CCBA Timeline

1873:  First Chinese arrived in Augusta to enlarge the Augusta Canal.


1880:  Eight Chinese grocery stores were in operation.


1882:  Chinese Exclusion Act prohibits the immigration of Chinese laborers.


1885:  First Baptist Church of Augusta established Chinese Sunday School.


1890:  Census indicated 41 Chinese in Augusta, 29 grocery stores and 8 laundries.


1926:  First meeting place was at 8th and Greene Street.


1927CCBA chartered on October 26.


1929:  Chinese School established with John Lum as teacher.


1930:  Augusta Chinese population was 153.


1935:  CCBA relocated to 6th & Broad Street.


1939:  CCBA purchased property at 548 Walker Street for $2,500.00 and relocated.


1940:  Augusta Chinese population was 222; 60 Chinese grocery stores.



  • Magnuson Act repeals Chinese Exclusion Act; allows Chinese nationals already in the country to become naturalized citizens; allows a quota of 105 Chinese immigrants per year.
  • CCBA sponsored Rice Bowl parade was held on Broad Street to raise money for China war relief.


1944:  War Bride Act allowed Chinese women and children to immigrate to US.


1947:  Chinese Youth Club of Augusta (CYCA) was formed.



  • CCBA Chinese Women’s Club established in Oct, 1948 and Mrs. B.N. Loo was the first President.
  • Two Chinese language / culture classes were held at 548 Walker Street on Monday through Friday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Two dialects were taught.  About 20 students ranging in age from first grade to high school were in  attendance.  Dr Kun Ken Hu was the teacher.


1955:  First Orchid Brocade Christmas Dance was organized by chairperson James Woo.


1958:  First major building renovation was funded by chop suey dinners.


1959:  An educational support group called Abacus Club was formed.


1965:  Immigration and Naturalization Act allows large scale Chinese immigration.


1971:  The Dragon Club youth group was formed.



  • Carpet, central air and heat was installed in the front room of the CCBA Hall.
  • There was a 50th Anniversary street festival.  Danny Wing was President.



  • Bingo funded the kitchen & bathrooms renovations at the CCBA building.  Suey Chong Loo was President.
  • CCBA Constitution and by-laws were established and Ellen Dong was chairperson.


1988:  CCBA funds $10,000 canal exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History.  Ralph Wong was President.



  • China was the featured country at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival; Gary Tom was President.
  • The 1st edition of the CCBA cookbook was published;  Raymond Rufo was chairperson.


1998:  The 1st edition of the CCBA membership directory was published.  Lynne Woo was chairperson.


2000:  Taste of China fundraiser; Kathy Rufo was chairperson.


2001:  CCBA website established.  Travis Tom designed the site.


2002:  CCBA established Children From China, an adoption support group.  Ellen Dong was chairperson.



  • The first Meet and Greet reception for Children From China was held in May, 2003.
  • China was again the featured country at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.  Gary Tom was President.


2004:  CCBA was given the IRS 501- C3 tax exempt status designation.   Raymond Rufo was chairperson.



  • CCBA established the Children Summer School and Kathy Rufo was chairperson of this committee.
  • Children’s Language & Culture Class established with LD Newman as teacher.


2006:  CCBA published the 2nd edition of the Cookbook.  Kathy Rufo was chairperson.


2008:  2nd edition of the CCBA Member Directory was published with family pictures added.  Truman Woo was President.


2009:  CCBA purchased 544 Walker St property (old parsonage house). Ray Rufo was chairperson.


2010:  CCBA hosted a History Exhibit of CCBA families who settled in Augusta from 1920-1950s.  Travis Tom was designer.



  • History Exhibit receives the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board award.
  • CCBA presents history exhibit and oral history initiative at the APA History Symposium, National Archives in Atlanta.
  • Georgia Humanities Council awards CCBA an oral history grant.  Kathryn Rufo was chairperson.
  • CCBA received the oral history grant and begins recording oral histories.



  • CCBA partnered with Goodwill Industries to host the 1st annual Good Boats Dragon Boat Race and Festival.
  • A presentation ceremony of  the Oral Histories and Photographic Exhibit was held at the Augusta Richmond County Library (Kathryn Rufo and Travis Tom).
  • Demolition of the parsonage home at 544 Walker St was approved by the city.  Ray Rufo was chairperson.
  • Ray Rufo presented the CCBA community oral history project at the APA Historic Preservation Forum in Los Angeles, CA.
  • CCBA letter of Affirmation supporting GRU application for Confucius Institute – Ray Rufo, President



  • The 544 Walker St parsonage home was demolished. Ray Rufo was chairperson.
  • New floor was added in the front room of CCBA Hall and a concrete storage pad was added in the basement.  Ray Rufo was chairperson.
  • CCBA received Goodwill’s Community Partner of the Year Award.



  • CCBA increased its web and social media presence with a redesigned website and updated content.  Also a new CCBA Facebook Page was created and led by Danielle Moores.
  • GRU Confucius Institute officially opens.  Dr. Ricardo Azziz, GRU President,  recognizes the CCBA’s contributions in obtaining the Confucius Institute status.



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Dear CCBA Members,

Our annual picnic will be held Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Lake Springs, Mallard Point. Lunch will be served at 1: 00 PM. You may bring your special dessert and snack to share, if you so desire.

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Dear Members,
Our May Fun Night will be held Sunday, May 21, 2017 at ​548 Walker Street at 5:30 pm.​​ Please bring your favorite dish to share with friends and family.
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