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      Council of Asian Pacific Americans
             2017 January/February Newsletter
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Updates from the Council of Asian Pacific Americans 

CAPA News & Updates
President's Message

On behalf of the CAPA board, I want to wish you a very happy new year of the Rooster.  I'd like to thank the immediate president Dr. Aneesa Rashid for her two-year leadership and contributions to CAPA.  Also, special thanks to past President Ms. Arcie Gemino and board member Ms. Becky Tungol for their six years of dedication to CAPA. 
I am pleased to introduce our very passionate, motivated and talented 2017 board. Ms. Sharon Dow, Vice President and Communication Chair; Ms. Ngoc Do, Executive Director; Mr. Jeffrey Vedua, Treasurer; Ms. Yoshi Babcock, Secretary; Mr. Phuong Nguyen, Cultural Chair; Ms. Jieyu Alatchanian, Publicity Chair; Ms. Bing Shuttlewood and Ms. Coco Zhang-Miske, Membership Co-Chairs; Ms. Gongju "Zoe" Baek and Ms. Lavinia Mateo, Community Services C0-Chairs;  Miss Alisa Young and Ricky Young, Youth Co-Chairs; Dr. Aneesa Rashid, Nominations Chair; and Ms. Geck Budd and Mr. Christopher Stefan, new board members.
We are extremely lucky that the following board members will continue their great services on the CAPA board: Ms. Chunchun Tang and Mr. Sarvesh Seshadri- Education Chairs; Ms. Billie Belen, Ms. Eleonor Jenks, Ms. Farah Ahmed, Ms. Harsha Nahata, Ms. Jenny Wang, Ms. Lisa Gray, Ms. Natsuko Sagawa and Mr. Scott Low, Directors.             
Our entire board believes in CAPA's mission to unite Asian Pacific Americans and the community at-large through culture, education, and community service. Diversity is CAPA's Strength.  It's truly my honor to be part of this great CAPA family.  I am a firm believer of creating impactful changes through collaboration with organizations with common goals and building leadership platforms for young generations.   CAPA will be the one-stop shop where we can learn and experience different culture, network with people of different backgrounds, and grow the community stronger at large.  Besides continuing CAPA's signature Splendor of the East (SOE) in May, Leadership Summit in October, and  Holiday celebration in December, we will focus on providing more ongoing services such as hosting Simply the Best: Asian Culture &  Education Series in March, June, September and November. CAPA is committed to adding more value and providing better service to the API community at large.
Please check our calendar for all event details and stay tune with our website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and media communication.  Please mark your calendar on May 13, 2017 for a wonderful Black-tie  Dinner Gala and the Splendor of the East Show and Afterglow to celebrate our family, culture and our community.  What an excellent way to kick-off your Mother's Day celebration!    
We are still actively seeking a fundraising chair.  If you are interested in serving our community and making a difference, please consider joining CAPA in one or more of the following roles: a board member, an Advisory board member, a sponsor, a volunteer, or an intern.   Together we can achieve more. We look forward to meeting you in person.

Happy New Year from your CAPA Family!

Best Wishes,
Angela Wang Beasinger

Executive Committee

Angela Wang Beasinger
Vice President Sharon Dow
Executive Director Ngoc Do
Secretary Yoshiko Babcock
Treasurer Jeffrey Vedua

Committee Chairs

Communications Sharon Dow Fund-raising (vacant)
Community Services Lavinia Mateo
Ngoc Do
Gongju "Zoe" Baek
Jeffrey Vedua
Cultural Program Phuong Nguyen Nominations Aneesa I. Rashid, Ph.D.
Education Chunchun Tang Publicity Jieyu Alatchanian
Sarvesh Seshadri Youth Ricky Young
Membership Ke Zhang Miske
Alicia Young
Bing Shuttlewood Webmaster Al-Azhar Pacha


Billie Go Belen Farah Ahmed Jenny Wang Scott Low
Christopher Stefan Geck Budd Lisa Gray
Eleonor Jenks Harsha Nahata Natsuko Sagawa

CAPA Our Stories, Our Voices presentation in UM Annual South Asian Awareness Network Conference

Lunar New Year Celebration Events

May the coming New Year bring you joy, 
love and peace!

General Motors and Chinese Association of Greater Detroit
Japanese Business Society of Detroit
Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Detroit Chinese Business Association
Ford Chinese Association
Association of Chinese Americans Inc.
Vietnamese American Association of Michigan
Chinese Association of Greater Detroit
Detroit Chinese Business Association 

Philippine American Community Center of Michigan - 34th Anniversary Celebration & Post Valentine's Ball

View CAPA Calendar 

CAPA 2017 Key Events- Save your Dates
Quarterly Simply the Best (STB) Asian Culture and Education Series:
3/29/2017 5:30pm-8:30pm
6/28/2017 5:30pm-8:30pm
9/27/2017 5:30pm-8:30pm
11/15/2017 5:30pm-8:30pm
Splendor of the East (SOE) Gala, Show and after Glow:
Saturday  5/13/2017 4pm-10pm
Statewide Leadership Summit:
Saturday 10/14/2017 1pm-5pm
Holiday Celebration & Fundraising:
Saturday 12/9/2017 5pm-10pm

Recent Events
CAPA's Our Stories, Our Voices at University of Michigan SAAN Conference 
From Harsha Nahata, CAPA Board of Director 

On Saturday, January 21, CAPA 's documentary film project, Our Stories, Our Voices, held an audio visual exhibit at the University of Michigan 's annual South Asian Awareness Network conference. Funded by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, this project connects generations through storytelling.
We had over 100 participants come through, from a variety of ethnic backgrounds -Sri Lankan, Singaporean, Indian, Pakistani, Iraqi, Lebanese, and Vietnamese among others. Participants watched clips from the documentary, shared where their family immigrated from, and responded with stories of their own family 's experiences with assimilation and immigration.
We will be incorporating feedback from the students as we continue to put together the documentary. For more information on the progress of the project visit and follow us on Instagram @ourstoriesourvoices.

CAPA Project: Our Stories, Our Voices Project Updates
From Harsha Nahata, CAPA Board of Director

CAPA's grant funded documentary film project, Our Stories, Our Voices has accomplished a lot in the past year, with your support and love.
Most recently, CAPA Board Member, Ngoc Do, held a dialogue for Filipino families at her home in Shelby Township. We had multiple generations come together for great conversation, photo, and dessert on a Sunday afternoon.

Please check out our blog  for more updates on our journey so far.
Looking for:
1. Funding:  We are seeking additional funding for post-production and editing. Anything you can contribute will help us take this project to new heights. Please visit our Go Fund Me page for more information.
2. Artists:  We are looking for Asian American youth and musical artists to contribute one piece to the soundtrack of the film. Interested individuals should email
3. Graphic Designers and Marketing:  We are hiring two student interns to help with graphic design and marketing. Interested individuals should email with a resume and two samples of work.
Thank You! We look forward to hearing from you.

Upcoming Events
CAPA Hosts Splendor of the East 2017 on May 13, 2017
From Sharon Dow, CAPA Vice President

Saturday, May 13, 2017
4pm - 7pm Black-tie Dinner Gala
7:30pm - 9pm Cultural Show
9pm - 10:30pm Afterglow

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 

Splendid Asian Festivals
with visiting group Formosa Circus Art 
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and community cultural groups

This year's event theme is: "Splendid Asian Festivals", an extraordinary collaboration of cultural depictions through Black-tie Gourmet Dinner Gala and cultural performance that pay tribute to festivals and cultures across Asia. Asian Festival Calendar 2017 - we will present a round-up of all the best festivals in Asia this year!  Splendid Asian Festivals will entice your senses with both a traditional and contemporary composition of artistry.  Mark your calendar now to further your cultural insight and appreciate our diverse community.  CAPA brings Asian Pacific Americans together with the community at large through culture, education and community services. 

For tickets and information, please visit CAPA or contact
CAPA President: Angela Wang Beasinger
Public Relations: Jieyu Alatchanian
SOE Chair & Production Manager: Sharon Dow

For more details about Splendor of the East Production, please contact: Sharon Dow, SOE Chair and Production Manager at

CAPA's signature events including the Splendor of the East continue to showcase the growing strength of the APA communities and their increasing contributions to Michigan's economy, diversity and vitality. Your support for our initiatives and events such as the Splendor of the East is greatly appreciated, and we hope you can join us on May 13, 2017 for this fascinating journey into the Splendid Asian Festivals! 
CAPA Scholars Award Application Deadline Extended to March 1st
From Chunchun Tang, CAPA Education Committee Chair

The extended application deadline is March 1, 2017.  The highly selective and prestigious scholarship is intended to propel the educational advancement of APA youth in Michigan and to foster youth involvement and leadership in the APA Community.

To apply for the 2017 Scholars Award, eligible candidates must complete an application form. Applicants must also attend a mandatory interview on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at CAPA office - 29330 Stephenson Hwy, Madison Height, MI 48071. Please visit  CAPA or submit   online application form .  Completed applications must be submitted by on or before March 1, 2017.
For additional information about the 2017 Scholars Award, please contact CAPA Education Committee at or visit CAPA
Professional Development Advice
A Rooster's New Year Resolution
Musings by Dr. Jamie C. Hsu

Now that the celebrations of the holidays are fading away, it is time to build upon all the blessings and best wishes, and start the year of 2017 with an energized self and focused action plan - a new year's resolution.

For many people, their resolutions can be a collection of wishes, determinations, and to-do items. I'd like to offer a more systematic way of doing this based on my 30 years of experience. Let's call it "A Rooster's (me) New Year Resolution." Here are a few pointers for you.

The first step is to envision the type of person you want to be (vision for yourself), and then pick the strategic priorities in your life (remember the Big Rocks in Blog 2?). For each one of the priority areas, think about your broad objectives and let the objectives propel you to take some actions. This way you will link your action items with what is most important to you and with what you want to achieve in life. Another benefit of doing this systematically is to balance your life and your time. Take a look at the total action lists in each category and determine if there are balanced and doable with your time and energy constraints.

Please use this opportunity to share your resolution with your spouse or partner, family, and close friends. They may give you some input and also understand you better.

A sample resolution is shown here and I hope it may trigger some ideas and give you incentive to start your own resolution.

Remember to review your own resolution from time to time. The mere fact of reviewing it will steer you toward your objectives and vision.

At the end of the year, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see how you are becoming the person you want to be. Best Wishes and Congratulations. 

16th Annual Multicultural Festival
From Multicultural Council of America
To celebrate the diversity of cultures around Michigan, the 16th Annual Multicultural Festival in Sterling Heights will be held on  Friday, March 03, 2017 from 6pm until 10pm at the Sterling Heights Senior Center in Sterling Heights, MI.
Friday, March 3, 2017, 6 pm - 10pm
Sterling Heights Senior Center
40200 Utica Road,  Sterling Heights, MI
Admission Free

(248)822-6000 or  (586)573-7300

Asian Pacific American Small Business Series
From Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)

Trying to start or grow your current business but not sure where to start? Join us for our business series with top notch experts from legal and financial industries as they consult and share tips of the trade with local minority business owners. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5 pm - 8pm
Fuji Buffet
32153 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI

RSVP online

Asian American Health & Wellness Expo
From Asian Center - Southeast MI (AC-SEMI)

The goal of this project is to promote a  healthy Asian diet and life style to Asian American communities and the community at large.  Emphasizing prevention, AC - SE MI  is committed to promoting healthy living, and nutrition education has become a very important part of its work. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:30am  - 2pm
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI


Taiwan Encounter
From Association of Chinese Americans, Inc. (ACA)

Visit six major cities with a unique itinerary during this 10-Day/8-Night trip. Fee includes a round trip Delta Airlines ticket Detroit to Taipai, airport pick-up and drop-off services, 5-star hotels throughout, 3 meals per day except for the free scheduled day, admissions, local motor coach service, insurance, tour guide and tips. No VISA needed for U.S. passport holders.

April 24 through May 3 (10 Days 8 Nights)
$2,298 for the first 20 seats
$1,190 if joining the tour only from 4/25 (local time) to 5/3 (no airline ticket)
313-831-1790 or 248-585-9343
Space is limited - RSVP Today 

Employment Opportunties
CAPA Ambassadors Wanted
We are creating a volunteer list of members who would like to attend events to which CAPA is invited. We will meet with you over coffee to give you more information and a presentation on CAPA's activities and mission. Please contact or if you are interested in being added to the list.

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