Tina Shaw - Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs

iowa department of human rights

August 28, 2018

Commission of Asian & Pacific Islander (CAPI) Affairs


Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs

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The Iowa Commission of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs (CAPI) invites the community to attend its next public meeting scheduled for Saturday, September 29 from 9:30 AM to Noon at the Urbandale Public Library located at 3520 - 86th Street, Urbandale, Iowa. All CAPI meetings are open to the public. 

As part of its charge to recommend public policy, CAPI is seeking input and feedback from the Asian & Pacific Islander community and those who provide direct services to this population. CAPI Commissioners constructed a five-point, three-year strategic plan of policy areas for policymakers to address. CAPI welcomes comment on this Strategic Plan.  

For more information or to submit oral or written comments, please contact Tina Shaw, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs: tina.shaw@iowa.gov or 1-800-922-8917



Everyone Should Be Counted, But How?

"The answer to who the decennial census counts is relatively simple—it counts everyone. It’s not so simple, though, to answer: How does the census count everyone? The 'who' includes every person who resides in the country. The 'how' deals with what questions are asked and by which methods.

The U.S. Constitution requires that every 'person' be counted. Just how the government goes about that changes from one census to the next. The upcoming 2020 census will be no exception to the rule because it will include both minor and some major changes."

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)


Advocates worry housing issues may lead to an Asian-American census undercount

Obtaining a full count is crucial because census data is used to decide how $675 billion in federal funds is distributed each year.

Figures from a 2017 report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) show that homelessness among Asian Americans has been rising: From 2016 to 2017, that group experienced the highest growth in homelessness among all racial groups (44 percent), followed by African-Americans, who saw a 23 percent increase.

Source: NBC News


API elderly


The Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) People’s Law School will host a free, public event focused on Older Iowan Issues on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the ISBA Headquarters located on 625 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309.  

Please contact ISBA People's Law School to register and for additional details: peopleslawschool@iowabar.org or (515) 243-3179.

Event topics will include: power of attorney and living wills, healthcare directives, and disposition of remains. Event attendees may have living will and/or medical power of attorney forms (available at the link provided) notarized at the event, if they choose to bring their completed forms.  FORMS AVAILABLE HERE: Living Will and Combined Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney


Deanna Clingan-Fischer, Ombuds Officer, Iowa State University

Greg Kenyon, Attorney, Bradshaw Law Firm

This is the first public seminar scheduled as part of the “ISBA People’s Law School” series. The ISBA will identify other topics of public interest and host similar seminars in the future.

This free event is for the public only. There will be video and audio recording taken during this event, as well as photographs. The ISBA may use the recordings in future publications and presentations, upload them to the ISBA website or present them in other media.

ELDERCARE - Protection Against Medicare Fraud

The Senior Medicare Patrol program is one worth knowing. As part of the Iowa  Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Senior Medicare Patrol's (SMP) mission is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect and report Medicare and health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling and education. 

Learn how you can connect to SMP HERE

Find tips to protect against Medicare Fraud HERE

People with limited English proficiency may have translation made available via the Language Learners Link.


The National Federation of Filipino American Associations of Iowa (NaFFAA) and World Financial Group will host the Philippine Consulate General for a two-day outreach event in Des Moines. 

NaFFAA outreach

Former CAPI Commissioner Honored

 The Iowa International Center will honor Albert Liu and others at its upcoming Passport to Prosperity Gala on October 13. Honorees were selected among many distinguished immigrants and refugees in Iowa who enrich their communities. Mr. Liu came to live in Iowa in 1994 as an immigrant from China. Since that time, he has served on state and local boards/commissions, committees, and businesses dedicated to building a strong relationship between Iowa and China. He played a key role in preparing Iowa for the 2012 visit to Iowa of Xi Jinping, then Vice President of China. Liu is currently Director of International Business Development with Kent Corporation.

Albert Liu


LSI Workplace Skills Fall 2018

LSI Refugee Fall 2018


Tai Village Festival


The Chinese-Born Doctor Who Brought Tofu to America

Dr. Yamei Kin was a scientific prodigy who promoted the Chinese art of living to U.S. audiences. "Kin was something of a celebrity"..."with much fanfare in the press, she had embarked on a tour of China to investigate the culinary uses of tofu, with a headline in the June 10, 1917, edition of The Sunday New York Times Magazine proclaiming, 'Woman Off to China as Government Agent to Study Soy Bean: Dr. Kin Will Make Report for United States on the Most Useful Food of Her Native Land.'"

Source: Smithsonian Magazine


Hmong Studies Journal publishes education issue

The Hmong Studies Journal, a partner of the Hmong Cultural Center, has published a new special issue focusing on contemporary concerns and issues in Hmong American education.

Source: Asian American Press


Firstborn Asians feel added pressure with family responsibilities

When compared to European Americans, Asian-American firstborns feel the additional burden of being cultural brokers and having to take care of their immigrant parents and young siblings at the same time, says a University of Michigan researcher.

Source: University of Michigan