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Grants and Jobs

Click the “more link” to view info on:

  • Health Care Innovation Challenge
  • The Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Development Project
  • Job Posting: Citizenship Education Community Connector
  • DC Policy Advocate – Hmong National Development
  • Operations Assistant – MN Council of Non-profits (Apply by Dec. 22)

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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Community news


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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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Community Highlight: Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota

Community Highlights, get to know the diverse Asian Pacific Islander communities across the state of Minnesota

by Sandy Kwan

photo credits to TAFM

Tibetans in Minnesota

Under the 1990 Immigration Act, one thousand visas were issued to Tibetans living in India and Nepal.  Seven locations were selected as resettlement sites and the Twin Cities was one of them.  To aid the resettlement of Tibetans, in 1992 Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM) was established.  The mission of this non-profit organization is to preserve and promote the Tibetan cultural heritage and spiritual values under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Since the initial settlement of 160 Tibetans, approximately 3,000 Tibetans have established themselves in Minnesota mostly living in Minneapolis, Columbia Heights and Richfield.  This makes Minnesota the second largest Tibetan American community in the United States after New York with approximately 6-7,000 Tibetans, according to the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota.

In 2002, with the growing number of Tibetans settling in Minnesota TAFM purchased a building in St. Paul to serve as their cultural center and offers cultural programs, youth development, spiritual services, and social services to name a few.  All of these services have evolved to meet the growing needs of the community and to help transmit Tibetan language, history, culture and knowledge to the new young generation of Tibetans who have grown up in the Minnesota.

Raising Global Awareness

Last week’s candlelight vigil was organized by TAFM, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, and Students for a Free Tibet.  Video credits to TAFM

Since March of this year, nine young Tibetans have set fire to themselves as a last resort against the Chinese government’s repressive policies in Tibet.  “Many of these monks and nuns are young and come from the eastern part of Tibet where Tibetans are facing especially strict control,” says Tendor Norbu. On Wednesday, October 20th more than 100 Minnesota Tibetan monks, children, adults and elders stood outside the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis to raise awareness for those who have sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause.

A main part of the Tibetan Buddhist believe system is to promote human values – compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline.  “We hold compassion for all living things, and especially human life.  You can only imagine how desperate the situation is when young Tibetans resort to self-immolation” says Dr. Tsewang Ngodup speaking in response to the monks who have sacrificed themselves.

Last week’s candle light vigil was held in conjuncture with Lhakar, literally translated as “white Wednesday” a day where Tibetans have taken diverse pledges to express their Tibetan ethnicity by wearing Tibetan dress, speak only in Tibetan, eat Tibetan food or buying from Tibetan-owned businesses.  For many Tibetans, this is a way that they can assert their identity peacefully, showing their non-cooperation to China’s oppressive rule.

Peace rallies, candle light vigils, prayer services and fasting have been organized around the globe. A “Global Day of Action for Tibet” will be held on November 2, 2011 in Washington D.C.  For more information please contact TAFM at

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Community news



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