Mission statement 

Serving the AAPI future 

At the American Born Chinese Foundation, our primary purpose is to promote positive AAPI identity starting from childhood. We are dedicated to supporting AAPI children with Chinese heritage in the U.S. by upholding values of inclusion, diversity, bilingual education, cultural preservation, and creating Asian children’s representation in books.

Our foundation aims to make a positive impact in the community by shaping a positive identity for AAPI children growing up in the U.S. We specifically focus on addressing the lack of bilingual books in the lives of multicultural children and strive to fill that gap to ensure our bookstores reflect the demographics of our community. We understand the importance of Asian children's representation in the books they read, starting from when they’re babies.

To achieve our mission and objectives, we send free bilingual children’s books to families across the U.S., publish bilingual books, and provide grants for bilingual book illustrators and creators. What sets us apart is our focus on cultural preservation and language and identity support for AAPI children, recognizing the importance of positive identity starting from childhood. We measure the success of our initiatives by providing consistent shipments of free books monthly to households with AAPI children aged 0-8, ensuring they have access to bilingual books throughout their identity shaping process.

Partnerships and collaborations are crucial in fulfilling our mission, as they support the long-term development of our infrastructure and community programs. Transparency and accountability are integral to our operations. We track data on book shipments and collect testimonials from families, continuing to gather long-term feedback on our impact. Our foundation remains adaptable to changing needs and circumstances, listening to the community and creating programming that truly supports our audience with efficiency and effectiveness.

Our long-term vision is to create a world where AAPI children are confident and proud of their identity and heritage. The American Born Chinese Foundation is committed to building a legacy of empowerment and celebration of AAPI identity for generations to come.

*The American Born Chinese Foundation is proud to be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to education and service of the American Born Chinese community. We are further classified as a Public Charity , status 509(a)(2).

*Donor contributions made to the ABC Foundation are tax-exempt under IRC Section 170.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the logo symbolize?

The larger circle symbolizes our collective strength, forming a protective embrace around the smaller one inside, highlighting the individual efforts and caring hearts of every member. This heartwarming emblem tells the story of a community united in love, dedicated to fostering a bright and joyful future for our precious children. Together, we paint a canvas of warmth, compassion, and endless possibilities. This logo serves as a visual testament to the unwavering commitment of our community towards the well-being and future of our children, illustrating that when we stand united, we create a brighter tomorrow for the youngest members of our shared journey.

What services do you offer?

The American Born Chinese Foundation dedicates its efforts to bringing educational materials to American born Chinese children for free. We mail bilingual books to american born chinese children so they can learn to speak Chinese.

Are the books really free?


How can the books be free?

The American Born Chinese Foundation books are shipped for free to families forever, but of course books and programs cost money. Thousands of donors work together to help pay these costs. The FreeChineseBooks initiative is always seeking new sponsors in order to reach more families. Costs are covered by the generous support of private and public grants, donors, and sponsors to make sure Chinese children born in America have access to books that support the learning of the Chinese language and heritage. 

What if my child is not 100% Chinese, can I still get free Chinese language books? 

Yes! The American Born Chinese Foundation works to promote the learning of the Chinese language, culture, and heritage. Anyone who is interested in raising their children to have an understanding of the Chinese language and culture can still sign up HERE to qualify for the program

How can I donate to the fund to help more familes?

I want to get involved, where do I start? 

Email us at [email protected]


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