The Chinatown International District is the heart of Seattle’s Asian-American community — and the birthplace of its activist movement to promote social justice and equity toward a better quality of life. The following organizations and chambers offer a multitude of services to help improve your experience in the neighborhood, as a resident, business or local employee.
Chambers of Commerce
The Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce The Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce offers the opportunity to connect with other individuals and businesses from the Puget Sound region and the Pacific Rim countries. Activities include monthly luncheons, promotional events focused on the Chinatown community, leadership development for the next generation of business leaders and a scholarship program.
Washington Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce The Washington Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce brings together individuals and businesses from throughout the state toward the purpose of collectively building a positive business environment for the Vietnamese-American community. Programs include educational workshops and networking opportunities.
Japanese American Chamber of Commerce of WA The Japanese American Chamber of Commerce of WA was started in 1992 to support cross-cultural activities and programs that promote the understanding of Japanese/Japanese-American culture and history.
Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest The Filipino Chamber helps to build a stronger voice for the Filipino-American business community and offer opportunities to connect locally and abroad.
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce boasts more than 2,200 members throughout the Puget Sound region. Their programs focus on business development, business leadership and business advocacy.
Community organizations and resources
Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) The CIDBIA promotes a healthy and vital business district through programs that focus on sanitation, public safety and neighborhood marketing. The geographic focus of the CIDBIA is all areas of the neighborhood west of Interstate 5.
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority (SCIDpda) SCIDpda is a community development organization that works to preserve, promote and develop the Chinatown/International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. Organizational activities focus on real estate development and property management, senior services and commercial district revitalization.
InterIm Community Development Association (ICDA) ICDA is responsible for catalyzing much of the community activism and development of the International District. Since 1969, the organization has worked toward sustainable neighborhood planning, preserving affordable housing and critical human services. ICDA is also responsible for managing the Danny Woo Community Garden and several community parking lots.
Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) NVC was founded in 1946 to support Japanese-American veterans returning from war. The affiliated NVC Foundation embraces non-veterans interested in participating in activities that honor the culture and courage of our nation’s armed forces. NVC (Foundation) offers educational and cultural programs, makes their hall available for public use and has recently completed the construction of a memorial wall honoring Japanese Americans.
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) — Seattle Chapter The Seattle chapter of JACL works toward promoting social justice and equity for all through its programs, which encourage cross-cultural learning, civil rights advocacy and leadership development.
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) — Seattle Chapter OCA’s Seattle chapter was formed in 1995. As the local arm to the only national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Chinese Americans, OCA Seattle initiates and promotes activities that encourage civic duty and engagement.
Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) For more than a decade, ACLF has been supporting the development of new leadership within the Asian/Pacific Islander community. Through its public service programs, scores of leaders of all ages have emerged to ensure the ongoing presence of API leadership in all walks of life, from non-profit organizations to the private sector to local government.
Chong Wa Benevolent Association Chong Wa has served as a voice for Seattle’s Chinese community since 1915 and, today, continues to offer programs that promote Chinese culture and community well-being.
Chinese Information & Service Center (CISC) CISC is a social service agency that was founded in 1972 to meet the needs of Seattle’s growing Asian immigrant community. The organization provides information, referral and support services in more than 16 different languages and dialects.
Seattle Public Library — International District/Chinatown Branch The International District/Chinatown branch of the Seattle Public Library has one of the largest collections of foreign-language materials in the system! Drop by for cultural programs and story time, or just to browse the collection and utilize public computers.
International District/Chinatown Community Center Drop in for a game of basketball, table tennis or badminton. Bustling with activity since its opening in 2004, the International District/Chinatown Community Center has programs for all ages and interests — from seniors to tots. The friendly staff will help you find the right recreational activities to fill your free time.