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              June/July 2016 Newsletter
Updates from the Council of Asian Pacific Americans 

CAPA News & Updates
President's Message

I hope you all had a great Fourth of July Holiday and a good start to the short Michigan summer.

I have some exciting news to share with you. First,we have a new President-Elect, Angela Wang Beasinger and Vice-President, Sharon Dow who were elected by the Board of Directors on June 29th. They both have great skills and we look forward to working with them in continuing CAPA's mission and growing CAPA. Secondly, for the first time CAPA has been awarded a Grant by the Michigan Humanities Council. Congratulations to Harsha and her team who worked hard on submitting it. Harsha has given the details of the Grant below. We will be reaching out to our members with more information on participation in the documentary.

Thanks to our new production team under Rachna Kumar, Sharon Dow and Artistic Director Ning Xue we had a great Splendor of East Signature Event celebrating the Asian Pacific American Heritage month. We shared our diverse Asian Culture with the community at large through the theme Sights and Sounds of Asia. I would like to thank you all for coming and supporting us. A special thanks to Counsul General of Japan, Mr. Wada and Director of the Office of New Americans, Mr. Bing Goei for attending the VIP reception and welcoming our guests. This event would not have been possible without the support of all our sponsors. Thank You!

Going forward, CAPA is hosting a new summer event this year. The Asia Fest, on July 14th takes place at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. We are partnering with a number of other Asian Pacific organizations to bring you the cuisine and culture of several Asian Pacific countries under one roof. Please come and enjoy. I look forward to meeting you there. We are also getting ready for our next Signature event, the annual Leadership Summit, on October 22nd. We will be building on last year's theme to equip members of the community with the right skills to be leaders and a more powerful "YOU". As the APA community's strength in numbers in increasing, so should their ability to lead.

I hope to see you all at our events. Please contact me if you wish to volunteer at CAPA.

Best Wishes,
Aneesa I. Rashid, Ph.D.

CAPA Splendor of the East 2016: Sights and Sounds of Asia
From Rachna Kumar, CAPA Culture Committee Chair


On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) has successfully hosted its popular annual signature event, the "Splendor of the East 2016" at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126. CAPA ( brings Asian Pacific Americans together with the community at large through our culture, education and community services.
CAPA sincerely appreciates the outstanding efforts of its Art Director/ Production Manager, CAPA sponsors, Choreographers and performers, the Production staff, board members, and volunteers who have contributed to the success of the Splendor of the East 2016.
  The Asian Pacific American community in Michigan is growing in size and strength, contributing to the State's economy, diversity and vitality. 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 the economy and society at large.

2015 and 2016 SOE DVDs are available.  For inquiries on purchase please contact

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CAPA 2016 Scholars Award
From Ricky Young, CAPA Youth Committee Chair


The Education Committee under the auspices of Chair Chunchun Tang and Co-Chair Sarvesh Seshadri concluded the selection of the 2016 scholarship applicants on April 23rd, 2016.

The lucky awardees are Alexander Liu and Kathie Lee from Troy High School, and Shyam Sudheendra from Stoney Creek High School for winning the scholar's award! They received their awards at VIP reception of SOE-2016 at the Ford Theater for the Performing Arts in Dearborn, Michigan on May 14, 2016.  Kathie Lee, an upcoming student at MSU, says, "SOE was an incredible event and being immersed in my Asian American heritage has made me proud of who I am. I hope to be able to express my heritage at Michigan State!"

CAPA congratulates these fine young students and wishes them success in their future.

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Upcoming Events
2016 Greater Detroit AsiaFest
From Ke Zhang Miske, CAPA Membership Committee Chair

Thursday, July 14, 6pm - 10pm
Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI

Advance Discount Tickets Now Available
General Admission: $10
Children 12 and Under: FREE
Receive $5 in food vouchers redeemable at any of
or food concessions with each ticket purchased.
Tickets $2 more if purchased at the door

Parking in the east, west and south lot adjoining the
Royal Oak Farmers Market is free during the event.
Meters do not need to be fed during the event.

Purchase tickets TODAY at

Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) and National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Detroit: Allies in the Production of 2016 Greater Detroit AsiaFest on Thursday July 14, 2016 at Royal Oak Farmers Market from 6 PM to 10 PM. 

The Greater Detroit AsiaFest is a one evening, food and culturally themed micro-festival. It is a Multi-Cultural Pan-Asian Food Festival & Entertainment Experience and one of the Most Anticipated New Culinary Events in Metro Detroit.  The event will be unprecedented in that it will incorporate food from restaurants and caterers representing much of the Asian region - China, Japan, Korea, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand and more...  We are also seeking to include entertainment central to some of these areas in the form of music and dance.  Please visit  or contact for more event details.    

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CAPA 2016 Annual Statewide Asian Pacific Leadership Summit

14th Annual Statewide CAPA Leadership Summit
Saturday, October 22, 9am - 2pm

Save the Date!

CAPA Statewide Leadership Summit in 2015.  Save the date October 22 for 2016 Leadership Summit. 

In collaboration with other member organizations, Council of Asian Pacific Americans will host the 14th Leadership Summit on October 22, 2016. CAPA's Annual Leadership Summit focuses on building bridges and fostering growth within the Asian Pacific American Community and other organizations to bring about a positive social and economic change. We encourage the participation of all community organizations. Please visit for more event details in the coming months. Please contact if you wish to be a partner organization or sponsor to this event.

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CAPA Received the 2016 Michigan Heritage Grant from Michigan Humanities Council
From Harsha Nahata, CAPA Board of Director
CAPA is proud to announce that we are a recipient of a  2016 Michigan Heritage Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council. The grant will fund a 10 month project - "Connecting Asian American Immigrant Communities" - to document and archive the immigration experience of the diverse Asian American communities that call metro Detroit home. 
The project, extending from August 2016 to May 2016, will feature a series of community dialogues that will culminate into a short 10-15 minute film on the Asian American community in metro Detroit.  Please be on the look out for more details on dates and times for these dialogues. We hope to see you there and have you be a part of showcasing our rich history.  
We encourage all members of our community to participate. Please visit or contact, for further information.

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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.
Pregnancy and Infant Health Indicators Among Asian and Pacific Islanders within the State of Michigan: 2016 Report   
From Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
The Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section in collaboration with the Lifecourse Epidemiology & Genomics Division is pleased to announce the release of the report entitled "Pregnancy and Infant Health Indicators Among Asian and Pacific Islanders within the State of Michigan: 2016 Report."  This report presents estimates from 2009-2013 birth certificate data that compares maternal and pregnancy characteristics as well as birth outcomes within the Asian and Pacific Islander populations in Michigan. A summary report entitled "Asian and Pacific Islanders: Pregnancy Health Indicators, Michigan, 2009-2013" was created to accompany the full report. Both of these reports are available online at:


If you are in need of immediate assistance, please click on high importance and email Sheryl Weir at  weirs@michigan.govPlease note, Sheryl is part-time and only work Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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