The Association of Chinese Americans, Inc. (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1972. It is the founding chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), which currently has over 50 chapters and affiliates across the United States. The mission of ACA is to promote active participation in charitable, civic and national matters, securing social justice, equal opportunity and treatment of all Americans, and enhancing the image of Asian Americans. Through its four service centers that operate in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, ACA plays a leading role in enriching the lives of Asian Pacific Americans in the Metro-Detroit region. In its 49 years of existence, ACA has strived to promote the general welfare of Chinese Americans and the Asian Pacific American community by supporting youth education, enhancing the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities, and reducing health disparities. Through its daily services, the organization directly reaches more than 10,000 people per year. We are dedicated to improving the lives of Asian Americans of all ages and backgrounds.
About The Library
The Association of Chinese Americans (ACA) Library is located in Madison Heights, Michigan at the Chinese Community Center, which has been up and running since August 2005. With the assistance of the local community and volunteers, the ACA Library provides resources and books necessary to support the educational, cultural, and informational needs of the Chinese community. All ACA members are welcome to use the resources as well as read and borrow books found within the library. The library currently contains more than 3,500 Chinese and English books that cover a wide variety of subjects and genres. The book catalog is available here. We welcome all book donations at the Chinese Community Center.
The mission of the Association of Chinese Americans (ACA) Teen Volunteer Council (TVC) is to assist, create, and execute creative projects that support ACA’s mission. The TVC is an opportunity for students to develop valuable leadership skills while contributing to the local Chinese American Community. Student members range from grades 6-12. A member must possess good communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to maintain and foster cooperative and courteous working relationships. TVC members are active, creative, passionate advocates of the ACA.
President’s Volunteer Service Award
On November 19th, ACA held a Donor Appreciation, Volunteer Recognition, and President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) Recognition Ceremony. TVC members Ingrid Huang, Caitlyn Li, Ryan Lin, and Huawei Ye received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Winter Gear Donation Ceremony
On November 1, the Association of Chinese Americans(ACA) and Ford Motor Company participated in a winter clothing donation ceremony hosted by the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) at Mary Mcleod Bthune School. ACA and Ford teamed up to donate 150 winter coats to homeless children in the Detroit school district, as well as 20 tie-together blankets hand-made by the TVC. Ingrid Huang and Caitlyn Li attended this donation ceremony.
Winter Gear for DPSCD Students
On 10/15/2022 14 TVC members gathered at CCC to make tie-together blankets for DPSCD students and will deliver them to the school on 11/1/2022
Uniform Donations for DPSCD Students
On 9/29/2022 Ford and ACA attended the first donation ceremony at Detroit Public School Community District. ACA donated the uniforms to Detroit public schools. This event was sponsored by Ford. TVC co-present Ingrid Huang attended and represented ACA.
2022 Healthy Gardening Fair
On 9/17/2022, the Association of Chinese Americans has hosted a health gardening fair. TVC has successfully run a fund raise $151 by selling home made deserts, like muffins, cupcakes, cookies, egg tarts, moon cake, mochi, and kaofu.
5K Culture Course
We have successfully held the 5K fundraising event and raised almost $2000 for our future projects. Around 100 people from Northville, Novi, Ann Arbor and Troy attended this event; we also had friends who supported us from New York and California. Thank you for all participants, volunteers, and donators. We have triumphantly organized such a large event and brought the Chinese community closer as one!!
On August 19, co-presidents Ingrid Huang and Nicole Zhong, on behalf of TVC, met with some ACA Board members and presented what the TVC has accomplished so far, what is in planning, and what the TVC hopes to achieve in the future.
On June 19th, there were around 40 people who attended the TVC Orientation. This was a great team building event. We had an amazing potluck, went through a presentation that talked about our history and work plan, and played fun team bonding games including a successful scavenger hunt! Thank you so much to everyone who came to our orientation.
One Book, One World Fundraising
TVC families have donated $485 for One Book, One World. Thanks for all your donations.
One Book, One World 2022 MI AAPI Book Drive
In May and early June, Comerica, GM, and ACA volunteers gathered at Alcott Elementary of Pontiac and FLICS in Detroit. Goodie bags and books were delivered to the students. Volunteers went to classrooms to read to the students. As representatives of ACA TVC, Ingrid Huang, Nicole Zhong, Caitlyn Li and Hana Yang participated in this event.
AAPI Heritage Month Festival
On 5/22/2022, TVC members staged booths of Rice Dumpling (Zongzi) DIY, Chinese tea culture exhibition and tasting, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese naming service, Chopsticks games, Piano Performance, MC. TVC also invited a Lion Dance, Chinese Yo-Yo, Taichi, and Tang Dynasty dance performances. Radio station WDET interviewed all TVC student Volunteers (Ingrid Huang, Nicole Zhong, Alex Ye, Hana Yang, Caitlyn Li, Yi-An Liao, Brooke Li and Raina Li). Thank you to all the volunteers
ACA Youth Cultural Summer Camp 2022
We have physical camps this year!! SAVE THE DATES for 2022 ACA Youth Cultural Summer Camp
🐼Camp Date/Hours: July 11 – July 29, 3 weeks Mon- Fri: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Extended Care: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Closing Ceremony: July 29
🐼Learn about Chinese culture and language through our liveliest activities! 🐼We will have Chinese yo-yo, calligraphy, Chinese karaoke, Chinese cooking class, martial arts, field trips, outdoor activities, STEM workshops, etc.
TVC aids the community by helping out at events around the year. Click here to find a detailed list of our events.
Youth Reading Program
TVC Members take part as Discussion Leaders in ACA’s Virtual Reading Program for grades K-8. Participants read weekly books on the topics of Asian American Pacific Islander experience, adoption, and Asian culture. Find out more here.
The ACA Library now has a checkout system! If you’d like to browse the catalog or borrow a book or two, please click here to fill out an online form.