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  • Monday, July 21, 2014 4:17 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Announces 2014 OCA Unsung Heroes Awardees


    15 July 2014

    ​CONTACT

    Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is proud to announce its 2013-2014 OCA Unsung Heroes presented by Buick. This year, OCA will honor four individuals whose time and effort towards advancing equity and equality for Asian Pacific Americans are not often publicly recognized.

    They will be acknowledged during the 2014 OCA Gala Awards held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the OCA National Convention in Los Angeles, CA. OCA will celebrate their spirit of volunteerism and advocacy, and members will learn about the significant contributions each Unsung Hero has made to their communities in 2013.

    “The advocates awarded are selfless in their commitment and devotion to advancement of Asian Pacific Americans. Their actions demonstrate the values and mission of OCA. It is because of our chapters and members like them that OCA continues to exist as an organization dedicated to the empowerment of all APAs,” said Clifford Yee, OCA Vice President of Chapter Development. “We thank these individuals for their commitment to strengthening our communities.”

    "Buick has sponsored the OCA Unsung Heroes Award since 2001 and is proud to be a returning sponsor this year. It is our absolute honor and privilege to help recognize the people who work so diligently to advance the entire Asian Pacific American community and celebrate their accomplishments,” said Global Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett, General Motors.

    The 2013-2014 Unsung Heroes Awardees are as follows:

    DAVID CHAI was born in 1937 in Nanjing, China, a few months before the Japanese occupation. His family moved to Tokyo in 1948 and he came to America in 1955 with a one-way ticket on a freighter with $100 in his pocket to study Engineering at Purdue University. David Chai retired in 2000 after 30 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories. While at Bell Labs, he encountered the glass ceiling that affects so many Chinese Americans, especially those of the immigrant generation. To help combat this, he became involved with employee affinity groups to improve the promotion prospects of all minority groups. He recognized early on the lack of Asian “role models” to emulate or to serve as mentors at Bell Labs and elsewhere. Moving to Foster City in 2004, he joined OCA San Mateo, and was elected to its Board in 2005.

    In 2006, as he was planning for a candidate debate sponsored by OCA San Mateo, he met Roger Dong who was interested in starting a project about Chinese Americans. David has received the Community Service Award of the Asian American Heritage Council of New Jersey (1998), the Outstanding & Distinguished Service Award from the OCA New Jersey and the Aletha R. Wright Volunteer Leadership Award from Leadership New Jersey in 1999. He has served on many boards, including the Board of 80-20 (2005-2008); the United Way of Monmouth County [NJ]; Leadership New Jersey; OCA San Mateo, where he is the Chair of Speak & Lead with Pride.

    JINKY DOLAR is a senior account executive at Crossings TV. She has worked at the Sacramento Bee as an Audience Development Sales Manager in the Circulation Department for over nine years. Jinky has successfully established new business partnerships with the Press Club, utility, cable, phone companies, builders, grocers, retailers, magazines, etc. She is an avid activist on anti-domestic violence, mental health awareness, problematic gambling, human trafficking and other civil rights issues impacting Asian Americans. Her community involvement has helped me build an extensive network build coalitions. In turn, she connected local non-profit organizations to key grant opportunities such as those with philanthropic businesses.

    Jinky served on many diverse and non-profit organization boards, amongst which she is most impressed with OCA Sacramento’s mission, its advocacy work for the Asian American community and its leadership standing in the community. Jinky joined OCA Sacramento four years ago serving on different capacities. Currently, she is the Executive Vice President. For the past three years, she has chaired the chapter’s signature fundraising event, the Dragon Boat Festival Celebration. She was able to successfully secure new corporate and community sponsorships, and has raised event attendance to more than 500 guests. Jinky also enjoys working with her business partners on the Business Advisory Council, which brought successful education and leadership programs to the community that include the Youth Speak and Lead with Pride Program, API Business Women Luncheon, and Legislative Reception at the Capitol.

    JERI OKAMOTO FLOYD is the first attorney in her family. Jeri is a third-generation Japanese American who spent her youth in Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Montana, California, and Oregon. She graduated summa cum laude from UC Santa Barbara and received a full scholarship to Loyola Law School, where she served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. She is a lifetime OCA member and first volunteered with OCA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) during the 1994 convention in Los Angeles. She has served as the OCA GLA Director of Education & Culture, an advisory board member, and volunteers and continues as a liaison to the China adoption community. Jeri's family underwrites wish lists for the API Community Holiday Toy Drive and annually sponsors OCA GLA summer interns.

    Jeri found her heart’s calling when she and her husband adopted their two daughters from China. She initiated youth mentorship programs at UCLA, such as the China Care Bruins Buddy Program (2005-present) and Chinese Cultural Dance Club's Junior Dance Program (2002-present) -- connecting Chinese adoptees (ages five to teens) with API college mentors. She has conducted transracial adoption workshops with the FCC, Vista Del Mar Family Services, OCA, Pact, and the international Half the Sky/China Care Foundation and North American Council on Adoptable Children. She facilitated FCC/OCA roundtables at two national conventions; helped start the FCC/OCA family picnics; and coordinated FCC/OCA screenings of the China adoption film Somewhere Between. Her articles and essays have appeared in Adoptive Families, The Sun, Guideposts, Nikkei Chronicles, OCA Image, FCC China Connection Journal, and other publications.

    MICHAEL WU joined OCA New York (NY) in 2008 and has been a Board Member since 2010. In 2013 and for the last five years, Michael has served as co-captain of OCA NY’s dragon boat racing teams where he and his co-captain led the team to win divisional 1st place in 2009 and 2012 in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. After attending the 2013 JACL-OCA Leadership training in Washington, D.C., Michael spearheaded OCA NY’s voting rights work in the summer and fall, where his team of two interns and over 20 volunteers exceeded the committed goals. Michael has also been active with the campaign for justice for Private Danny Chen in 2013 by volunteering his time to drive a vanload of supporters to North Carolina to monitor one of the courts-martial and by helping to collect signatures in support of the successful street co-naming petition for “Private Danny Chen Way” in Chinatown.

    Michael is currently the Founding Managing Partner of Blue Angel Partners, a seed stage and technology-focused venture capital fund with partners in New York, Atlanta, Raleigh, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. Prior to that, Michael was a VC at Chart Venture Partners investing in startups with dual-use technologies for both commercial and defense applications. In addition to volunteering for OCA NY, Michael also volunteers his time as a Board Member of Long Island Angel Network, Advisory Board Member of Clean Energy Business Incubator at Stony Brook University, Advisory Board Member of WBT Innovation Marketplace, and mentor to startups and technology incubators and accelerators such as The Cleantech Open, NEXUS-NY, R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator, LaunchPad Long Island, PowerBridge NY, among others.

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    About General Motors
    General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com. GM is also a recognized leader in the automotive industry for its pioneering efforts in diversity. To learn more, visit http://www.gm.com/diversity.
  • Monday, July 14, 2014 7:00 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    Asian Pacific Americans Demand Apology for Racist Comment by Bob Beckel​


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ​14 July 2014

    ​CONTACT

    ​Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    ​WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), demands an apology from Bob Beckel for the racist comment he recently made on Fox News’ “The Five”.

    On Thursday’s edition of “The Five”, co-host Bob Beckel made the following statement: “The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the United States,” Beckel said. “You know what they just did? As usual, we bring them over here, and we teach a bunch of Chinamen– uh, Chinese people how to do computers. They go back to China and they hack into us.”

    “Bob Beckel’s comment was racist, xenophobic, and derogatory towards not only Chinese Americans, but all Asian Americans. Asian Pacific Americans are citizens, military personnel, and government officials, yet our communities continue to be viewed by the larger American public as perpetual foreigners and a threat to American national security,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “Although these harmful stereotypes have begun to erode over the last decade, Bob Beckel’s comments are a painful reminder of the hate and overt racism that the APA community continues to endure. What he said was unacceptable and would not have been tolerated if said of any other racial minority. OCA and the Asian Pacific American community demand an apology from Bob Beckel for this comment and from Fox News for even allowing Beckel on-air given his history of racist language.”

    Beckel has made racist statements in the past regarding APAs. In 2011, he said after he went swimming, he looked “oriental”. He also said that “Chinamen are rednecks” after his usage of the term during an episode of “The Five” that same year.


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  • Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:46 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ​2 July 2014

    ​CONTACT

    Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    ​202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act (CRA).

    The CRA was first proposed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964. The CRA banned segregation in all public spaces; desegregated schools; prohibited unequal voting requirements; barred denial of service because skin color; and made discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, and gender in the workplace illegal, among other milestones. Below is a quote from Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President:

    “Today is a day for celebration. The Civil Rights Act was a monumental victory for not only civil rights advocates but for all Americans. It has provided many within our community the protections necessary to express the rights that we have always been afforded under the Constitution, and it remains a pivotal piece of legislation that has paved the way for the continued expansion of our civil liberties. However, though we rejoice in the spirit of the legislation, we must remember that these rights are not unopposed. Recent attacks on fundamental civil rights policies and programs, such as the attempts to undermine affirmative action or the rise of voter identification laws, remind us that there remains a strong and present need to prevent the encroachment of one’s fundamental rights.

    Asian Pacific Americans stood in solidarity with other communities of color during the long march for justice. No community can progress if other communities are weighed down by unjust and inhumane laws. We will continue to advocate for the safety of all communities; promote diversity in higher education and public employment through affirmative action; and ensure APA voices are counted in the ballot box. OCA remains dedicated to protecting and advancing equality and equity for all Americans.”



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    1322 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
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  • Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:43 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    Asian Pacific Americans Still Require Permanent Immigration Reform


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    1 July 2014

    CONTACT

    ​Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer


    202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), shares the sentiments made by President Obama regarding Congressional inaction on immigration reform.

    On June 30th, President Obama gave remarks on the need for executive action on immigration reform in response to the failure of House leadership to pass an immigration bill. The President emphasized the bipartisan desire for movement on the issue in the House and highlighted the overwhelming support of the American public for legislation. Miriam Yeung, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs, released the following statement:

    “President Obama’s remarks demonstrate the need for bipartisan and permanent reform. We echo the President’s disappointment with House leadership and their unwillingness to allow an immigration bill onto the floor. The American public elected them into office to represent our interests, and they have failed to give us the vote our communities have waited to see for over a year.

    We urge the President to take into consideration the needs of the Asian Pacific American immigrant communities as he executes his executive authority. Specifically, we want him to ease the burdens placed on undocumented immigrants, keep families together, and ensure that all immigrants are provided the necessary due process and prosecutorial discretion they deserve. However, our communities still require a fair, humane, and permanent solution to our broken immigration system, and OCA will continue to advocate for that reform.”


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  • Friday, June 27, 2014 2:45 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)
    Asian Pacific Americans Call for Immigration Reform on Anniversary of S. 744

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    27 June 2014

    CONTACT

    ​Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    202 223 5500 | policy@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), urges House Leadership to move forward on immigration reform before the August recess.

    One year ago, the United States Senate passed S.744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” in order to expedite the process for individuals currently waiting for visas through the family immigration system and to provide the over 11.5 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship.

    “One year has gone by since the Senate passed S.744 and an immigration reform bill has yet to reach the House floor. We are disappointed by the delay in the House,” said Ken Lee, OCA Acting CEO. “Asian Pacific Americans comprise 1.3 million of the over 11 million undocumented immigrants. And over 1.8 million APA family members are waiting in the family immigration backlogs. Our communities have a long history of exclusion through US immigration policies. We understand the struggles that come with living in a country where you can never become a citizen. The House must show APAs that they have learned from past immigration mistakes like the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and the Asian Exclusion Act of 1924. All immigrants deserve the right to live without fear of their safety, of deportation, and of separation from their families. Congress is still in session, and they have a job to do – pass immigration reform.”

    On June 11, OCA, along with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Japanese American Citizens League, and the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, released the preliminary 2014 National Asian American and Pacific Islander Immigration Score Card.

    “Immigration reform remains a priority issue for Asian Pacific Americans. Our histories and experiences have been shaped by this issue. It is for that reason that OCA and our partners have released the preliminary 2014 National AAPI Immigration Score Card,” said Miriam Yeung, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. “The ratings are indicative of the support that our representatives have shown our community. If they fall below 60 percent, then they are failing us. But as we move towards the August recess, our congressional officials can show our communities that they support us by passing immigration reform legislation and/or making public statements in support of a pathway to citizenship, family reunification, and due process for all immigrants.”


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    1322 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
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  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:10 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Celebrates Pride Month in Solidarity with LGBT Asian Pacific Americans


    June 23, 2014

    Dear Advocates,

    This month, OCA celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in solidarity with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). As a national Asian Pacific American organization, we recognize that our work and our struggles cannot be separated from those of the LGBT community. We cannot claim progress for the APA community if APA LGBT individuals are invisible in the process. Our march for justice must include our LGBT friends, families, and allies. It is with this in mind that we stand together in solidarity with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance to embrace and to celebrate Pride Month and all the identities within that continuum.

    OCA has a long standing history of support for the LGBT community. In 2013, we co-sponsored a same-sex marriage rally during the hearing ofWindsor v. United States, and have also released statements regarding the Windsor case and Hollingsworth v. Perry reaffirming our support for the full civil rights of all Americans. Additionally, our annual 
    OCA National Convention has long included workshops on LGBT advocacy for Asian Pacific Americans. This year, NQAPIA will hold a workshop titled “Advocacy 101: Allyship and LGBT Advocacy for AAPI Communities”, an interactive workshop focused on developing strategies for APA organizations and advocates to become stronger allies for the LGBT community.

    Please join us in celebrating LGBT Pride Month and ensuring equality for all Americans.

    Sincerely,

    Sharon M. Wong
    President


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    1322 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
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  • Friday, June 20, 2014 1:18 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Announces 2014 Pioneer and Outstanding Citizen Achievement Honorees


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    20 June 2014

    CONTACT
    Ken Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer
    (202) 223-5500 | KLee@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) is proud to announce the honorees for the 2014 OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Awards and OCA Pioneer Award to be presented at this year’s National Convention in Los Angeles, California, August 7-10, 2014.

    This year, OCA will be awarding the OCA Outstanding Achievement Award to Congresswoman Judy Chu and Actor James Hong. The OCA Pioneer Award will be given to Actress Ming-Na Wen and Artist Tyrus Wong. All will be presented their awards at the OCA National Convention Gala Awards on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

    "We are proud to honor a diverse and accomplished group of APA leaders and difference makers who have made a strong impact toward this country,” says OCA President Sharon M. Wong. "Their contributions, dedication, and service have paved the way for APAs to pursue their own passions to make a difference in the community.”


    OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award


    Congresswoman Judy Chu – Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House to Representatives in July 2009. She represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California.

    Rep. Chu currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where she is a member of the Subcommittees on Intellectual Property and the Internet as well as Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

    She also serves on the House Small Business Committee, which has oversight of the small Business Administration. Rep. Chu is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. She is also a member of the Subcommittees on Contracting and Workforce as well as Investigations, Oversight and Regulations.

    In 2011, Chu was elected Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which advocates for the needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community across the nation.

    Chu founded and co-chairs the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, which advocates for the copyright protections of those in the creative industries, such as music, film and visual arts. She also serves in leadership of the House Democratic Caucus as a Member of the Steering and Policy Committee.

    Chu was first elected to the Board of Education for Garvey School District in 1985. From there, she was elected to the Monterey Park City Council, where she served as Mayor three times. She then was elected to the State Assembly and then California’s elected tax board, known as the State Board of Equalization. In 2009, she became the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress in history.

    James Hong – From Minneapolis, Minnesota, James’ early career was in civil engineering and one of his first jobs was working for the city of Los Angeles.  After first appearing on Groucho Marx’s "You Bet Your Life” in 1954, he was instantly bitten by the Hollywood bug and decided to change his career.  Since then, he has never looked back and after nearly 60 years in the entertainment industry, he continues to keep busy today.

    Recently James played Jerry Chen, an avatar in Universal’s "R.I.P.D.” for Nick (played by Ryan Reynolds).  He co-starred with Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon and supermodel Marissa Miller.  In 2011 he received his first Annie Award for "Kung Fu Panda Holiday” a TV special reprising his role as Mr. Ping from both "Kung Fu Panda” movies.  Earlier this year he earned the Daytime Emmy Nomination for Nickelodeon’s "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.”

    James continues to entertain not just on in TV and film but also video games.  In 2012, he can be heard in two of the top selling video games for that year which include Blizzard’s "Diablo 3” and Activision’s "Call of Duty: Black Ops II” which combined has sold nearly 20 million copies.  Additional video game credits include "Sleeping Dogs” and Blizzard’s "World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.”

    Including his award winning voice-over work, he can be seen on the Disney XD Channel show "Pair of Kings” as his reoccurring role of the island’s Elder.  James has made TV guest appearances on "The Big Bang Theory,” "Chuck,” "Bones,” and "Archer.”  Between film, TV and video game projects, James has over 500 credits to his name and the list continues to grow.


    OCA Pioneer Award

     
    Ming-Na Wen – Ming-Na Wen first won attention with her touching and critically acclaimed performance as ‘June’ in the feature film "The Joy Luck Club,” but she is most noted for her portrayal of ‘Dr. Jing-Mei Chen’ on the hit show "ER.” She also starred in "SGU Stargate Universe.”  

    Wen received the first contract role for an Asian-American actor in a daytime drama when she won the part of ‘Lien Hughes’ on "As the World Turns."  Her other television credits include "Eureka,” "Law and Order: SVU,” "Boston Legal,” "The George Lopez Show,” "Private Practice” and "Two and a Half Men."

    The diverse actress proved she was able to play more than the gentle wallflower in "The Joy Luck Club" when she tackled the roles of ‘Chun-Li,’ the butt-kicking female lead in "Streetfighter," and as the sex-hungry wife ‘Mimi’ in director Mike Figgis' film, "One Night Stand."

    Wen is proud to be the title voice of "Mulan," Disney's animated feature (for which she won an Annie Award), as well as the lead voice of ‘Aki Ross’ in the stunning CGI animated film, "Final Fantasy."  The talented actress has also has lent her voice for the shows "Phineas and Ferb” and "Ni Hao, Kai Lan,” as well as documentaries and children’s books.  She recently completed production on the Blumhouse feature film "6 Miranda Drive,” opposite Kevin Bacon.

    Wen has been included in People magazine's list of the 50 most beautiful people, was named one of the 100 most influential Asian Americans of the past decade by a.Magazine, and was inducted into the Committee of 100.  She cherishes her family time with her husband and their two children.  She also enjoys painting, photography, scrap booking and decorating. 

    Tyrus Wong – Painter, muralist, lithographer, film production illustrator and kite maker, Tyrus Wong was born in Guangzhou, China in 1910. At age nine he left China for the United States. Upon his arrival he spent nearly a month at the Angel Island Immigration Station before joining his father in Sacramento.  

    As a young teen he moved to Los Angeles’ Chinatown. While attending Benjamin Franklin Junior High his artistic talents were recognized and he was recommended for a summer scholarship at Otis Art Institute.  After completing the summer scholarship he knew at this young age that art was the only thing he wanted to do. Wisely his father supported his artistic endeavors and scraped together the $95 tuition needed for his first term at Otis.

    Wong was awarded subsequent scholarships and graduated from Otis with top honors. In 1937 Wong married Ruth Kimm and their first daughter was born a year later. Needing to provide for his family he took a job at Disney Studios working as an in-betweener. Not liking this tedious work and hearing that Disney had plans to produce "Bambi”, he put together a portfolio consisting of tiny sketches of deer in the forest. His talents as a landscape painter were immediately recognized and he was promoted to establish the look and style for Disney’s classic "Bambi”. His lush backgrounds inspired by Chinese traditional ink-and-brush work conveyed the simplicity that Walt Disney had been searching for.  Wong illustrated the feeling of the forest rather than indicating every leaf and detail.

    Wong later moved on to Warner Bros. where he worked for over thirty years as pre-production artist on many live-action films including, "Rebel Without a Cause”, "Harper”, and "The Wild Bunch”. He also successfully applied his talents to designing his signature line of Christmas cards which meld his Oriental style painting with his Western experience. He also illustrated books and numerous magazines including L.A. Times Home and Readers Digest. Wong still managed to find time for painting and his work is still exhibited at museums and fine art galleries nationwide. Upon his retirement he rediscovered a childhood joy…flying kites. Wong designs and makes by hand all of his kites, some more than a hundred feet long. 

    Though he celebrated his 103rd birthday last October he can still be found once a month at Santa Monica Beach filling the sky with birds, butterflies, goldfish and pandas and on a good wind day perhaps a 100 foot long centipede.


    The OCA National Convention is a three-day event of programs, workshops, events, and activities designed to foster the next generation of APA community, government, business, and corporate leaders. This year’s annual convention will take place in Los Angeles, California from August 7 – 10 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  

    For more information, please contact the OCA Development Department at (202) 223-5500 ext. 121 or Development@ocanational.org.
    CLICK HERE to register.

  • Thursday, June 05, 2014 11:05 AM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Mourns the Loss of Yuri Kochiyama

    June 5, 2014 

    Dear Advocates, 

    As many of you may already be aware, Yuri Kochiyama passed away over the weekend at the age of 93. She was a prominent and influential Asian American social justice, human rights, and civil rights activist who served as an inspiration to all civil rights leaders. Yuri was a lifelong advocate who staunchly supported and advanced civil rights, redress and reparations for Japanese Americans, various movements for ethnic studies, and other causes. 

    Yuri demonstrated the need for our community to work within and outside ourselves. She was perhaps most well-known for her friendship with Malcom X, her work within the African American and Native American movements, and the bridges she built between communities of color. Civil rights is not a zero sum game and her work has single handedly demonstrated this principle. Yuri has shown us that the movement cannot only lift one community but must simultaneously uplift all of us. In 2001, we were honored to award her with the OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award at our National Convention in Seattle, Washington for her work and passion for our community.

    She has paved many roads for our communities and built strong bonds with other communities through her work and dedication to justice. Though she may no longer be with us, her legacy lives on as a new generation of leaders continues the march toward equality and equity for all. Let us remember her with gratitude and open minds.

    Sincerely,

    Sharon M. Wong
    President
    OCA National



  • Friday, May 30, 2014 8:00 AM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    Chicago Police Harass Asian American Spa Manager During Raid

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    28 May 2014

    CONTACT

    Ken Lee | Acting Chief Operating Executive

    (202) 223-5500 | policy@ocanational.org

    Washington, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) and OCA-Greater Chicago, a chapter of OCA, are dismayed by the actions of Chicago police officers in the case of Jinqing Klyzek. 

    “We hope that Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy will conduct a thorough investigation on this incident and hold the officers responsible for Ms. Klyzek’s mistreatment accountable for their actions,” said OCA Chicago President, Janny Leung. 

    In July of 2013, officers verbally harassed and physically abused Jinqing Klyzek, a Chinese American spa manager, during a raid on a Chicago spa. Security footage of the raid shows an officer physically subduing and then striking Ms. Klyzek while she was kneeling. The footage further shows another officer telling Ms. Klyzek that she is “not f---ing American,” and threatening to “put [her] in a UPS box and send [her] back to wherever the f--- [she] came from.” Ms. Jinqing Klyzek recently brought a federal civil rights lawsuit against those officers and the Chicago police department.

    “As a national civil rights organization, we are concerned that this incident is neither incidental nor isolated. Mayor Emanuel must ensure that our law enforcement officers behave in a manner that promotes trust and cooperation rather than fear and retaliation,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA President. “The city of Chicago must safeguard the civil liberties and dignity of all Chicago residents, regardless of their national origin or language proficiency, and ensure that they are not harassed or mistreated by local law enforcement officials.”
  • Friday, May 23, 2014 2:53 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA SACRAMENTO ANNOUNCES BOARD CHANGES AND APPOINTMENTS


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    May 23, 2014


    CONTACT:

    Maricel Lumaquin, VP of Communications

    916.716.7471    mlumaquin@ocasacramento.org


    OCA Sacramento Chapter announced today that David Low has resigned as President effective immediately due to increased demands in his role as a sales manager for Marchon, a VSP Global company.  Mr. Low has led the organization since January 2014 and was instrumental in the successful facilitation of OCA National’s Mentoring Asian American Professionals Program at the local chapter level this year.  We thank Mr. Low for his contribution to the Chapter and wish him all the best.


    The Board of Directors has appointed Michael Head to serve as Interim President.  Mr. Head was the Chapter President from 2010 – 2013, and has served in various leadership capacities since 1999.

     

    The Board has also elected Greg Jung as Co-Executive Vice President to work alongside with Jinky Dolar, who is the current Executive Vice President for the chapter.  Together, they will oversee the Chapter’s program and leadership development. Ms. Dolar is a successful marketing executive with Crossings TV, while Mr. Jung is a prominent local State Farm Agent. Both have deep and extensive knowledge of the chapter’s activities, and are actively involved in the community.


    OCA, headquartered in Washington D.C., is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the United States.  Founded in 1995, Sacramento Chapter is one of its 100 chapters and college affiliates striving to develop strong leadership, community involvement and civic participation.  To learn more about OCA Sacramento, visit www.ocasacramento.org.

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