Page Reviewed / Updated – March 30, 2023
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Filial piety, or the idea that parents should take care of their children, is an important aspect of Chinese culture. As a result, many Chinese adults consider having children as a form of security for the future. They expect their children, especially their sons, to support them financially and provide physical care when needed. Unfortunately, Chinese American adults are often weighed down by their own responsibilities, such as raising children, advancing through the ranks at work and managing their own finances. That leaves them unable to provide the amount of care their parents need.

Previously, the commitment to filial piety prevented many Chinese Americans from moving their older loved ones to senior living. That’s slowly changing, making assisted living and other types of residential care much more acceptable to parents and grandparents. In fact, 38% of elderly Asians are now willing to move to nursing homes. Older Asian adults even have access to assisted living communities designed with their needs in mind, allowing them to receive culturally responsive care.

Despite these shifts, it’s still somewhat difficult for Chinese Americans to find senior living communities that meet their social and cultural needs. This guide discusses some of the most common concerns related to assisted living and provides tips to help adult children and other caregivers deal with the guilt of moving a loved one to an assisted living community. It also has tips on choosing a senior living community, along with links to state and national resources to help you find the best possible care for your loved one.

Common Concerns of Chinese Americans Related to Assisted Living

Assisted living communities offer many services and amenities to make life easier for their residents. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find an appropriate care setting for Chinese American seniors. Older adults and their caregivers often have these concerns:

  • Food choices: The traditional Asian diet emphasizes low-fat foods and plenty of fiber, while the modern American diet is heavy on processed foods, sodium and saturated fats. Chinese American seniors may worry they won’t be able to eat their favorite foods if they move to assisted living.
  • Language: Some Chinese American seniors are concerned they won’t be able to communicate in their native language. Additionally, the fact that the Chinese writing system isn’t based on the alphabet may discourage other residents from learning it, making it difficult for Chinese Americans to participate in social activities.
  • Religion: About 64% of Americans identify as Christian, but some Chinese Americans practice Buddhism, Daoism and other non-Christian religions. These seniors may worry they won’t be able to participate in faith-based activities if they move to assisted living.
  • Discrimination: Chinese Americans are sometimes subjected to stereotyping, personal bias and other forms of discrimination. A senior must choose their assisted living community carefully to reduce the risk of encountering prejudiced employees or residents.
  • Health disparities: Asian Americans have the highest rates of stomach and liver cancers, making it critical for them to receive appropriate screenings. Chinese American seniors and their caregivers may worry they won’t be able to find an assisted living community that provides adequate access to preventive care or high-quality cancer treatments.
  • Cultural differences: It’s essential for assisted living residents to continue their cultural traditions. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a community that has special events for Chinese New Year, Winter Solstice and other occasions that are important to Chinese Americans.

Dealing With Cultural Guilt of Moving a Loved One To Assisted Living

Although Chinese American attitudes toward senior care are shifting, many caregivers have some level of guilt when they move their loved ones to assisted living. They may feel like they are abandoning their elders or failing to fulfill their filial duty. If you’re worried about how you’ll react to moving a parent or other older adult to an assisted living community, here’s what you can do to better process your feelings.

  • Reassure yourself: Many caregivers move their loved ones to senior living because they can no longer provide as much care as an older adult needs to stay healthy and safe. If you feel guilty, remember your motivation for making the change. You want your loved one to have access to 24/7 supervision and services to help them maintain a high quality of life. Moving them to assisted living can help accomplish that goal.
  • Speak with a therapist: Sometimes it’s helpful to ask for insight from an unbiased professional, rather than trying to work through the guilt on your own. A therapist can even teach you some exercises to lessen the effects of guilt on your mental health.
  • Stay connected with your loved one: Now that you don’t have to worry about whether your loved one is eating regularly or getting an adequate amount of medical care, you can focus on strengthening your relationship. Visit with your loved one as often as possible to maintain a lasting connection. Forming new memories can help you overcome your feelings of guilt.

How To Choose an Assisted Living Community for Your Loved One

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Where To Find Mandarin-Speaking Senior Living Facilities

The directory below is a non-exhaustive list of senior living communities with Mandarin-speaking staff throughout the United States. Facilities update their services regularly, so be sure to call ahead to find out if the one you’re considering still has this option available. 




Phone Number


Fremont Healthcare Center

39022 Presidio Way, Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 792-3743

Fremont Healthcare Center provides comprehensive skilled nursing care 24/7 for residents requiring assistance. They offer rehabilitation, skilled nursing, social services, nutritional services and long-term care plans.

The Tamalpais Marin

501 Vía Casitas, Greenbrae, CA 94904

(415) 461-2300

The Tamalpais Marin is a retirement community located in Larkspur, California, offering residents a stunning mountain view and convenient access to local venues. Assisted living, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation care are available to all residents. Apartments are protected by 24-hour surveillance, providing campus security.

York Healthcare & Wellness Centre

6071 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042

(323) 254-3407

York Healthcare & Wellness Centre in Los Angeles, CA provides personalized short or long-term care, with access to various rehabilitation services. The center also offers religious and spiritual services for residents.




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The Retreat at Sunny Vista

2450 East Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

(719) 377-6735

The Retreat at Sunny Vista, located minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, provides an active retirement lifestyle for seniors. As a campus of care community, it delivers daily assistance, personalized medical support, and life enrichment programs for seniors at every stage of their aging journey.

Dayspring Villa Assisted Living

3777 West 26th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

(303) 552-5367

Dayspring Villa Assisted Living community in Denver, CO encourages independent living for its residents. The staff provides compassionate and affordable care and assistance with daily activities, fostering an active and comfortable community.

Casey’s Pond

2855 Owl Hoot Trail, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

(970) 329-2709

Casey’s Pond provides a simple lifestyle for residents by taking care of their basic housekeeping needs. Residents can focus on enjoying their retirement by taking leisurely walks or hanging out on the patio with the fireplace and fire pit.




Phone Number


Almost Home Senior Services Inc

9664 Hood Road #1141, Jacksonville, FL 32257

(904) 292-9600

Almost Home Senior Services Inc in Jacksonville, FL provides adult day care and assisted living services for residents. Gentle 24/7 care is provided, including activities to promote memory enhancement. Residents receive tailored care to promote socialization, provide purpose and help with challenges of aging.




Phone Number


Alden Gardens of Des Plaines

1227 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016

(847) 294-0644

Alden Gardens of Des Plaines in Des Plaines, IL offers 24-hour assisted living services. Team members help residents with activities of daily living and provide five-star amenities such as furnished lounges, four-course meals, scheduled outings and an ice cream parlor.




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Manor of the Plains

200 Campus Drive, Dodge City, KS 67801

(620) 682-4059

Manor of the Plains is a faith-based community in Dodge City, KS. Residents receive personalized care plans for Independent Living, Assisted Living and Long-Term Care. 24/7 support is available for housekeeping, meals, recreation and therapy.




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Beacon Hill

5300 Beacon Hill Road, Minnetonka, MN 55345

(952) 988-8800

Beacon Hill, located in Minnetonka, MN, offers both Independent and Assisted Living options, encouraging residents to be as independent as possible. Basic housekeeping services are provided by staff to make residents’ lives easier. This faith-based community offers Presbyterian spiritual and religious services to residents.


8725 Promenade Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125

(651) 264-3200

Stonecrest is a faith-based senior community in Woodbury, MN, offering residents help at home, independent living, assisted living and memory care. Residents enjoy apartment homes that provide health care, recreation, social opportunities, and help with activities of daily living.




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The Grandview at Benefis

3015 18th Avenue South, Great Falls, MT 59405

(406) 771-6200

The Grandview at Benefis is a vibrant community located in Great Falls, MT, known for its resident-centered care services and homelike amenities. This continuum of care supports seniors’ health and wellness needs at every stage of life. Welcoming common areas include fireside living rooms, country kitchens, and outdoor gardens. Residents enjoy engaging activities, events, and outings.

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Kings Harbor Multicare Center

2000 East Gun Hill Road, The Bronx, NY 10469

(718) 320-0400

Kings Harbor Multicare Center offers personalized inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Each resident has a customized care plan to ensure a full recovery and active lifestyle. The facility partners with local hospitals to provide comprehensive care for a variety of needs, such as dementia and dialysis treatment.

Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare

1740 84th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214

(718) 885-8484

Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare is a faith-based community in Brooklyn, NY, that offers a range of services, including skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, and long-term care. The community provides residents with nutritional counseling, social services, and senior-friendly recreational opportunities to enhance their quality of life.

Cliffside Rehabilitation & Residential Health Care Center

119-19 Graham Court, Queens, NY 11354

(718) 886-0700

At The Cliffside Rehabilitation & Residential Health Care Center, residents benefit from a multi-lingual staff. The Asian Unit has doctors, nurses, and support staff who speak various languages. This helps residents feel comfortable and understood, allowing staff to better understand and meet their unique needs.




Phone Number


Generations Senior Living of Berea

4 Berea Commons, Berea, OH 44017

(440) 243-9050

Generations Senior Living of Berea in Berea, OH, offers a variety of care services, including assisted and independent living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and hospice care. The community encourages residents to bring their favorite furniture and keepsakes to make them feel at home.

Brethren Retirement Community

750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, OH 45331

(937) 547-8000

Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, OH, offers residents skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, rehab services, and respite care. The team includes social workers, nurses, dietitians, certified nursing assistants, and therapists. Christian-based services, such as Bible studies and pastor visits, are available. Residents can bring pets and furnishings to their apartments, which feature private bathrooms and closets.




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Moravian Village of Bethlehem

526 Wood Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

(610) 625-4885

Moravian Village of Bethlehem provides specialized care to residents in Bethlehem, PA. Residents can choose a cottage, apartment, or skilled nursing floor plan. Staff work hard to relieve residents and their families of everyday stresses. Families can feel comfortable knowing their loved ones belong to a caring community.




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The Forum at Park Lane

7831 Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75225

(214) 369-9902

The Forum at Park Lane in Dallas, TX, offers residents restaurant-style dining and a wide range of activities and special events. Staff members provide specialized care plans for each resident, whether they need short-term, seasonal, or long-term care.

The Cost of Mandarin-Speaking Senior Living and How to Pay

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In 2021, the median monthly cost of assisted living in the United States reached $4,500, as per Genworth Financial’s Cost of Care Survey. Depending on where you live, this type of senior care may cost more or less than the national average. For example, the median monthly cost in California — known for its high costs of living — is $5,250. North Dakota has a median monthly cost of $4,010, nearly $500 less than the national average. Mandarin-speaking assisted living shouldn’t cost more than standard assisted living, so use these estimates to determine how much your loved one should save.

How To Pay for Assisted Living

Many people don’t have an extra $4,500 per month to pay for assisted living, so it’s important to identify all possible sources of assistance. Your loved one may qualify for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

  • Social Security benefits: If your loved one receives Social Security retirement benefits, Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income, they may be able to use some or all of those funds to pay for room, board and other assisted living services.
  • Long-term care (LTC) insurance: LTC insurance reimburses policyholders for some of the services they receive, including help with bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living. Most policies require underwriting, so your loved one should purchase an LTC policy before they need assisted living.
  • Medicaid waivers: Medicaid doesn’t cover assisted living, but many states have waiver programs designed to cover a variety of long-term care costs. With these programs, Medicaid enrollees can use their benefits to pay for some of the services provided by assisted living communities.
  • Annuities: An annuity is a contract that entitles an individual to monthly payments from an insurance company. If your loved one has an annuity, they can use the income to pay for some of their senior care costs.

State assistance programs for seniors: Some states have programs designed to provide cash assistance to older adults. If your state is one of them, your loved one may qualify for financial assistance.

National Resources for Chinese American Seniors

These national organizations advocate on behalf of Chinese American or Asian American citizens. They also offer a variety of educational materials to help you understand how to improve your loved one’s quality of life.




National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

(206) 624-1221

NAPCA offers services to help empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to achieve their goals. Its core values include teamwork, advocacy, diversity and a commitment to excellence. Guided by these values, employees strive to help members of the AAPI community develop new skills and improve their economic circumstances.

Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center

(714) 560-8877

AASCSC uses an intergenerational approach to improving health outcomes and quality of life for older Asian Americans. The nonprofit organization provides direct services, helps build capacity around the country and protects the rights of Asian American seniors through its advocacy work.

Chinese American Service League

(312) 791-0418

CASL aims to build an equitable future for all Chinese Americans. Although its services aren’t limited to older adults, its mission is to “build on the wisdom of generations.” Staff members are available to help Chinese Americans access health care, improve their English skills and qualify for basic benefits.

Chinese American Heritage Foundation

(857) 496-5088 

CAHF strives to preserve Chinese American contributions to the development of the United States. It doesn’t provide direct services to older adults, but Chinese American seniors may benefit from registering for educational webinars or watching the videos on the CAHF website.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Fill out the contact form on the AAAJ website.

AAAJ fights for the civil rights of Asian Americans all over the United States. Its website has factsheets and articles to make older adults aware of their rights, along with a directory of community organizations that can provide assistance with issues such as health care and economic security.

State Resources for Chinese American Seniors

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Central Alabama Association of Chinese

[email protected]

CAAC supports Chinese Americans living in Central Alabama. The organization also aims to deepen understanding of the Chinese culture by sponsoring special events and holding educational seminars. CAAC’s overall mission is to ensure all Chinese Americans in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and surrounding areas have the opportunity to prosper.


Alaska Chinese Association

[email protected]

AAC is a nonprofit organization that isn’t affiliated with any religious or political group. Its main function is to give Asian Americans living in Alaska the opportunity to celebrate their cultures. Each year, AAC sponsors a dragon boat festival and other events to strengthen the bonds among community members.


Arizona Asian American Association

[email protected]

Known as 4A, the Arizona Asian American Association aims to enhance unity and strengthen relationships between Asian Americans and other Arizona residents. The organization also provides opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to share their problems. Members participate in public hearings to ensure elected officials understand the community’s concerns.


Arkansas Chinese American Association

Fill out the contact form on the ACAA homepage

ACAA advocates for the rights of Chinese Americans, provides opportunities for professional development and participates in community service initiatives. The organization also has outreach programs designed to share cultural knowledge and traditions with members of other communities. These programs promote unity throughout Arkansas, highlighting the benefits of diversity.


California Asian American & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus

[email protected]

The AAPI Legislative Caucus has several priorities, including expanding access to social services, health services and education for Asian Pacific Islanders living in California. Members also work to increase representation in state government, ensuring government agencies provide culturally competent services and strengthening California’s AAPI communities.


Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network 

(303) 937-6888

CACEN works to ensure all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders living in Colorado have access to equitable opportunities. Members are always looking for ways to build bridges between the AAPI community and other Colorado groups.


Asian Pacific American Coalition of Connecticut

(860) 933-4787

Founded in 2008, APACC advocates on behalf of AAPI individuals living in Connecticut. Its outreach efforts include community collaboration, interagency projects and educational programs. APACC also serves as an advisor to the State of Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity.


Delaware Chinese American Association

(302) 689-3235

DCAA provides community services to Chinese American residents of Delaware. The organization also sponsors events and engages in other efforts to increase understanding between Delaware’s Chinese American community and members of other cultural groups.


Chinese Cultural Association of South Florida

(561) 483-8170

For more than 30 years, CCASF has been planning cultural activities and lending its support to members of the Chinese American community in Broward County and surrounding areas. The nonprofit also aims to increase interest in Chinese arts and promote understanding of the Chinese culture.


Georgia Center for Pan Asian Community Services

(770) 936-0969

Located in Atlanta, CPACS is the largest AAPI human service agency in the Southeastern United States. It focuses on providing counseling, senior services, health services and educational programs for AAPI residents of Georgia. CPACS also connects community members with translation services.


United Chinese Society of Hawaii

(808) 536-4621

UCSH represents dozens of Chinese organizations in the Aloha State. Its goal is to promote friendship among Chinese Americans and members of other cultural groups. UCSH also provides health and wellness services to Hawaii residents.


The Idaho Organization of Resource Councils

(208) 991-4451

IORC supports diversity, equity and inclusion throughout Idaho. It’s part of a regional network that includes seven states, giving community members the opportunity to participate in grassroots organizing efforts. IORC’s advocacy work aims to help members of many groups, including Chinese Americans.


Illinois Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community

(312) 761-9738

CBCAC advocates on behalf of Chinese Americans living in the Greater Chicago area. Its program offerings are developed based on the four pillars of issue advocacy, civic education, community mobilization and productive communication with policy makers. CBCAC also has a Chinatown Community Vision Plan designed to revitalize the neighborhood.


Indiana Association of Chinese Americans

Fill out the contact form on the IACA website.

Established in 1973 as the Indianapolis Association of Chinese Americans, IACA aims to celebrate the Chinese culture. The group is open to any current or former resident of Indiana who’s at least 18 years old, creating opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and increased appreciation of Chinese traditions.


Iowa Asian Alliance

(515) 770-1026

IAA strives to unite the Pacific Islander, Asian and Asian American communities in Iowa, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to prosper. Members plan programs designed to promote economic growth, increase civic engagement and ensure that AAPI interests are well-represented in state and local government.


Kansas City Chinese American Association

[email protected]

KCCAA aims to celebrate Chinese culture and ensure members have access to the services they need to thrive. The organization also works to increase understanding among Chinese Americans and members of other cultural groups. KCCAA sponsors an annual Chinese New Year celebration.


Kentucky Chinese American Association

Fill out the contact form at the KCAA website.

KYCAA works to promote cross-cultural understanding between Chinese Americans and members of other cultural groups. It also operates KYCAA Chinese school, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for community members to learn the Chinese language. The organization’s mission is to bridge the gap between East and West.


Louisiana Asian Pacific American Society New Orleans

[email protected]

APAS NOLA is dedicated to preserving Asian culture in the Greater New Orleans area. The nonprofit organization completes a variety of community outreach projects and plans special events to help residents learn more about Asian cultures. Members strive to serve as a collective voice for the New Orleans AAPI community.


Chinese American Friendship Association of Maine

Fill out the contact form at the CAFAM website.

CAFAM promotes friendship between Chinese American residents of Maine and members of other cultural groups living in the Pine Tree State. The organization plans many events to increase understanding of Chinese cultural practices, such as cooking demonstrations, tai chi classes and lectures on Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Maryland Montgomery County Progressive Asian American Network

[email protected]

MoCoPAAN aims to raise the visibility of Asian Americans living in Montgomery County, Maryland. Members participate in grassroots organizing efforts, bringing awareness to the challenges facing members of the Asian American community. MoCoPAAN also maintains a directory of resources on AAPI issues, increasing access to advocacy services and health information.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American & Pacific Islanders Commission

(617) 367-9333 ext. 662

AAPIC exists to address the needs of the AAPI community in Massachusetts. Committee members work with state agencies to ensure AAPI individuals have access to health services and other resources. The permanent body also holds resource fairs throughout the state to make AAPI residents aware of the services available.


Michigan Association of Chinese Americans Detroit

[email protected]

ACAD provides a variety of social services to Chinese Americans living in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties. These services include counseling and help applying for government benefits. The organization’s mission is to enrich the lives of Chinese Americans living in the region.


Chinese American Association of Minnesota

[email protected]

CAAM maintains an active presence throughout Minnesota, planning events and offering programs to promote the Chinese culture. The annual Dragon Boat Festival gives community members a chance to learn more about Chinese traditions, increasing understanding and acceptance. CAAM also operates a Chinese language school.


Mississippi State Department of Health

(601) 576-7400

MSDH operates several programs designed to improve health equity for members of often-marginalized groups. One of those programs is interpreter training, which makes translation services available to Chinese American and Vietnamese-American residents of Mississippi. MSDH also provides health services to low-income community members who lack access to high-quality medical care.


Missouri St. Louis Chinese Culture and Education Services

Fill out the contact form at the CCES website.

St. Louis-based CCES aims to help everyone in the region understand the value of diversity. One of its signature programs is Chinese Culture Days, a festival featuring traditional cuisine, music, art and cultural performances. The organization’s mission is to promote harmony and increase awareness of Chinese traditions.


Montana Empower MT

(406) 541-6891

Empower MT aims to create a more inclusive society and improve communication among members of different cultural groups. Although Empower MT doesn’t advocate for the needs of any specific group, Chinese Americans can benefit from attending Diversity Day each year or participating in a workshop offered by Empower MT.


Nebraska Chinese Association

Fill out the contact form on the NCA website.

NCA exists to strengthen Chinese culture in the Cornhusker State. Based in Omaha, the organization aims to bring together community members and promote appreciation of Chinese traditions. NCA sponsors a variety of cultural events and delivers educational programs to help residents learn more about Chinese culture.


Nevada Asian Community Development Council

(702) 489-8866

ACDC works to empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders living in Nevada. Staff members help AAPI seniors and other individuals access health care services, apply for benefits and complete immigration paperwork. ACDC offers assistance in Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese, Spanish, Taiwanese and several other languages.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Center for Cultural Effectiveness

(603) 895-1514

CCE trains health care professionals to provide culturally competent care. The organization also has programs designed to help at-risk individuals improve their health. CCE provides workshops to members of several cultural groups, including Chinese Americans, increasing awareness of local health resources and empowering participants to advocate on their own behalf.

New Jersey

Northern New Jersey Chinese Association

[email protected]

NNJCA welcomes anyone who’s interested in learning more about Chinese culture. Members volunteer for local charities and provide a variety of social services, promoting friendship among Chinese Americans and other cultural groups living in the northern part of the state. NNJCA also offers Chinese language classes and sponsors recreational activities.

New Mexico

Asian American Association of New Mexico

[email protected]

AAANM aims to improve the well-being of Asian Americans living in the Land of Enchantment. The group holds community movie nights, sponsors the Annual Festival of Asian Cultures and serves as a clearinghouse for businesses owned by Asian American residents of New Mexico. Its values include respect, compromise and collaboration.

New York

New York Chinese American Planning Council

(212) 941-0920

CAPC promotes positive social change, ensuring Chinese Americans in and around New York City have access to basic resources. Its economic empowerment programs include community health services, legal services and a network of community centers. CAPC also sponsors live performances and holiday celebrations.

North Carolina

Chinese American Friendship Association of North Carolina

[email protected]

CAFA promotes friendship between Chinese Americans and members of other cultural groups in North Carolina. Its annual Taste of China festival increases appreciation of Chinese culture by showcasing traditional foods, music and arts. Members also participate in community service projects to strengthen their bonds with other residents.

North Dakota

North Dakota United Chinese Americans Fargo-Moorhead

(701) 526-4886

UCAFM has several priorities, one of which is to establish a strong Chinese American senior community in Fargo and surrounding areas. The group promotes increased cultural awareness by sponsoring events and encouraging members to invite their friends and family members. UCAFM also partners with other organizations to promote intercultural friendships.


Ohio Chinese American Association

[email protected] 

OCAA aims to unite Chinese Americans by promoting equality and ensuring local residents understand their rights. Members complete a variety of community service projects, increasing understanding among the many cultural groups living in Ohio. OCAA also sponsors educational events and encourages members to participate in grassroots organizing efforts.


Oklahoma Asian Cultural District Association

[email protected] 

ACDA strives to preserve the traditions of the Asian refugees who settled in Oklahoma City. It sponsors the Asian Night Market Festival, giving community members a chance to experience several Asian traditions. ACDA members are also dedicated to bridging the gap between older and younger generations of Asian Americans.


Oregon Chinese Coalition

Fill out the contact form at the OCA website.

OCA aims to lift members of Oregon’s Chinese American community. The organization operates a community support line, giving residents access to trained volunteers who speak Mandarin and Cantonese. These volunteers provide translation services for individuals who need help communicating with first responders and medical professionals.


Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance of Pennsylvania

[email protected]

APIPA advocates for the needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The group coordinates political activity to ensure elected officials are aware of the challenges faced by members of the AAPI community. APIPA staff also have a comprehensive legislative agenda designed to improve each AAPI individual’s quality of life.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Center for Southeast Asians

(401) 274-8811

CSA partners with other nonprofit organizations to give members of the Asian American community access to income tax assistance, transitional housing, case management and other services. The organization also offers translation services and provides direct support to Asian Americans who live in Rhode Island and need some type of support.

South Carolina

South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs – Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs Division

(803) 333-9621 

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs Division of the Commission for Minority Affairs helps AAPI residents of South Carolina improve their economic futures. Its current priorities include health, community outreach and cultural awareness. Staff members advocate for policy changes that would improve the lives of AAPI individuals in South Carolina.

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Health

(605) 773-3361

SDDH aims to help residents of South Dakota improve their health. The agency distributes educational materials and offers free screenings to high-risk individuals. Its educational materials are available in several languages, including Chinese, making it easier for members of different cultural groups to take control of their health.


Tennessee Greater Nashville Chinese Association

[email protected]

GNCA represents the interests of Chinese Americans living in Nashville and other parts of Middle Tennessee. Members work to increase cultural awareness and share their traditions with anyone who’s interested. The organization also strives to help residents of this region better understand the benefits of having a diverse community.


Texas OCA Greater Houston

[email protected] 

OCA advocates on behalf of Chinese Americans living in the Greater Houston area. The organization sponsors several programs designed to increase awareness of Chinese culture, such as the annual AAPI Film Festival. OCA also has initiatives customized for Chinese Americans at different stages of their lives, including senior voting assistance.


Utah Chinese Association

(801) 800-3340

UCA aims to bring members of diverse communities together, promoting cultural exchange and increased understanding. It operates the Utah Chinese History Museum, Chinese Folk Art Festival and Utah Asian Alliance, giving Chinese American residents the opportunity to keep their traditions intact. UCA members also complete service projects to improve their communities.


State of Vermont Human Rights Commission

(802) 828-2480

VHRC protects the rights of Vermont’s minority residents, promoting respect among members of different cultural groups. Staff members provide information and referrals, enforce antidiscrimination laws and promote fairness for all. Chinese Americans facing discrimination can file a complaint with VHRC or contact the agency for referrals to legal services.


Asian American Society of Central Virginia

[email protected]

AASCV promotes cultural harmony in Central Virginia, ensuring Asian American residents have access to the same opportunities as members of other groups. The organization hosts cultural events, participates in community service projects and works to make elected officials aware of the issues faced by Asian Americans in the region.


United Chinese Americans of Washington

UCAW promotes civic engagement, fights against discrimination and works to protect the rights of Chinese Americans living in Washington State. The organization educates state and federal lawmakers on issues of importance to Chinese Americans, increasing equity. Members even provide input on legislation that has the potential to impact Chinese Americans.

West Virginia

West Virginia Chinese Association

[email protected]

WVCA aims to promote cross-cultural exchange and improve communication among Chinese Americans living in West Virginia. The organization sponsors many family-friendly activities, giving Chinese Americans of all ages the opportunity to form new bonds. These activities also give members of other groups the chance to learn more about Chinese culture.


OCA Wisconsin Chapter

[email protected] 

OCA advocates on behalf of Asian-Pacific Americans living in Wisconsin. The organization also strives to promote Chinese cultural heritage and ensure Chinese Americans understand their civil rights. When necessary, OCA partners with other organizations to build community and promote causes that are important to Wisconsin’s Chinese Americans.


Alliance of Historic Wyoming

(307) 333-3508 

AHW has historians working to tell the stories of Chinese immigrants who settled in the state and helped it develop into what it is today. The organization also works to preserve historic and cultural resources, ensuring all community members have the opportunity to understand the contributions of Chinese Americans.

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