The Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) is a coalition of major service organizations in the community. Its mission is to empower the Chinese American community in Greater Chicago Region through planning, organizing, civic participation, education and coalition building.
We seek to impact the greater Chinatown community. Traditionally, Chinatown has been viewed as the commercial district surrounding Cermak and Wentworth. Thirty years ago, nearly all of the Chinese residents lived in this area. But now, the population has spread beyond Chinatown/Armour Square into Bridgeport, McKinley Park, Brighton Park, Douglas and the South Loop. The Chinese population in this greater Chinatown community grew over 50% during the 1990-2000 decade and during the 2000-2010 decade and now totals over 27,000. While this community is often viewed as homogeneous, there is great diversity. This diversity reflects when a person or family immigrated to the U.S., educational background, language spoken and socio-economic status. While most communities are defined by a narrow socio-economic range, Chinatown’s identity is built around a shared ethnicity.