Monday, January 10, 2011

Hoy Sun Ning Yung Benevolent Association

This is the building in HotWinds, USA in the Chinatown area. I snapped this photo and later wondered what the heck it was. As it turns out, the H.S.N.Y. Benevolent Association and others like it do some good, and have done, for more than a hundred years. Although I don't know if this particular office has been here for more than a hundred years.

In general, there are more than one Chinese Benevolent Association, generally in cities that have enough ethnic Chinese to form a Chinatown area. Many of these societies banded together into a Consolidated Benevolent organization, tying efforts in New York to those in San Francisco, for example.

Historically they have helped Chinese immigrants get on their feet, and also lobbied for guidelines for immigration. They represent a self-help approach to acclimation to American culture, and also a network within American culture.

They are also the kind of group that in Singapore's public assistance model would be funded for social good instead of the Welfare system we have now.

Interesting, no? And all I did was just walk by.

Hoy Sung Ning Yung B.A. in Atlantic City Web site.
New York City's Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Web site, which I found interesting.


Bob G. said...

It's very often organizations such as these do MUCH of the good work in many cites...and also go unrecognized (perhaps by design).

AT least someone's out there trying to do the right thing...
Can't argue with that, can we?

Good to see.

Stay safe.

Momma Fargo said...

Very cool and interesting. I wonder how many of these types of things we all just walk by and miss. Glad you held onto it and shared it with us.