In 2000, the idea of creating a Pan-Asian American cultural organization in Michigan emerged among Asian Pacific Americans to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The seed money for the organization was raised from DTE.
The Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) was formed on February 17, 2001, and the first Splendor of the East was held at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in May.
Since then, the organization has expanded its services to the community through multiple avenues – community leadership roundtable meetings to facilitate communication between leaders of various Asian American ethnic organizations in Michigan, involving the youth in philanthropic activities by instituting an Annual Scholar Award and mobilizing the Asian community in times of need by raising funds to benefit the disaster-affected families.
CAPA has also since added three more signature events – The Statewide Leadership Summit that focuses on community service and leadership development, The Asian Cultural Food Festival that brings the community together over food and culture and an Educational Summit benefiting the youth of our communities.
CAPA’s mission is to unite Asian Pacific Americans and the community-at-large through culture, education and community service.
CAPA’s membership is over 1,200 and its e-newsletter readership is greater than 1,500. CAPA is also an umbrella organization to over 25 ethnic organizations across the state. In 2020, CAPA has been supporting community efforts to bring relief to the frontline workers and the elderly and vulnerable in our community by gathering and delivering medical personal protective equipment and food. We stood up for the Black Lives Matter movement and continue to share what actions our community can take to support, be it supporting black-owned businesses, signing petitions, donating to organizations that make a difference, contacting our state representatives or simply leaning in more and listening. We hosted a 3-part educational series focused on helping prepare high school students for college. We also encouraged the Asian American community to participate in the Census 2020 through a dedicated campaign of education.
2014-2016 YEAR IN REVIEW
Click here to view Splendor of the East 2014 reception with Governor Rick Synder.
Click here to view Splendor of the East 2015 VIP Reception.
Click here to view Splendor of the East 2016 picture gallery.
We look forward to your participation this year in our common goal of committing ourselves to promoting cultural diversity.