Burgeoning Asian-American communities in places like Colorado and Georgia are not necessarily served by Asian-American-based community development corporations — though they should be, according to Jeremy Liu, Executive Director of the Boston-based Asian Community Development Corporation.
Liu, who made his remarks at National CAPACD’s annual convention here in Washington, DC, called for broader-based CDCs to branch “out to new places.”
“How do we go in and help the emerging Korean population in Aurora, Colorado to improve the quality of their community? I would challenge everybody who works in places like New York, San Francisco, or LA, to get out of town for a while to work in places like Aurora and Duluth, Georgia. There are real lessons to be learned there.”
Gordon Chin, Executive Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center agreed: “We cant just work with the blue states anymore.”
Watch Liu’s Web cast of National CAPACD’s members meeting here: