The History of the Chinese American Association of Solano County

 

 

In the Spring of 1996, a small group of Chinese Americans gathered to discuss the possibility of forming an Association. An organizing committee was established to create a mission statement and bylaws. Within weeks, a membership drive began in earnest with the mailing of hundreds of letters to Solano County Chinese Americans. July 1996 marks the official establishment of the Chinese American Association of Solano County (CAASC).

The Founders -From Left to right

C. C. Yin, David Wang, Angela Wang, Dr. William Chan, Margaret Lum, Locke Yeh, Ken Doo,
 Mrs. Sun, Shirley Cheng, Liling Shaw, Richard Shaw, Hon Cheng & James Leung (not in picture).


            The initial mission of the Association stands to this day: to promote the advancement, betterment, and friendship of its members, the Chinese American community, and the local communities. To obtain this well-rounded goal, the following objectives were established: to offer scholarships to local students; to participate in community activities; and to promote economic and professional interests of the members and community.

            Over the years, we have done much to try to accomplish these goals and make ourselves known to Solano County. We initially developed the Vacaville Chinese School in September 1996, and after a very successful merger with the Solano Chinese Language School in Fairfield, we continue to educate our youth in the language and culture of our ancestors. We developed two newsletters, Voice of the Chinese American and The Connections, to keep members and the public aware of our activities and socials. This has now been extended to The Jade Quarterly which is published bi-monthly to keep everyone up to date on all of our upcoming activities, elections, trips, etc.

            One of our largest contributions to the local communities is through our CAASC Scholarships, available to all high schools within Solano County. To date, we have given over $30,000 in cash scholarship to well-deserving high school seniors of the county.

            As an infant organization, we sponsored the “History of the Chinese American in Solano County” event at the Yin Ranch on February 2, 1997, with a superb turnout of guest speakers, VIP’s and contributors.

            Our largest fund raiser of the year is our Annual Chinese New Year Event. Sponsors and Supporters provide the major funding for our scholarship program, Chinese Language School  and student-sponsored events. We also display our culture and song each year during the Fiesta Day Parade in Vacaville and the 4th of July Parade in Fairfield, both of which we have garnered placed showings in the competition.

            Socially as an Association, we have had much to offer. Our Summer and Fall Potlucks bring out the best cuisine there to offer. We have provided cruises for members, as well as trips to San Francisco for an evening of feasting and fun.  And in 2007, CAASC led a group of 26 members to visit 7 cities in China

            We have grown quickly as an organization, and  we will continue to grow stronger and supportive to the local Chinese Americans and communities in which they reside.

            We owe a debt of gratitude to many trailblazers who envisioned and formed this organization to promote and advance the betterment and friendship of its membership, the Chinese American community, and the local communities. We especially appreciate the dedication of past Presidents Gaylord Gee, William Chen, Claudia Hom, Hon Cheng, Mary Yin Liu, Don Williamson, C.C. Yin, Patty Yates, Thomas Tom, Beth Gasang, Shelmae Doo Turner, Robert Hertan and current President of 2008 William P. Suen , past Principal of our Chinese School Hon Cheng, Calvin Lai and William Ja. We also want to thank C.C. Yin who is Honorary Chairman who is still the driving force behind our Association.