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APAs set to join OCA in nation's capital to celebrate 35th anniversary
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APAs set to join OCA in nation's capital to celebrate 35th anniversary

22 May 2008

Hope Chu | Senior Communications Manager
202 223 5500 | 

OCA’s National Convention to be held in Washington, DC, from July 31 through August 3, 2008

WASHINGTON DC—OCA, a national Asian Pacific American organization with over 80 chapters and college affiliates around the country dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of APAs, is proud to announce that its 2008 Annual National Convention will be taking place in Washington, DC, from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3. This year is OCA’s 35th anniversary.

"The theme of this year’s convention is Voices for Progress: Celebrating 35 Years of Leadership and Commitment. We will take this opportunity not only to look back on OCA’s achievements, but also to focus on our vision for OCA and its role in the APA community for the next 35 years,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "We hope you will be able to join us for this remarkable and memorable event.”

This annual event draws over a thousand Asian Pacific Americans from around the country and is one of the largest gatherings of APAs in the US. This year the convention features three days of workshops; exhibits and a career fair; a community health fair; an authors’ forum; the OCA Gala Awards Banquet; and special programs for APIA youth and college student leaders, corporate employees, entrepreneurs, and seniors.

OCA will also honor members of the Asian Pacific American community, including this year’s OCA Pioneer Award recipients: Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong, "Father of American Tae Kwon Do” Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, OCA founder KL Wong, and actress Nancy Kwan (invited). OCA will also recognize the achievements of its own members with the Chapter of the Year Award and the Unsung Hero volunteer awards.

The workshops, exhibits, career fair, and community health fair are free and open to the public. College, youth and senior activities are free but are open to a limited number of registered participants. Interested parties should contact the OCA National Center at or 202 223 5500. Tickets for all meals and special events, including the Gala Awards Banquet, are available for purchase online at A full listing of all events is online. Early registration closes July 20, 2007. The conference will take place at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC.

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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