The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) is a tax-exempt organization that serves as the umbrella organization for the Chinese community in New England. Founded in 1923, the CCBA has 35 members and operates at the 90 Tyler Street building in Quincy. It was originally located at 14 Oxford Street, but was moved in the 1980s when CCBA purchased Quincy Elementary School for one dollar.
The China Association was a major voice for British interests in China, lobbying the British Government for trade and investment opportunities. It acted in cooperation with the London Chamber of Commerce, local Chambers, and the Federation of British Industries. By the mid-19th century, the China Association was active in promoting trade and economic relations with China. It was responsible for the establishment of the Far Eastern Department and the China Association’s first annual dinner.
The first president of CAPS was Wu-hung Heng, who advised the ROC government on foreign affairs. It was one of the oldest academic communities in China and has a long history of publication. In 1953, it resumed its fourth annual congress in Taiwan, where Dr. Shi-jei Wang was elected to be its president. CAPS then began publishing the Chinese Political Science Review, a privileged forum for local and international political scientists.
Chinese immigration to the United States is a long-term process, requiring patience and commitment. Chinese businessmen in California began to organize their own organizations to protect their interests. Many Chinese immigrants felt that their government did not protect their interests. In 1882, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association was formed in San Francisco. Its membership was comprised of six Chinese district associations that coordinated themselves. The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) was officially recognized in 1882.
The CCBA began in the early twentieth century with an executive board made up of wealthy merchants. As the population of Chinese immigrants in Victoria grew, the leadership of the CCBA became more democratic. As more Chinese immigrants settled outside of Chinatown, newcomers were increasingly choosing to educate their children in English. In addition to the CCBA, a new Chinese Benevolent Association emerged in Vancouver, which looked to the Victoria CCBA for leadership.
In Colorado, the Chinese American Association of the Rocky Mountain Region (CAARR) has launched a fundraising campaign called Support Colorado PPE/Mask Donation. Through this campaign, CAAR will raise funds to help frontline Coloradans fight for their lives. A total of $5,000 will go to the cause. And because of its commitment to equity, CCARR will use the funds raised to purchase donated PPE/masks.
As a non-profit organization, the Chinese Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology is comprised of hundreds of national professional societies and regional branches. In Shanghai, the twenty-fifth annual meeting of CAARS was held. President H. C. Zen presided over the event and arranged lectures on topics ranging from scientific secrecy to the use of scientific knowledge for peace. Other presentations included discourses and discussions on improving scientific education in China.
CAAR also works closely with mainstream organizations in New York, including the American Cancer Society, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and the American Red Cross. CCBA also partners with Chinatown Main Street and organizes the annual Lunar New Year and the August Moon Festival. As a result, CAAR is able to fulfill its functions and help Chinese immigrants integrate into mainstream American society. These programs are just some of the many ways in which CAAR helps the Chinese community in New York City.
The CCBA moved the Chinese Hospital from its original location on Fisgard Street to its current location on the third floor of the CCBA building. The CCBA also created a committee to construct a five-story apartment building on the site of the Chinese Hospital. This new residence for the Chinese community was aptly named Chung Wah Mansion. Once completed, the CCBA plans to relocate the Chinese hospital to another location.