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August 2019 Edition


  • 66th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Signing

  • Citizenship: Fall/Winter Classes in Des Moines
  • 6th Annual Cedar Rapids AsianFest

  • Civic Engagement: Legislative Page Program - Apply Now  
  • Census 2020: Timeline
  • Culture: Tai Village Festival - Labor Day Weekend
  • Census 2020: Languages & Assistance
  • REAL ID: Gold Star Required to Travel by Air after Oct. 1, 2020
  • Census 2020: Low Response Rate in Rural Iowa - ROAM Map


66th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice 

State Proclamation Honoring Korean War Veterans of Iowa

Korean War Proc _ IGOV

Korean War Vet salute


6th Annual Cedar Rapids AsianFest

CR Asian Fest 2019

Photos courtesy of Iowa Asian Alliance: AsianFest and Mr. Ben Jung

   The 6th Annual AsianFest sponsored by Collins Aerospace was held in Cedar Rapids on July 20th -  approximately 3,000 people attended this summertime, regional highlight. Performers from far and near took center stage at the MacGrath Ampitheatre and were joined by guest performers Celestial Padalins and Tay Phuong Lion Dance from Minnesota. This year's food vendors were the highlight of AsianFest with dishes from Thailand, India, the Philippines, Laos and Korea - just to name a few. There were also vendors showcasing cultural diversity spanning all of Asia - from the art of Henna to vibrant jewelry from India and playful masks from Japan.

   Pictured in the photo collage (left to right): 1) Hmong dance troupe - Celestial Paladins; 2) Festival board & volunteers: Jason Drugg, Ming Tan, Kanupriya Salaria, Karishma Huddar, Bhumika Nayak, Pankit Kotecha, Mayor Brad Hart, Althea Hasse, Sarika Bhakta, Emma Aquino-Nemecek, and Miss Iowa 2018 Jenny Valliere; 3) Vietnamese Dancing Lion; 4) CAPI Chair Ben Jung with former Iowa legislator Swati Dandekar; 5) Fashionable Filipino women; 6) Festival Grand Finale; and 7) Fashion from India

CENSUS 2020: Timeline

Census timeline

CENSUS 2020: Languages & Assistance

   For the first time, the census will offer online participation in 2020. The goal is to make it easier for people to complete the questionnaire more efficiently. However, some rural places have limited access to broadband internet service.

Census slide languages

Source: 2020Census.gov (click to read detailed memo re: non-English Language support)


Language Resources & Assistance Guide: Asians Advancing Justice Factsheet

Searchable Map of Iowa Complete Count Committees (cities & counties)

Related article: Government Executive. "Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural Americans".

CENSUS 2020: ROAM Map & Low Turn-Out Areas

   The Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) application was developed to make it easier to identify hard-to-survey areas and to provide a socioeconomic and demographic characteristic profile of these areas using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates.

   Learning about each hard-to-survey area allows the U.S. Census Bureau to create a tailored communication and partnership campaign and to plan for field resources including hiring staff with language skills. 

ROAM Census graphic


Source: US Census Response Outreach Area Mapper


Racial Differences on the Future of Work: A Survey of the American Workforce


   The 36-page “Racial Differences on the Future of Work: A Survey of the American Workforce” was produced by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington-based think tank focused on issues affecting people of color.

Key findings include:

  • Workers are interested in employer-provided training. Respondents from all racial backgrounds were very interested or somewhat interested in participating in employer-provided training, with Asian Americans most interested at 85 percent compared to about 70 percent of White, Black, and Latino workers.
  • Regardless of race, financial constraints were the most-cited barrier to obtaining additional job training. Roughly half of the respondents from each racial group reported that money issues stood in the way. The least-cited barrier was feeling personally incapable of acquiring new skills.

  • Americans across racial groups generally see the federal government, individuals/families and employers as bearing greater responsibility than schools and state governments for preparing the workforce for a changing economy.

  • African-Americans were more likely to believe that the federal government has the greatest responsibility, and they were less likely to believe that individuals/families bear the greatest responsibility. Whites and Asian Americans were more likely than African-Americans and Latinos to believe that employers bear the greatest responsibility.

Source: Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies

Related Article: Diverse Education

Related Article: Inside Higher Ed

CITIZENSHIP: Fall/Winter Classes at LSI-Des Moines



State of Iowa Page Program

   Each year, the Iowa Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives employ ambitious high school juniors and seniors of high academic standing to serve as Pages for the legislative session. To be eligible, applicants must be at least 16 years old by January 13, 2020.

   Pages will be allowed to participate in their official school functions and social
activities whenever possible. Pages will begin work on January 13, 2020, and work the entire legislative session, which should be finished around the end of April 2020. 

   Serving as a Page is a professional working environment. Pages learn to accept a large degree of personal responsibility for their work, and the experience helps prepare them for the future demands of academic and professional careers. They learn to respond to organizational priorities and directives and to uphold the standards of confidentiality and professional service. Pages gain a greater understanding of the lawmaking process.

Apply here before the 10/4/19 deadline.



   The public is invited to join various Southeast Asian communities celebrating this Labor Day Weekend with a festival taking place in Des Moines. Come and learn more about these Southeast Asian communities. Tai Village is grantee of the Iowa Arts Council, a part of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. IDCA Website & Calendar of Cultural Events

Tai Dam Village

New Documentary Series on Asian Americans Coming May 2020 

   PBS and WETA announced ASIAN AMERICANS, a new five-part documentary series currently in production and expected to broadcast in May 2020 on PBS. The series examines what the 2010 U.S. Census identifies as the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. Told through individual lives and personal histories, ASIAN AMERICANS explores the impact of this group on the country's past, present, and future.

Source: Public Broadcasting Station

REAL ID - Driver's License or Identification Card

  A gold star in the upper-right hand of your driver's license or identification card will indicate whether you have a REAL ID or not. Beginning October 1, 2020, a REAL ID will be required to clear airport security. Please refer to the flyer below to ensure you take the proper documents to be issued a REAL ID. 



Source: Iowa Department of Transportation

Please contact Mindi Nguyen, IADOT Community Outreach Coordinator, by email: mindi.nguyen@iowadot.us or phone: 515-357-4094 with questions.