Growing The Community Development Vision

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:

Matthew Brian Hersh served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics.


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