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Indiana Association of Chinese Americans

Contact Representative to NCI - Eileen Tsai, eileen_8_tsai@yahoo.com

Website   www.iacaonline.org

 

Indiana Association of Chinese Americans, Inc. (IACA) is a State

registered not-for-profit organization established in 1973. IACA is not

affiliated with any religious or political organization.

Goals and objectives of IACA are:

To foster constructive citizenship on the part of Chinese Americans in the

State of Indiana, and the nation.

To cultivate the understanding and the appreciation of both American and

Chinese cultural heritages.

To enrich the Indiana society with Chinese American contributions.

To improve the overall well being of Chinese Americans in Indiana.

IACA was originally established in 1973 as Indianapolis Association of

Chinese Americans, Inc. and in 1999, it was renamed to Indiana Association

of Chinese Americans, Inc. to encompass a larger membership around the

states. In the early '70s, a group of local Chinese Americans met once a

month for lunch to share their everyday experiences and to lead support

for each other and their families. The popularity of this monthly luncheon

continued to grow and the need for an organization to provide social

activities and a variety of services was inevitable. In November 1973, the

founding members filed the IACA constitution with the State. Officers for

the following years were elected and IACA was born.

Through the years, most of the social activities provided to our

membership were focused on the celebration of Chinese culture and

traditions such as Chinese New Year and other festivals, in an attempt to

keep alive our heritage and to pass them on to the next generation and

beyond. Friends and other organizations have been invited to these

gatherings to share and celebrate in our cultural heritage and it has

proven to be very successful.

IACA has participated in countless community cultural projects and

educational outreach programs. IACA has long established its presence in

the annual International Festival since 1976 and has won awards for its

cultural displays. Our 'Lion Dance' team is well recognized in our

cultural community. IACA has collaborated with the international Center of

Indianapolis and other local professional organizations in co-sponsoring

cultural exhibitions, concerts and recent performances from the Inner

Mongolian Dance Troupe and the Beijing Orchestra. IACA participates in

programs at the Children's Museum, providing cultural materials, speakers

to local schools and colleges. Through corporate sponsorship, scholarships

were awarded to our qualified IACA youths from the annual Telamon High

School Scholarship Program. IACA has also participated in the USA

Bicentennial Anniversary celebration and in establishing a Sister City

with Taipei, Taiwan and a Sister State with Zhejiang Province, China.

IACA currently publishes a quarterly newsletter to communicate information

and progresses to our members, an annual membership directory which serves

as a tool for our members to exchange information and networking. IACA has

been working diligently and continuously fine-tune its services and

programs to meet the needs of our growing and changing community.

 

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