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PRESS ADVISORY A Portrait of Chinese Americans: Reporting Unique Characterisitcs and Challenges
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PRESS ADVISORY A Portrait of Chinese Americans: Reporting Unique Characterisitcs and Challenges

For Immediate Release
30 October 2008

Sarah Smith | OCA Communications Manager | 202 223 5500 | 

A Portrait of Chinese Americans launches Wednesday, November 12, 2008, in Washington, DC.

WHO: OCA and the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland (AAST)

WHAT: Launching of A Portrait of Chinese Americans, which offers key findings on Chinese Americans.
Speaking: Ginny Gong, OCA National President, Michael Lin, OCA Executive Director and Dr. Larry Hajime Shinagawa, Director and Principal Investigator, Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland.

WHEN: 8 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor; Washington, DC 20045

OCA and the Asian American Studies Program (AAST), University of Maryland proudly present "A Portrait of Chinese Americans,” a document that acquaints the reader with information on population, residential patterns, employment, income and poverty, education, multi-ethnicity and multi-raciality, and naturalization of Chinese Americans.

The Portrait offers the most comprehensive national study on Chinese Americans to date. The OCA and AAST collaboration represents a unique community-academic partnership. This study presents the latest census data in a quick reference format and incorporates the experiences of OCA members throughout the document’s findings.Speakers at the event will offer their commentary about this collaboration, findings and hopes for the future of Chinese Americans. All who attend will receive a copy of the Portrait.

The Asian American Studies Program (AAST), University of Maryland provides students with the opportunity to study critically the experiences of Asian Americans. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students examine the histories, communities, and cultures of Asian Americans as both distinctive from and connected to the broader themes of diversity, ethnicity, race, gender, and migration in the Americas. AAST offers an undergraduate certificate and undergraduate minor for students who wish to develop a specialization in Asian American Studies alongside their degree pursuits.

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. OCA is engaged in organizing its over 80 chapters and college affiliates across the nation to develop both leadership and community involvement. OCA chapters and our college affiliates are establishing strong local programs in all parts of the country. OCA is online at
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