Thank you for visiting the Culture to Culture Foundation website. We are a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to promoting mental health and emotional wellness within the San Francisco Bay Area's growing Asian-American community.
It is a sad fact that many in the Asian-American community are desperately in need of emotional support, but do not seek it out. Due to isolation, language barriers, lack of bilingual and bicultural mental health professionals, cultural stigma, limited resources and other factors, many in the Asian-American community do not seek professional help until either very late or in crisis. Research has shown that Asian-American women have the highest suicide rate among women over the age of 65 and the second highest between the ages of 15 and 24 in the United States.
Language barriers and social stigma often make early diagnosis and intervention difficult. Therefore, the suicide rate is relatively high but the service utilization rate is rather low which simply reflects a huge gap between those unserved and underserved populations in the Asian American community.
Since 2001, Culture to Culture Foundation has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap and provide better access to culturally competent mental health services among the area's Asian-American population. This website serves as a gateway to our educational programs, cultural activities and community events that have reached over 5,000 Asian-Americans of all ages and income levels in the Bay Area in the last 5 years of services.
An old Chinese proverb states that "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Whether you or someone you know is in need of help, or you wish to know how you can help others, we invite you to take that first step.
Most Recent Events & News
increasing number of
related to the mental
health of teenagers, this
year Culture to Culture
Foundation sponsored an
essay contest asking high
school students to
describe the number one
mental health issue
affecting high school
students today. We were
deeply touched, inspired,
and educated by the 127 personal testimonies and insights that were submitted.
Some of those students shared their stories in the above video.
Please click photo here for 10 winners of $500 scholarship and photo here for 11
awardees of Honorable Mention with $100 scholarship. Click photo for award judges
and photo for award audience.
Sept 22, 2013 The 6th Annual Senior Volunteer Award of Contra Costa County was held at the
Pleasant Hill Senior Center from 2 to 4:00 pm. Please click photo here for all the
nominees and photo here for all presenters from the Contra Costa County. Also click
article here reported by Contra Costa Times.
May 31, 2013 C to C foundation starts to accept application of mental health essay scholarship
now. Deadline is 5/31/2013. For detail information please click contest flyer in
English or Chinese form.
March 28, 2013 University of Illinois School of Social Work Alumni Association has announced the
2012-2013 Community Achievement Award to C to C foundation and
Chia-Chia Chien. Please click the news letter for more detail.
Sept 23, 2012 C to C foundation sponsors the 5th annual Senior Volunteer Award.
Please click the flyer for more detail.
June 30, 2012 C to C foundation sponsors the first Chinese American Mental Health Volunteer
"Pushing Hands" Award. Please see flyer in English version or in Chinese version.
please click right video
Fashion Show", please
click right video clip.
Oct 16, 2011 4th Annual Senior
Volunteer Awards, please click here for detail flyer. PSA video
clip provided and contributed by KTFS channel 26 click here.
Oct 16, 2011 Culture to Culture foundation celebrating 10 years of service. We want to express
our appreciation to Culture to Culture's sponsors, donors, volunteers and
supporters. We are grateful to our community and want to give back to our
community through celebration.
Apr 15, 2011 Chinese New Year Celebration at Lafayette Senior Center.
Mar 3, 2011 Chinese New Year Celebration at Jewish Community Center.
Feb 2, 2011 Chinese New Year Celebration at Danville Prime Time Club News Article click here
and Video click here.
Dec 10, 2010 "Shattering Culture Barriers" Berkerly Health; The Magazine for Alumni and
Friends at the School of Public Health, UC Berkerly click here.
Nov 23, 2010 News Article at Contra Costa Times about C to C's 3rd Annual Senior Volunteer
Award of 10/17/2010 click here.
Oct 17, 2010 News article of Danville Express click here. Picture of Award Winners click p1,
Entertainment click p2. Winner's Bio click here. Third Annual Senior Volunteer
Awards event click here. Third Annual Senior Awards PSA video clip provided and
contributed by KTFS channel 26 click here.
July 4, 2010 Culture to Culture Foundation's participation at the July 4th's Parade in Danville.
Please see Events page.
May 19, 2010 Community Service Award received from Asin Pacific Islander for American Public
Affairs (APAPA) click here.
May, 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award news click here in English and click here in Chinese.
Dec, 2008 Culture to Culture Foundation's CEO and Chairman, Chia Chia Chien, was honored
as a 2008 Purpose Prize Fellow.
Culture to Culture Foundation's CEO and Chairman, Chia Chia Chien, was recently honored as a 2008 Purpose Prize Fellow. The Purpose Prize is part of the Encore Careers campaign, which aims to engage millions of baby boomers in "encore" careers, which combine social impact, personal meaning and continued income in the second half of one's life to solve society's most pressing issues. The 2008 Purpose Prize--the nation's only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half of their life--is a six-year, $17 million program for people over 60 who are taking on society's biggest challenges. From more than 1,000 nominees, six $100,000 winners, nine $10,000 winners, and fifty Purpose Prize Fellows were honored as leaders in the movement to invent new ways to solve society's most challenging problems--from poverty to pollution, recidivism to racial reconciliation, and health care to homelessness. To learn more about the Purpose Prize Award, please read its full press release.
Apr, 2005 Haas Public Service Award from UC Berkeley click here.