Each year, heroes are selected by a committee comprised of members from OCA Colorado, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asian Avenue magazine, Mile High Japanese American Citizens League, Colorado Asian Pacific Youth Association, Asian Pacific Development Center, Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network, and National Association of Asian American Professionals – Colorado, Asian American Journalists Association and Theatre Espirit Asia.
Each selected hero will be presented a certificate of recognition and be featured in the May cover story of Asian Avenue magazine. There are two special awards: The lifetime Achievement Award and Young Hero Award (under age 35).
CACEN hosts several annual programs and also partners with community organizations to bring cultural education and exchange to Colorado.
Colorado Chinese Radio Network airs every Sunday afternoon 5:30pm to 6:00pm MST. Listen to the Chinese show on air on KGNU, Boulder, Denver 88.5 FM or 1390 AM or visit KGNU.org.
The program is hosted by Christina Guo and produced by Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network. It is a non-profit show that provides service and education to the Chinese community. Topics shared include immigration, law, tax, insurance, education, health, investment, lifestyle, community event. Guests and professionals are invited to join each show to share their expertise in various subjects. If you have any topics of interest, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chinese radio program benefits the community because it is delivered in the first language of Chinese Americans living in Colorado. These people often experience language barriers when watching or listening to English news. The program, catered to the Chinese community, will allow listeners to learn about key issues in a language they feel comfortable with. The program serves as a bridge between Chinese speakers and the community at-large. The program not only benefits the Chinese community, but the community at-large because it encourages the Chinese community to get involved in activities and educates them about the opportunities available.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak hit Colorado (March 2020), Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have been subjected to increased rates of harassment and discrimination. Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network (CACEN) has been working in partnership with local organizations to respond to these concerns as well as support Asian families and businesses during these difficult times.
Asian Avenue Magazine
Asian Avenue magazine began serving the mile-high area in July 2006. The full-color, glossy-paged magazine is distributed to more than 400 locations each month. Asian Avenue magazine’s mission is to build bridges of awareness, knowledge, and understanding between the diverse Asian Pacific American (APA) communities and the general public through cultural insights, pop culture, news, and information. The magazine is the only English-printed publication in Colorado focused on the APA community and culture.
U.S. Study Tour
Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network (CACEN) hosts the American Cultural Study Tour and Homestay Program in Colorado for students from Asia.
Our program is designed for students to be fully immersed in American culture, living with host families, and learning about American daily life. Students participate in English Language Conversation classes and explore the city with excursions and cultural tours in the afternoon.
The program offers exposure to American culture that just cannot be found in the classroom.
Students get to see the famous Rocky Mountains, visit educational museums and landmarks, appreciate American arts and structures, and taste authentic American food. In addition to learning about American culture and traditions, students have the opportunity to make meaningful friendships with other classmates/participants as well as the Americans they meet during this once in a lifetime experience!