Chinese American Association

Several factors characterize China. These include a huge geographical area, natural resource endowment, and the hukou system that still gives advantages to those with official urban residence permits.

The Nebraska Chinese Association describes itself as one big family working to bring people together and support each other. It has denied accusations made by Republican U.S. senators Pete Ricketts and Deb Fischer.


The origins of the Association go back to the 1880s when there was a growing demand for a body that dealt solely with Anglo-Chinese matters. Those returning from China became known as ‘Old China Hands’ and they met regularly at the Thatched House Club to discuss their experiences in China.

In traditional China, despite political and cultural unity, there was a great deal of local diversity. This was reflected in language, as regional dialects emerged and customs differed, even within the same town.

The China Association worked to alert the British Government of the difficult conditions faced by trade in the aftermath of World War II. This helped to bring about official action to ensure that the Association’s trade concerns were addressed. This was the first time such a request had been made. It established a model for democratic consultation. Today the people’s congresses are an important part of China’s system for whole-process people’s democracy, which guarantees that all power belongs to the people to guarantee their status as masters of the country.


As a group of people, Chinese associations serve to promote unity and understanding among members, and to provide services for their benefit. They also serve as a vehicle for the expression of Chinese-American interests. They work closely with many main stream organizations and businesses.

Chinese associations are not a new phenomenon. They have existed in many Western and Southeast Asian societies for centuries. However, the recent wave of new Chinese migrants has established a faster-growing network of associational life than their predecessors. These contemporary associations, often organized around identity, kinship and homeland, are a crucial source of social capital and economic support for Chinese in foreign societies.

This paper examines the functions of Chinese associations in Zambia, a country that has attracted large numbers of new Chinese migrants since 2014. We categorize them into civic and self-governing, semi-official associations answerable to the Chinese embassy for political mobilisation, and highly politicised, party-controlled associations that act as an extended arm of the state.


Members are Chinese American families, friends and those who share a common love for Chinese food, holidays and culture. Founded in 1965, the organization offers workshops, activities and social gatherings throughout the year.

The ‘Old China Hands’ who formed the Association saw the need to set up a body that could represent their commercial interests in China. These were the merchants and traders of the larger China Houses such as John Swire & Sons; Jardine, Matheson & Co; Paton & Baldwins, and the British Chambers of Commerce in Hankow and Tientsin, as well as Members of Parliament who were concerned about trade with the Far East.

Many immigrants joined associations based on family names, locations or professions to help them settle in their new homes. Look for their names on lists and rosters for these groups as you do your research.


CCBA supports Chinese students by providing scholarship and mentoring. We also help community members and their children learn about their family’s heritage and history through activities such as road trips to historic Chinese sites, summer camp, cultural arts, and a variety of other programs.

ACA has always dreamed of owning a Community Center, something that symbolizes our presence in the local community and serves as our voice. The Chinese Culture & Arts Institute (CCAI) fulfills that dream and also serves the wider community by offering exquisite traditional and modern Chinese performing arts to the general public.

Founded in 1983, HSTCC is the premier international professional organization of scholars of twentieth-century China. Its membership comprises many of the world’s leading modern China specialists. HSTCC has held biennial meetings in Asia, Europe, and North America and has sponsored and co-sponsored dozens of scholarly conferences and panels. It has published several books and monographs, and has sponsored numerous symposia at the annual meetings of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Historical Association.

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