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History of Commission

In 2005 Governor Jenifer Granholm established Governor’s Advisory Council of Asian Pacific American Affairs (ACAPAA) with the Department of Civil Rights by an Executive Order. The purpose of the Council was to advise the Governor and the Department of Civil Rights on policy matters pertaining the Asian and Pacific Americans (APAs) in Michigan.

The APA community yearned to have a permanent entity, so the future generations would have continuous representation the state government. By virtue of PA 536 of 2008, MAPAAC became a permanent entity in the state government, not affected by the changing administration. In 2009, Governor Granholm, in Executive Order 2009-21 transferred powers and duties of ACAPAA to MAPAAC, thereby abolishing the advisory council and creating the current Commission.