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OCA Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2007

Contact: 
Hope Chu 
Communications Manager 
hchu@ocanational.org | 202-223-5500

Featured events include talk on historical immigration with journalist William Wong; launch of new entrepreneurship program.

Washington, DC – OCA, a national Asian Pacific American (APA) organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of APAs, celebrated APA Heritage Month today with a presentation at its Washington, DC, headquarters by noted APA journalist William Wong on the Angel Island Immigration Center. OCA was also proud to announce the launch of a new entrepreneurship training workshop program.

The Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay processed nearly 200,000 Chinese immigrants between 1910 and 1940. Facing tough immigration restrictions under the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, many people were stranded on the island for as long as two years in extremely poor conditions.

William Wong, journalist (formerly for The Wall Street Journal, the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, Asian Week, and salon.com, among others) and co-author of the new photodocumentary book Images of America: Angel Island, spoke on Angel Island, its impact on Asian immigration to the U.S., and the history of Asian immigrants.

"The story of Angel Island and the people who passed through the station in pursuit of their dreams is especially critical now, as Congress – and the rest of the country – is engrossed in the debate on immigration reform,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "The lessons we can learn from the history of immigration and immigrants in the U.S. are invaluable.”

In recognition of this year’s APA Heritage Month theme of "Pursuing Excellence through Leadership, Diversity, and Unity,” OCA also unveiled a new entrepreneurship training workshop series. With generous support from State Farm®, and in partnership with the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC), a national network of centers supporting entrepreneurial development, OCA will help members of the OCA and APA communities – women and men – get started on the path to financial freedom and entrepreneurship.

The workshops will cover the essential skills needed to start a business, from business plan development to financing a start up. The first series of workshops will take place this fall and serve the DC metro area. It will be an intensive 15-week course, and a limited number of full scholarships will be awarded to accepted applicants. Applications are available online at www.ocanational.org and are due to hchu@ocanational.org by 15 August, 2007. Questions can be directed to Hope Chu at that email address.

"OCA is excited to be working with State Farm® and AWBC to provide this valuable workshops for our members,” said Michael Lin, OCA Executive Director, "We are confident that this program will help our members fulfill their goals of financial freedom and economic well-being.”

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Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA, a national organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, is dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
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