OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates:
OCA is a national civil rights advocacy and educational organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, to securing the rights of Asian and Pacific Islander American citizens and permanent residents through legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of the government, and to bettering the lives of the more than 12 million Asian and Pacific Islander Americans across the country.
OCA strives to promote active participation of Asian Pacific Americans in both civic and national matters; secure social justice, equal opportunity and equal treatment of Asian Pacific Americans; eliminate prejudices, stereotypes and ignorance of Asian Pacific Americans; and promote the cultural heritage of Asian Pacific Americans.
OCA takes no collective position on the politics of any foreign country, but instead focuses on the welfare and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
In Memoriam—Our OCA Unsung Hero and Luminescent leader, Shui Ziegler It is with a broken heart that we report to you that we have lost a very bright light in our OCA family. Our dear Shui passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the age of 57. Shui was a resident of New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania at the time of passing.
As many of you know, Shui gave so much of her time and energy at all OCA-related events and programs, always without fanfare, and always with a smile and can-do attitude. Her legendary devotion, meticulous record keeping, and incredible organizational abilities kept our events and programs solvent and done on time. It may not surprise any of us to learn that when her cancer returned in the midst of our 2017 Lunar New Year Banquet preparations, she chose to delay her chemotherapy sessions so that she would have the energy to see us through the timeline and workload of the event.
With Shui, it was about getting the work done right, and getting it done well. Her role first as VP of Finance and Economic Affairs and then Treasurer has kept OCA solvent and ticking like a clock. Her positivity and creativity brightened many an OCA event. All fortune cookies should come bathed in chocolate and rainbow sprinkles!
OCA-Pittsburgh is better for having had Shui Ziegler grace our steps.
She is survived by her loving family: her parents, husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters-in-law. By request of her family, all services will be private. In lieu of flowers, they request all memorial contributions be made in Shui’s honor to The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Pittsburgh Chapter, OCA Pittsburgh, P.O. Box 2536, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066.
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OCA is proud to partner with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (AALDEF) Democracy Program to protect individuals’ right to vote.
APA History Month
The long term consequences of fear mongering and xenophobic rhetoric is most commonly seen in the case of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man from Detroit. Chin was savagely beat to death by two laid-off auto workers who had blamed their termination by the booming auto industry in Japan in the 1980s. The economic scapegoating led to the death of Chin while the two individuals were tried and released with a fine and no jail time.