The Asian-American and Pacific Islander Limited English Proficiency Resource Center was established in October 2014 with USDA funding by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Michigan State University. The Center’s mission is to work nationally to provide AAPIs with limited English proficiency access to resources through education and technical assistance to improve and build successful farms and rural enterprises.
Hmong Language Media Resource (Hmong-LMR)
The Hmong Language Media Resource (Hmong-LMR) is the first project implemented by the Center in February 2015 to specifically target resources for limited English proficient Hmong farmers and ranchers. The focus of this project is to identify existing and emerging resources that assist small and disadvantaged Hmong farmers and ranchers to improve and build successful farms and rural enterprises by translating and developing into media files high priority resources. Through this project, six different services have been established:
Collecting Translated Resources
Translating Priority Resources
Audio Recording Resources and Phone Resource Service
Technical Assistance and Outreach
AAPILEPRC Summer Internship Program
The summer internship program is a three to six week program for fluent speakers of languages spoken by Asian immigrant/refugee groups residing in the United States. The internship consists of undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university in the United States where they gain the opportunity to develop community outreach skills and learn different mediums used to expose limited English proficiency Asian farmers and ranchers awareness of different resources and programs available for them to take advantage of.