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OCA MONITORS NATIONAL DEBATE ON OLYMPICS IN CHINA FOR IMPACT ON RACE RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
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OCA Monitors National Debate on Olympics in China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22 April 2008


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


WASHINGTON DC — OCA, a national social justice organization with over 80 chapters and college affiliates across the country, is concerned about the impact on race relations in the United States caused by the use of negative language and racial stereotypes in the ongoing debate on the Olympics in China.

As an organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States, OCA strongly supports free speech, dialogue and engagement. These are the cornerstones of American democracy.

However, in promoting dialogue, we believe our public officials, media representatives, and community leaders need to be aware that the language used in this debate has a direct impact on race relations in the United States. Whether it is bullying on the playground, hurtful behavior in the workplace, or more serious bias-related violence, racialized rhetoric can have a very negative impact on the daily lives of all Americans

.We restate that OCA does not take a position on the politics of any foreign country, but instead focuses on the welfare and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans. We also actively promote the need for thoughtful discussions and respectful language from all parties as we engage in this and other important dialogues. OCA will be closely monitoring the communications of all parties to ensure that this national debate does not descend into negative racial stereotypes or wedge politics.

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

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