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MAPAAC 2023 Annual Report

Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) - 2023 Annual Report

Direct Interactions and Programming:

In the past year, the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) has made a significant impact by directly engaging with approximately 3,000 individuals through a diverse range of programming activities. MAPAAC sponsored and collaborated on various events, showcasing its commitment to promoting Asian Pacific American (APA) culture and fostering community connections. Some noteworthy activities supported by MAPAAC include the American Citizens for Justice Film Festival, which commemorated Vincent Chin, and the Annual Korean Festival organized by the Korean American Cultural Community Center of MI. Additionally, MAPAAC collaborated with organizations such as the MI Sikh Collaborative for a Women's Retreat and the HMONG Women's Association for their Annual HMONG Multicultural Event. APIAVOTE-MI received sponsorship from MAPAAC for initiatives like the Winter Food Drive, Spring Food Drive, and Back to School Backpack Drive, contributing to community welfare. The Council of Asian Pacific Americans hosted an Annual CAPA Cultural Event, while Peerbagh organized a Book Festival recognizing APA literature and culture. Other collaborative efforts included the Asian Indian Women's Association's International Women's Day Conference, the Philippine American Community Center's Cultural Program for PACCM Sunday School, and the Thai American Association of MI's Cultural Heritage Program and Thai Community Food Festival. MAPAAC also supported the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Foundation’s Asian Festival and Hype Athletics' Annual Asian Night Festival in Dearborn. In partnership with Neutral Zone, MAPAAC contributed to the Neutral Zone Asian Teens Retreat, a student-led recreational program aimed at promoting APA culture among APA teens. These initiatives collectively highlight MAPAAC's dedication to fostering cultural appreciation, community engagement, and social impact throughout the state of Michigan.

Public Events and Meetings:

MAPAAC organized four commission meetings on the following dates: March 10, May 12, June 14, and September 22. In addition to these key meetings, the commission successfully hosted its annual Leaders’ Appreciation Dinner in September, providing a platform to recognize and celebrate leaders within the community. Furthermore, an impactful Education Resource Workshop was conducted in July, contributing to the commission's commitment to educational initiatives. Highlighting the commission's extensive engagement, a total of 14 additional events were sponsored throughout the year, showcasing MAPAAC's dedication to fostering meaningful connections and initiatives within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. This multifaceted approach to programming underscores MAPAAC's commitment to addressing a diverse range of interests and needs within its constituency.

Cooperation and Collaboration: In March, the commission organized an all-ethnic commission convening aimed at fostering collaboration for future programming and activities. During this gathering, commissions collaborated on crafting joint statements addressing significant events, including the tragic MSU shooting and advocating against hate in Michigan. Additionally, the commissions collectively worked on establishing legislative priorities, notably contributing to the advancement of the DriveSafe bill. This collaborative effort reflects the commission's commitment to unity, shared advocacy, and impactful engagement across various ethnic communities.

Meetings with Foreign Diplomats: The Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission played host to a notable event in May at the Philippine American Community Center in Southfield, Michigan. The distinguished guests for the occasion were U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Canadian Minister Mary Ng. The event, co-hosted by MAPAAC and APIA Vote-Michigan, garnered substantial attendance. Adding to the significance of the event, Priya Mann from WDIV Local 4 News, Detroit, served as a special guest moderator. Mann's adept facilitation set the stage for a unique opportunity, enabling the community to engage in a meaningful dialogue with two of the most influential leaders in North American trade. The event provided valuable insights into the issues affecting the Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, while Tai and Ng shared their vision for a more inclusive and equitable future. Mann's exceptional moderation contributed to making the event a success and fostering an environment conducive to learning and dialogue.