Chinese Professionals Association of West Virginia (CPAWV)

Chinese Professionals Association of West Virginia (CPAWV) is a community-based, non-profit organization founded in Spring 2002. Since then it has been offering support and service to Chinese scholars, researchers and other professionals and their families in the state of West Virginia. Our mission is to study and appreciate the Chinese culture, to promote scientific and academic research collaborations among Chinese researchers and professionals, and to provide assistance to new immigrants in West Virginia.

We work hard to achieve three main goals:

1. To promote communication among Chinese families in the community.

To serve as a bridge and a gathering place for Chinese families, we organize family-oriented activities throughout the year. Regular major events include a Summer picnic (May/June) with outdoor activities, a Mid-Autumn Festival (September) to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival, and a Spring Festival (January/February) to celebrate Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival. We also host sports, entertainment and family-oriented activities all year round, such as ball games, fishing, Karaoke, cooking, home-improvement clubs, and many more.

2. To facilitate research and education with educational seminars for the Chinese community.

A large number of Chinese professionals in West Virginia are scientists, researchers and professors who work in a variety of research fields. CPAWV encourages and promotes exchange of knowledge and ideas among community members. The organization regularly hosts seminars and meetings at West Virginia University with topics in the current fields of medicine, chemistry, biology, engineering, technological advancement, finance, and sociology. These seminars are typically up to two hours in length and offered free of charge. Presentations are given by volunteers with multi-media tools such as PowerPoint presentations and videos.

3. To help newly arrived Chinese families.

As many of us have experienced, foreign or new environments are often challenging and frustrating for new immigrants and visitors and their families. CPAWV reaches out and gives newcomers a warm hand. We offer to assist them in all aspects.

The headquarter of CPAWV is located in the "Mountaineer Country" Morgantown, a city of 30,000+ residents plus approximately 30,000 WVU students near West Virginia's northern border. Morgantown is a recreational haven year-round and was once rated the No. 1 livable Small City in America and the Best Small City in the East. Morgantown is within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C. to the east, Pittsburgh to the north, and is easy to reach from Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Morgantown has the largest Chinese professional/scholar community in the state of West Virginia. Welcome to "Mountaineer Country"!

Click to view a list of CPAWV's Presidents. To join CPAWV, fill out the application form here.