We first opened our doors in 1973 with a simple mission—to serve the financial needs of Chinese Americans in Los Angeles, who were often overlooked by mainstream banks. As the first federally-chartered savings institution focused on this community, we were the home for people undermined by discrimination and bias. For 50 years, we’ve taken an active role in uplifting our communities and grown along with them.
Today, we’re the largest independent bank headquartered in Southern California, with more than 120 locations throughout the US and China. With the same focus on building financial and cultural bridges, we help mainstream commercial clients connect to new opportunities and continue to expand our global network to meet our customers’ diverse financial needs in both the East and West.
Bank Director ranked East West Bank #2 on their 2022 Bank Performance Scorecard ($50 billion and above asset category) and also recognized us for having the Best Board in 2022.
Our community development programs focus on the most pressing needs of the communities we serve: quality of life, small business growth, financial literacy, and diversity and inclusion.