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Legal Rights Protection Association for Overseas Chinese
Founded in 2000. The basic principles of the association are: "Legally, reasonably and passiontely deal with all kinds of cases, united and faithfully help each other, use our every effort to protect the legal rights of overseas Chinese."
Person to contact:
Mr. Tai Wang

234 W. Cermak Road, 1st floor
Chicago, IL 60616
Tel.: 312-328-0036
Fax: 312-326-6422

Li Educational Foundation, The
The Li Educational Foundation was founded by Tze-chung Li and In-lan Wang Li in 1997. It is a non-profit, tax exempt organization, operating exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes for the encouragement, promotion, and advancement of education, culture, and librarianship relating to Chinese.

Dr. Rose Marie Li
The Li Educational Foundation
Bethesda, Maryland
Tel.: 301-530-4921


Mid-America Historical Society of WWII in China
Founded in 1993, the Society, one of the members of the Global Alliance for Preserving the Truth of Sino-Japanese War (APTSJW), aims at preserving the truty of the world War II in Asia, demanding apologies from Japan for her past atrocities, and pursuing justice and peace.
Person to contact:
Paul Chang,

Tel.: 630-837-9274

Monte Jade Science and Technology Association Asian American Chapter (MJAA)
Named after the highest peak in Taiwan, Monte Jade, the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association was originated by a group of enthusiastic overseas Chinese and corporations who were among the best in the high technology industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. In June of 1989, an organizing committee was formed in the Silicon Valley, with the mission of founding a professional organization to promote business cooperation and long term investment between their homeland, Taiwan, and their newly adopted home - the Bay Area.
Contact Information:

Michael Shen
Monte Jade Science and Technology Association
Asian American Chapter
P.O. Box 5943
Santa Clara, CA 95056
Phone: 408-986-1775
Fax: 408-986-0244
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Museum of Chinese in the Americas, The (MoCA)
The Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) is the first fulltime, professionally staffed museum dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and interpreting the history and culture of Chinese and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere.
Hailed by the Smithsonian Magazine as "a cultural rescue mission to save a little-known immigrant heritage," MoCA documents an immigrant community that arrived in the Americas with few possessions but very big dreams.
After more than 20 years of collecting artifacts, archival and library materials, we are proud to be stewards of one of the most important national archives of materials about Chinese life in America. From rare papers to priceless artifacts, we hold many unusual and unique items indispensable for understanding this contemporary history.
The Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) began as a community-based organization founded in 1980 by Jack Tchen and Charlie Lai and Chinese American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation "old-timers" would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts. Now a focal point of the community's cultural life, the Museum has evolved into not only the keeper of the community's documented history, but the community's cultural history as well.
MoCA is located downtown in the heart of Manhattan's Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, century-old school building that was once Public School 23. Opened in November 1, 1893, and closing almost exactly 83 years later in October 1976, Public School 23 was built during the great tides of reform activity of the late 19th century, as New York struggled to educate the new waves of immigrants entering the city. Now as Chinatown begins to recover from the events of September 11th, MoCA envisions itself to be the cultural and historical cornerstone, curator, educator, exhibitor and research center of not only Manhattan's Chinatown, but for all Chinese of many nationalities located in the Americas.
Contact information:

Museum of Chinese in the Americas
70 Mulberry St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013


National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, The (NAPALSA)
The National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA), founded in 1981, is the first and oldest national Asian Pacific American law organization. NAPALSA was founded to promote education, leadership, community awareness/service, communication and interaction amongst the various Asian Pacific American law students across the country and represent their interests. By organizing nationally, we are able to promote communication and networking between chapters across the country. We are developing an alumni database to promote communication & networking for the benefit of our former and future members. Since 1981, NAPALSA has hosted an Annual National Conference on Law & Public Policy for our membership, alumni, the legal community and the Asian Pacific American community. NAPALSA has chapters all over the states.
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National Asian Women's Health Organization (NAWHO)
"Founded in 1993 to eliminate health disparities for Asian women and families. NAWHO's goals are to raise awareness about the health needs of Asian Americans through research and education, and to empower Asian women and families as decision-makers through leadership development and advocacy."
Contact Information:

Mary Chung
250 Montgomery Street, Suit 900
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: 415-989-9747
Fax: 415-989-9758

National Association of Asian American Professionals, The (NAAAP)
The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is the largest and fastest growing Asian American professional organization in the U.S. and Canada. It is formed as "the proving ground for North-American Asian Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, and community service." It is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. NAAAP serves to educate not only our members through professional development but also raise Asian American awareness in corporate America and ensure that Asian Americans are included in diversity programs. It has chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, cincinnati, Hawaii, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, North Carolina, San Francisco, South West Virginia, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.
Contact information:

NAAAP National
P.O. Box 52030
Boston, MA 02205
(Nov. 2004)

National Committee on United States-China Relations
Established in 1966. It is a nonprofit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States between citizens of both countries.
Contact Information:
John L. Holden
National Committee on United States-China Relations
71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1901
New York, NY 10010-4102
Tel: (212) 645-9677
Fax: (212) 645-1695

NBI Chinese American Computer Association
Founded in 1988. The Association is a non-profit organization for business executives and professionals in computer-related industry.
Contact Information:

Patrick Ang
29461 Kohoutek Way
Union City, CA 94587
Tel.: 510-489-0378
Fax: 510-489-0686

North America Taiwan Studies Association
The founding of the North America Taiwan Studies Association was initiated by 47 Taiwanese graduate students and scholars from 20 U.S. universities who attended a Taiwan Studies conference held at Yale University, on April 23, 1994. The Association aims to promote Taiwan studies in general, to enhance interaction between the academia of Taiwan and the North America, and to facilitate communication among graduate students and scholars concerning and conducting Taiwan studies.
Contact information:

Hsiu-hua Shen
University of Kansas

North America Taiwanese Engineers' Association (NATEA)
Established on March 2, 1991. A non-profit organization based in Silicon Valley.
Contact Information:

Julie Chen
P. O. Box 2772
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Phone (408) 354-8139
Fax (408) 354-8639

North America Taiwanese Medical Association (NATMA)
An organization founded to promote cultural, educational exchange of Taiwanese American Medical and Dental professionals
Contact Information:

Simon Lin M.D.
64 Oak Knoll Lane
Bradbury, CA 91010
Phone 626-357-6589
Fax 626-357-4339

NYJPW Chinese-American Arts & Culture Association, Inc.
NYJPW established by John & Penny Cheng-Hua Wang in New York, February, 1997. NYJPW is designed to broaden the support for community development, social service, education, arts and culture that promote the following goals :

Produce live stage activities for Chinese and American performing arts
Operate Internet WEB Pages to report all events with Chinese-American artist activities
Set up national and international artist exchange programs for cultural development
Organize exhibitions for Chinese-American artists (especially new) to promote their talents
Present the educational video programs to schools and related community public events
Contact Information:
Penny Wang
SCBA Headquarters at FASEB
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel : 212 250-2222


Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
Founded in 1973, the Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. (OCA) is a national non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization of concerned Chinese Americans. OCA is dedicated to securing the rights of Chinese American and Asian American citizens and permanent residents through legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of the government. OCA aims to embrace the hopes and aspirations of the nearly 2 million citizens and residents of Chinese ancestry in the United States as well as to better the lives of the 10 million Asian Americans across the country.
OCA has 43 chapters nationwide, a chapter in Hong Kong, and 37 college affiliates. OCA and its affiliates represent over 10,000 persons.
Contact Information:

1001 Connecticut Ave., NW #601
Washington, DC 20036
Tel.: (202) 223-5500
Fax : (202) 296-0540

Overseas China Education Foundation (OCEF)
Overseas China Education Foundation (OCEF), registered in Texas and granted by IRS as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity organization, is dedicated to help less-privileged children in rural areas of China to finish their education up to 9th grade. OCEF doesn't have any political or religious agenda.
Contact information:

Overseas China Education Foundation
P. O. Box 772436
Houston, Texas 77215-2436
Phone: 302-345-6476

Overseas Chinese Earth Science and Technology Association (OCESTA)
The Association is a temporary name for a non-political, non-profit organization, which combines two existing Associations; one is NACESA (North America Chinese Earth Scientists Association) and the other NACGA (North America Chinese Geologists Association). NACGA was established in 1970. Its members were/are mainly from Taiwan, but with increasing numbers came from mainland China. The total number of current members is 177.
Contact Information:
I-Ming Chou

Overseas Young Chinese Forum, The (OYCF)
The Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) is established for overseas young Chinese to exchange their views on social, economic, political and cultural issues concerning China and to develop common aspirations through regular discussions. These discussions emphasize the interplay of various factors affecting the current transformation in China in hope to provide reference points for policy initiatives for China's future transformation. Our purpose in organizing such activities is to educate, to learn, to exchange, and to develop. OYCF is a non-profit organization. OYCF organizes an annual meeting for its members and friends. The inaugural meeting of OYCF was held on April 23-25, 1999 in Concord, New Hampshire, USA. Thirty five members of OYCF attended the inaugural meeting.

OYCF also publishes an on-line journal titled Perspectives. The inaugural issue of Perspectives was published on August 31, 1999.

OYCF sponsors short term teaching trips by overseas scholars and professionals to universities in China. OYCF's original teaching program started in 2000, with the support from the East Asian Legal Studies program at Harvard Law School and the U.S-China Legal Cooperation Fund. Under that program, OYCF members have made three teaching and research trips to the Law School of Renmin University of China in Beijing covering various aspects of the securities and corporate laws. In January 2002, OYCF received a three-year grant from the Ford Foundation and funding from several institutional and individual donors. As a result, OYCF has expanded its teaching program to cover other fields of law as well as various fields in humanities and social sciences, and plans to grant up to 8 teaching fellowships for the 2002-2003 academic year.
Contact information

Overseas Young Chinese Forum
11423 Potomac Oaks Drive
Rockville, MD 20850


Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society
The Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society aims to encourage scholarship, stimulate research, reward scholastic achievement, and form bonds of intellectual and professional fellowship. The Society was initiated in China in 1921, at the suggestion of Professor Joseph H. Ehlers of the National Beiyang University. The first National Executive Council consisted of the Minister of Education and the presidents of six leading universities in China, in addition to Professor Ehlers who acted as the funding Secretary and vigorously promoted the Society. Phi Tau Phi stands for Philosohia, Technologia and Physiologia, which collectively represent all disciplines of learning.

In 1954, the Society was separately organized in the United States with three regional chapters (East America, Mid-America, and West America). Each regional chapter has its own officers who report to the National Executive Council, which coordinates overall activities. Since 1972, the Society has been formally incorporated in the State of New York as a not-for- profit corporation and has been granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. Among the many activities, the Society sponsors seminars and social gatherings, initiates new members, and publishes a membership directory and its journal. Each regional chapter has held annual or semiannual meetings and has gradually expanded its membership by inducting new gradually expanded its membership by inducting new members who have achieved professional distinction and who are genuinely interested in the Society's aims.

The Society has published since 1977 American Chinese Scholar, formerly Newsletter of the Society. This journal carries short articles, news about members, coverage of Society business activities, and a membership directory.
Contact Information:

Ernest Siew
National President

(Oct. 2002)

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