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Our Mission

As the sole provider of social services to the Chinese community in Minnesota, our mission is to:

  • Assist Chinese immigrants and refugees in their transition to American society

  • Preserve the Chinese cultural heritage

  • Promote the well-being of the Chinese community in Minnesota  

We strive to accomplish this by providing information and referral services, classes in citizenship and English language - particularly for older Chinese speakers, and organizing social and cultural events.  For example, Tai Chi classes, ballroom dancing, and etc.  The role of the Minnesota Chinese Service Center (MNCSC) is essential for the well-being of the Chinese community since we the only established organization that can provide social services in the Chinese language.

In Minnesota, there are Chinese student organizations, children’s language schools, and dance companies. However, MNCSC is the only group offering just social services to the Chinese Community in a culturally specific manner.

Many newly immigrated and refugee Chinese find themselves needing assistance with jobs, social services, language and citizenship, health and transportation. Many older Chinese find it difficult to learn English and pass the citizenship test, which are essential for living in the United States. Over the years, the number of Chinese needing social services have been increasing. The Minnesota Chinese Service Center strives to provide assistance to those seeking help. Our goal for 2004 is to increase our visibility to the community and to establish ourselves as a place to go for help for the Chinese community.

Our History

After many years of informally providing assistance to newly arrived Chinese and elderly Chinese, Wendy Mui saw the need to create the Minnesota Chinese Service Center. She took the lead in creating the first Board of Directors, getting the organization incorporated and obtaining 501(c)(3) status. Since its formation more than three years ago, the Minnesota Chinese Service Center has provided limited services with volunteers and donated space. It is located at 1459 University Ave. in St. Paul.

In October 2002, MNCSC began the "Adopt-A-Grandparent" program. The program aimed at bringing Chinese elders together with families with adopted Chinese children. By bringing the two together, we hoped to have a cultural exchange.

In February 2003, MNCSC will be starting ESL classes to help teach necessary English skills to those who lack basic English skills or wish to improve their English.

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