President's Message

Greetings! On behalf of the board of directors of the Ventura County Chinese American Association (VCCAA) I would like to welcome all of you to share another exciting year with our organization.


The VCCAA has been active in civic projects in Ventura County since our incorporation in 1976. The history of the Chinese presence in this region dates back to the 1860s. China Alley in Ventura was the first large scale settlement of Chinese in this county. Members of the VCCAA founded the Ventura County Chinese American Historical Society (VCCAHS) in 2000 to promote research, education and publications on the history and contributions of Chinese Americans. The Ventura China 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 a vital part of our association. Countless students have learned the Chinese language there 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.


In summary, we are grateful for your membership, financial sponsorship and active participation in our programs. We welcome everyone who is interested in Chinese heritage and culture to join our association.


Angus Simmons


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