OCA 29th Annual Convention Will "Light the Torch for the Next Generation"
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May 21, 2007
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OCA 29th Annual National Convention Will "Light the Torch for the Next Generation”
National event to be held in Sacramento, CA, June 28- July 1, 2007
Sacramento, CA – OCA, a national Asian Pacific American organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States, announces that preparations are under way for its 29th Annual National Convention which will be held in Sacramento, CA, from June 28 –July 1, 2007.
This annual event is one of the largest events in for APA community, drawing thousands of APAs from around the country. This year’s convention features three days of workshops, a corporate exhibit and job fair, high school youth and college programs, a community health fair, seniors day, cultural performances, and many notable speakers and guests, including celebrity chef Martin Yan and filmmaker Justin Lin.
A special one-night showing at the Sacramento Community Theater will feature the musical "Homeland,” a love story written by composer and lyricist Jay Kuo about a native son from rural West Texas and the daughter of Korean immigrants.
"The year’s convention theme is ‘Light the Torch for the Next Generation,’ and we hope that holding it in Sacramento – a place with so much significance to the Chinese and Asian Pacific American communities – will underscore the theme,” said Ginny Gong, National President.
This year’s convention activities also draw on the remarkable history and heritage of the Sacramento area. Two main attractions include a tour of nearby Locke, the only town built by Chinese Americans for Chinese Americans, and local wineries; and a reception and tour at the California State Railroad Museum.
OCA will also honor members of the Asian Pacific American community, including this year’s OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award recipients, the Honorable Elaine Chao (invited), Retired US Army General Eric Shinseki (invited), and former US Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Bill Lann Lee. OCA will also honor its own members with the Chapter of the Year Award, the Unsung Hero Volunteer Award, and several college scholarships.
The workshops, exhibits, job fair, college/youth and senior days, and community health fair are free and open to the public. Tickets for all meal events, Locke tour, Railroad Museum tour and reception, and the "Homeland” musical performance are available for purchase online at www.ocanational.org. Early registration and hotel reservations close Tuesday, 29 May, 2007. The convention will take place at the Sacramento Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.
For more information, log onto www.ocanational.org or onto www.ocasacramento.org.