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31 July 2008

Hope Chu | Senior Communications Manager 
202 223 5500 |

Sarah Smith | Communications Manager
 202 223 5500 |

OCA's 2008 National Convention 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 kicked off its 2008 National Convention and 35th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC, today. The Convention runs through Sunday, August 3.

The convention kicks off tonight with an opening reception featuring welcoming remarks from US Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao (invited); Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA); and Congressman David Wu (D, OR).

"We are proud and excited to welcome everyone to our 35th Anniversary National Convention," said Ginny Gong, OCA National President. "This year we will celebrate our theme, Voices for Progress, OCA members and supporters who are involved in every aspect of our community, giving their leadership and commitment in ways large and small, on the national stage and in everyday life."

This annual event will draw hundreds of Asian Pacific Americans from around the country and is one of the largest gatherings of APAs in the United States. This year the convention features three days of workshops; exhibits and a career fair; a community health fair; authors' forum; film festival; OCA Gala Awards Banquet; and special programs for APIA youth and college student leaders, corporate employees, entrepreneurs and seniors.

"Over the past 35 years, one of OCA's main missions has been to advance coalitions and community building, so it is perfect that on our 35th anniversary, we are celebrating the birth of new coalitions and the renewal of existing partnerships," said Michael C Lin, OCA Executive Director, "The 2008 National Convention will continue to bring together diverse parties in the OCA community to discuss issues, share strategies and celebrate our work."

The workshops, exhibits, career fair, book fair, film festival and community health fair are free and open to the public. Tickets for all meals and special events, including the Gala Awards Banquet, are available for purchase onsite at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC. A full listing of all events is online at

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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