CBCAC’s mission is to unite the resources of member organizations to empower Chinese American communities in Greater Chicago. As a coalition of member organizations, CBCAC carries out its mission through civic education, issue advocacy, communication with policy makers and community mobilization.
CBCAC seeks 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.