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Prayers on the Prairie to air on SPNN

Prayers on the Prairie: Asian-Pacific Minnesotan Religious Practices, an orginal documentary jointly produced by the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans and the Minnesota Humanities Center will air on SPNN this November and December.  This project is funded with money from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Asian-Pacific Americans make up 4% of Minnesota’s population (210,000 per Census 2010).  Minnesota is home to the largest Tibetan, Karen, and urban Hmong communities in the United States.  They are small in numbers, and they are an important part of Minnesota.  Their stories and history are Minnesota’s stories and history.  They share in many of the same values and traditions that make Minnesota great.  And they are also different – the biggest difference being religion.  While many Asian-Pacific Minnesotans have strong Christian traditions and church communities, others have different religious traditions that are too little known and understood by others.

Prayers on the Prairie: Asian-Pacific Minnesotan Religious Practices is an attempt at bridging this gap in knowledge and understanding.  The project features an educational documentary and accompanying Informational Booklet. The documentary features segments detailing five religious traditions of Asian-Pacific Minnesotans: Ancestral Worship, Animism and Hmong Shamanism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. The segments introduce and draw on the experience and expertise of experts and practitioners describing how differing religious communities are able to thrive, practice, and live out their religious tenants in the land of blue skies, prairie lands, and 10,000 lakes. The Informational Booklet supplements the documentary by providing background information and, in some cases, further illuminations on some of the tenants of the religions.

The program is scheduled on Channel 14 in St. Paul, the multi-faith channel.

The initial playback dates are:

  • 11/29/2011 1:00 pm CH14
  • 12/1/2011 2:30 pm CH14
  • 12/4/2011 9:00 am CH14
  • 12/4/2011 2:30 pm CH14
  • 12/10/2011 8:00 am CH14

If you would like more information or copies of the DVD and an Informational Booklet please contact us at

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in CAPM news


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South Asian Immigration Roundtable, November 9, 2011

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The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans is organizing a South Asian immigration roundtable. The roundtable may be first in a series of several roundtables to better inform policy-makers and community members on how the immigration system affects Asian Pacific Minnesotans.

Purpose of the Roundtable:

America is a nation of immigrants and as we work to rebuild the economy, our ability to thrive depends, in part, on restoring responsibility and accountability to the immigration system.
We are seeking a diverse group of stakeholders who care about addressing the concerns and needs of those affected by immigration to provide their voices at the roundtable. Feedback collected will be submitted to Minnesota’s congressional legislators and to the Obama Administration.

When and Where:

Wednesday, November 9, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
Washington County Library – R. H. Stafford Branch
8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, MN 55125

Goals of the Roundtable:

Identify and prioritize top concerns or issues as provided by attendees.
Learn from attendees why the identified issue are most in need to be addressed.
Communicate the issues and concerns of the community with the White House and with policy makers.
Identify methods the community can actively address concerns and issues identified.

Event Agenda:

  • Sign in/Registration
  • Introductions
  • Presentation on immigration issues
  • Roundtable discussion (concerns and Issues from the community)
  • Determining action steps
  • Ending remarks

Join us in a meaningful discussion on the current immigration issues that face our community.


Event details and RSVP at

Please contact us with any questions at or call Brian Kao at 651-757-1742.

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in CAPM Events


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Free Health Clinic expands to The Sikh Society of Minnesota

The following message is from Raj Chaudhary, executive director of SEWA -Asian Indian Family Wellness.

Due to the demand in health needs and services, we are now extending the Free Health Clinic to “The Sikh Society of Minnesota”. As you all know that for the past three years we have sustained our health monthly clinic at the Maple Grove Hindu Mandir of Minnesota.The program is very successful as it meets the needs of many of our community who would not have found health care in Minnesota. Our backbone of our programs is our Volunteers. Uncounted volunteer hours by our physicians and other professionals have contributed to the success of this health Clinics.

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Community news


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Over the Weekend- Saturday, August 13, 2011

This past weekend was busy for the India Association of Minnesota Asian’s IndiaFest and Vietnamese Community of Minnesota’s Summer Festival.

IndiaFest— a celebration of India’s Independence Day held at the State Capitol over the weekend. Walking towards the festival I heard the lively music even before I could see the vendors at the event. I couldn’t help but move my shoulders to the beat of the music and want to pick up my heels and dance Bollywood style. As I approached the festival the savory smell of curry distracted me from the lively music. While eating tasty treats we were able to visit many of the vendors at the fair which included displays from Indian language and cultural schools, Indian dance theatres, state organizations and many businesses. Also contributing to the vibrant feel of the festival were singing and dancing performances, henna painting and kite flying. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Community news


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