OCA Reflects on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Friday, May 30, 2014
Posted by: Kham Moua
OCA Reflects on Asian Pacific American
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) draws to a close, we reflect back
on this month and its significance to OCA, our membership, and our communities.
APAHM started from the need to recognize and celebrate the cultures, histories,
and contributions of Asian Pacific American (APA) communities. Our communities’
collective contributions are interwoven with the fabric of American livelihood and
history: from the first Filipinos to arrive on American soil, to the Chinese
laborers who laid the foundation of the gateway to the West, to the Hmong who
were recruited into the American forces during the Vietnam War. Despite the
hardships and continued struggles of many within our community, APAs have
become an integral part of America.
is an opportunity for us to not only celebrate our people but also recognize
the adversities endured by our communities. As one of the first national
organizations representing APAs, we have worked tirelessly to address that
duality. There is still much needed progress, so we continue to advocate for
some of the most important issues to our community. Here are a few highlights
from this month:
our hope that one day, APAHM will no longer be necessary to celebrate and
remember our communities’ diverse cultures, histories, and contributions - but
rather the history of the APA community will be embedded into every classroom
across the country.
elimination of hazing and bullying in the military remains one of OCA’s primary
policy areas. On May 17th, the OCA – New York Chapter unveiled Private Danny
Chen Way, a tribute to Private Danny Chen, an Asian American soldier who died
in 2011 of non-combat injuries after being hazed and bullied by his superiors.
the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI),
OCA and other national APA organizations met with Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan to advocate for education reform on May 4th.
reform continues to be a priority for OCA. WHIAPPI assisted OCA and other
national APA organizations to organize a roundtable with Deputy Secretary
Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security to discuss fair and humane
continue our mission of advancing the social, political, and economic
well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, we hope you will join our efforts by
making a gift toward our advocacy work today. Through your generosity, OCA can continue to address key issues like
hazing/bullying in the armed forces, education reform, and fair and humane
immigration reform – bringing equity and equality to all APAs. Making a
gift is quick and easy on our secure giving page; and we hope
you will take a moment to learn more about our work by exploring our website
and following us on social media.
you for your continued support as we advocate for APAs across the United