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Chinese American Society (TACAS) is a non-political, non-profit
organization. The society was founded on
September 22, 1979 and received its tax-exempt status in May 1983. The organization has grown and matured in the
past thirty years. The missions of TACAS
are to foster the Chinese-American cultural exchange, promote Chinese
language and cultural education, and participate in public welfare and
The organization is
managed by the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board.
The Board of Directors is responsible for conducting
the general operations and leading Board members and committee to
initiate and execute the activities. The
Advisory Board helps the Board of Directors to set long-term goals and
objectives for TACAS.
Mr. Yih-Shin Tan is the current TACAS President. Jiang Luh, Hsi-Shen Chi, Shie-Shin Wu, Jason
Shih, Paul Wang, Wei-Kan Chu, Chao-Shieung Feung, Hou-Ming Chang,
Po-Chuen Chan, Ping-Chuan Hu, Tung Chao, Dennis Liu, John Wei, Ting
Fang, James Su, Siz-Siz Wong, Lan-Chien Tallant, Evan Sun, Hsing Tsui,
Ellen Ko, John Chang, Leo Liu, Conrad Chin, Ching-ju Chen, Samuel Tie,
Monling Liao, Lily Chan, Vicky Yang, and Cyndy Yu Robinson have been
presidents since the organization's inception.
TACAS is service-oriented
A great effort is
devoted to promote the exchange of culture and arts as well as the
community services each year. In 2008, the
Chinese Year New Festival drew a crowd of more than 5000 people for
performances, food, and cultural exhibits. TACAS
also participates in the Raleigh’s International Festival and hosts
foreign delegations and traveling performing arts groups.
It co-organizes Asian American Health Fair,
Immigration Seminar, charity activities and provides the helps for
From the outset, TACAS has been
supporting programs that promote Chinese language and cultural exchange
among all ethnic, racial, and professional backgrounds. This
includes working closely with the Raleigh Chinese Language School,
www.ncrcls.org, and supporting the TACAS Arts Center, the New
Millennium Playhouse, and the Triangle Area Peking Opera Club. TACAS
also offers a Book Club, Youth Group, Youth Symphony, and Rainbow Dance
TACAS is open to all
As the population in
the Triangle area has diversified, TACAS has welcomed new members of
all racial and ethnic backgrounds. TACAS
members are mostly of Chinese heritage from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and
China, but also the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore.
In the last few years, TACAS has reached out to
Families with Chinese Children, an organization for families who have
adopted girls from China.
TACAS is established
just for people like you and your family. TACAS will help you turn your
zeal for the Chinese culture into constructive actions such as:
- Teaching our next
generation about their heritage
- Appreciation of and participation in various arts and
camaraderie via public services and activities
- Meeting new
friends in Chinese festivals and holidays
Benefits of being a
- Discounts to all
events held by TACAS
- Discounts in
shopping various stores, restaurants and Asian food markets (see member
- Free admission to
TACAS Mother's Day Spring Picnic
- TACAS Youth Group
(YG) membership for members' youngsters of age 13-18. Youth Group membership provides the
right to participate in all YG activities and to run for positions in
the YG Board.
TACAS holds the
following events regularly:
- February: Chinese New Year Festival
- May: Spring Picnic, General Membership
- November: Raleigh International Festival
Christmas Party and Balls
TACAS Youth Group:
Community Services: Folk Dance Ensemble, Puppet Show,
Dragon Dance Troupe, and Lion Dance Troupe perform for schools,
libraries, museums, and retirement homes in the Triangle Area.
Outdoor Activities: Ski Trip, Beach Trip, Amusement
Parks, Pool party, etc.
TACAS Youth Symphony:
Monthly practices under the instruction of music
director. The group performs in annual
Chinese New Year Festivals and many public events.
Four special topic seminars and one cultural tour each
year. The club loans Chinese books year
Five dances annually: quarterly social ballroom dance
gatherings and Christmas grand ball.