Yearly Archives: 2011

KCCAA Passport / Visa Day 2011

Saturday October 15, 2011 – Saturday October 15, 2011

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NOTE: A separate email will be sent to you with time slot assignment.

To join or renew your KCCAA membership, click here

Please register below (up to 4 people at a time) to attend the KCCAA Passport/Visa Day 2011 at Indian Creek Community Church (12480 South Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062-5617).

1. Fill in your information below accurately especially your phone number and email address.

2. Follow the link to prepare your paperwork

3. Expect time slot assignment email from KCCAA, and please only come during your time slot

4. Prepare cashier’s check or money order for the consulate office

5. Prepare cash for KCCAA processing fee

6. For documents other than visa, please prepare self-address return envelop with postage

7. For Chinese visa, KCCAA will provide local pick-up at 888 Market, no return envelop is needed


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Letter From Principal Adams

From: Sue Adams <>
Subject: What kids you have!!!!!
To: “Jessie” <>
Date: Friday, July 22, 2011, 5:18 PM


Please forward to parents,

I am truly enjoying working with your children/teenagers. They are the finest group of 4 students that I have been with.  They are mature, thoughtful, charming, and oh so smart!!!!  Ii appreciate this opportunity that you have extended to me.

We will be save traveling back to Xian.  Everyone is looking forward to shopping and relaxing,

You are truly fine parents and a model to others.

If you ever want to get together to process the trip, i.e. what went well, what we could have taught better, make sure we all have exchanged pictures, let me know  Hopefully we can make this trip again!

Sincerely yours,


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Helping Children of Migrant School in Beijing

Doug Ahrens June 2011 Kansas City

As some of you know, last month I had the opportunity to go to China and teach English at a school for children of migrant workers.  I went with no expectations and returned laden with wonderful memories of friendship and generosity – and a great desire to help them continue their learning despite almost unbelievable odds.

The children I taught are the sons and daughters of migrant factory workers who come to Beijing to make the stuff we buy at Target or Walmart.  They work for a pittance – the average family income is about $370 a month – or 2400 Chinese Yuan. But that is more than they can make in their home towns or provinces.  So they come – with their families in tow – to live in run down rental properties, sometimes five or six to a room.  But crowded living conditions are not all they face.

Greater Beijing already has a population of around 31 million.  The Chinese government is trying to curb more growth, so they impose taxes and registration fees for newcomers.  Most migrant workers cannot afford this burden and do not register with the authorities.  As a result their children cannot attend public schools.  They can attend private, neighborhood schools – like the one where I volunteered – but these are poorly funded and staffed.

The school where I volunteered is an old structure with 10 small rooms around an enclosed courtyard.  There is no running water and the ‘bathroom’ is a shallow pit in the back of the school.  I had up to 67 kids at one time in a classroom that might be approved for 20 here.  They sat shoulder to shoulder and fights for ‘territory’ were the order of the day, every day.

Despite these obstacles my experience was wonderful.  The children were delightful, full of energy and a longing for learning. I was showered with love and gifts including drawings, little well-used toys, candy and even a linty chicken wing shyly pulled out of a dirty jacked pocket and proudly presented to me.

I asked what they needed most and the answer was swift and sure:  Air conditioning. The kids go all year round and Beijing summers are brutally hot.  I cannot imagine sitting in such close quarters in these smelly little rooms when the temperature hits 100F+

While I was there I

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2011 KC Chinese New Year Celebration

Feb. 5 2011 Johnson County Community College

The Largest Chinese New Year Celebration in 7 States – organized by KCCAA, KU Confucius Institute, and Edgar Snow Memorial Fund.

Pictures by Jun Zuo
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Pictures taken by Scott Song

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Pictures taken by Steve Thompson

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Pictures taken by Huaiyu Ren

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Mayor Funkhouser to help Kansas City kick off a year of prosperity, health

Saturday will be a day for dancing and noodle making, calligraphy and acrobats, a bass baritone and ballet.
Mayor Mark Funkhouser will join in on Feb. 5 as the Kansas City area celebrates Chinese New Year. The Mayor will speak twice on Saturday evening as the Kansas City Chinese American Association, the KU Confucius Institute and the Edgar Snow Memorial Fund host a Chinese New Year Spring Festival celebration at Johnson County Community College.
Kansas City and the region have thrived because of the contributions of people of different origins, races, and ethnicity, and the diverse culture and traditions they have brought,” Mayor Funkhouser said. “Chinese Americans and our residents with Chinese ancestors have made tremendous contributions to the success of our city, our region, and our nation.”
Mayor Funkhouser issued a proclamation designating Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 as Chinese Week, to recognize the contributions of Chinese and Chinese Americans to Kansas City.

The Chinese New Year begins the Year of the Rabbit, traditionally associated with prosperity, health and fortune. “The new year brings with it new potential for our community,” Mayor Funkhouser said. “We know from the wisdom of generations, that all the flowers of all of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. May we all become successful gardeners this year.”

The Mayor will speak at 6 p.m. at a VIP reception in the Regnier
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