It is an honor and privilege to serve as the president of the Ventura County Chinese American. On behalf of the board of directors of the VCCAA, we always welcome anyone interested in Chinese culture to participate in any of our organizations and activities.
Ventura County has had a Chinese influence since the mid 1800s when the Chinese railroad workers migrated to this area. Other Chinese merchants, laborers and families began to settle in the City of Ventura and Oxnard. Chinese fishermen sailed the waters off the Channel Islands, searching for abalone to take back to Chinese markets. They also worked in the sugar beet factory in Oxnard.
The VCCAA was organized in 1970 and chartered as a non-profit organization in 1976. Its purpose is to preserve the Chinese cultural heritage, language and customs and strives to “Build Cultural Bridges”. It does this by actively participating in civic projects, providing educational opportunities, and partnering with other organizations to serve our community.
The Ventura County Chinese American Historical Society (VCCAHS) was founded in 2000 to promote research, education and publications on the history and contributions of Chinese Americans. The Ventura Alley Memorial project was a joint effort by the City of San Buenaventura and the VCCAHS. Today the beautiful China Alley mural on Figueroa Street is a proud reflection of this cooperation.
Our Chinese School is also a vital part of our association. Countless students of all ages have learned the Chinese language and culture here from the 1970s to the present. Our Chinese classical dance troupe and Camarillo Kung Fu and Lion Dance Association have also dazzled audiences with their performances for decades.
Please check our website regularly to find out about our upcoming activities and plan on joining us for all the fun. Our quarterly newsletter is also a valuable source of the latest information about our organization. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our exciting events.
Shuk Fun Grace Leo