VCCAA

Introduction

The Ventura County Chinese-American Association (VCCAA) was organized in 1970 and chartered as a non-profit organization in 1976.

The Associationís objectives are to preserve the Chinese cultural heritage, language and customs.  It promotes participation in education, business and government as Chinese Americans, so as to foster constructive citizenship, improve general well-being and cultivate an appreciation of their dual heritage.

Meetings

The Board meets at 7:30 pm on the third Monday of every month at the Camarillo Inn, located at 165 Daily Drive in Camarillo.  Thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lu for generously donating the use of their facility!  All members are welcome to attend.  Please contact any board member for further information.

Historical Society

The Ventura County Chinese-American Historical Society was founded in December 2000 under the auspices of the VCCAA.  Currently, the Historical Society comprises thirty-five members.  The current Chair of the Historical Society is George Yu, MD. 

The mission of the Historical Society is to perform original research, preserve, publish and teach the history and experiences of Chinese Americans in Ventura County.  The Historical Society also coordinates with city, county and state government offices and officials in matters relating to the preservation, communication and recognition of the Chinese American heritage.  In addition, the Historical Society serves as the focal point for the distribution of related educational materials, presentation of historical symposia and the arrangement of public speakers on topics relating to the history of Chinese Americans in Ventura County.

Current and recent projects by the Historical Society include a documentary of the history of Chinese in Ventura County, a memorial for the China Alley in Ventura, in conjunction with the City of Ventura and the development of education materials for the public schools on the history of Chinese Americans in Ventura County.

For more visit their web site:  http://www.vccahs.org.

Related organizations:

Classical and Folk Dance Troupe

These young Chinese classical dancers, under the direction of Yu-Ling Lu, have won many awards throughout Southern California.  Classes are held on Fridays, from 4-6:45 pm.  For further information, please contact Yu-Ling Lu at (805) 983-6082

Adult Dance Troupe

The troupe, under the direction of Yu-Ling Lu, is composed of active, hard-working and dedicated adults.  Classes are held on Wednesdays, from 7-9 pm at 2031 Spyglass Trail West, Oxnard.  For further information, please contact Yu-Ling Lu at (805) 983-6082.

Youth Group

To pass the torch of Chinese tradition, youth are invited to get involved in the VCCAA.  The VCCAA Youth Group consists of the children of VCCAA members, ages 12 to 18.  Involvement in various exciting activities such as swimming parties and bowling, as well as VCCAA activities (Mid-Autumn Festival, Halloween Party, Christmas Party, Cultural Night & Chinese New Year Celebration, Memorial Day Picnic) and the Chinese School Yard Sale.

If you want to help out or have any ideas, suggestions, questions or comments, please contact President Sarah Yim at (805) 639-0455.

Chinese School

The Chinese Language School of Ventura County was established in 1978.  Presently, the school offers four classes  Classes are held on Fridays from 7-9 pm at the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 Burnley Street (off Carmen Drive), Camarillo, in accordance with the school calendar of the Pleasant Valley School District.

For high school students, a credit class is available, where you can learn Chinese and earn high school credit at the same time.  The first two 50-minute sessions are language-oriented, while the last session, 9-10 pm, conducted in English, is for enrichment in topics related to the custom, culture, history and geography of China. 

Through the efforts and help of many people, the Chinese Language School Library currently carries many books, journals and newspapers, videos and cassettes.  We welcome membersí patronage, and your tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in the Chinese Language Program, please contact us at VCChineseSchool@aol.com. Visit our web site at https://vccls.wikispaces.com .

Lion Dance Troupe& Kung Fu Club

The Lion Dance Troupe, under the direction of Master Kee C. Ling, was founded in 1982, and has performed countless Lion Dance shows for Chinese New Year festivities and other happy occasions, and has won trophies at various tournaments, including the Ventura County Open Karate Championship, Long Beach International Karate Championship and Los Angeles Ultimate Karate Youth Classic Tournament.  For more information, of if you are interested in joining the Club, please contact Master Kee C. Ling at (805) 482-0879 or by email camkungfu@yahoo.com or visit Camarillo Kung Fu and Facebook .

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