About MAACA – Founder

Carol Wei is the founder and president of the Mid-America Asian Culture Association, a nonprofit organization with goals to cultivate interest and attention for Asian cultures and to connect, assist and promote Asian-owned businesses. She has been recently honored with a small business advocacy award and a national recognition for her Asian community leadership. Carol was selected the “2014 Kansas Minority Business Advocate of the Year” by the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority & Woman Business Development. She was chosen for the award based on her dedication to promoting Asian-owned businesses and the Asian business culture in the metro Kansas City area through her organization’s annual festival and other events and activities. Carol recently received a national “2014 Small Business Influencer” recognition in the Leadership category. Carol emigrated from China to America in 2007. In 2014, Carol organized, managed and produced the first MAACA “Asian Cultural Festival.” The festival showcased Asian arts, foods, activities and performances. In 2015, she invited Ambassador of Bangladesh Mohammad Ziauddin to come to Kansas for a meeting with governor Sam Brownback, and to give a speech at the 2015 Asian Cultural Festival. This eventually opened up visa service to Bangladesh in Kansas.She also Create the first Asia Business Summit In Untied State on May,2018; 7 Asia Country Ambassador or Consul General and 7 location chambers member joining this event.

 

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Carol Wei emigrated from China to America in 2007. There were many things that surprised and shocked her, from the way people dress to store hours. “It was 12 a.m ...

Asian Cultural Festival organizer is an immigrant who wants to bring cultures together
April 21
BY ZAHID GISHKORI
The Kansas City Star

Carol Wei emigrated from China to America in 2007. There were many things that surprised and shocked her, from the way people dress to store hours.

“It was 12 a.m. when I had arrived in America. Markets were still open. I felt so excited. In my country (China) we can’t imagine shopping at midnight,” said Wei, who lives in Olathe.

As she successfully bridged two cultures, Wei embraced the differences between America and China. She has since become the president of the Mid-America Asian Culture Association, a nonprofit she founded last year that promotes awareness of Asia.

The association will offer its first Asian Cultural Festival on Saturday at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park. It will feature 16 Asian-American associations, all of which will showcase different arts, activities and performances. Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach will inaugurate the event.

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ROY INMAN | SPECIAL TO THE STAR
Carol Wei founded MAACA last year
to promote Kansas City’s Asian cultures.

Carol Wei, founder of the Mid-America Asian Culture Association,
honored with the 2014 Kansas Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award
and a national 2014 Small Business Influencer Award
By: THE KANSAS CITY PRESS RELEASE CENTRAL

Carol Wei, MAACA, 2014 Minority Business Advocate of the Year honoree and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
at the Kansas Minority Enterprise Development Week luncheon, Oct. 15, 2014, in Topeka, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of Minority & Women Business Development.

Olathe, KAN (Oct. 20, 2014): Carol Wei, founder of the Mid-America Asian Culture Association, has been recently honored with a small business advocacy award and a national recognition for her Asian community leadership. Carol was selected the “2014 Kansas Minority Business Advocate of the Year” by the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority & Women Business Development. Wei accepted the honor at the annual Kansas Minority Enterprise Development Week luncheon, Oct. 15, 2014, in Topeka, Kansas. She was chosen for the award based on her dedication to promoting Asian-owned businesses and the Asian business culture in the metro Kansas City area through her organization’s annual festival and other events and activities.

Carol Wei recently received a national “2014 Small Business Influencer” recognition in the Leadership category. She was selected based on outstanding community support for her nomination. The Small Business Influencer awards are sponsored by Small Business Trends, a national highly acclaimed online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders. The awards are presented annually in New York City.

Carol Wei emigrated from China to America in 2007. Residing in Olathe, KS, she is the founder and president of the Mid-America Asian Culture Association, a nonprofit organization with goals to cultivate interest and attention for Asian cultures and to connect, assist and promote Asian-owned businesses. She plans MAACA activities, attends many business events and cultural activities, contacts Asian business owners and secures corporate sponsors to help her accomplish the goals and vision of MAACA.

In 2014, Carol organized, managed and produced the first MAACA “Asian Cultural Festival.” Fifty-two Asian-owned businesses participated, displaying their products and services to 2000 attendees, as they built new relationships. Fifteen Asian country organizations were festival partners. The festival showcased Asian arts, foods, activities and performances. More than 2000 people attended and newspapers and television stations covered the event. She also created and hosted the ’”2014 MAACA Annual Awards Luncheon” and recognized and acknowledge Kansas City area Asian country organizations and corporate sponsors for their commitment to MAACA’s goals and vision.

MAACA, the Mid-America Asian Culture Association, is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization whose purpose is to promote cultural awareness, socialization, develop common interests, and to bring the Asia most famous attractions to Kansas City area.

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Carol Wei in Kansas City Business Journal’s People on the Move Section
October 30, 2014
Kansas City Business Journal

Carol Wei Recognition Plaque
Date added: October 30, 2014
Submission Type: Professional Recognition
Current employer: Mid-America Asian Culture Association
Current title/position: Founder and President
Position level: President
Reason for being recognized: Carol Wei was honored with the 2014 Kansas Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority & Women Business Development. She also received a national 2014 Small Business Influencer recognition for her leadership by Small Business Trends magazine.

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美國中部亞洲文化協會魏歡(CAROL WEI)
獲堪薩斯州2014年少數族裔女性成功人士
堪城新闻报道

2014年10月15日,風和日麗。在堪薩斯州首府托皮卡市的首都廣場飯店 ,堪薩斯州政府商務廳舉行了盛大的發獎典禮。美國中部亞洲文化協會魏歡(CAROL WEI)被做為有史第一個華裔獲獎人被州長Sam Brownback親自授予 2014年少數族裔女性成功人士。 當天有三百餘商界名流嘉賓參與本次午宴 ,美國中部亞洲文化協會也有七個成員國協會會長前來祝賀!在接下來的10月16日的堪城斯諾研討會上,魏歡會長(CAROL WEI)向中國芝加哥總領事趙衛平匯報了最近的工作和被美國紐約和堪薩斯州做為華人唯一得獎人被授予三個大獎,和2015年有影響力領導人提名的喜訊,總領事給於了充分肯定。

美國中部亞洲文化協會會長魏歡將在下週將飛赴紐約接受紐約商業組織頒發的全美前一百名小型企業領導人有影響力冠軍獎。這個獎是全美國網上在線公開選舉,經過一個月全美國公開投票,在600個候選企業裡,經過得票票數排行得出的,美國中部亞洲文化協會魏歡也是該獎項的有史第一個華人得獎人。這說明美國民眾對亞洲文化越來越了解,對華人在美的成就也有著充分的認可。(中部亞洲文化協會訊)