OCA-SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER WON CHAPTER EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT August 25th, 2008

[Miami, Florida - August 25, 2008] OCA-South Florida Chapter, one of 80 chapters and college affiliates of a national Asian Pacific American organization, won the Chapter Excellence Award for Community Involvement at the annual National Convention and 35th Anniversary celebration this past July 31 through August 3 in Washington, D.C. This is its 5th award since 2000.

The OCA National Convention 2008 was a great success with over 600 attendees across the country. There were various workshops, exhibits, job fairs and mini film festival. During the convention, Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance was exhibited by National Women’s History Museum. The Chapter Awards Luncheon recognized 11 chapters for their services in their local communities. The Youth Recognition Luncheon was to recognize eighteen Summer Interns and various scholarship recipients. At the Gala Awards Banquet, GM Unsung Heroes awarded ten members for their contributions, State Farm Insurance Companies received the Corporate Partner of the Year Award, and the OCA Pioneer Awards went to Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, Oscar-nominated director Arthur Dong, international actress Nancy Kwan and OCA founder Kung-Lee Wang.

Throughout the years, OCA-South Florida Chapter has built strong partnership with numerous national and local organizations. Their support enabled OCA – South Florida Chapter to provide programs (Citizenship and Voter Registration Drives, Breast Cancer Awareness, Crime Prevention Forum and Career Fairs), events (Asian Lunar Festival, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrations and Miss Florida Asia) and share information with the South Florida community and beyond.

OCA-South Florida Chapter takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to all business partners, supportive organizations such as Chinese Cultural Foundation, Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association, NANAY, Polynesian Culture Association, Thai-American Association of South Florida, United Chinese Association of Florida, and many others from South Florida, as well as the Farooq Family, Swaroop Family, Mieko Kabota, Zizi Zabaneh and all volunteers.

Most importantly, OCA-South Florida Chapter extends special thanks to its media partners – United Chinese News of Florida, Miami Gardens Observer, the Epoch Times, Korean News, Asia Trend Magazine, Caribbean Today and the Basta Pinoy – for their continued support and coverage to share its services and programs with the South Florida community.

“It was a great honor for OCA-South Florida Chapter to win the Excellent Chapter Award for Community Involvement for the fifth time and to be one of eleven finalists to receive recognition at the OCA National Convention,” said Winnie Tang, President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “It is with the support of our partner organizations, businesses and friends that OCA-South Florida Chapter can accomplish this.”

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OCA-SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER SUPPORTS APABA’S MEET THE CANDIDATES August 11th, 2008

[Miami, Florida - August 11, 2008] OCA-South Florida Chapter, one of 80 chapters and college affiliates of a national Asian Pacific American organization, proudly supports Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida (APABA) to host the first non-partisan Miami-Dade County – “APABA’s Meet the Candidates” event.

The “APABA’s Meet the Candidates” will be held from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at the Rusty Pelican – 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. Admission is free for all attendees.

APABA is a non-partisan organization and does not espouse any political beliefs. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to representing and furthering the interests of South Florida APA attorneys and advocating for the APA community at large.

APABA creates this event to increase the APA community’s interaction with the judicial and political system and to help judicial and political candidates gain a greater understanding for the concerns of South Florida APAs.

“APABA is inviting over 100 local, state and federal political and judicial candidates to meet the APA community,” said William Simonitsch, President of Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida. “This is a great opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans to meet the candidates to have a better understand of the candidates’ platforms and to cast their votes accordingly for upcoming elections.”

“Asian Pacific Americans have increased to nearly 400,000 in Florida — six folds since Census 2000 — but too few APAs vote. OCA actively promotes civic participation of Asian Pacific Americans in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels,” said Winnie Tang , OCA – South Florida Chapter President. “OCA puts tremendous efforts in voter education and “Get Out The Vote” programs and encourages South Florida APAs to attend the APABA’s Meet the Candidates to fully participate and gain access to the democratic process.”

Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States .

OCA-South Florida Chapter was founded in 1987.