The National Association of Chinese-Americans (NACA) is dedicated to the advancement of cordial relationships between the United States and China. It is a non-profit organization, which was founded in 1977 by Dr. Cheng Ning Yang, a Nobel laureate in Physics. It’s initial objective was to assist in achieving and promoting full diplomatic recognition between these two countries.
This notable goal was achieved in 1979. The national headquarters for NACA is in Washington, D.C., and there are ten local chapters in the United States. The Atlanta Regional Chapter was inaugurated in 1980 in conjunction with Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping’s successful state visit.
The Atlanta Chapter of NACA has continued to organize and sponsor activities that bring together Chinese dignitaries, local Georgia government officials as well as community and business leaders. NACA’s mission has been as a facilitator to promote cultural, educational, scientific and business relationships between these parties. It also strongly encourages Chinese-Americans to participate in the American political process while preserving Chinese heritage in the American culture.
With the entry of China to the World Trade Organization, the selection of China to host the year 2008 Olympic Games and the solidarity of China with America in the war against terrorism, another chapter of mutual opportunity of NACA to be of service to these two countries has been opened.