Asian Ethnic Organizations

*Disclaimer* Please note that the following list identifies all known organizations to the best of our ability. Some organizations may not be currently active. Please follow the link to their website or other contact details to find further information.

Wat Khmer Iowa (Cambodian)
1301 19th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.247.0189

Angkor Wat Friendship Association (Cambodian)
1301 19th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50314
Phone: 515.247.0189
Sanaye Chung
chungs@wmpenn.edu
The Angkor Wat Friendship Association was established in 1988 in Des Moines, Iowa. The sole Buddhist monk at that time performed religious and cultural ceremonies from a rented house that served as the Cambodian (Khmer) "temple". The association serves families in Iowa, as well as Cambodians from Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri; and Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. The Angkor Wat Friendship Association hosts the Cambodian New Year celebration in April.

KCCI: Korean Cultural Center of Iowa
http://kcciowa.org/

Korean American Society of Iowa
1611 Pinehurst Drive NW 9B
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
515.556.7473
johnlee2@msn.com

Chinese Association of Iowa
1947 NW 152nd St
Clive, IA 50325
515.987.2289
http://www.communitycpa.com/chinese-association
To create an awareness, to inform, to educate, to support, to promote, and to advocate on issues of vital interest to the Chinese Americans in the state of Iowa.

Chinese Cultural Center of America
P.O. Box 8996
Ames, IA 50014
515.294.8244
http://www.cccaiowa.org/

Iowa Chinese Language School
www.iowachineseschool.org
Learn Chinese Language; promote Chinese Culture; to create richer multicultural environments in our community; create Multicultural Community; build Friendships between American & Chinese people.

India Cultural Association of Central Iowa (ICA)
P.O. Box 1183
Ames IA 50014
515.232.0425
icaiowa@hotmail.com
https://sites.google.com/site/icaiowaames/
To provide a forum for fostering a better understanding of Indian art, music, and culture among the people of Ames and Central Iowa communities and for promoting social and cultural activities of Asian-Indian significance.

Indo-American Association of Iowa
P.O. Box 283
Johnston, IA 50131-0283
515.327.1392
http://www.iaaiowa.org/

Iowa Asian Alliance
3816 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
515.288.3188
fax: 515.288.3370
Cell: 515.770.1026
http://www.iowaasianalliance.com/
The mission of IAA is to unite Iowa's diverse Asian and Asian-American communities for the purpose of fostering economic growth and community development within the state of Iowa. IAA's vision is to create an Iowa in which Asians and Asian-Americans are an integral part of a vibrant and prosperous community.

Iowa Commission on the Status of Asian and Pacific Islanders
Lucas Bldg 321 East 12th Street
Des Moines IA 50319
515.281.4223
https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cas/capi
To ensure Iowa’s Asians and Pacific Islanders have opportunities equal to other Iowans in education, employment, health care, housing, and safety and to publicize he accomplishments and contributions of the Asian and Pacific Islanders to the state.

Japan America Society of Iowa
PO Box 12093
Des Moines IA 50312
E-mail: info@japaniowa.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/japaniowa
Website: http://www.japaniowa.org/#
JASI is a not-for-profit 501C3 organization and non-political voluntary association whose purpose is to promote friendly international relations, cultural activities of interest to members, and mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan.

KCCI: Korean Cultural Center of Iowa
Website: http://kcciowa.org/
To bring together Korean and American families and indivduals from across Iowa for cultural exchange, education, and friendship.

The Thai Association of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
515.223.8460 or 515.274.0340
Email: contactus@thaiassocia.com
http://www.thaiassocia.com/
To assist and support issues of vital interest to the Thais or Thai Americans in the state of Iowa.

Taiwanese Association of Iowa
811 Hickman Road
Des Moines IA 50314
Phone: 515.883.2940
Fax: 515.280.8643
To promote communication, friendship and understanding between Americans and the Taiwanese.

Society of Tai Dam American Friendship (SOTAF)
PO Box 1911
Des Moines IA 50306-1911
515.491.6340
To provide education, social services and mutual assistance to members of the Tai Dam community.

Vietnamese American Cultural Association
Vinh Nguyen
c/o Des Moines Public Schools ESL Program
Casady Central Office Building
Des Moines Public Schools
1801 16th Street
Des Moines IA 50314
Phone: 515.371.9759
Fax: 515.242.7853
To create an awareness, to inform, to educate, to support, to promote and to advocate on issues of vital interest to the Vietnamese Americans in the state of Iowa. To encourage participation, to provide a forum for involvement, and to empower the Vietnamese Americans in the political and social processes in the state of Iowa. to represent the Vietnamese American population in their common causes and to ensure Vietnamese American representation i n the political, social, cultural, and economic life in the state of Iowa. to recognize, foster, and nurture outstanding achievements and contributions of Vietnamese Americans in the state of Iowa. To share the commonality and to identify and celebrate the differences of cultures among other ethnic groups.

Vietnamese American Community in Iowa
http://nguoivietiowa.webs.com/
E-mail: nguoivietiowa@gmail.com
Website: Vietnameseiniowa.org and nguoivietiowa.webs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nguoiviet.iowa

Tai Studies Center
Website: http://taistudiescenter.org/
Phone: 515.274.6125
E-mail: TaiStudiesCtr@aol.com
Research and publish Tai history and literature; preserve and promote Tai culture; support students in higher education; promote the common welfare and well-being of Tai people; promote intercultural understanding in the community at large.

Filipino-American Association of Iowa
Website: filamofiowa.org/new/ 
Phone: 515.266.6443
E-mail: PHFD4301@aol.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faai1975/
The Filipino-American Association of Iowa is a non-union, non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-political and non-profit association. It exists to promote and enhance cultural and heritage awareness of the Philippines among Iowans; to promote closer fellowship between Filipinos and Americans; to welcome Filipinos and Filipino-Americans to the community; to aid members in time of need; and to extend charitable and humanitarian assistance to the community and to the Philippines. 

Bhutanese Community in Iowa (BCI)
145 Christie Lane
Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 50327
http://www.iowaasianalliance.com/bhutanese/
E-mail: bc@bhutaniowa.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bhutanese-Community-in-Iowa-126535977491839/timeline
The mission of the organization is to establish BCI as a common forum for enhancing the quality of life of all the Bhutanese people living in Iowa through empowerment, collaboration and cooperation; and to promote, protect, and preserve our distinctly rich cultural heritage in order to maintain our identity as Bhutanese Americans.

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Research Center (EMBARC)
2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
(515) 650-3339
embarc@embarciowa.org
http://www.embarciowa.org/
EMBARC is a new grassroots community non-profit organization founded by ethnic members from Burma.

Iowa Nepalese Association
4301 129th St.
Urbandale, IA, 50323
Phone: 515.200.7160
Fax: 970.572.7569
http://www.iowanepaleseassociation.org/
Preserve, maintain, and facilitate Nepalese identity, language, culture and heritage.

Asian Ethnic Organizations

*Disclaimer* Please note that the following list identifies all known organizations to the best of our ability. Some organizations may not be currently active. Please follow the link to their website or other contact details to find further information.

Wat Khmer Iowa (Cambodian)
1301 19th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.247.0189

Angkor Wat Friendship Association (Cambodian)
1301 19th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50314
Phone: 515.247.0189
Sanaye Chung
chungs@wmpenn.edu
The Angkor Wat Friendship Association was established in 1988 in Des Moines, Iowa. The sole Buddhist monk at that time performed religious and cultural ceremonies from a rented house that served as the Cambodian (Khmer) "temple". The association serves families in Iowa, as well as Cambodians from Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri; and Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. The Angkor Wat Friendship Association hosts the Cambodian New Year celebration in April.

KCCI: Korean Cultural Center of Iowa
http://kcciowa.org/

Korean American Society of Iowa
1611 Pinehurst Drive NW 9B
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
515.556.7473
johnlee2@msn.com

Chinese Association of Iowa
1947 NW 152nd St
Clive, IA 50325
515.987.2289
http://www.communitycpa.com/chinese-association
To create an awareness, to inform, to educate, to support, to promote, and to advocate on issues of vital interest to the Chinese Americans in the state of Iowa.

Chinese Cultural Center of America
P.O. Box 8996
Ames, IA 50014
515.294.8244
http://www.cccaiowa.org/

Iowa Chinese Language School
www.iowachineseschool.org
Learn Chinese Language; promote Chinese Culture; to create richer multicultural environments in our community; create Multicultural Community; build Friendships between American & Chinese people.

India Cultural Association of Central Iowa (ICA)
P.O. Box 1183
Ames IA 50014
515.232.0425
icaiowa@hotmail.com
https://sites.google.com/site/icaiowaames/
To provide a forum for fostering a better understanding of Indian art, music, and culture among the people of Ames and Central Iowa communities and for promoting social and cultural activities of Asian-Indian significance.

Indo-American Association of Iowa
P.O. Box 283
Johnston, IA 50131-0283
515.327.1392
http://www.iaaiowa.org/

Iowa Asian Alliance
3816 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
515.288.3188
fax: 515.288.3370
Cell: 515.770.1026
http://www.iowaasianalliance.com/
The mission of IAA is to unite Iowa's diverse Asian and Asian-American communities for the purpose of fostering economic growth and community development within the state of Iowa. IAA's vision is to create an Iowa in which Asians and Asian-Americans are an integral part of a vibrant and prosperous community.

Iowa Commission on the Status of Asian and Pacific Islanders
Lucas Bldg 321 East 12th Street
Des Moines IA 50319
515.281.4223
https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cas/capi
To ensure Iowa’s Asians and Pacific Islanders have opportunities equal to other Iowans in education, employment, health care, housing, and safety and to publicize he accomplishments and contributions of the Asian and Pacific Islanders to the state.

Japan America Society of Iowa
PO Box 12093
Des Moines IA 50312
E-mail: info@japaniowa.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/japaniowa
Website: http://www.japaniowa.org/#
JASI is a not-for-profit 501C3 organization and non-political voluntary association whose purpose is to promote friendly international relations, cultural activities of interest to members, and mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan.

KCCI: Korean Cultural Center of Iowa
Website: http://kcciowa.org/
To bring together Korean and American families and indivduals from across Iowa for cultural exchange, education, and friendship.

The Thai Association of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
515.223.8460 or 515.274.0340
Email: contactus@thaiassocia.com
http://www.thaiassocia.com/
To assist and support issues of vital interest to the Thais or Thai Americans in the state of Iowa.

Taiwanese Association of Iowa
811 Hickman Road
Des Moines IA 50314
Phone: 515.883.2940
Fax: 515.280.8643
To promote communication, friendship and understanding between Americans and the Taiwanese.

Society of Tai Dam American Friendship (SOTAF)
PO Box 1911
Des Moines IA 50306-1911
515.491.6340
To provide education, social services and mutual assistance to members of the Tai Dam community.

Vietnamese American Cultural Association
Vinh Nguyen
c/o Des Moines Public Schools ESL Program
Casady Central Office Building
Des Moines Public Schools
1801 16th Street
Des Moines IA 50314
Phone: 515.371.9759
Fax: 515.242.7853
To create an awareness, to inform, to educate, to support, to promote and to advocate on issues of vital interest to the Vietnamese Americans in the state of Iowa. To encourage participation, to provide a forum for involvement, and to empower the Vietnamese Americans in the political and social processes in the state of Iowa. to represent the Vietnamese American population in their common causes and to ensure Vietnamese American representation i n the political, social, cultural, and economic life in the state of Iowa. to recognize, foster, and nurture outstanding achievements and contributions of Vietnamese Americans in the state of Iowa. To share the commonality and to identify and celebrate the differences of cultures among other ethnic groups.

Vietnamese American Community in Iowa
http://nguoivietiowa.webs.com/
E-mail: nguoivietiowa@gmail.com
Website: Vietnameseiniowa.org and nguoivietiowa.webs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nguoiviet.iowa

Tai Studies Center
Website: http://taistudiescenter.org/
Phone: 515.274.6125
E-mail: TaiStudiesCtr@aol.com
Research and publish Tai history and literature; preserve and promote Tai culture; support students in higher education; promote the common welfare and well-being of Tai people; promote intercultural understanding in the community at large.

Filipino-American Association of Iowa
Website: filamofiowa.org/new/ 
Phone: 515.266.6443
E-mail: PHFD4301@aol.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faai1975/
The Filipino-American Association of Iowa is a non-union, non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-political and non-profit association. It exists to promote and enhance cultural and heritage awareness of the Philippines among Iowans; to promote closer fellowship between Filipinos and Americans; to welcome Filipinos and Filipino-Americans to the community; to aid members in time of need; and to extend charitable and humanitarian assistance to the community and to the Philippines. 

Bhutanese Community in Iowa (BCI)
145 Christie Lane
Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 50327
http://www.iowaasianalliance.com/bhutanese/
E-mail: bc@bhutaniowa.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bhutanese-Community-in-Iowa-126535977491839/timeline
The mission of the organization is to establish BCI as a common forum for enhancing the quality of life of all the Bhutanese people living in Iowa through empowerment, collaboration and cooperation; and to promote, protect, and preserve our distinctly rich cultural heritage in order to maintain our identity as Bhutanese Americans.

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Research Center (EMBARC)
2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
(515) 650-3339
embarc@embarciowa.org
http://www.embarciowa.org/
EMBARC is a new grassroots community non-profit organization founded by ethnic members from Burma.

Iowa Nepalese Association
4301 129th St.
Urbandale, IA, 50323
Phone: 515.200.7160
Fax: 970.572.7569
http://www.iowanepaleseassociation.org/
Preserve, maintain, and facilitate Nepalese identity, language, culture and heritage.