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Welcome to the New Jersey Chinese Community Center.

We are located at 17 School House Road, Somerset, New Jersey. We are now open everyday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please come and visit us.

The Community Center is organized to promote Chinese culture in America, to stimulate interaction between Chinese and American Culture, and to offer all kinds of programs and services which will further understanding and appreciation of Chinese language, customs and culture.

Please click here to download a copy of our brochure.

The community center is closed on the following holidays:

New Year Eve and New Year Day
Chinese New Year Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Chamber Orchestra

We are very lucky to have Dr. Soren Beech to conduct our orchestra.

Dr. Soren Beech is a native of New Zealand. He has performed with the Gustav Mahler Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Bernhard Haitink. In addition he has appeared as a soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Beethoven Triple Concerto), the Wellington Chamber Orchestra (Saint-Saëns Concerto), and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Orchestra (Haydn Concerto in C-Major). His chamber music experience includes performances with the Seraphim Quartet, the Tekahika Trio, and Rondo Violoncello, a twelve-cello ensemble that has recently released a recording on the Harmonia Mundi France label. He has also received numerous awards: Medallist at the Gisborne International Music Competition, Finalist at the Westpac Chamber Music Competition, and recipient of the Hubert Bloch and Dr. Hans Rapp Awards in Basel, Switzerland. In 2005 he performed solo recitals and at the Organ Historical Society and part of the Hyperion Chamber Players (New York).

Dr. Beech received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Musikakademie der stadt Basel, Switzerland, in 2000. A prodigee of Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, Harvey Shapiro, and Zara Nelsova, he also received Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in cello performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Please click here to download an application form, if you are intersted in joining the orchestra.

About Us

The creation of the New Jersey Chinese Community Center was envisioned in 1995 when Jimmy Hwang was the Principal of the 500+ students Mid-Jersey Chinese School in East Brunswick.

Realizing the difficulty of operating a Chinese school with a temporarily borrowed space and the necessity of having a permanent location, Mr. Hwang started the New Jersey Chinese Community Center right after he completed his term as the Chinese school principal in 1995.

The New Jersey Chinese Community Center was incorporated in the State of New Jersey on November 6, 1995 and received the Internal Revenue Service determination letter on December 3, 1996 as a public charity under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3).

The search for a suitable and affordable location over the last eight years has resulted in a definitive agreement to purchase the property located at 17 School House Road, Somerset, New Jersey.

The building formerly used by AT&T as its training center, is a modern 90,000 square feet, one story building situated on 14 well maintained acres with 600 paved parking space. The building consists of, among other facilities, 62 classrooms and offices of various sizes, a 20,000 square foot of open space, a well-decorated auditorium and a 25,000 square foot catering area including a fully equipped kitchen, a nicely decorated dining room for 500 guests. and a well-planted court yard, ideal for wedding, engagement, anniversary, graduation, fraternity gathering, corporate parties, award ceremony, fundraising events, reunion, Christmas, and New Year celebration or any other cultural and social events.

The property is surrounded by many large corporate offices and is close to many affluent, and wealthy residential communities, such as Bridgewater, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster, Far Hills, Peapack, and Watchung, etc. and is convenient to many major transportation arteries, such as 287, 78, 22, 206, and 202.

Chinese Culture

Confucius (551-479 BCE), according to Chinese tradition, was a thinker, political figure, educator, and founder of the Ru School of Chinese thought. His teachings, preserved in the Analects, form the foundation of much of subsequent Chinese speculation on the education and comportment of the ideal man, how such an individual should live his live and interact with others, and the forms of society and government in which he should participate.

As a Confucian, Mencius based his entire system of thought on the concept of jen : "humaneness," "humanity," "benevolence," etc. To this basic doctrine he added the concept of i : "righteousness," or "duty." What does this mean? Mencius believed that the "humaneness" or "benevolence" that you show to individuals should in some way be influenced by the type of personal relationship you have to that person. One displayed jen to a person based on that person"s position (as well as your own) and the obligations you owe to that person, so that you owe more jen to your immediate family than you do, say, to the Prime Minister of Canada. I , then, means that we have obligations to people that arise from social relations and social organization, not because there is some divine law mandating these obligations.

We are planning to invite speakers to talk to us in our auditorium on every Saturday morning about the Confucius and Mencius discipline.

We believe the program will be good for the community and especially for the youngsters who grow up here.

We are accepting recommendation for the speakers. Please forward their names to our attention.

News & Events

OPEN HOUSE - ELITE PREP 11 AM TO 3:00 PM. COME AND SEE OUR PRE-SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL, SIGN UP FOR TEST TO EARN SCHOLARSHIP, ALL WELCOMED....

FOLK DANCE, NEW CLASS STARTS SATURDAY, 6/15/13, 10 - 11:30 AM, 10 WEEKS, ALL WELCOMED, TUITION FREE

Weekend Chinese Language School for non-Chinese speaking adult students - NEW CLASS STARTS SATURDAY, 11/16/2013, 10:30 TO 12:00 NOON, ONCE A WEEK, TUITION FREE

VIOLIN LESSON, SATURDAY, $40 FOR 45 MINUTES PRIVATE LESSON

PIANO LESSON WITH WORLD RENOWN PIANIST, PROFESSOR HOFFMAN, $100 ONE HOUR PRIVATE LESSON

JOIN OUR BAND, DIRECTED BY WELL KNOWN SAXOPHONE PLAYER, ROBERT COLLAZO, PLEASE CONTACT CYNTHIA AT 732-668-7457

VOLUNTEER NEEDED - EVENT COORDINATOR, PLEASE CONTACT JIMMY AT 723-447-8238

YOUNG ADULT (AGE 20-40) POTLUCK MEETUP, EVERY SATURDAY 10 AM TO 12 NOON, PLEASE CONTACT CINDY AT 732-668-7457

Job Training

For dislocated workers, our vocational school, WOSA Technologies offers the following job training programs:

  • Computerized Accounting & Bookkeeping
  • Microsoft .NET Appliction Development Workshop
  • Network Support, Customer Help Desk Specialist
  • Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) - Excel, Access, Word, Power Point, Outlook, VBA
  • Medical Billing Workshop

We accept Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Workforce Development Program (WDP), Trade Act (TRA) students.

We can help you to obtain government grants for attending school here. We also offer Sallie Mae student loan and internship.

While the high tech job has gone to India, there are still many rewarding and interesting low tech jobs that can not be outsourced.

Contact Us
New Jersey Chinese Community Center
17 School House Road,
Somerset, New Jersey 08873
Tel: (732) 271-9000
Fax: (732) 271-9007
Email: Jimmy.NJCCC@gmail.com

Plese click here for an application form to become a member

  • Plese click here for the map to come to our center

    Direction to our center:

    Our Center is located between exit 10 and exit 12 of Highway 287. If you are coming from south or east such as Edison area, you would

    • Take Exit 10 of 287, bear right to Easton Avenue
    • Turn left at next light to Davidson Avenue
    • Turn right at the end to New Brunswick Road
    • Cross Elizabeth Avenue to School House Road
    • It is the second large office building on your right
    • Plese click here for the map using exit 10 of 287

    If you are coming from the north or west, such as Bridgewater area, you would

    • Take Exit 12 of 287
    • Turn left at the end of the Exit to Weston Canal Road
    • Turn left at the next light to Cotton Tail Lane
    • Turn left at the end of the road to School House Road
    • It is the third large office building on your left
    • Plese click here for the map using exit 12 of 287

    During the rush hour, it may be VERY DIFFICULT to make a left turn onto Weston Canal Road. If that is the case, You may -

    • turn right onto Weston Canal Road
    • after the 287 overpass, turn right onto Edgewood Terrace
    • turn right at the light to Elizabeth Ave
    • turn right onto School House Road

    From Princeton-

    From Plainfield, Route 22 area-

    • Take Route 22 West to Mountain Avenue Exit
    • Take Mountain Avenue south to the End
    • Turn left to Main Street of Bound Brook
    • Turn right at the Circle
    • Turn right at the first light to Canal Road
    • About 30 feet, Turn Left to Elizabeth Avenue
    • Turn Right at 3rd light to School House Road
  • Summer Program
    New Jersey Chinese Community Center
    Summer Program
    June 16, 2014 - August 30, 2014

    $180/week
    $160/week if payment is received by April 30, 2013
    *additional fees apply


    17 Schoolhouse Road Somerset, NJ 08873
    Phone: (732) 271-90000   Fax: (732) 271-9007
    Email: summercamp@chinese-community-center.org

    Want your kids to enjoy their summer but worry that they will forget things they learned during the school year? Want to get a head start on college prep with an SAT prep course? Want to learn a new language and culture? At the NJCCC, your child will have a structured day of education in the morning and an afternoon filled with arts and crafts, cooking, sports, and much more!

    Come to Join NJCCC 2013 Summer Camp today!

    Summer Program Selections
    Morning Selections
    Afternoon Selections
    • Chinese
    • Academic Enrichment
    • SAT Prep*
    • Public Speaking
    • Cooking*
    • Arts and Crafts*
    • Sports
    • ESL

    Daily Schedule
    7:00 - 8:00    Early Drop off*
    8:00 - 9:30    Free Play / Drop off
    9:30 - 11:30    Morning Class
    11:30 - 12:30    Movie Time
    12:30 - 1:15    Lunch
    1:15 - 2:30    Outside Play/Gross Motor
    2:30 - 4:30    Afternoon Class
    4:30 - 6:00    Free Play/Pick up
    6:00 - 7:00    Last Pick up*
    Guest Book

    Please Click here and send us an e-mail so that we can keep you informed of our programs and activities. Thanks.

    Chinese in America

    In the saga of American immigration, the Chinese experience is relatively unknown. But it is a dramatic story of struggle and triumph, progress and setbacks, discrimination and assimilation.

    In every immigrant group, each generation finds a balance between the values and practices of its heritage, and the mores of its adopted country. What is lost and what is gained, both personally and culturally, when one sheds part of one"s heritage to make way for a new self-identity? Bill Moyers, Series Producer Thomas Lennon, and a team of filmmakers including Series Editor Ruby Yang and Producers Joseph Angier, Steve Cheng and Mi Ling Tsui explore this dramatic portion of America"s history and confront myths about the Chinese in America that have flourished in the void.

    Click here to learn the Chinese experience in America by Iris Chang on YouTube

    Click here for a ancient Chinese article about immigrant.

    Performance Art

    Piano Lesson with Ms. Marisa or with Ms. Alessandra is avaiable on Wednesday evening from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    Violin Lesson is available on Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

    Cello lesson with Megan Lynch is available on Monday from 4:30 am to 8:30 pm.

    Taichi with Master Feng Ming Wang is availabe on Sunday 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm and Tuesday 3:00 to 5:00 pm

    Elite Preparatory Academy

    Going to college of your choice starts with Elite Prep

    U.S. students, Please click here for a information and registration package.
    Foreign students, please click here for an application packet

    Click here for an article written in Chinese by a parent about our school. (or here in English)

    Please click here to join our bulletin board.

    Modern education with traditional values and Confucius discipline is what is all about the Chinese Community Center children education.

    Located in our Community Center, the community center"s children educational program, also known as the Elite Preparatory Academy, is open to all students from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

    The curriculum of this coeducational, English/Chinese bilingual day school addresses not only the academic, but physical, aesthetic, social, and emotional aspects a child. Teachers and staff here at the academy encourage the awareness and understanding of different cultures, including the appreciation of Chinese language and culture, throughout the student population. The staff is also a strong advocator of cooperation and input from parents and the community.

    The Elite Preparatory Academy provides a vigorous and stimulating environment, structured to help each child attain his/her greatest potential. Although designed to accommodate specialized needs and keep at individual paces, the academic curriculum of the school is considerably demanding and intense. Here at the academy, children to develop their sense of identity, self-esteem, and independence while respecting others.

    All students are encouraged to participate in the after-school bilingual program, consisting of a two-hour session of Chinese elocution, reading, and writing. With a strong background in Chinese, the most frequently spoken language around the world, students expose themselves to a new world, a different approach to reality, and a different way of thinking and behaving. At the Elite Preparatory Academy, students not only learn to appreciate different cultures, but also acquire invaluable tools that stay with them for a lifetime.

    After School

    When School close on spring break, winter break, teacher convention or every so often when it is only half day of school, and you have to be at work, where are you going to send your kids to?

    Signing up with our after school program and we will take care of your kids not only on those days, but also every normal school day from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm during the school year or from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm when the public schools are closed due to spring break, winter break etc..

    We can pick up your children free of charge, if there are at least 5 children at any one pickup location within 10 miles radius of our center.

    Our after school program is open during the school year except the holidays observed by the Chinese Community Center.

    To register, please call Betty Tuan at (732) 271-9000.

    Legal Service

    Please click on the photo to see the bio

    NJ Chinese Community Center, Legal Services Department

    The NJ Chinese Community Center, Legal Services Department, established in February 2011, provides quality legal services at affordable rates to members of the community. Legal services include civil and criminal litigation, landlord-tenant disputes, contract, tort, and personal injury cases, business formation, immigration, and family matters.

    The aim of our program is to offer affordable, professional services to individuals, businesses, and business owners facing legal troubles. As a legal services provider, our goal is to create effective and realistic solutions for individuals and their legal problems. Our staff attorneys have plenary licenses in New Jersey and New York and will assist clients during and throughout each stage of their litigation or administrative proceedings. Our attorneys boast extensive records of indigent and pro bono representation, and understand the frustration that often accompanies finding attorneys who truly want to help.

    In our effort to accommodate individuals’ specific needs and schedules, evening and weekend appointments will be available along with free consultations and open seminars.

    Please call (732) 271-9008 or (732) 668-7457 for more information or a free consultation.

    Event Photos

    We save all the pictures of our events. Please click here to see the photos of our recent events and share the memory with your friends