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9 January 2009

Sarah Smith | Communications Manager
202 223 5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C.--OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, is pleased to announce the unveiling of the Year of the Ox stamp on January 8, 2009 by the United States Postal Service (USPS) in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology. This vibrant stamp depicting a dragon ushering in the New Year designed by artist Kam Mak marks the second in the second series of the very popular commemorative stamps celebrating the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.   

OCA was instrumental in advocating for the issuance of the Lunar New Year stamps.  A concept that was initiated by chapter member, Jean Chen, and championed by then National President, Claudine Cheng, the First Day Issue ceremonies have become annual events in which OCA has been a proud participant since January of 1993.  

This year of the Ox is one of particular significance to the nation as it is the year in which President-elect Barack Obama was born.

"OCA is delighted to partner once again with the US Postal Service in the issuance of the Lunar New Year Stamp," said Ginny Gong, OCA immediate past national president, who represented OCA at the unveiling.  "Beginning the year with the inauguration of someone with leadership qualities associated with those born in the year of the Ox should serve our country well."

"People born in the year of the Ox are said to be able to get the job done.  We at OCA anticipate that the year of the Ox will be a successful one for all Asian Pacific Americans and all Americans alike," said Ken Lee, OCA national president.
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