The Ventura County Chinese American Historical Society (VCCAHS) was formed in 2000. The mission of VCCAHS is to perform original research, preserve, publish and teach the history and experiences of Chinese Americans in Ventura County. VCCAHS also coordinates with city, county and state government offices and officials in matters relating to the preservation and recognition of Chinese American heritage. We completed the documentary “Courage and Contribution: the Chinese Americans in Ventura County” which is available on You-Tube. In collaboration with the City of Ventura, VCCAHS was instrumental in erecting the China Alley Memorial Mural in downtown San Buenaventura. Our historian, Linda Bentz, together with Dr. William Gow have coauthored the first book devoted to the history of Chinese American in Ventura County – “Hidden Lives – a century of Chinese Americans in Ventura County” which was published in 2012. In 2016, VCCAHS organized a commemoration dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the election of William Soo Hoo as the mayor of Oxnard. Mayor Soo Hoo was the first mayor of Chinese heritage in California. For more information, please visit our website at or contact Dr. George Yu at (805) 987-8937.