OCA Welcomes the Year of the Boar New Year Stamp
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 January 2019
Contact: Thu Nguyen | Senior Communications Associate
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Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates welcomes the Lunar New Year with the Year of the Boar commemorative stamp soon to be released by the United States Postal Service. The First Day of Issue Ceremony of the stamp will take place in Houston, Texas on January 17, 2019 and will be attended by members of the OCA Houston Chapter and local communities.
The Year of the Boar Stamp is the last stamp in the second series of the Lunar New Year commemorative stamp program.
The idea of advocating for a commemorative stamp honoring Chinese and Asian Americans’ cultures and history came from OCA Georgia Chapter member Jean Chen in 1986. In 1991, OCA National President Claudine Cheng launched a national advocacy campaign urging the United States Postal Service to consider the proposal. The concept of a New Year Stamp was widely welcomed and the first Lunar New Year Stamp celebrating the Year of the Rooster was unveiled at the OCA National Convention in San Jose in 1992.
Pursuant to the success of stamp in sales, the United States Postal Service proceeded to issue the entire 12-year cycle of the stamp. This was followed by a second series that was launched in 2008 which will end with this year’s release of the Year of the Boar stamp.
"The commemorative Lunar New Year stamps recognizes the contribution of Asian Americans and celebrates the diversity of United States," said Cecil Fong, OCA-Greater Houston Chapter President.
“The stamp is an instrument of communication and it promotes awareness of a special aspect of the Asian American cultural heritage. Lunar New Year is celebrated by many ethnicities within the APA community," said Claudine Cheng, OCA Past National President. "
"OCA is grateful for the support of Asian Americans and major civic organizations throughout the country for the Lunar New Year commemorative stamp program and will continue to work with the United States Postal Service on new concepts featuring diverse Asian American heritage,” said Sharon Wong, OCA National President.