Association of Chinese Americans, Inc.

Association of Chinese Americans, Inc.

The Association of Chinese Americans, Inc. (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1972. It’s the founding chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), which has over 50 chapters and affiliates across the United States. Specifically, ACA plays a leading role in enriching the lives of AAPIs in

Association of Chinese Americans, Inc.

The Association of Chinese Americans, Inc. (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1972. It’s the founding chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), which has over 50 chapters and affiliates across the United States. Specifically, ACA plays a leading role in enriching the lives of AAPIs in the Metro-Detroit area. For nearly half a century, ACA has promoted the general welfare of Chinese Americans and the Asian Pacific American community through policy advocacy and community engagement; educational and leadership development programs; and health and social services for the most vulnerable members of our community.

About the Organization:

The Association of Chinese Americans, Inc. (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1972. It’s the founding chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), which has over 50 chapters and affiliates across the United States. Specifically, ACA plays a leading role in enriching the lives of AAPIs in the Metro-Detroit area. For nearly half a century, ACA has promoted the general welfare of Chinese Americans and the Asian Pacific American community through policy advocacy and community engagement; educational and leadership development programs; and health and social services for the most vulnerable members of our community.

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

Since the pandemic, we have witnessed a wave of hate crimes against Asian Americans. Although society is gradually returning to normal with the increase of vaccinations, there is, unfortunately, no antidote to cure the racism rooted in our society. Reports say that anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked by nearly 150% in 2020. Asian Americans have been attacked verbally, economically, and physically during this pandemic. Tough times call for unity yet the civic engagement within our local community is lacking. Our community needs to make our voices heard and acknowledged. If our community itself is inactive in advocacy, how can we expect other communities to support us and how can we expect a solution? We wish to use the Gold Futures Challenge to boost community engagement and keep our community united.

The Solution:

The pandemic has been tough on everyone, but especially for communities of color. Following the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes, many AAPIs are left fearful for their lives. ACA strives to keep the AAPI community united during such turbulent times, but our efforts alone won't reach maximum effectiveness unless with have the entire community's backing. We hope to use the Gold Futures Challenge as an opportunity to host events that address racism, mental health, and other AAPI topics. Our events will target multiple areas, including youth development, fine arts, culinary arts, etc. Whether it's expanding on existing programs or initiating new projects, ACA's goal is to advance the social, educational, political, and economic well-being of AAPIs. We have already seen many lives changed for the better through ACA and we will continue using our resources to build connections within our community while ensuring that they're seen, heard, empowered, and united.

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