2011 KCCAA Events

2012 KCCAA Community Service Award

In order to encourage primary and secondary school students in the greater Kansas City area to develop stronger awareness of public service and to participate actively in community service, the Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA) has established an annual KCCAA Community Service Award.

In 2012, the award categories will be as follows: first place award: $300; second place award $200; third place award: $100.

This award may be offered to any primary or secondary school student in the greater Kansas City area and any qualified student may apply. Please submit applications to kccaa.award@gmail.com by January 12, 2012.

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1st Kansas City Chinese Speech Competition

January 22, 2012 9am to 12pm, Johnson County Community College Carlson Center Recital Hall, sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas and the Kansas City Chinese American Association.

Awards Ceremony at 12:30pm. Winners will be recognized during our gala in Yardley Hall.

2012 Speech Theme: Hopes and Plans for the Year of the Dragon

Learn moreDownload application form and email to KU Confucius Institute Sheree Willis sawillis@ku.edu

2nd Annual Kansas City Chinese Dance Competition

2nd Great Kansas City Chinese Dance Competition is hosted by Kansas City Chinese American

Association, and sponsored by Chinese Culture Connection, LLC (CCC).

This event is part of the 2012 Kansas City Chinese New Year Celebration at JCCC.

What: 2nd Annual Kansas City Chinese Dance Competition

When: Jan. 22, 2012 Saturday 2pm – 4pm

Where: Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College (JCCC)

Contact: Chinese Culture Connection, LLC info@ccconn.com.

registration form, rules and regulations

KCCAA Youth Committee Making A Difference

Established in September 2011, KCCAA Youth Committee is making a difference in our community through their remarkable fund-raising and community services. In 2 months, the group has raised more than $1000 with more fund-raising events coming up. A few pictures taken at their “Leaf-Cleaning Day”. Know more and join them


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Seeking More Volunteers

Innovation and change are hallmarks of the art world, and that’s also true at the Nelson-Atkins! As the Museum seeks new ways to attract and engage visitors and facilitate meaningful and memorable interactions with art, we are excited to offer new volunteer opportunities to help achieve these important goals:

· Museum Guides will provide a welcoming presence in the galleries through the facilitation of a variety of engaging, informal learning experiences revolving around art, such as tours, casual conversations, and hands-on activities.
· Visitor Research Volunteers will help the Museum connect with visitors and make art more relevant in people’s lives through data collection and observational studies in gallery spaces.
Interviews will take place November 28 through December 11.
If you’ve thought about volunteering at the Museum, this is an exciting time to get involved. For an application and information about these or other volunteer roles, visit the Volunteer section of the Museum’s website at http://www.nelson-atkins.org/support/Volunteer.cfm

Opening Ceremony of the New China – U.S. Sculpture Garden

You are cordially invited to the opening ceremony of

the China – U.S. Sculpture Garden

as the “first phase” of the International Sculpture Garden.

When: 10 am, Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Where: Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

8909 W. 179th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66085


(Refreshments will be served)

The ceremony will commemorate Chinese settlement in the U.S.

for the past 100 years. It will also create a new arts garden by

combining Eastern and Western culture for international culture exchange, bring people together, and educating the generations to come.

Read more …

Please contact Teresa Stohs (teresa.stohs@artsandrec-op.org), or Alice Kuo (mkuo@ku.edu) of the China – U.S. Sculpture Garden Committee for details.

KCCAA Youth Committee Raising Fund for KC Friendship School

On Oct. 15, more than 20 members of the newly-founded KCCAA Youth Committee worked side-by-side with KCCAA volunteers, and helped raise $400 for the KC Friendship School in Zhaanxi China. More than 300 people came to the annual passport event organized by KCCAA at the Indian Creek Community Church in Olathe Kansas. on behalf of all the children and teachers at the KC Friendship School, we would like to thank all the people who supported us for this great cause.

2nd Annual Kansas City Chinese Dance Competition

The 2nd annual Kansas City Chinese Dance Competition hosted by the Kansas City Chinese American Association, and sponsored by Chinese Culture Connection, LLC (CCC) will take place on Jan. 22 in Polsky Theathre at JCCC.

This event is part of the 2012 Kansas City Chinese New Year Celebration at JCCC. Click here to learn more and sign up.

KCCAA Launches Youth Committee in September 2011

The KCCAA (Kansas City Chinese American Association) is starting a student leaders committee – KCCAA Youth Committee to spearhead fundraising and creation of the KCCAA Youth Hope Fund. You can help make a difference in the lives of students around the world through this fund that provides scholarships to bright elementary school students who show great promise and have overcome extreme poverty and difficulty.Start getting involved today! Down load your application form here …

Who: 10-15 students 6th-12th grade, adult volunteers

What: fundraising through car washes, festivals, school student councils, donations from local businesses, banks, and friends, and other various events to help students internationally who may not have the financial resources to have a good education

When: First meeting September 10th until further notice

Why: To help feed, clothe, and educate students in need around the world

We are also looking for a few committe chairs within the youth committee. Committe chairs will have extra responsibilities and must be able to lead a fundraiser event. Please indicate on the application if you are interested in being a committee chair.

Our first project will be to raise money for the students of KC Friendship School in China, but we also hope to extend committee plans to helping other schools internationally as well. If you are interested, please fill out an application and email to the committee director, Cassie Wang, at cassie.c.wang@gmail.com by September 7th.

Students of Kansas City Made a World of Difference

Led by Principal Sue Adams from Brookridge Elementary, Andy Yu, Timmy Li, Kevin Li, and Christopher Lin spent one week teaching at the KC Friendship School in Shaanxi Province China in July. More than 60 students from the school and neighboring area learned English, music, geography, science, and origami. Special friendship was built between local children and students from Kansas City. Read more …

Boys And Girls Needed for 2012 KC Chinese New Year Celebration

Children ages 5 -12 and teens ages 13 and above, both girls and boys, are needed for the opening dance of the largest Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by KCCAA at JCCC Yardley Hall on Jan. 22th, 2012 . This is a great opportunity for youths to perform on stage, celebrate Chinese culture and promote team spirit. Dance class will start on 9/10 weekend. To register, please send an email to info@ccconn.com. Registration ends on Friday, 9/1/11.

More than $5,000 Raised for Migrant School in Beijing

On June 23rd, more than 80 guests came to the beautiful home of Sarah and Steve Guthrie, and joined the fundraising event led by Mr. Doug Ahrens, a KCCAA member, for the Migrant School (Jingyu Xi Wang Elementary) in Beijing. Mr. Ahrens wants to raise at least $3,000 by July to help the school purchase and install 6 air conditioners before the brutal summer heat makes the over-crowded classrooms unbearable for students. Silent auction featured more than 30 arts and crafts items donated by Mr. Ahrens and many guests. Bo Ling Chinese Restaurant, and Thai Place donated gift cards. Many families donated their home-made food. Dinner was also supported by the Kim Ling Chinese Restaurant. Jasmine Dance Group and Le Yue Choirs entertained the guests with their wonderful Chinese folk dances and song.

Right before the entertainment began, Mr. Doug Ahrens shared his unique and memorable teaching experience in April at the Jing Yu School in Beijing. His love for the children of migrant workers and his desire to improve the environment of the school deeply touched everyone.

Thanks to all the support from our community, we were able to raise more than $5,000 for the migrant school. This amount exceeds our original goal of $3,000. The fund will be used for installing 6 air conditioners and providing additional school supplies for the Jingyu Xi Wang Elementary School this summer.

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This fundraising event is supported by KCCAA. Due to limited capacity, we only accept first 80 guests. If interested, please send email to kccaaboardofdirectors@yahoo.com, and specify the number of people including children, and your donation item(s).

The dinner is free to our guests. Any donation from your family is greatly appreciated.

Host:Nam, Katharine, Anna, Ute & Doug Ahrens Grace, Sarah & Steve Guthrie Mike & Liz Zeller

Date: Thursday June 23, 2011

Time: 6pm ~ 8pm

Location: Home of Guthrie family (1030 W. 66th Street, Kansas City, MO. 64113)

Dinner provided by Kim Lin Restaurant

Special performance by the Jasmine Dance Group – traditional Chinese dance

Oct. 15 – Passport / Visa Day

Open to the public, everyone is welcome

Online registration closes on 10/14. For those who did not register with KCCAA online, you are welcome to come between 4pm – 6pm on 10/15. We can not guarantee your service without registration.

What: Chinese passport renewal, Travel Certificate, Visa to China (KCCAA can process your visa application)
Date: Oct. 15, Saturday
Time: 9 am – 6 pm
Location: Indian Creek Community Church (12480 S Blackbob Rd. Olathe, KS 66062)
Fee: $20 / each passport, $10 /each visa

Note: Everyone is welcome. To better serve the whole community, KCCAA adopts our new policy – KCCAA member and non-member can enjoy the same processing fee ($20/passport, $10/visa) this year.

What to bring, please follow the link

Fundraising opportunities to support children at KC Friendship School in China are provided by KCCAA Youth Committee on 10/15 at Indian Creek Community Church. Your support is greatly appreciated.

2011 Shanghai China Summer Camp Registration

Organizer: Overseas Chinese Affairs of Shanghai & Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA)

Location: Shanghai City, China

Age: Born before 1999.12.31

Time: July 9th (registration) – July 15th (return)

Registration Fee: $110 (paid to the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Shanghai)

Includes accommodation, meals, local transportation, fees for activities, accidental insurance covered by Shanghai Overseas Chinese Affairs Office.

Number of people: 10 from Kansas City, 800 worldwide

Activities: Chinese painting, calligraphy, martial arts, folk performing arts, paper-cutting, ceramic arts,

traditional etiquette, visiting local families, celebration with local students …

Registration: Now ~ April 24th Sunday

Note: If more than 10 qualified applicants, priorities will be given to past KCCAA Community Service Award winners.

If interested, please contact KCCAA (kccaaboardofdirectors@yahoo.com). Registration form download

Golden Pagoda American Opera Studio of Kansas City

An enchanting evening filled with Chinese songs presented by the prestigious American Opera Studio of Kansas City,

sponsored by KCCAA, in conjunction with

The KCCAA Dance Team,

The Jasmine Chinese Dance Group Youth Dancers,

The Kansas City Chinese Music Ensemble.

Time: Friday, April 29 (7pm), Saturday, 30 (7pm), Sunday, May 1 (2pm)

Location: Central Presbyterian Church (Armour & Campbell Streets, Kansas City, MO)

Special 4-course dinner prepared by the award-winning Kin Lin Chinese Restaurant.

Advanced ticket sales available. For tickets, please call 913-485-3373.

2010 KCCAA Major Accomplishments

  • Over 50,000 people watched KCCAA culture performances
  • More than 1000 people from 7 states received help with their passports and visas by KCCAA
  • More than 300 KCCAA volunteers supported our year-round activities
  • KCCAA supported more than 20 community events in Kansas City
  • 50 students from Brookridge Elementary School in Overland Park enroll in “Chinese Club” by KCCAA
  • More than 40 students and 8 teachers from “KC Friendship School” in Shaanxi Province received KCCAA scholarship or financial assistance
  • KCCAA received recognition from 2010 US Census for being the only census partner representing Chinese community in Kansas City
  • KCCAA organized the first town hall meeting with KC MO Mayor Funkhouser in April 2010

  • KCCAA received Mayor Funkhouser’s proclamation in recognizing its efforts in supporting Mayor’s Business Summit on Renewal Energy and Green Solutions in October 2010

  • KCCAA organized “Sculpture Exchange Ceremony” in Kansas celebrating the 30th anniversary of China-US diplomatic relationship in June 2010

  • KCCAA hosted “Embrace China” – performance arts show in Kansas City in February 2010

Huge Success – 2011 KC Chinese New Year Celebration

Biggest in 7 states, click here for more pictures …

3000 people celebrated the 2011 Chinese New Year at JCCC.

1300 people enjoyed the evening gala at Yardley Hall

1000 people patronized Carlsen Center with more than 20 activity booths

300 people watched “KC Chinese Dance Competition” & performances

250 VIP guests attended our reception in JCCC Regnier Center

200 performers were on stage at Yardley Hall for evening gala

100 volunteers supported this year’s celebration

1 Memorable Evening Marks the End of KC’s 1st “Chinese Week”

More video coming soon …

KCCAA Community Service Award Winners (2011)

First Place: Andy Yu

Second Place: Emily Zhu, Alan Xu

Third Place: Grace Brentano, Mimi Lu, Cindy Wang

1st KC Chinese Dance Competition Winners

7 & Under Group: Solo Folk Dance (Beginner Level) Champion: Elan Jiang

7 & Under Group: Duo Folk Dance (Beginner Level) Champion: Elan Jiang & Audrey

Runner-Up: Ingrid Li & Joy Yan

8 – 11 Group: Solo Folk Dance (Intermediate Level) Champion: Mulan Jiang

Runner-Up: Megan Lu

8 – 11 Group: Trio Folk Dance (Intermediate Level) Champion: Mimi Lu, Vivian Zeng, & Megan Lu

12 – 15 Group: Solo Folk Dance (Intermediate Level) Champion: Mimi Lu

Runner-Up: Cindy Wang

KCCAA President CJ Wei on KCTV5 with Mayor Funkhouser

CJ Wei and Mayor Funkhouser introduce Kansas City’s first “Chinese Week” and Chinese New Year traditions. Click here for video clip

Kansas City’s First “Chinese Week” Announced by Mayor Mark Funkhouser

Celebrating the Chinese New Year and Recognizing the Contributions of Chinese and Chinese Americans Communities to the Success of the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

Year 2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit, a symbol that represents prosperity, health, and fortune.

I, Mark Funkhouser, Mayor of the city of Kansas City, Missouri, do hereby proclaim the week of January 30, through February 5, 2011 as Chinese Week throughout the city of Kansas City to join in this observance and recognize the contributions of Chinese Americans and residents with Chinese descendants to the success of the city of Kansas City, Missouri.

2011 KCCAA Community Service Award

2011 KC Chinese New Year Celebration

Together for the first time, KCCAA is teaming up with Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, and KU Confucius Institute to jointly host the best-ever “Kansas City Chinese New Year Celebration” on Feb. 5, 2011 Saturday at Johnson County Community College (JCCC).

Click here for Program Highlight.

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