The Chong Wa Benevolent Association was established around 1915 to provide a unified voice for Chinese Americans in Washington state and to mediate disputes between family associations and tongs. The principals for the association are based on ideals promulgated by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. The three principals being:
1. The People’s Relation/Connection
2. The People’s Power
3. The People’s Welfare/Livelihood
Today, Chong Wa strives to stimulate, collaborate and represent community interests to local governments and foster improvements in Seattle’s Chinatown. The association is housed at a historic building constructed in 1929 and located at the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown.
The building serves as a meeting place for civil minded Chinese as well as home base for organizations such as the Seattle Chinese Community Girl’s Drill Team, the dragon team and a Chinese language school. The Chinese language school offers citizenship classes, language classes as well as Chinese cultural activities.
Visit the Chong Wa Benevolent Association at: 522 7th Ave S, Seattle WA. 98104
For more information visit the Chong Wa Benevolent Association website at: http://www.chongwa.org/ChongWa/about_us.shtml.