Who we are

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization established in 1998 to promote unity, harmony, and diversity in the Central Virginia Region. Through various cultural celebrations and active participation in various community events and initiatives, AASoCV raises awareness and recognition of Asian heritage and promotes cultural diversity in the region.

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia promotes, strengthens and enhances relationships among the Asian communities as well as the Central Virginia Region by creating awareness and understanding of Asian American interests through leadership and advocacy. The AASoCV welcomes membership from other Asian communities to join and strengthen the Asian American community in Central Virginia. AASoCV shall promote and sponsor civic, business, cultural and educational programs and activities that shall further the following:

LEADERSHIP: AASoCV has actively nominated candidates for Leadership Metro Richmond’s Flagship program, and is proud to have sponsored over 15 LMR alumni • Has had a current or former Board of Trustee member appointed to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board to the Governor since the VAAB’s inception • Is a founding sponsor and organizer of the Annual Asian Legislative Day • Hosts the Annual Asian American Gala to recognize local Asian and non-Asian community leaders.

CULTURAL: AASoCV has hosted the Asian American Celebration since 1998 • AASoCV partners with our member communities in their community events • AASoCV has partnered in events hosted by the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the National Folk Festival, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, The Science Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Chesterfield and Henrico Counties.

CIVIC: Partners with the American Red Cross in Disaster Preparation and Management; Partnered with Hands-On Greater Richmond since its inception; Co-sponsored the Asian American Community and Law Enforcement Symposium; Partnered and supported our member communities’ efforts in the community; Participated in feeding the homeless and Habitat for Humanity; have donated thousands of dollars to relief funds for the disaster relief for the Thai Tsunami, China and Pakistan earthquakes and floods.

EDUCATIONAL: Partnered with the Rose Group in hosting the 2nd Chinese American Festival of Film and Culture; Provided scholarships to local public school students; sponsored scholarships for member communities’ art and scholarship awards.

HEALTH & SPORT: Hosted the AASoCV Health Fair; Hosted In-door and Outdoor Asian Soccer Tourneys; Hosted the Co-Ed Asian Volleyball Tourney; Partnered with the Richmond Ping Pong Club to host the Annual Ping Pong Tournament; Hosted the Asian Olympics and Health Fair.

Mission Statement

  • Advance integration of Asian Americans into the local community, while maintaining ethnic traditions, culture and identity.
  • Stress unity among diverse groups.
  • Initiate charitable activities, and foster cultural exchange and civic participation.
  • Advocate equal representation as a minority group.
  • Nurture a non-partisan atmosphere of cooperation.
  • Strive to secure and uphold civil rights and equal justice under the United States Constitution and other laws of the United States for all Americans regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, education, profession, disability, or national origin.