Teo-Chew Community Center banquet in Chinatown San Francisco
The Teo Chew Association is a transnational, global association with centers throughout Southeast Asia, Europe and North America. They have active centers in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Houston, Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Atlanta and cities in Hawaii. During its 20th anniversary in 2002, California Governor Gray Davis extended a warm congratulations to the Teo Chew Association for "its commitment to the Asian American community...(and)...investment in the future of our State."
The Teo Chew Association is primarily a socio-religious organization for Southeast Asian immigrants in the United States. It was founded in 1982 by Chinese-Cambodian immigrants as a network and community center fostering solidarity among its members. Most participants trace their roots to Chao Zhou, China. Not surprisingly, many speak Chao Zhou Chinese. Because other members speak Cantonese Chinese, they warmly welcome all language groups.