Chung Wah Hall, 128 James Street, Northbridge – 1915
Chung Wah Association was established in 1909, and officially registered on July 12, 1910. Chung Wah is the largest Chinese non-profit organisation and an ethnic organisation with the longest history in Western Australia. Since these humble beginnings, Chung Wah has tirelessly promoted multiculturalism, Chinese education and organised major cultural events, as well as initiating charitable activities, providing community and elderly care services and enriching social activities.
Chinese settlers to Perth registered The Chung Wah Association Inc. on 12 July 1910. The Association was formed to support the social welfare of its members, promote Chinese culture and foster goodwill between the Chinese and local community. Since 1910, Chung Wah’s membership has grown from the few founding members to about 3000 today, with membership open to all Australians.
Over its history, Chung Wah’s leaders have lived up to their founding members’ values, by serving as a connection between the Chinese community, government and business. Chung Wah members represent the worldwide Chinese diaspora, are highly active in professional and cultural networks, and promote Western Australia throughout Asia and worldwide.
- Our Vision – Through promoting Harmony, preserving our Heritage and practising Humanity, we serve as the bridge between the Chinese community and mainstream society.
- Our Mission – To service and uphold the interests and welfare of the Chinese community in Western Australia by promoting our culture, speaking up on our views, and dealing with social issues affecting our community
The achievements of the Association in Western Australia include the establishment of:
- Chung Wah Community and Aged Care Services
- Chung Wah Chinese Schools promoting Chinese education and cultural awareness
- Chung Wah Cultural and Youth groups incorporating Lion and Dragon dances, Chinese Cultural Dance, Chinese Orchestra, Choir, Beijing and Cantonese Operas and Dragon Boating.
- The annual Chung Wah Chinese New Year Fair, one of Western Australia’s biggest multicultural festivals.
Read more about Chung Wah’s illustrious first 100 years: 100 Yrs of Chung Wah.