Stan Lou, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates
Stan Lou was born in Greenville, Mississippi, of immigrant parents from China. Growing up in the Deep South in the time of severe segregation was an ordeal for all minority races and made many lasting impressions. The family was strong enough to survive mainly because of a strong-willed mother, and Stan eventually earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan. That led to a long and successful career with the Federal Aviation Administration at various locations throughout the United States, culminating with retirement in Washington, DC, after being Manager of the national multi-billion dollar airports grants program. He is most proud of his three accomplished children who all reside in California now. Upon retirement Stan went to China in 2003 to teach English to university students and to learn about himself there for almost three years. He returned to the Washington, DC, area where he has committed himself to become busily engaged with understanding more about his heritage as a Chinese American. With that as his motivation, he has worked with the Asian Pacific American community to improve the quality of life for its members. Most of his focus has been with OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, where he has served as co-president of the Greater Washington DC Chapter and is currently the Vice-President for Education & Culture on the OCA National Board. He worked with the 1882 Project and is active with a group that created the Talk Story series that engages the DC community in sharing the stories of their experiences living as APAs.