In early 20th century, there were not many Lui Chiu in Sarawak and the Lui Chiu association is considered as a minority among the Chinese associations in Kuching. During those early years, the Lui Chiu were mainly working in charcoal factory located at the outskirt of Kuching and coastal areas. They were also working in sago processing factories. In Kuching market area, they operated charcoal shops, coffee shops and hawker stalls.
For stronger ties and solidarity among the Lui Chiu, the earlier pioneers formed the association of Lui Yang Association on 15th August 1941. The association was renamed as Kuching Lui Chiu Association in 2000.