Prior to 1988, Sonoma County had many Chinese and Asian immigrants new to America with very little communication skills. The opportunities for them to associate with other Chinese or Asians were very limited.
A few concerned Chinese Americans decided to form an organization to fill that void for the immigrants and to preserve the Chinese customs and language. Therefore, in 1988, the Redwood Empire Chinese Association was born.
Since then, RECA has sponsored annual picnics, quarterly potluck socials, and annual Chinese New Year festivals. RECA's purpose is to introduce the local communities in Sonoma County to Chinese arts, culture, food and entertainments. RECA provides awareness of Chinese and Asian activities in other cities through RECA's newsletters.
A valuable service provided by RECA are the Chinese Language Workshops available to the general public interested in learning Mandarin or Cantonese. RECA also sponsors workshops in such Chinese arts as Chinese dances, the lion dance, sword dance, ribbon dance, and tai chi. Students have the opportunity to perform at public schools, in parades and at businesses. By performing in public children build self-esteem and confidence. They become bi-lingual as well as confident public performers.
RECA provides services primarily for immigrants in translation and communication for legal or medical needs.
RECA provides annual scholarships to qualified High School graduates who are Asian or members of RECA. Membership is not a requirement. You can download the application form here.
RECA now owns the RECA Multi-Cultural Center at 3455 Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa. RECA is developing plans for a new building for the multi-purpose center and fund raising plans are in development.
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