The Vietnamese American community in Clark County was formed more than 30 years ago when the first wave of Vietnamese immigrants and refugees settled in this region. Recognizing the need for a formal structure, Vietnamese community leaders organized and established the Vietnamese Community of Clark County (VNCCC).
VNCCC was incorporated in 1992 and acquired 501.c.3 status in 2005. The organization remains the only Vietnamese non-profit in Clark County. Truly a community-based organization, VNCCC is accountable to the Vietnamese community at large. All major decisions—e.g. amendments to by-laws—require input from the community through meetings.
Since its inception, VNCCC has been led by volunteer Vietnamese community leaders. In the earlier years VNCCC provided informal support to Vietnamese refugees and immigrants as they adjusted to life in the United States. VNCCC continues to be the center of the Vietnamese American community in Clark County.
VNCCC organizes the annual Vietnamese Lunar New Year and Autumn Festival to provide Vietnamese Americans the space to gather, connect, and build a sense of community. These cultural events are also the main medium for bridging cultures. In addition, VNCCC regularly makes home visits to community members to offer support and learn about community needs.
According to the U.S 2000 Census, there were 2,147 Vietnamese Americans in Clark County, mostly concentrated in the city of Vancouver. The 2008 American Community Survey estimated an increase to 3,010. However, through community gatherings and house visits, Vietnamese community leaders suggest a higher number.