The Chinese Association of Iowa is a community-based, non-profit organization. Its mission is to advance the interests of Chinese Americans in Iowa through cultural diversity, education, and advocacy. As a member-driven organization, the Chinese Association is actively involved in the economic, cultural, and community development of the state. In its efforts to serve the Chinese community, the Association works closely with the state’s Chinese Student Associations, Confucius Institutes, and Asian Employee Networks at local corporations.
The Association was founded in 1889. Originally, it was called the China League. In 1890, it was formally constituted as the China Association. Its first chairman was Sir Alfred Dent. Its first Annual Dinner was held in March 1890. In its first year of operation, the Association enrolled 111 members. The Association was initially funded through membership subscriptions, entrance fees, and donations.