About Us


Mission Statement:

Westlake Chinese Culture Association (WCCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Westlake, Ohio. WCCA's mission is to promote intercultural exchange, provide Chinese cultural information and services, and deliver quality Chinese language education to our communities.

WCCA welcomes anyone who is interested in learning the Chinese language, arts, culture and/or traditions. 

Organization Overview and History:

Westlake Chinese School, officially known as Westlake Chinese Culture Association, has been promoting Chinese arts and culture in Greater Cleveland since being found in 1987 as a homeschool.

Currently our school consists of three teaching groups with a total of 130+ students from about 80 families: One group is for the students with native speaking backgrounds. The other two groups are for the students without a native Chinese speaking background (Adopted Chinese children or individuals from other ethnic groups who are interested in Chinese culture and arts).

We offer Chinese language and culture classes on Saturday mornings from 9-11 AM during the school year at Lee Burneson Middle School. Classes are offered in a range from preschoolers to adults. In addition, there is college prep available for high school students. Extracurricular activities relating to Chinese culture and recreation include Chinese dance, Kungfu, Chinese painting, chess, table tennis, etc.

Our school has excellent teachers. Most of the Chinese teachers have masters degrees in education and teacher's certificates from the State of Ohio. More than half of the teachers have over 10 years of teaching experience. We are proud to have the Greater Cleveland Regional Excellent Chinese Teacher Award winner, Qizhi Zhang, as the Director of Education and to have our devoted dance teacher, Debbi Liou, as the Director of Arts.

WCCA hosts special celebration events with live performance around the traditional Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). We also actively participate in Asian cultural events throughout the year all over the Greater Cleveland area.

Principal and Board of Directors:

Below is a list of WCCA 2016-2018 Board of Directors.

Board Chair

Yumin Yin 

Project Manager and Structural Engineer
CDM Smiths


Qi Zhang 

Senior Software Engineer
Greatlakes Neurotechnologies


Debbie Thomas

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)


Jing Zhang

DataServ Integrations, LLC

Director of Education

Bin Su 

Cleveland State University (CSU)

Director of

Jonghuy Liou 

Riverside Drives

Board Directors

Qizhi Zhang

CSU and Tri-C

Yaokun Xu

Business Manager

Wezhong Xiao

Civil Engineer
T&M Associates

Haigang Zhou

Cleveland State University

Susan Gragel  Attorney
Goldstein Gragel LLC

Yan Wang

Chinese Teacher

Siew Lan O'Brien

Medical  Coder

Youran Fan

Client Insights Manager
Key Bank

Honorary Board Directors

Yanfei Zhang

Software Engineer
Cleveland Clinic

Yin Cha

Electrical Engineer

Note: All offices are of two year term and all officers shall serve up to three (3) consecutive terms according to WCCA Bylaws.

Bin Su