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BY MARTHA VICKERY , SPECIAL TO THE TC DAILY PLANET

The APCC received significant support from both houses of the Legislature through numerous legislative sessions because there is recognition that the project is significant to all Minnesotans, not just those of Asian descent, Moua said. “Even when we went from one million to five million to 10 million dollars, the legislature has consistently supported this project, and never blinked when we said this project has grown in scope and size and we need your help to make it happen.”

Moua, the state’s (and nation’s) first Hmong American state senator, and a member of the Capital Campaign Committee, said that the APCC has already become a symbol for Asian American community building. “It is an institution that recognizes all the people who live in state of Minnesota, that will have statewide significance, regional significance, and national significance for what it stands for …The APCC in state of Minnesota, here on the East Side, truly is a living symbol of what it is to be a multicultural multiethnic community.”

In response to a question about whether the APCC will compete or detract from other Asian American organizations on the East Side, board Chair Satoru Asato said the center will be another resource for organizations to use, and that its tenants will in large part determine the activities that happen in the building. The center is expected to be financially self-supporting when it is complete and occupied, he said.

Chu added that the project will be broken into four stages. At the moment, the group is in the fundraising or capital campaign stage. “Then we will move into construction, then occupy the building with tenants, and then go into the programming phase.”

Focus groups on potential uses and designs for the building are being formed and will take place this summer, Chu said.

The building has been vacant since the Stroh’s Beer Company left. In creating the new Asian Pacific Cultural Center, four contiguous buildings will be retrofitted to create and operate a landmark pan-Asian cultural center. The APCC board has agreed not to change the facades on Minnehaha or on Swede Hollow Park, in order to preserve the historic look of the old building, according to APCC Executive Director Naomi Chu. An architect with experience renovating old, unique spaces will be sought for the job, Chu said.

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