About Us

Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce Foundation (CAACCF) was founded in 2021 by the Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

CAACCF is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to:

  • Preserving Asian culture;
  • Advocating for community service and volunteerism;
  • Engaging community leaders to take active roles in inclusion; and
  • Assisting worthy initiatives organized by community groups.

Asian Americans: A Diverse Community

Prejudice and violence against the AAPI community has been in the news recently, but it is not a new problem. The U.S. Census Bureau defines Asian Americans as a diverse group that includes more than 20 different cultures and religions originating from East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. This diversity of cultures and languages within the AAPI community makes it more difficult to address systemic issues of racial prejudice. 

The AAPI community in greater Charlotte and throughout the Carolinas is also amazingly diverse—comprised of many nationalities, religions, languages, and cultures. While this increases the challenges of promoting our shared cause and raising awareness of the issues facing our community, this diversity is also the source of our strength.

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The AAPI Community in Charlotte and the Carolinas
 

Fastest-Growing Population Group

AsiaCarolinas_Mecklenburg_region_400.jpgNorth Carolina’s Asian population is the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the state. The state’s Asian population grew from 209,400 residents in 2010 to more than 303,000 in 2017, an increase of nearly 94,000 or 44.7%. The state’s total population grew by 7.7% over this period.

The Asian population is also the fastest-growing group nationwide and North Carolina’s Asian population is growing at a faster pace than the nation’s. Between 2016 and 2017, the Asian population increased by 3.1% nationally. In North Carolina, the Asian population increased by 5.1% over this time. The projected size of North Carolina’s Asian population in 2033, according to the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management: 445,000.

Roughly 7% of population in Mecklenburg County identifies as Asian American, and there are 100,000+ Asian Americans in the greater Charlotte metro area (Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC MSA)

The greater Charlotte region is one of the primary centers of Asian American population in North Carolina.

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