What We Do


We Embrace the Hopes & Aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans

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.

To meet this goal we have national and local programs that help build leadership and advocacy in the next generation, initiatives that meet the needs of our community, as well as cultural outreach to promote Asian American culture and heritage.

Our Programs

OCA Pittsburgh

Youth Program

OCA Youth is for students from 7th to 12th grade who participate in community service, educational events, and leadership building activities.

Free Medical &

Dental Clinic

With support from UPMC and Tzu Chi Foundation, OCA holds an annual Free Medical Clinic for members of our community

Lunar New Year Banquet

OCA holds an annual Lunar New Year Banquet featuring a one-of-kind, sit-down banquet-style dinner in the Pittsburgh area supplied by our friends at the Pittsburgh Chinese Restaurant Association

Asian American Heritage Committee

Comprised of various local Asian American groups with the goal of promoting awareness and understanding of the various cultures of Americans of Asian background


For almost 50 years, OCA-Asian Pacific Americans has been dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

Cultural Outreach

OCA educates and shares Chinese culture through Chinese dance and other Chinese folk arts throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region.

OCA National

Programs include advocacy trainings for high school and college students, professional development programs including a formal mentoring program and the AAPI Womxn’s Initiative, our internship program, and the Gold Mountain Scholarship.

OCA Pittsburgh Performance Ensemble

We have a group of enthusiastic teens, between the ages of 13 to 18, who are OCA Youth members and adults interested in learning Chinese dances and other Chinese folk arts. These groups are fully supported by OCA and under the direction of OCA VP Cultural Affairs, Chiapih Shaw and her teaching assistant, Rachel Sew. The objective is to educate and share with these Chinese American teens the glory, splendor and richness of the Chinese heritage and to promote Chinese dance throughout the community.