Welcome to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA). The purpose of CCBA is to provide charitable and benevolent activities, social welfare, and preserve the culture and traditions of Chinese people. The Chinese community has made a great impact on San Diego culture, art, science and business, and we are happy to attract the best minds, young and old, to make an impact in the San Diego community.
CCBA is proud to engage in charitable activities, host important Chinese dignitaries, preserve important Chinese landmarks, and celebrate cultural activities with the Lucky Lion Dancers. We invite you to experience, contribute and be a part of the CCBA family.
The earliest social organizations of Chinese immigrants in America had their origins in the 1850s in San Francisco. They were created to accommodate the needs of the immigrants, mostly men, in a strange and sometimes hostile environment. The first associations were based on areas of origin, the villages and the districts.
District associations (Hut Guan) were made up of immigrants who had a common dialect and originated from the same area. As the community became established some wives were brought over and family associations based on a common surname were established. People with the same surname tended to congregate in the same cities. For example, those with the surname of Hom were the predominant families in early San Diego.