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Press Release: OCA Welcomes New Arkansas Chapter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
13 August 2007

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

Newest OCA chapter forms in Bentonville, Arkansas

Washington, DC – OCA, a national organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, is pleased to announce the formation of a new OCA chapter in Bentonville, Arkansas.

"Our chapters are a vital part of OCA,” said Ginny Gong, National President, "They are critical to the organization, to developing local leadership and encouraging community involvement. Our chapters spearhead local programs such as voter registration drives, educational and cultural events, and hate crimes prevention conferences. They also speak out against discrimination in the workplace and media. We are excited to be expanding our membership to Asian Pacific Americans in Arkansas.”

Bentonville, the home of Wal-Mart, boasts a fast-growing APA community. From 2000 to 2005, the APA population in northwest Arkansas (where Bentonville is located) grew 12% annually. The APA community also represents 7% of total growth in the region. There are also large APA communities in Little Rock and Fort Smith, AR.

"We wanted to start an OCA chapter to serve the rapidly growing APA population in metropolitan areas in Arkansas,” said Ken Yeung, OCA-Arkansas chapter president, "Before we formed OCA-Arkansas, there was no broad-based secular APA organization in the area, there was no place for the APA community to gather. Through OCA-Arkansas, we want to foster a sense of a strong community among APA individuals and families, and to make a positive contribution to the local community.”

OCA-Arkansas will also be launching a website next week. It can be found at http://www.oca-ar.org.

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Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.
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