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Asian Cultures in Kansas City

Updated on April 7, 2013

An Asian Experience in Kansas City

Kansas City has an active Asian population with events and celebrations all through the year. What Kansas City doesn't have is a "Chinatown"t; or even one neighborhood where you can go to find Asian businesses or events. But they can be found if you know where to look.

We have the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum which has a very fine collection of Asian Art, the annual Dragon Boat Races, Japan Festival, and Ethnic Festival along with many various holiday celebrations.

On this page you'll find a few clues to help you discover a few gems.

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Chinese Brush and Ink

This Chinese Brush and Ink set is designed for people who want to have good materials for Chinese calligraphy.

Paper Parasol

These paper umbrellas are brimming with a distinctive Asian design flavor. 35-inch canopy diameter.

Kuan Yin -- Nelson Atkins Museum

Kuan Yin -- Nelson Atkins Museum
Kuan Yin -- Nelson Atkins Museum

Kuan Yin in Chinese Temple -- Nelson Atkins Museum

Kuan Yin in Chinese Temple -- Nelson Atkins Museum
Kuan Yin in Chinese Temple -- Nelson Atkins Museum

My Photos Of Asian Cultures In Kansas City

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Dim Sum in Kansas CityGate to Japanese Garden, Loose Park, Kansas CityAnnual Dragon Boat Races, Brush Creek, Kansas CityBronze Eagle from a castle gate in Japan
Dim Sum in Kansas City
Dim Sum in Kansas City
Gate to Japanese Garden, Loose Park, Kansas City
Gate to Japanese Garden, Loose Park, Kansas City
Annual Dragon Boat Races, Brush Creek, Kansas City
Annual Dragon Boat Races, Brush Creek, Kansas City
Bronze Eagle from a castle gate in Japan
Bronze Eagle from a castle gate in Japan

Kansas City's Asian Sister Cities

Cultural Exchange with Cities in Asia

Sister Cities United for International Peace and Friendship

A five-year network initiative

Kansas City has Sister Cities in Japan, China and Taiwan

Tainan City, Taiwan

X'ian , China

Kurashiki , Japan

Kansas City Lunar New Year Festival - Photos by A Bates

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Chinese Fan DancersFilipino KuratsaTraditional Japanese DanceVietnamese Lion Dance
Chinese Fan Dancers
Chinese Fan Dancers
Filipino Kuratsa
Filipino Kuratsa
Traditional Japanese Dance
Traditional Japanese Dance
Vietnamese Lion Dance
Vietnamese Lion Dance

Dragon Boat Races - Country Club Plaza

Dragon Boat Races - Country Club Plaza
Dragon Boat Races - Country Club Plaza

Dragon Boat Festival

in Kansas City

Annual Dragon Boat Festival at Brush Creek, Country Club Plaza on Saturday, June 11, 2011

" Anyone who sees a dragon boat won't forget it. Painted in bright colors, with heads that feature bulging eyes and bright-white fangs, they are to ordinary boats what a centipede is to a beetle - 40 feet long and 650 to 1,300 pounds, dragon boats require 20 paddlers, plus a drummer and a steersman.

But they fly through the water, if a team achieves the synchronicity borne of many hours of practice. "

Ethnic Enrichment Festival - in Kansas City

The Commission, with membership from 66 countries and ethnic groups, fosters understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity in the greater Kansas City area. With Kansas City and Missouri Parks and Recreation, the Commission hosts an annual festival in Swope Park each August.

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What Are Your Thoughts About Asian Cultures In Kansas City? - I want to hear from you

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      6 years ago

      i really like that white flower pic :)

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      Ken McVay 

      6 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Thanks for the great photos - and reset your countdown :-)

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      7 years ago

      That's really great. I always love to see when cultures come together.

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      7 years ago

      I'd love to recommend your lens to my friends and give my special blessing!

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      8 years ago from Midwest

      @RinchenChodron: I think it would be a great idea to create a similar lens for Denver! Let me know if you do so I can create a link here!

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      8 years ago

      This is an interesting angle on what's happening in Kansas City! Maybe I'll make one on Denver.

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      9 years ago

      Funny thing is, I have been to KC on business, several times and I just never really noticed a large Asian population or culture. I do go to Arthur Bryant's BBQ quite a bit when I'm there though. lol. Then again, being from Los Angeles, I guess everywhere else seems lacking in Asian anything. Wonderful lens and thanks for the info.


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