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  • Monday, February 03, 2014 4:37 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)
    A message from Daphne Kwok, Chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    President Obama Extends Best Wishes for the Lunar New Year

    Today, the White House released a video message from President Obama welcoming in the Lunar New Year.

    Echoing the President’s message, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs send our abundant best wishes to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year.
    2014 is the Year of the Horse. The horse is a great and strong symbol. Many associate this symbol with “swift success” for all facets of one’s life. We wish that everyone fulfills his or her potential and achieves success in 2014. In his State of the Union address, the President declared 2014 to be a year of action so it seems only fitting that it is also the Year of the Horse.

    The AAPI community is also great and strong, as our shared heritage spans from immigrants to refugees to native people. AAPIs have worked the land for generations. AAPIs literally built this land, connecting the East Coast and the West Coast via the Transcontinental Railroad. We have more recent immigrants coming in as business owners, students, laborers, educators, and workers from all fields. Our nation has benefited from our immigration system, and that means we all have a stake in building a strong and better immigration system for future generations. For instance, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asian-owned businesses increased 40.4 percent to 1.5 million between 2002 and 2007, growing at more than twice the national rate and bringing in more than half a trillion dollars in sales.

    However, we have more than a million undocumented Asian Americans living in the shadows. Passage of commonsense immigration reform will afford our undocumented brothers and sisters, many who are young and students, an opportunity to fully live the American dream.

    The Senate has already acted in a bipartisan manner to fix our broken immigration system, and we hope that the House will do the same. By fixing our broken immigration system, we will give young people a chance to become future leaders of our nation. In the meantime, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program provides DREAMers an opportunity to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. To find out more information about DACA, please visit www.uscis.gov.

    In this Year of the Horse, we hope that all of us can pursue opportunity and success. We wish you and your loved ones happiness, prosperity, and good health.

    Below is the transcript of the President’s video message:

    Michelle and I join millions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent – here in the United States and around the world – in welcoming the Lunar New Year.
    The Lunar New Year reminds us that this country has always drawn strength from the rich cultures and traditions of people from all different backgrounds. It’s at the heart of who we are. It’s why we’re fighting to make sure everyone has a chance to get ahead. And it’s why we’ll continue to make sure that new ideas and new people are always welcome in America.

    Today, my Administration is working harder than ever to fix an immigration system that doesn’t serve America as well as it should. We’re committed to a comprehensive plan that will continue to strengthen border security and reunite families, while creating a pathway to earned citizenship and a stronger system moving forward. We’ve already taken an important step by lifting the fear of deportation from young people, DREAMers, who are Americans in every way but on paper – kids who just want a chance to study and serve and contribute to the nation they love. And if you’re a young person who feels like you’re living in the shadows, take advantage of this opportunity. Because America needs your talent.
    It’s the aspiration and optimism of the next generation of New Americans that inspires us – and gives us hope for this Year of the Horse. So, I want to wish everyone celebrating a Happy New Year. May this be a year of prosperity for you and your families, and a year of progress for this country that we love.
  • Saturday, November 30, 2013 12:17 AM | Anonymous


    The 2013 National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards took place the evening of November 8 at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco, California.

    The evening began with the welcoming greetings from Corporate Achievement Awards 40th Anniversary Chair, Claudine Cheng, OCA National President, Sharon M. Wong and OCA Business Advisory Council (BAC) Chair, David Lin.

    The night was full of inspirational and touching remarks. Comcast/NBC Universal received OCA’s Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year Award and Maria G. Arias, Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Comcast/NBCUniversal, accepted the award on their behalf.

    Attendees also heard from the ten distinguished individuals who were showcased for their achievements in the corporate world as well as their commitment to the Asian Pacific American community.

     

    2013 National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Recipients 
    (L-R Back Row) Kevin NayaThe Boeing Company, Sang Kim; Wells Fargo, BK Vasan; Walmart, Eric Lim; UPS (L-R Front Row) Erica Rendall; Kraft Foods Group, Joanne Hawk; State Farm, Cheryll Forsatz; McDonald's USA, Deborah Buhles; Comcast/NBCUniversal, Ron Mori; AARP (Not Pictured: Michelle DiTondo, MGM Resorts International)

    David Lin and OCA BAC liaison, Vida Lin presented the Community Service Award to Ron Mori.

    (L-R) Executive Director Tom L. Hayashi, OCA National President Sharon M. Wong and OCA’s Immediate Past National President Ken Lee)

    Towards the end of the evening a surprise presentation was made to Ken Lee who received the OCA Executive Excellence Award. Moving forward this award will be called the Ken Lee OCA Executive Excellence Award and be given to an individual who has been exemplary in his or her ability to not only lead and inspire, but to but to serve as a rolemodel for other executives and professionals in the Asian Pacific American community.

    The success of the 2013 Corporate Achievement Awards is due in part of the OCA’s Northern California Bay Area Chapters of San Francisco Bay, East Bay, Greater Sacramento, San Mateo, and Silicon Valley and the generous support from our sponsors: AARP, The Boeing Company, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Kraft Foods Group, McDonald’s USA, MGM Resorts International, UPS, State Farm, Walmart, and Wells Fargo.

    *Photo Credit: Frank Jang

    Giving Tuesday

    OCA is proud to join the National #GivingTuesday movement which will take place on December 3rd, 2013. Following the Thanksgiving Holiday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a national movement that aims to insure advocates across the country to spend and give with a purpose, improving their local communities and creating a better world.

    OCA is partnering with the #GivingTuesday movement in an effort to educate the APA community on the organization’s work as well as to celebrate the great American tradition of giving. OCA is asking for your support on #GivingTuesday because we are committed to empowering the next generation of APA leaders. Here’s how you can participate:

    • Make a one-time gift online at our website HERE
    • Become a monthly sustainer and receive exclusive benefitsHERE
    • Mail a check to the OCA National Center at 1322 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
    • Tweet, post and blog about #GivingTuesday and why you give with a purpose. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

    Advocacy Updates

    In the month of November, OCA continued to seek justice for the "kill everyone in China” comment made on Jimmy Kimmel Live. OCA Executive Director and partners held a conference call with ABC executives and continued to pressure the network to host a meeting with the Asian Pacific American community, ABC executives, and Jimmy Kimmel representatives. OCA and OCA - Greater DC members also met with representatives from the Federal Communications Commission and Commissioner Ajit Pai's office to explore possible institutional alternatives to hold Jimmy Kimmel representatives accountable for their actions.

    OCA’s iAMerica campaign has collected over 3,850 online petition e-signatures and will be delivering the petitions and their associated postcards to Congressional House Officials onDec. 4th from 12 – 4 pm. Individuals in the District of Columbia interested in volunteering can contact the Civil Rights Fellow atkmoua@ocanational.org. 

    Additionally, OCA, OCA – NY, and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Anti-Hazing Coalition met with General John F. Campbell, Army Vice Chief of Staff and Lieutenant General Howard B. 
    Bromberg, Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 to discuss the coalition’s concerns about hazing and bullying in the armed forces, along with possible areas of collaboration between the coalition and the Army.

    Registration for the JACL | OCA Leadership Summit is open untilDecember 13, 2013. All interested individuals should apply HERE.


    OCA Program Updates

    APIA U: LEADERSHIP TRAINING 

    Now accepting applications to host APIA U: Leadership Training on your campus!

    APIA U: Leadership Training is a State Farm® funded, full day training focused on the leadership development of Asian Pacific American (APA) college students in our communities. The training was first launched in 1999 and has gained significant praises within the higher education community. The program overview was published in the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education, 2012, NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Join the thousands of students who have participated in this program since 1999 by hosting on your campus. Click here to apply.

    APA Youth-Advocate Program

    Launched during the 2012 Fall semester, APA Youth-Advocate is a State Farm® funded, half-day interactive training focused on equipping our youth with skills to enhance their personal lives as well as providing them a stronger platform before going to college. OCA internship alums facilitate this advocacy training which is brought to local OCA Chapters. The half day program will focus on the development of APA High School youth in our communities. Students who attend the program will: develop leadership skills, build a growing relationship with an OCA local chapter, gain awareness of social justice issues, and have an understanding of why it’s important to advocate. To register for a FREE APA Y-Advocate program near you click here.

    Current APA Y-Advocate Dates:

    February 15, 2014 | Tucson

    February 22, 2014 | Greater Houston

    March 2, 2014 | Detroit

    March 8, 2014 | New York

    March 29, 2014 | San Mateo

    TBA | South Florida

    TBA | Pittsburg

  • Sunday, November 24, 2013 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APA), continues to pressure Jimmy Kimmel Live representatives and American Broadcasting Company (ABC) executives to hold themselves accountable for the "kill all the Chinese” comment by pushing for an Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigation and directly contacting sponsors of the show.

    As previously mentioned, on October 16, 2013, Jimmy Kimmel Live aired a skit titled "Kids Table” where a child proposed "kill all the Chinese” as a political solution to the United States’ debt. Since then, the Asian Pacific American community held various protests and petitions calling for apologies, disciplinary action, and investigations into the incident. One petition launched on "We the People”, the official petition website for the White House, has gained over 100,000 signatures.

    Since the broadcast of the "kill all the Chinese” comment on Jimmy Kimmel Live, OCA has been in active dialogue with ABC executives; filed a formal complaint with the FCC to address the xenophobic rhetoric and the community’s concern about the welfare of all children involved in the segment; and engaged the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders to support efforts seeking to ensure that similar incidents are not repeated in the future. Over 30 days have passed since the incident occurred, and while phone calls and e-mail communication have been exchanged between OCA, partner organizations, and ABC, OCA has yet to receive a definite commitment to an in-person meeting with ABC executives and Jimmy Kimmel representatives.

    "Prejudice, discrimination, and racism against Asian Pacific Americans in the media are not isolated incidents. This Jimmy Kimmel segment is only the latest event containing hateful language and negative portrayals of Asian Pacific Americans. We have been, and continue to be, the target of hate, both on-screen and in our personal lives,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA President, "We are tired of being used as convenient scapegoats and demonized by the media. It is for this reason that our community has come together in such large waves to protest and petition Jimmy Kimmel. This incident has even gained the attention of the Chinese Canadian National Council. We want justice, and ABC and the Jimmy Kimmel show must be held accountable for their actions.”

    The Asian Pacific American community continues to demand accountability from ABC and Jimmy Kimmel. OCA will meet with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai in the coming week to continue pursuing a formal investigation and will actively discuss OCA’s concerns with the sponsors of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

    "This incident is not about challenging the Freedom of Speech,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "It is about perpetuating hate by broadcasting offensive remarks from children who have yet to fully understand the difference between right and wrong. When minors are used in non-scripted programming and respond in hateful ways to prompted questions, the network has an obligation to remove the material. They should also debrief the children and their families to ensure that such ideas are not promulgated. In order to accomplish this, our community must continue to put the pressure on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live, their sponsors, and the FCC to ensure that they are responsive and that this never happens again. It took 200,000 complaints to the FCC before they investigated the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction incident during the 2000 Super Bowl. We need to exceed that number and demand action from the agency. And while the e-petitions and the demonstrations have helped us get to where we are, we will continue to be rendered invisible in their eyes if we do not raise our voices through action.”

    OCA chapter members, lay advocates, and interested individuals can file a form 2000e complaint with the FCC HERE. Additionally, individuals can support OCA’s efforts to pull sponsorship from Jimmy Kimmel sponsors by contacting the corporations listed on the OCA website. A sample message that can be used when contacting sponsors is as follows:

    "Jimmy Kimmel Live continues to harm the Asian Pacific American community through the usage of children to promote hateful ideas and language. I am not only deeply concerned about my community but also about the welfare of the children co-opted as part of the program and how the show perpetuates hatred by exposing children to this sort of dialogue and language. Please stop sponsoring Jimmy Kimmel Live until they are held to account for their actions.”

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:17 PM | Anonymous

    Washington, D.C.– OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), will host the National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards, honoring ten APA leaders in the corporate sector.

    WHAT: OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards Reception and Dinner
    WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2013, 7 PM – 9 PM (reception begins at 6 PM)
    WHERE: South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA

    The National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards is the first national program of its kind to recognize corporate achievement and service by honoring the dedication and leadership of APA corporate employees. Since its establishment in 1991 by the OCA Business Advisory Council (BAC), 207 community-conscious corporate leaders have been inducted to this prestigious group.

    "OCA and its BAC are proud to recognize these ten extraordinary corporate citizens and community members who have embraced our mission by being leaders in their communities and by being committed to diversity in the workplace,” said OCA National President Sharon M. Wong.

    Honorees are first nominated by their respective employers and then selected by a panel of judges. This year, the ten honorees who have been chosen to receive the award are:

    Deborah Buhles – Senior Director Administration, Comcast/NBCUniversal
    Michelle DiTondo – Senior Vice President of Human Resources, MGM Resorts International
    Cheryll Ocampo Forsatz – Director of Communications, McDonald’s
    Joanne Hawk – 
    Agency Administration Leader, State Farm
    Sang Kim – Senior Vice President and Community Bank Regional President, Wells Fargo
    Eric Lim – Corporate Portfolio Manager, UPS
    Ron Mori – Manager of Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP
    Kevin Naya – Director of Engineering Competitiveness & Integration, The Boeing Company 
    Erica Rendall
     – Senior Brand Manager, Kraft Foods Group
    BK Vasan – Senior Manager of Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytic, Walmart 

    In addition to the 10 individual awards, OCA will also present the 2013 Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year to Comcast/NBCUniversal, and recognize one of the individual recipients with the Community Service Award. 

    "The BAC is pleased to present these ten exemplary individuals for their outstanding service to both their respective organizations and the community,” said David Lin, BAC Chair. "For their demonstrated leadership and commitment to the APA community, the BAC is privileged to recognize this year’s Corporate Achievement Award honorees."

    For more information or to purchase a ticket to this year’s Corporate Achievement Awards please visit www.ocanational.org.

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:17 PM | Anonymous

    Washington, D.C.– OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), will host the National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards, honoring ten APA leaders in the corporate sector.

    WHAT: OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards Reception and Dinner
    WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2013, 7 PM – 9 PM (reception begins at 6 PM)
    WHERE: South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA

    The National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards is the first national program of its kind to recognize corporate achievement and service by honoring the dedication and leadership of APA corporate employees. Since its establishment in 1991 by the OCA Business Advisory Council (BAC), 207 community-conscious corporate leaders have been inducted to this prestigious group.

    "OCA and its BAC are proud to recognize these ten extraordinary corporate citizens and community members who have embraced our mission by being leaders in their communities and by being committed to diversity in the workplace,” said OCA National President Sharon M. Wong.

    Honorees are first nominated by their respective employers and then selected by a panel of judges. This year, the ten honorees who have been chosen to receive the award are:

    Deborah Buhles – Senior Director Administration, Comcast/NBCUniversal
    Michelle DiTondo – Senior Vice President of Human Resources, MGM Resorts International
    Cheryll Ocampo Forsatz – Director of Communications, McDonald’s
    Joanne Hawk – 
    Agency Administration Leader, State Farm
    Sang Kim – Senior Vice President and Community Bank Regional President, Wells Fargo
    Eric Lim – Corporate Portfolio Manager, UPS
    Ron Mori – Manager of Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP
    Kevin Naya – Director of Engineering Competitiveness & Integration, The Boeing Company 
    Erica Rendall
     – Senior Brand Manager, Kraft Foods Group
    BK Vasan – Senior Manager of Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytic, Walmart 

    In addition to the 10 individual awards, OCA will also present the 2013 Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year to Comcast/NBCUniversal, and recognize one of the individual recipients with the Community Service Award. 

    "The BAC is pleased to present these ten exemplary individuals for their outstanding service to both their respective organizations and the community,” said David Lin, BAC Chair. "For their demonstrated leadership and commitment to the APA community, the BAC is privileged to recognize this year’s Corporate Achievement Award honorees."

    For more information or to purchase a ticket to this year’s Corporate Achievement Awards please visit www.ocanational.org.

  • Monday, October 14, 2013 9:28 PM | Anonymous

    Immigration reform is a moral and economic imperative – it is the Asian Pacific American (APA) issue.

     

    There are over 11 million undocumented immigrantsliving in the United States - that’s 1.3 million Asian Pacific Islanders who live in fear, and who may not report hate crimes, domestic violence, and assaults because they are afraid that they and their family may be deported.

    House officials recently introduced HR15, a comprehensive immigration reform bill similar to the Senate bill passed this past summer. They LEFT OUT ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS from the bill. It eliminates children over 31 and siblings from the family visa category – that means if the final immigration bill passed into law looks like HR15,APAs can no longer sponsor our sisters, brothers, and adult children to the United States.

    It is imperative that we show our congressional officials that Asian Pacific American families are important. We must bring our stories, our narratives, and our experiences to the forefront of the movement and remind our leaders that they represent us. They must pass a fair and commonsense immigration reform bill that is inclusive of the Asian Pacific American immigrant experience.

    Be an Asian Pacific American Champion

    1.) Sign the iAMerica E-Petition;

    2.) Encourage your family and friends to sign and share the petition;

    3.) Document your immigrant experience and share it with iAMerica.


  • Sunday, October 06, 2013 8:42 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), welcomes the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace.

    The ACA Health Insurance Marketplace opens today at https://www.healthcare.gov/. Through the marketplace, the ACA hopes to decrease coverage gaps by providing accessible health insurance to those currently ineligible for insurance through their employers or for Medicaid. The website is currently only available in English and Spanish, but there are online resources available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi, and Tagalog.

    There are over two million APAs who are uninsured in the United States. Among APAs, Korean Americans have one of the lowest rates of employer sponsored healthcare at 49%.

    "We are hopeful that the Health Insurance marketplace will provide the over two million uninsured Asian Pacific Americans an opportunity for coverage,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA President.

    "The Asian Pacific American community continues to face unique health disparities. Compared to other racial and ethnic groups, APA women are less likely to get screened for breast and cervical cancer and APA men are 1.2 times more likely to test positive for Hepatitis B,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "We know that uninsured individuals are less likely to receive preventive care or screening services for diseases that may be life-threatening but easily treatable if identified early enough. With the opening of the marketplace, we are hopeful that the overall health of our community will improve.”

    The Affordable Care Act also includes an individual mandate requiring all US residents to obtain health insurance similar to or more expansive than that provided through the Marketplace. Those that do not have health insurance by 2014 can be subject to a tax penalty. Individuals exempt from the mandate include those whose cost of premiums exceeds 8 percent of their household income or those whose household incomes are below the minimum threshold for filing a tax return. Families and individuals with an annual income of up to 400% of the federal poverty level are eligible for federal monetary assistance in order to make their insurance more affordable.

  • Sunday, October 06, 2013 8:40 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), applauds House Congressional Officials for their dedication to immigration reform.

    Today, House Officials including Congressman Garcia (D-FL), Congresswoman Chu (D-CA), Congresswoman Pelosi (D-CA), Congresswoman DelBene (D-WA), and Congressman Horsford (D-NV) introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, a bill similar to comprehensive immigration reform bill (S.744) passed by the Senate earlier this past summer. Like S.744, the House bill includes a pathway to citizenship for a majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants, provides an expedited pathway for Dreamers, reprioritizes the immediate family of legal permanent residents to match U.S. citizens, and clears the overcrowded visa backlogs.

    "We applaud our Congressional officials for their leadership and dedication to immigration reform,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President, "Passage of this bill would bring us one step closer to realizing the hopes and dreams of the 11 million aspiring citizens waiting to fully live their lives in the United States.”

    Similar to S.744, the House bill also eliminates siblings and children over 31 from the family immigration category. Under the bill, siblings and children over 31 would have to immigrate through the proposed merit system which awards visas to individuals based on a process that allocates points for specific markers such as English proficiency and level of education.

    "Although we celebrate the commitment to immigration reform that our congressional leaders have demonstrated, we are disappointed at the elimination of siblings and children over 31 from the family category,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "It is disheartening to see an issue central to the Asian Pacific American community’s immigration experience left out of this version of the bill. However, OCA remains optimistic and committed to improving the current provisions to ensure that the interests of the APA community are represented.”

    OCA is co-sponsoring a Town Hall Discussion on Comprehensive Immigration Reform at 1952 Gallows Road in Vienna, VA on October 5 at 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. This Town Hall Discussion is part of over 100 local events happening throughout the country on October 5 advocating for immigration reform. More information can be found at this website


  • Friday, September 27, 2013 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is currently seeking honoree nominations for the OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award and OCA Pioneer Award for the 2014 OCA National Convention in Los Angeles, California. The two awards celebrate APA shakers and movers for their extraordinary and groundbreaking contributions to their communities. A full description of each award can be found below. To submit a nomination, please fill out the honoree submission form HERE


    In addition, OCA also features multiple workshops at its National Convention that educate, empower, and engage advocates from across the country. To submit a proposal, click HERE.

    Honoree nominations and workshop proposals will be accepted until Thursday, October 31, 2013.

    OCA's annual National Convention is one of the premiere events for the APA community, drawing over a thousand people from around the country for educational, cultural, and networking opportunities.

    OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award

    2012 Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award recipient, JD Hokoyama, at the OCA National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada

    The OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award is OCA's highest award. The recipient is someone who is an exemplary inspiration and role model for the community and future leader; excels in their field of endeavor/passion; has made numerous contributions that have had a positive impact on the community and on society; and shown exemplary commitment and dedication to advancing the visibility and livelihood of Asian Pacific Americans.

    OCA Pioneer Award

    2013 OCA Pioneer Award recipient, Senator Mazie Hirono, at the OCA National Convention in Washington, DC

    The OCA Pioneer Award is presented to an individual who has paved the way and opened the door for other Asian Pacific Americans, or has made a significant contribution to society in the field of his or her endeavor. As a result of his or her achievements, they have historically, economically, politically, socially and/or technologically, made America a better place to live.

  • Thursday, September 19, 2013 11:46 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce the 15 winners of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship. The scholarship awards $2,000 to high school seniors who are the first person in their family to attend college in the United States. The recipients have also demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and a commitment to their communities.  

     
    OCA and The UPS Foundation recognize that scholarships and financial aid are important in assisting students from lower income families attain a college education. Since 1999, OCA has partnered with The UPS Foundation to award 179 scholarships for a total of $328,000, including 15 scholarships this year.

    "By pursuing dreams of higher education, these high achieving students can have a profound effect on their own lives and the communities around them,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Through these scholarships, UPS and OCA are providing the first step toward a successful future.” 

    “The OCA-UPS Gold Mountain scholarships offer more than just financial assistance. It provides an opportunity for our youth to develop their knowledge into becoming leaders for their communities,” said OCA National President Sharon M. Wong.  
     
    OCA honored four scholars at the OCA National Convention on July 18 – 21 in Washington, DC, in celebration of our 40th Year Anniversary.  Jia Chen, Grace Kim, Kimberly Nguyen, and Gabriel Rakin attended the convention Youth Track and were recognized during the Gala Awards Banquet.   
     
    The recipients of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship are: 

    Yusra Ahmed 
    Barnard College

    Jia Jun Chen
    Oregon State University

    Rui Heng Chen
    University of Portland

    Anh Son H. Do
    University of Louisiana, Lafayette

    Kainaat Javed
    Barnard College

    Grace Kim
    Amherst College

    Zoe Juliana Kintaro
    University of Hawaii, Hilo 

    A Lee 
    St. Cloud State University

    Yu Ting Li
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Kimberly Nguyen
    University of Rhode Island

    Gabriel Ishmael Rakin
    University of Arkansas

    Suk Sapkota
    Tarleton State University

    Sarita Marie Smith
    Iowa State University 

    Nayab Shahid
    Barnard College 

    Shelly Zeng
    University of California, Davis

    About The UPS Foundation
     
    UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2012, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $97.5 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.


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