"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and
culture is like a tree without roots." - Marcus Garvey
The Assyrian American Community Center of San Jose (AACC of San Jose) was established and chartered with the state of California in 1978.
The Assyrian American Association of San Jose (AAA of San Jose) was established and chartered with the State of California on October 22, 1981.
In November of 1985, both of these two associations became affiliated with the Assyrian American National Federation (AANF), and in May of 1987, they affiliated themselves with the Assyrian United Organizations of California (AUOC), a unified body of registered Assyrian American Associations in the State of California, representing the Western Region under the AANF at the time.
In order to uphold the unity among Assyrians and to further Assyrian goals and objectives in an effective and harmonious manner, on December 15, 1992 the two Assyrian associations in San Jose, merged upon the majority vote of both organizations whereby all assets of AACC were transferred to the surviving association, the Assyrian American Association of San Jose (Shotapoota D Atour).
At the time, Mr. Carlo Ganjeh was the president of the AAA of San Jose and Mr. George Zaya was the president of the AACC, where upon merger of the two organizations, Mr. George Zaya became the president, and Mr. Carlo Ganjeh became the Vice President of the AAA of San Jose, now the one united body of Assyrians of San Jose.
Since its establishment, the Assyrian American Association of San Jose has strived to serve the community through its various committees geared towards different interests and activities, including Social, Athletic, Education, Aid, Art, and Literature, generational geared activities for youth, children and teenagers.
Assyrian American Association of San Jose also has several publications and has taken part on other publications as sponsor.