The Eighth KCCAA Community Service Award

In 2010, the Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA) established an annual KCCAA Community Service Award 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. In the past several years we have seen an increasing number of young students engaging in volunteer work, particularly under the leadership of KCCAA Youth Hope Fund. More and more of our young people have come to understand the personal satisfaction of helping others. In order to honor the unselfish efforts of these young people and, in hopes of encouraging others to follow their examples, KCCAA will offer recognition to some of the most outstanding efforts by the young people in our community to help others. To emphasize the intrinsic rewards of community service, the awardees will be given plaques, scholarships (amount to be determined), and will be honored on stage at this year’s Spring Festival Gala.

This award may be offered to any primary or secondary school student in the greater Kansas City area and any qualified student may apply.

Requirements: 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.

Evaluation criteria for awards:

· Service activities that emphasize service to others in need will be valued over experiences that are designed primarily as learning experiences for the student. Quantity of hours of service will not necessarily be more highly valued than quality but consistent patterns of service to others will be valued by the judges.

· Initiative and (age-appropriate) leadership and organization in group efforts to serve others will also be noted. Fundraising activities to benefit others will be viewed as worthwhile but (age-appropriate) direct service to others may, in some cases, be viewed as having more enduring significance for the student applicants.

Application procedures: Submit a one to three page application letter by email to kccaa.award@gmail.com by January 20, 2018. The application statement should include the student’s name, school, and contact information for school; a list of the student’s community service experiences during 2017, with a description of each community service experience; the student’s perspective of the benefit of the service to those served, and the student’s reflections on lessons learned from his or her service experience(s). Please also …

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那些有堪城中美联合会春晚陪伴的流金岁月

 发表于 2018年1月6日 下午12:18。

2018年的新年遭遇了北美50年来最冷的冬季,地处中西部的堪城也是冰天雪地、寒风陡峭,气温低达摄氏零下十度。然而,与大自然的万木凋零、冰冷阴霾的气氛形成鲜明反差的,是堪城华人社区金鼓喧阗、笙歌鼎沸迎接农历狗年的喜气和红火。

从一月到二月,大规模的迎春联欢晚会就有三场,其中包括中美联合会、孔子学院与斯诺基金会联手举办的KCCAA春晚、演讲大赛、和文化展示。本地美术馆和中文学校也纷纷举办自己的中国新年日(China Day)和联谊活动。

本地最大的华人社团中美联合会KCCAA(Kansas City Chinese American Association)的春晚导演春燕女士告诉我,今年KCCAA的春晚,不仅会一如既往地为广大华人奉献本地最好的歌舞演出和文艺表演,还特意邀请陕西永宁艺术团万里迢迢来到堪城,为堪城民众献上长安乐舞、诗画乐舞、唢呐名曲、二胡独奏等精彩纷呈的节目。

春燕女士还剧透给我今年春晚的节目单。在一个个充满诗意,让人浮想联翩的演出节目之中,我看到了一个熟悉的名字——“茉莉花中国舞团”。正是因为“茉莉花中国舞团”的渊源,让我家成为KCCAA春晚的常客,让我们对KCCAA一年一度的春晚,满怀亲切。

我现在还清楚地记得,2012年的秋季,我在网上搜寻到“茉莉花中国舞团”的网站。我给当时的艺术指导张劲松写邮件,询问我女儿加入儿童舞蹈队、学习民俗舞的事宜。劲松很快回了信,说可以让娅娅来试课。娅娅上了一节课就喜欢上了,从此开启了她长达四年的学舞过程。

   

光阴荏苒中,娅娅练习了基本功,学会了听节拍,结交了好朋友。我很高兴她能听得懂老师的中文授课并享受整个学习过程,这也是我当初毫不犹疑为她报名的初衷。我希望她能在学习中国民族舞的过程中,能够潜移默化地认知、亲和中国传统文化。

 

娅娅跟随舞蹈队参与了KCCAA三次春晚的彩排和演出。当她第一次登上春晚舞台的时候,看着台下乌压压的观众,她没有感到害怕和退缩,而是无比的兴奋和快乐。仍然让我记忆犹新的是,当她和她的好伙伴从那扇红色的大门后欢快地奔向舞台时,现场观众爆发出的赞许的惊叹和掌声。演出结束了,她和她的好伙伴还逗留在舞台上,依依不舍、不愿离去。

我不能忘记,当我坐在晚会剧场红丝绒的软座上,聆听着熟悉得不能再熟悉的民俗乐曲,欣赏着熟悉得不能再熟悉的舞蹈合唱,我心中涌出的温暖的感动。因为春晚,我们不辞辛苦、风雪无阻,驱车一个小时赶赴剧场参加彩排和演出;因为春晚,我们结识了堪城众多的华裔家庭,并结下深厚的友谊;因为春晚,我们惊讶地发现堪城本地也荟萃了如此众多人杰俊才;因为春晚,数九寒天不再凄冷萧瑟,美中农村也不再荒凉无趣。

我也获知,为确保每年春晚盛会的顺利和圆满,KCCAA的组织者和志愿者们早在一年前的四月就开始筹划、准备、联络、协调,殚精竭虑、劳心劳力。他们对每一个环节,包括确认场地、筛选节目、设计流程、掌控进度、保障技术等等,事无巨细,都一丝不苟、力求完美。正是因为所有参与者的敬业努力和默默付出,才缔造了堪城最大春晚的视觉盛宴。今年,由于国内专业文艺团体的加盟,节目组需要协助审批、签证、以及具体的行程安排,盛典筹备的严谨和细致更是提升到一个前所未有的高度。

春晚,以它浓浓的中国年味儿,唤醒了我们的幼时记忆和乡愁,维系着我们的家国情怀和亲情。它把每一个散落在异国他乡的海外游子凝聚起来,阖家欢乐、欢聚一堂,重温温馨往昔,展望美好未来。回味着那些有春晚陪伴的流金岁月,我对今年的堪城春晚充满期待!

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KCCAA 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration

All tickets are sold out.  Thank you ALL!  Looking forward to seeing you at JCCC on January 27, 2018.

Purchase Standard/Non-Membership Tickets Only: $18  

(this will go up to $20 after January 14, 2018)

CNY Gala Ticket plus KCCAA Membership – $22 (10+12) for one membership and one ticket

(this will go up to $25 (10+15) after January 14, 2018)

Purchase/Renew KCCAA Membership Only (no tickets) – $10  

All the tickets purchased online will be available to be picked up on Saturday Jan. 27th, 2018 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at JCCC.

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2018 Year of the Dog, Kansas City Chinese Speech Contest For Youth, University Students, and Adults

Sponsored by: The Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas in partnership with The Center for East Asian Studies of the University of Kansas and The Kansas City Chinese American Association

Preliminary Competition by Video Submission DUE: Monday, January 22, 2018 11:59PM

Finalists will be invited to a Final Competition on: Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:00am to 11:30am, Awards Ceremony at 12:00pm

Johnson County Community College

Please join us in our annual Chinese speaking competition, sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas. Yearly, we partner with area organizations to offer learners and heritage speakers of Chinese an opportunity to showcase their skills. Our competition welcomes all levels of Chinese language learners and heritage speakers (in separate competition categories), and will feature Certificates and Prizes for participants!

Eligibility:

Students currently enrolled in a Chinese program in any K12 school, university, or Chinese weekend school (or homeschool Chinese program), and adult learners are eligible. All contestants must be recommended by their respective Chinese language teacher (can be parent/homeschool teacher).

Please email the form below (can be in the body of an email) as instructed. Contestants should then submit a video entry by uploading it onto YouTube using the “Unlisted” privacy setting, then email the link to your video to ciku@ku.edu.

Here is a link to the YouTube help page on Unlisted videos: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

In your email with the link, please include the following text:

By emailing the link to my “Unlisted” YouTube video, I hereby give permission for Kansas City Chinese Speech Contest judges to view and judge my speech competition entry.

The top contestants in each division will be invited to compete in the finals at Johnson County Community College on January 28, 2017. Prizes and Certificates will be awarded!

Technical Requirements:

Please record your video in MPEG-4. Do not add background music or other sound effects; Do Not Use: PowerPoint, props, or other visual aids; Outdoor or indoor backgrounds are acceptable. A quiet environment, with as little ambient noise as possible, is recommended. Video camera angle must show the speaker’s head and shoulders (or from the waist up).

All speeches should be memorized and delivered in Mandarin Chinese without notes, printed materials, or PowerPoint. The contestant should compose his or her original speech. Speeches may quote other authors’ works but the majority of the work should be original …

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2017 KCCAA Passport/Visa Pickup Notice

For applicants who have submitted your passport and Chinese visa application to KCCAA in October 2017, please pick up your passport/visa at below location and time:

Location: Emmanuel Chinese Baptist Church

                 10101 England Dr., Overland Park, KS 66212  

Time: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, 1:30 – 3:30PM

You may also visit our website at kccaa.org for more information.

KCCAA 1021日的护照/签证活动中递交有关护照/签证材料的申请人,请在以下时间地点领取护照/签证。

地点: 以马内利华人浸洗会

         10101 England Dr., Overland Park, KS 66212

时间: 114 星期六下午130pm-330pm

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