OCA Mourns the Passing of I.M. Pei


17 May 2019

Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Manager

202.223.5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org

Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates mourns the passing of renowned architect and influential artist, I.M. Pei.

Pei came to the United States by way of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to study at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then Harvard Graduate School of Design. His career launched quickly and he was eventually scouted across the globe by museums and private businesses alike. Most notable of his work are the pyramid for the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Bank of China towers, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among many more.

As an avid promoter of his cultural heritage, Pei also lead the founding of OCA’s partner organization, Committee of 100 (C100), as an effort to bridge public affairs efforts between China and the U.S., as well as promote global peace and cultural diffusion. Today, C100 continues to play a large role in advocating for the full participation of Chinese Americans in American society, acting as a public policy resource for the Chinese-American community, and advancing constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and China.

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national civil rights organization dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).