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OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates:
Our Mission

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.

Facts and Figures

Founded
1973

Legal Status
501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization

National Headquarters
Washington, DC

West Coast Office
Los Angeles, CA

Number of Chapters
50

Number of Affiliates
50

Local Membership
300+

Key National Organizational Partners
Anti-Defamation League, Asian American Justice Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Boat People SOS, Japanese American Citizens League, National Council for Asian Pacific Americans, NAACP, National Education Association, & Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Past OCA Pittsburgh Presidents
1974-1975: Andrew Chen
1976-1977: Han Chang
1978: John Chi
1979-1981: Ding Nee
1982: Lanson Shum
1983-1984: T. H. Liu
1985: B. C. Wang
1986: Frank Liu
1987: Dr. C. D. Young
1988: Richard Wang
1989: Dr. Kang-Ning Hu
1990-1991: Karen Yee
1992: Albert Wang
1993: Tom Chen
1994-1995: John Chen
1996-1997: Rae Yang
1998-1999: Paul Wang
2000-2001: Corrie Lee
2002-2003: Dorothy Green
2004: Tay-An Ho
2005: Dorothy Green (Acting)
2006-2008: Wen-Ching Yang
2009-2010: Tong-Chang Lee
2011-2012: Andy Ai
2013-present: Kai Lin

OCA Pittsburgh Honorary Chairs and Special Guests
1992: S. K. Chang
1994: Dr. John Fung
1995: Wen-Hsuen Chang
1996: Dr. Victor Yu
1997: Chiapih Shaw
1998: Judge Ida K Chen
1999: Savio Woo
2001: Karen Yee
2002: Dr. Ming S. Lin
2003: OCA-Pittsburgh Chapter Founders
2004: Dr. Y. C. Ho
2005: Dr. & Mrs. William Ott
2006: Rae Yang
2007: Michael Lin (Director, OCA National)
2008: Ginny Gong (President, OCA National)
2009: Phanny Yang
2010: John Chen
2011: Dorothy Green
2013: Frances Wong (Deceased)
2014: Roberto Clemente, Jr. (Guest of Honor)
2015: Savio L-Y. Woo
2016: Karen Yee
2017: PCRA Founders: Jimmy Wan, Mike Chen, & George Lee

Executive Board of Directors

Kai LinKai Lin
President
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Shui ZieglerShui Ziegler
Treasurer
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Karen YeeKaren Yee
Secretary
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Marian LienMarian Lien
VP, Public Affairs
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Chiapih ShawChiapih Shaw
VP, Cultural Affairs
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Allen PengAllen Peng
VP, Education
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Andrew ChenAndrew Chen
VP, Communication
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Guoyu LinGuoyu Lin
VP, Membership
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Tony SciulloTony Sciullo
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VP, Finance & Economic Affairs
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David LiuDavid Liu
VP, Community Service
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Andy AiAndy Ai
Past President

OCA Youth

Kyler LinKyler Lin
OCA Youth President
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Bobo LiangBobo Liang
OCA Youth Vice President
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Jessie CetorelliJessie Cetorelli
OCA Youth Treasurer
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Alicia PengAlicia Peng
OCA Youth Secretary
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Sonya HammerSonya Hammer
OCA Youth Networking Coordinator
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OCA Youth Performance Ensemble

Chiapih ShawChiapih Shaw
Head Instructor - Chinese Dance
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Allen PengAllen Peng
Head Instructor - Lion, Yo Yo, Dragon Teams
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Advocacy

1882 Project
On May 6, 1882, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, was the first substantial federal restriction on United States immigration. The law prohibited all immigration of Chinese laborers and was followed with many local ordinances and state laws aimed to exclude and harass Chinese laborers and merchants, often leading to violence. Several extensions to the 1882 Act were made with more restrictive and discriminatory provisions, over the next fifty years. The Chinese Exclusion Act provisions was not repealed until the 1943 Magnuson Act, allowing the naturalization of Chinese, and the 1965 Hart Cellar Act, removing the restriction on immigration of Chinese individuals.
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Military Hazing
Like many young men and women who love their country and long for adventure, Danny wanted to serve his country in the military. Private Danny Chen was a 19 year-old Chinese American from New York City and the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Su Zhen and Yan Tao Chen. While in training, Danny often wrote letters back home about his experiences, deployment and his excitement about his long held aspiration of being in the Army.
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The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship
The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship Program was created to provide hands-on training for talented young Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders on issues to create greater access to educational and economic opportunities, and strategically address discriminatory practices, disparities, policies, hate speech, and race motivated violence against APAs. Working with the staff at the OCA National Center in Washington, DC, the Fellow works closely with Congress, the Administration, and other national social justice organizations to advance the well-being of APA communities across the country.
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Affirmative Action
OCA recognizes equal opportunity admission policies as a cornerstone program that effectively responds to historical discrimination, racial economic disparities, and promotes a more equitable playing field for all APA students. By expanding opportunity to the historically underprivileged, higher education policies can empower and advance communities. The community’s support is demonstrated in accordance with a 2011 Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) report, that says that 75% of Asian American support equal opportunity programs.
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Voting Rights
OCA is a strong advocate for voters rights. As the fastest group of new immigrants, Asian Americans are increasingly gaining political power through both representation and voting blocs.

OCA is proud to partner with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (AALDEF) Democracy Program to protect individuals’ right to vote.
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APA History Month
Inspired by proclamations for Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Week, Ms. Jeannie Jew and Ms. Ruby Moy, congressional staffers, sought to have similar legislation enacted for Asian Americans. The nationwide effort was coordinated by the National Coalition for a Pacific/Asian American Heritage Proclamation, founded and chaired by Jeannie F. Jew, an OCA National Board member. Also involved with the founding of this celebration was K.L. Wang, founder of OCA.
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Immigration
Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA&NHPI) are the fastest growing minority group in the country with projections of population growth to 40 million by 2050. With nearly two-thirds of Asian Americans are foreign born, immigration is a key issue to the APA community.
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Xenophobia
OCA is deeply concerned surrounding the uptick in anti-Asian rhetoric and violence in recent years.

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.
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