Stanley and Marvel Chong Memorial Foundation
Stanley V. Chong was a first-generation American born in Yakima, Washington. He originally moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend the University of Minnesota and then settled here with his family. With his wife, Marvel, he built a small business into one of the largest international food companies in Minnesota. Passionate about preserving and celebrating Chinese culture while weaving it into the fabric of American society, he became one of the founders and first president of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota in the early 1960’s. In a later interview he once said, “I am proud of our Minnesota Chinese community, and hope that our succeeding generations will continue to learn about our Chinese homeland and culture. My grandmother taught me that it is very important to know our heritage and to form strong relationships within and outside of our community. Everyone has something to contribute. We can learn so much from and help each other.” Stanley Chong died October 24, 2006. In honor of this life-long passion, his foundation established a renewable scholarship in 2006 that honors up to 5 meritorious CAAM CDT dancers a year as well as scholarships for CAAM CDT dance students in financial need.