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OCA JOINS STUDENT STRIKE PARTICIPANTS IN COMMEMORATING INCEPTION OF ETHNIC STUDIES
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OCA JOINS STUDENT STRIKE PARTICIPANTS IN COMMEMORATING INCEPTION OF ETHNIC STUDIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
3 November 2008 

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Sarah Smith | OCA Communications Manager 
202 223 5500 | ssmith@ocanational.org 

OCA, a national membership-based social justice organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, applauds the 40th Anniversary Commemoration at San Francisco State University of the 1968 Student-Led Strike, which led to the creation of Asian American Studies.

"Our nation has been greatly served by the establishment of ethnic studies programs on college campuses since 1968,” said Ginny Gong, OCA national president. "OCA joins together with all the participants of the student-led strikes to mark this milestone in American history.”

On November 12, OCA and the University of Maryland Asian American Studies (AAST) Program will unveil "A Portrait of Chinese Americans,” a report that acquaints readers with information on population, residential patterns, employment, income and poverty, education, multi-ethnicity and multi-raciality, and naturalization of Chinese Americans.

"This unique partnership brings together OCA, a national community-based organization, and AAST, an academic research unit, to further the cause so courageously established by students and community members 40 years ago,” said Michael Lin, OCA executive director.

"The significance of this historic occasion can be felt in many of our programs today, one of which is APIA U: Leadership 101 which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year,” said Douglas Lee, OCA senior program manager. "APIA U: Leadership 101’s roots come from the need to teach the history of our community to the next generation of leaders."
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