philanthropy


陈增华 C.W. Chan

Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, Chairman

 
 
 

CW Chan is a retired entrepreneur and social worker, active in voluntary community service for four decades. A graduate of The School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, he served for twelve years as Director of Psychiatric Social Work at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital as well as maintaining an independent diagnostic and evaluation consultation practice to various State agencies and Insurance companies before entering the business world in 1986. 

CW was a founder of the Chinese American Service League and Board President of the organization from 1978 to 1986, before joining and subsequently serving 4 terms as President and 2 terms as Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce when he entered the business world. In 1998, he assumed chairmanship of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago. In his varied leadership capacities, CW was able to impact and spearhead a wide spectrum of issues and projects that concerned and affected the Asian American community in general, and Chinese American community in particular. Following-up on experience with his mentor Mr. Ping Tom a decade before, he organized the community around the issues of 2000 Census and Redistricting, which subsequently evolved into the creation of the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), a coalition of major service organizations for the general prosperity and political empowerment of the community by achieving consensus through cooperation and collaboration.

Since inception, CBCAC has been credited with the implementation of the Section 203 Chinese Language Voter’s Assistance Mandate in Cook County; and the identification, advocacy and achievement of major community infrastructure improvements like the new CTA entrance, new Field House, and new Public Library. Achievements of historical significance credited to CW Chan also included the successful passage of the Voting Rights Act of Illinois in 2011 (nicknamed Chinatown Bill) and the completion of the first ever comprehensive “Chinatown Community Vision Plan” in 2015.


What is the last thing you bought and loved?

二十多年前买下一把Taylor特别版的原声吉他,是我的第四把。每天都找机会轻拨几下,物与主人关系尽在不言中。

 

What was the last meal that truly impressed you?

在唐人街小店,看见每桌都叫双龙虾特点,功多艺熟,便宜兼好吃。

 

What is your morning routine?

早晨第一件事是一杯香浓咖啡,跟着是早餐前和妻子有一个灵修祷告的时间。

 

Share one of your life-changing moments

三十年前放弃成功的社会服务专业进入企业界,心情无限惆怅,但新挑战亦提供前所未有的自由及机遇,俾能继续参与社区发展活动。

 

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

信心

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?

牢记两个一生的座右铭:耶稣基督说[你们要做世上的光和盐];幼年时童子军教练教导Av[无论去过什么地方,离开时要确认周围境况要比你到达之前更整洁漂亮]

 

WHAT COLOR LOOKS BEST ON YOU?

我觉得黑色及灰色是日常及旅游最容易配搭的颜色,且能庄重随便相宜。

 

WHAT’S ONE QUALITY THAT’S CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS?

一般社会眼光认为名誉与地位是成功的象征,但许多人会觉得自豪自信及内心平安喜乐尤为重要。我认为若要两者兼得,具备出于真心的良好人际关系是成功的首要条件。

 

A TREND I CAME TO LATE IS…

社交媒体

 

WHERE ARE YOUR PATERNAL AND MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS ORIGINALLY FROM?

祖父母外公外婆都是祖籍广东潮汕地区