Community News

2012 KCCAA Visa Day

What: Visa Day (we accept Chinese visa applications)

When: March 31, Saturday 1 ~ 3 pm

Where: Room 216 Indian Creek Community Church (12480 South Black Bob Road  Olathe, KS 66062)

2nd Annual Kansas City Chinese Dance Competition

The 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

Down load registration form, rules and regulations

Dance Types: Chinese Folk Dance, Modern Chinese Dance (Modern dance movements and choreography blended with Chinese Dance), Chinese Recreational Dance (Any characteristically Chinese movement, choreographed to Chinese style music)

Categories: Solo, Duo, Trio, and Group

Eligibility: The competition is open to age 5 & above amateur dancers in great Kansas City. There is no restriction in the number of dances that a contestant may enter in any type or category.

Registration Date:  now – Jan. 2nd, 2012 (Room for 20 entries. Registration closes when the entries are full.)

Competition Fee: Solo = $20.00/dancer; Duo = $15.00/dancer; Trio = $10.00/dancer; and Group = $10.00/dancer

Length of the Dance: Each dance no longer than 4 min

Awards: Champion; Runner-Up; and Excellence Awards

To ensure proper adjudication and enable each piece to be properly presented, we can only accept a maximum of 20 entries, on a first come, first served basis. Registration closes when the entries are full. If you are interested in participating this contest, please read attached competition Rules and Regulations. To sign up, please fill out attached entry form and send it with entry fee to the address listed on the top of entry form. For question, please send email to

August 27, 2011 KCCAA Dance Group Supports Kansas City Ballet

In front of hundreds of enthusiastic spectators, KCCAA Dance Team wowed the audience with their dance “Fly A Kite” during the “Open House” event for the new dance studio of the Kansas City Ballet. This is part of the outreach program by KCCAA to celebrate cultural diversity in Kansas City.

August 19 – 21, 2011 Kansas City Ethnic Festival at Swope Park

KCCAA Dance Group and Jasmine Dance Group presented their best performances

on Saturday Aug. 20 at the KC Ethnic Festival. We thank all the volunteers for their great job!

The 2011 Kansas City Ethnic Festival will be at Swope Park from Aug. 19 – 21. More than 50,000 people will attend the biggest ethnic festival featuring more than 30 countries and ethnic groups around the world right here in our city.

KCCAA Dance Group along with other performers around the world will take the center stage to showcase our proud heritage and culture. Click here for details.

[April 2011] Shanghai Summer Camp by Overseas Chinese Affairs of Shanghai (上海侨办)

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 (

[April 9 2011] FREE Weight loss Class – Helen Fu Certified Herbalist and Holistic Health Counselor

Do you want to lose extra weight? Do you know anybody who needs to lose some weight? Join us to learn how to lose weight safely, effectively and permanently while building up your health, having more energy and sleeping better at night.

Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Carmack Room Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212   — 87th Street @ Farley, a few miles east of I-35

We are offering FREE total-body weight loss scans. Our Quantum Physics scanning device will let you know EXACTLY what you need to do to lose weight. You’re welcome to bring your friends. Hope to see you there!

[April 2011] Golden Pagoda Presented by The American Opera Studio & KCCAA

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, 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.


[March 2011] Contemporary Chinese Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

— A Video Installation and a Documentary Film

Currently on display is an exciting video installation by the young Chinese artist Cao Fei. RMB City Opera represents a virtual Chinese city featuring emblematic buildings such as the CCTV building, Tiananmen Square, the Olympic Stadium as well as non-Chinese buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum. The city is populated by a rich cast of imaginary characters including actors in Red Army uniforms inspired by operas of the Cultural Revolution, but also characters drawn from Western popular culture such as Batman and Robin, Superman and Superwoman.  This visually rich work explores themes such as romance, love and the nature of modern identity in a utopian vision that fuses past, present, and future.

On Saturday, March 5, from 1:30-4:00 pm, Curator Leesa Fanning will introduce The Rising Tide, a film directed by Robert Adanto that documents the emergence of an innovative generation of young Chinese artists including Cao Fei. A question and answer session with Robert Adanto immediately follows the screening.

Please note: The video includes some passages of a sexual nature;  Parental discretion is advised.

Admission to the Museum and to the film is free.

Jasmine Upcoming Chinese Folk Dance Class registration

Jasmine 2011 Spring dance classes for both adult and youth will start on 2/19, Saturday. The new features of upcoming classes include body-shape building and Chinese folk dance for health (形体训练和健身舞)in adult classes, and teaching solo Chinese folk dance with basic dance training in youth classes. For detailed class information, please visit , Any question? please send email to

2011 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 2011, 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.

An applicant must:

1.    be an elementary or secondary school student (grades 1 through 12).

2.    have participated in some form of voluntary work or community service (without compensation) during the past year.

3.    Submit an application letter no more than one page (letter size or A4). The application statement should include the student’s name, school, and contact information for school; a description of the community service experience; the student’s reflections on lessons learned from that experience; name and contact information for the supervisor of the community service experience.

Applications must be received by January 31, 2011. The Education Committee of the Kansas City Chinese American Association will review the applications and determine the final list of awardees. The awards will be presented in a ceremony to be held during the KCCAA Chinese New Year Gala on February 5, 2011.

The Kansas City Chinese Association is grateful to Waddell & Reed and to Black & Veatch for generously providing funding for this award.

Please submit applications to by January 31, 2011.

The 1st Kansas City Chinese Dance Competition

Competition Entry Form PDF File

Competition Rules & Regulations PDF file

When: Feb. 5th, 2011, Saturday
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Place: JCCC GEB Building
Eligibility: 5 years old and above
Competition Rooms: maximum 20 entries

Registration Date: now – 1/14, 2011.  Registration closes when 20 entries are reached.
Registration fee: $20.00 / person (solo), $15.00 / person (duo), $10.00 / person (trio), $10.00 / person (group)
Awards: Champion, Runner-Up, Excellence Awards

Types included in the competition:

1. Chinese Folk Dance
2. Modern Chinese Dance (Modern dance movements and choreography blended with Chinese Dance)
3. Chinese Recreational Dance (Any characteristically Chinese movement, choreographed to Chinese style music)
Categories: Solo, Duo, Trio, Group
Contests are grouped by: Dance Type, Age, Category

We can only accept a maximum of 20 entries, on a first come, first served basis. For more details of the competition, please read The Competition Rules & Regulations. To register, email

Chinese Culture Connection (CCC) offers private or group dance lessons based on your needs. For more information, please send email to

[Sept. 16 2010] Children 6 and up Needed

35 children age 6 and up are needed for the opening dance during the largest Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by KCCAA at JCCC Yardley Hall on Feb. 5 2011 – a great opportunity for young kids to perform on stage, celebrate Chinese culture and promote team spirit. $5 per class for KCCAA member to cover facility and instruction cost. Costumes will be purchased separately.

15 girls from age 6 – 11, 10 boys from age 6 – 11, 10 girls age 12 and over. Limited positions. First come, first serve!

All dance classes and practices will be scheduled from 9:30am – 11:30am or 4:00pm – 5:00pm each Sunday (excluding holidays). If interested, please send email to Registration ends on 9/30/10.

[Sept. 16 2010] KCCAA Received Recognition from Census 2010

Being the only authorized partner with Census 2010 representing Chinese community in Kansas City, KCCAA receives recognition from the Census 2010 for its support in raising awareness of and inspiring participation.

[Sept. 11 2010] KCCAA and StoryCorp Preserving History in America

KCCAA was invited to participate in the story telling sessions organized by StoryCorps – an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.

On September 11, Bambi Shen / Gene Foster, Helen Fu / Johnathan Chen, Terri Hitt / Dennis Hitt, CJ Wei / Tammy Wang were invited to the recording booth and conducted an one hour recording session and shared their stories.

Toastmaster Champion Helen Fu and her son Johnathan in the recording booth

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on their Listen pages. For more information about StoryCorps, please visit their website

[June 9 2010] Kwan Wu – Celebrates China – US Friendship In Style

One of the major organizers of the “China – US 30 Years Anniversary Relationship Peace Friendship Memorial Sculpture Project” Master Kwan Wu, our KCCAA member, welcomes the latest Chinese sculpture “Lantern Light” to the state of Kansas. The 9′ high, 16 ‘ wide bright red sculpture will be dedicated on June 15 at the Washburn University as the final sculpture of the 8 pieces installed in both US and China cities celebrating the 30th anniversary of China – US diplomatic relations.

On May 16, Kwan Wu’s 15 ft sculpture “the Gate of Peace” was unveiled in Guangzhou China in light of his 10,000 square feet “Kwan Wu Sculpture Exhibition Hall” grand opening.  70 pieces of Kwan’s work are displayed permanently.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Kwan’s Exhibition Hall in Guangzhou China

The” Gate of Peace” is one of the eight pieces sculpture for the ” China – US 30 Years Anniversary Relationship Peace Friendship Memorial Sculpture Project.”

A Gift sculpture capturing the moment of President Carter and Deng, Xiaoping meeting in Beijing in 1979 was given to the Carter Center in Atlanta GA by Master Wu.

Inside Master Wu’s Exhibition Hall             40 Minutes live demo for special guest Mr. Haude from NJ.

[May 22 2010] Team KCCAA competes in UMMA Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Team KCCAA participates in the United Minority Media Association (UMMA) Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by the UMMA Chairman/CEO/Founder at Swope Memorial Golf Course.

Individually sponsored and representing Chinese community in Kansas City,  Team KCCAA – Fred Jiang (KCCAA KC Friendship School Project Chairman), Huaiyu Ren (2009 KCCAA Volunteer of the Year Award winner), Tammy Wang  CJ Wei (current KCCAA President). Team KCCAA shot even par and received warm welcome by the tournament organizers and players.

United Minority Media Association (UMMA) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization of minority entrepreneurs, professionals and students in the communications and media industry. Members share a commitment to career development, education and community service.

[May 6 2010]  KCCAA participates the 7th Annual Asian American Chamber of Commerce CelebrASIAN Award Gala in Marriott Hotel Overland Park.

The seventh annual event showcased highly successful professionals, civic leaders and corporate partners who are supportive of the Asian American community and businesses. Many of the outstanding volunteers who have contributed to the Chinese community are invited to this event.

The evening’s agenda included cultural entertainment performed by the Silk Road Dance Academy sponsored by the KC Chinese American Association. The dance set the mood for the award presentations that followed.

The AACC honors the accomplishments of local Asian Americans in business, community service and philanthropy and professional leadership. The AACC promotes Asian American business interests and recognizes the significant contributions that Asian Americans have made in the Kansas City area.

[May 5 2010]  Press Release: KCCAA member uses English as a 2nd language to win Toastmasters Speech

Helen Fu, from Overland Park, Kansas, won District 22 Toastmasters International Speech Contest on May 1 after winning Division L and Area 34. She’ll represent District 22 and compete in the International Semi-final round at Palm Desert, California on August 12th. Helen is one of the 81 semi-finalists (to represent 81 districts worldwide) out of about 35,000 contestants from 70 countries. Nine winners will be chosen from nine Semi-final Contests. If she wins there, she will compete for World Championship of Public Speaking on August 14th at the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention.

2009 District Humorous Speech Contest Winners -Helen Fu (left) 1st Place

2010 District International Speech Contest Winners -Helen Fu (middle) 1st Place

Helen is a holistic health counselor and a member of Central Exchange Toastmasters. She also won the District 22 Humorous Speech Contest in 2009 -the highest level for Humorous Speech Contest in Toastmasters. What is most notable is she is winning in her second language, English, as Helen was born and raised in China.

For more information:  Kathy O’Dowd, President Central Exchange Toastmasters 913-649-0827

[April 24th 2010] KCCAA Supports Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival

Kansas City Kansas Community College will host the 2010 Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival on Saturday, April 24.

The event will be held at the college’s field house, located at 7250 State Avenue, from 11:30 a.m.  – 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public. Parking is also free.

“The mission of the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival is to foster a climate of inclusiveness, promote relationships and contact between people, and educate each other about our common humanity,” a press release about the festival states. “We want to meet our neighbors who live, work, attend schools or colleges here, or have ties to Wyandotte County.”

[April 17th 2010] KCCAA Supports Northland Ethnic Festival

Bring your family to see the world right here in the Northland at the free Northland Ethnic Festival!

Africa, Bolivia, Czech Republic, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Gambia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Republic of China, Samoa, Scotland, Thailand, Trinidad/Tobago, Ukraine, Vietnam, People to People International, Minority Veterans Commission

Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Malay, Mexico, Polynesia, Samoa, Thailand

Ethnic Enrichment Commission, Maple Woods Metropolitan Community College, Mid-Continent Public Library, Park Hill School District, Platte County Parks and Recreation Outreach Grant, Riverside Tourism Grant, University of Missouri Extension

[April 14th 2010] Publishing News for Young People Learning English

Time: 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 14

Location: Regnier Auditorium, KU Edwards Campus, 12610 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66213

Lecture by Li Shuo, a journalist and editor for the 21st Century Group, the youth publishing division of China Daily. Li Shuo previously worked as a reporter and later a human resources director for China Daily, which has close government ties even though it is listed as a “free market” newspaper. One of her duties in human resources was to hire foreign journalists to work for China Daily.

Overview of the nine editions of the newspaper China Daily published in English for Chinese students throughout China from grades 1 through college, and the goals of each. The overview will also discuss the images the editions project of American culture for a young Chinese audience. They reflect the needs of serving students honing their English-language skills, as well as reveal what topics the students desire to read about, which, remarkably, parallel those of their U.S. counterparts. Content for these Chinese students is a reflection of both them and of us.

[April 3 2010] Olathe North High School Ethnic Fair

KCCAA participated in this year’s Olathe North High School Ethnic Fair with support from Jasmine Dance Team.

[Mar. 27 2010] Free Seminar On Body Cleanses

Saturday, March 27th 1-3 PM, Carmack Room, Central Resource Library (9875 W. 87th Street Overland Park, KS 66212)

Spring is finally here! Our body also needs a spring cleaning to shed off the extra weight and get rid of the toxins accumulated during the past months or years. Medical evidence shows that the most important prevention and treatment for all illnesses is BODY CLEANSE!

You are invited to attend a free seminar by a Master Herbalist and an expert in Body Systems, Dale Scott. She is going to teach us about all the different body cleanses, such as colon, liver or kidney cleanse. Find out what’s the right cleanse for you and how to do it effectively and safely with natural herbs!

Please RSVP to Helen at or call 913-400-2021. Bring a friend. Hope to see you this Saturday!

[March 11 2010] KCCAA Participates in Cultural Crossroads Presentation

Cultural Crossroads, a nonprofit organization offers a different multicultural topic each month. The topic of March 2010  is “Spring Holidays.”  KCCAA President CJ Wei is one of the guest speakers to make a presentation regarding the Chinese New Year.  The meeting was held on March 11 at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

[Mar. 7 2010] KCCAA Invited to Ann Dunham’s (President Obama’s Mother) Indonesian Batik Exhibit

Rare opportunity to view the Batik collection of President Barack Obama’s mother, the late Dr. Ann Dunham. US Congressman Dennis Moore, Indonesian Consulate-General, and KCCAA President CJ Wei attended the event. Reception ceremony also included ethnic dances by local students.

Location: Regnier Center of Johnson County Community College

US Congressman Dennis Moore and KCCAA President CJ Wei

[Feb. 28 2010] Bolivar 數學競賽,數名華裔奪冠

數學作為所有科學學科的基礎,一直備受華裔家長重視。而華裔學子亦不負厚望,在重要比賽中屢屢取得驕人戰績。2月27日在密蘇里州的波利瓦城舉行的Mathcounts 中小學數學競賽,即有多名堪城華裔學生獲得第一名。
這個數學競賽是由西南浸信大學數學系舉辦的,主辦人韓普音博士(Dr. Hopkins)1989年畢業於伊利諾伊州立大學香檳分校數學系,對中小學數學教育頗有研究。這個數學競賽從1999年開始舉辦到今年已經是第11屆,因為競賽方式完全模擬全美數學初中比賽(Mathcounts),所以吸引很多有興趣的學校參賽。由於參賽人數眾多,比賽分成兩組在不同的日期舉行。本次競賽雖因惡劣天氣由1月30日改期至2月27日,仍有25所周邊學校的234位學生參加。堪城參賽的華裔學生,此次成績非常令人驕傲,由Ying Chow 和Jenny Huang 參加的小組奪得5-6年級團隊第一名,由Tammy Ma,Mykell Ma 和Luke Chen 三位華裔學生組成的小組奪得7-8年級團隊第一名。歐伯倫小徑中學(Overland Trail)的Emily Zhu,今年第一次參加這個比賽就捧走7年級全部兩項個人冠軍的獎牌。同一所學校的Michael Zhou則贏得8年級個人第一名。来自Bentwood Elementary 的 Austin Tang (below) 同样以优异的成绩捧走3年級两个单项个人第一名和第二名的奖牌。

此次參賽的華裔學生全部來自本城的McCalla 數學班。 McCalla數學班此次共有16 位學生參加比賽,華裔9人全部都有所斬獲,其中Tammy Ma和Luke Chen分別贏得5-6年級和7-8年級單項個人第二名,Mykell Ma也獲得7-8年級組“Target”第三名的好成績。 McCalla先生曾經是本城著名私校Pembroke Hill的數學老師和Mathcounts教練,一年兩學期開班授課,暑假則舉辦數學夏令營。

[Feb. 20 2010] Sponsored by KCCAA, children from KC Chinese community performed at the 2010 Greater Kansas City Home Show