.  By 8:00 am, staff and volunteers of the Dragon Festival were busy triaging between the do.® walk 5K Walk Around Lake Phalen walkers, vendors, and dragon boat race participants directing them where to go, how to set up, and do all the things needed to kick-start, greet, and or serve at another festival.  There was confusion, lots of noises and activity, but in the midst of all this, there was a unifying hum by all involved to do their best to make this Dragon Festival the most successful it’s ever been.

The Dragon Festival officially started with an Opening Ceremony at 11:00 am with a dragon dance, drumming, and parade provided by Korean Traditional Music Association with Jang Mi and Hui’s Lucky Dragon.  And shortly thereafter, dragon boats were off and racing on Lake Phalen.  25 boat racing teams, sponsored by local companies and nonprofit organizations participated with teams competing for best time, best overall times, and best team spirit awards.  In a move popular with the festival attendees, pre-trial and official races ran the length of both days.

By Noon on Saturday, the Dragon Festival was in full swing and did not stop until Sunday evening.   Attendance is estimated at 12,000.

Modern and traditional renderings of music, dance, and song from various Asian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups were featured on the Cultural Performance Stage. In the Martial Arts Demonstration Area, more than a dozen differing schools along with their masters and students demonstrated the many forms and styles of martial arts among them are karate, judo, tai chi, kung-fu.  Audience members were drawn in and taught basic skills by some of the schools.

Families had opportunities to view and or directly engage in activities that educate and teach about the cultures and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at the Target tent, the WellsFargo Children Activities Tent, and or the Council’s “Reading Together” tent.

Every festival is a new festival with new experiences and memories.  Thank you all for partaking in the Dragon Festival this year.  Your continued attendance, participation and support are invaluable to the festival’s success.  July 2013 will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Dragon Festival in Phalen Park.  As I look forward, I call out to dedicated volunteers and past committee members who love and cherish the Dragon Festival to join us on the planning committee.  We need your time, talent, and energy to plan a special and truly best ever Dragon Festival.

Save the Date:  July 13 & 14, 2013 – 10th Dragon Festival Anniversary

For more information about Dragon Festival please visit




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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in CAPM Events, Community news



Asian Pacific Teens’ Resource Fair and Exposition 2012 Recap

First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone who came including resource vendors, guest performers and volunteers who contributed their time to us that day. The event would not have been as enriching and fun for the community and children without their efforts.

The resource fair exposed the youth to a variety of issues such as racism, bullying and smoking. There were also many educational resources provided by groups like the Asian Sorority Interest Group and American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

On top of showcasing their talents during the performances, the APYC youth also took the opportunity to bring to light the plight of human trafficked victims in Minnesota. The guest performers tied brought the exposition up one notch with their expertise in traditional song and dance from multiple countries.

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If you know a youth who would like to be involved with the Asian Pacific Youth Council, we will be hosting the annual Asian Pacific Youth Leadership retreat this June in the beautiful Vermillion Community College campus up in Ely, Minnesota. Please click here for more details and applications.

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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in CAPM Events, General Comments


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Throughout the month of May API communities across the country celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States May 7, 1843 and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution designated to celebrate the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage week. Twelve years later, in 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the designation of the month of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

In Minnesota, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans honors the achievements of Asian Pacific Minnesotans by awarding Annual Leadership Awards to community members and organizations who have given themselves, their talents and resources to serve and better the Asian-Pacific community.

This year the Council honors the following individuals:
MayKao Y. Hang, President and CEO of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Glen R. King, Filipino Community Organization
Dr. Kyoko Kishimoto, Professor at St. Cloud State University
True Thao, The Family Partnership

This year, the Council honors the following organizations:
Cultural Society of Filipino Americans
Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota

The council would also like to thank all community members and sponsors that attended the event. The annual dinner would not have been possible without your contributions.

Quick Facts about Asian Pacific Minnesotans from the 2010 Census:
➢ MN’s Asian Population quadrupled since 1970.
➢ Since 2000, Asians in Minnesota grew 52.5% and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders grew 5.8%.
➢ Minnesota’s Asian Pacific population is vastly different from the national make-up. 50.2% of our population identifies as Southeast Asian vs. 20.7% of the national average
➢ The Hmong population is the largest Asian population in Minnesota at 66,181 or 27% of all Asian Pacific Minnesotans

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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in CAPM Events, CAPM news, Community news, Uncategorized



Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotan’s Heritage Dinner will be held tomorrow at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Paul.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Rose Wan-Mui Chu

Awardees of the dinner will be:
Cultural Society of Filipino Americans
Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota
MayKao Y. Hang
Glen R. King
Dr. Kyoko Kishimoto
True Thao

We would like to thank our sponsors who contributed generously to this event:
Bronze sponsors:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Minnesota Historical Society
Taj Technologies. Inc

Community Champion sponsors:
David Zander
Korean American Association of Minnesota
Korean Service Center
St. Cloud State University
The Family Partnership
Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota
Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League
Wilder Foundation

Friend sponsors:
Shanti Shah
Fredriksson & Byron, PA
Steepery/ The Tea Garden
United Noodles Inc.

Thank you so much!

Tickets will also be sold at the door.
We hope to see you there!
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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in CAPM Events



State of Asian Pacific Minnesotans

New Report shows changes in Asian Pacific Minnesotan Population

(St. Paul, MN). On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and the Minnesota State Demographer’s Office will report out on demographics from Census 2010 about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders residing in Minnesota.  At the event, the Council will release and make available its latest report State of the Asian Pacific Minnesotan.

The census provides the most comprehensive demographic data on the US population and tells us much about our nation’s people and its change over time.  Our report presents the current state of Asian Pacific Minnesotans, what our population is and our social and economic status.  The data provides a snapshot of the lives we lead and is evidence of the struggles and successes we face.  In black and white numbers, it tells us who we are and what we do, but it does not tell us who we will be.

Event details:

The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and the Minnesota’s State Demographer’s Office is presenting on the most recent data from the 2010 Census and 2008-2010 American Community Survey.

When and Where:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Wilder Foundation, Amherst H. Wilder A, 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

Event Agenda:

  • Registration and networking (8:30-8:45 am) *light breakfast and refreshments will be available*
  • Welcome and introduction
  • 2010 Census presentation by State Demographic Center and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
  • Breakout session on the significance and implication of Census data and recommendations for leaders
  • Closing

It is our hope that the Asian Pacific community and our allies understand and take note of this report and use it to shape our future.  This is why your presence at the State of the Asian Pacific Minnesotan is important.  We want to engage with you, talk about the demographics, learn what they represent, and together work to address and celebrate key findings and needs.

Please make time to join us on April 11 and kindly RSVP your attendance to Pa Yang at or directly to our office at 651.757.1740. Click here for Census release flyer.

Key Findings:

  • Asian Pacific Islanders in Minnesota grew 52.2% since the 2000 census
  • Minnesota’s Asian Pacific population is vastly different from the national make-up.  50.2% are population identifies as Southeast Asian vs. 20.7% of the national average
  • The Hmong population is the largest Asian population in Minnesota at 66,181 or 27% of all Asian Pacific Minnesotans.

The event is co-sponsored by the State’s Demographer’s Office and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in CAPM Events, CAPM news, Community news


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