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OCA Applauds Recent Passing of Senate Resolution 201
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OCA Applauds Recent Passing of Senate Resolution 201

11 October 2011

Tom Hayashi | Interim Executive Director
202 223 5500 |

Washington, D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, applauds the Senate for unanimously passing Senate Resolution 201 last night, a resolution that addresses the Chinese Exclusion Laws.

"The Senate's unanimous support of Resolution 201 represents a victory, not only for our community, but all groups that may have suffered in the past as a result of exclusionary policies. This reaffirms the beliefs of so many immigrants that we are a nation built on diversity, inclusion, and opportunity," said OCA National President Ken Lee.

The Chinese Exclusion Laws were a series of legislative acts that explicitly discriminated against Chinese laborers and were later expanded to all persons of Chinese descent.  They were the first to restrict a group of immigrants based on race and class. The laws were later repealed in 1943 without any formal apology.

"The Chinese Exclusion Act had a profound effect on Asian Americans affecting many aspects of our society for nearly sixty years. It is a time in our history that America tried to forget but that we, as a community, have fought to have remembered. This is a great win toward that effort," said OCA Interim Executive Director, Tom Hayashi.
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