“How to Empower Youth to Become Future Leaders of Our Community”
Deadline for submission is MAY 31, 2011 – 11:59 PM

OCA-South Florida Chapter is delighted to support “Leader of the Future” Award Competition — a statewide essay-writing contest — sponsoring by Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) South Florida Region.

This Competition is in conjunction with the upcoming AAFF/FMCRC/LDBF Summit — to encourage youth participation and identify future community leaders that can be mentored and who can potentially bring Asian Americans in Florida to a higher level of achievement.

The competition is open to youth between the ages of 15 and 25, who are Florida residents, have an Asian background, and are currently enrolled in high school, college or postgraduate school.

The essay must be 1,000 words or less, about strategies on “How to Empower Youth to Become Future Leaders of Our Community”, and must answer three basic questions:

Part 1 – The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) aims to combine the strengths of Asian community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, media, and businesses; promote Asian heritage; and achieve social, civic, economic and political empowerment for Asian American communities in Florida. If you were the President of AAFF, what specific project will you initiate to achieve these goals?

(The youth contestant may want to visit the AAFF website to have a clear understanding of what AAFF is all about and what it is trying to accomplish. See http://www.asianamericanfederation.org).

Part 2 – Why is there a need to have a strong Asian American Federation of Florida and how can it create a positive impact on the community? What are some of our strengths and weaknesses as Asians that we need to work on for better results for the community?

Part 3 – How can the current leadership encourage youth to be involved with the Asian American Federation of Florida? What can the youth bring to the current leadership and the community to improve and develop individuals, family and community, as part of the Federation and otherwise?

Essays must be submitted by EMAIL – and sent to joybruce@aol.com.

Please submit the following information:
1) Name and Age
2) Ethnicity
3) Address & phone number
4) Name of School (and grade, or level of learning)
5) A short resume including extra-curricular activities and personal accomplishments (if any)

The essay must be submitted ON WORD or PDF FORMAT, AS AN ATTACHMENT WITHOUT IDENTIFYING MARK OR NAME. Entries will be judged based on the content of the essay and the ideas presented.

The three best essays will be chosen for formal presentation by the respective authors who will become part of a panel of speakers on JUNE 17, 2011 during the AAFF Summit at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Winners will receive:
1) Two nights free hotel accommodation at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
(June 15/16 or June 16/17) in Fort Lauderdale – for all 3 winners
2) “Leader of the Future” Awards – for all 3 winners
First Prize – $500
Second Prize – $250
Third Prize – $150

Asian American Federation of Florida
A 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to foster unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese faith-based and community-based organizations, businesses and media.

659 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
305-981-3232 | Fax: 305-9813231 | www.asianamericanfederation.org |
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OCA-South Florida Chapter joins Asian American Federation of Florida’s Internet March to the Mailbox April 1st, 2010

[Miami, Florida – April 1, 2010] Today, April 1, is the Census Day. OCA – South Florida Chapter, one of over 80 chapters and affiliates of a national Asian Pacific American (APA) social justice organization, is urging the Florida Asians to take part of the 2010 Census to make a difference for the next 10 years in the Asian community and the state where we live.

As of March 31, Florida has recorded only 51% return rate, compared to the national Census return rate of 52%.

“It is very important for you to fill out the Census Form and return it TODAY… the Census Day… to help your COMMUNITY reach an accurate count for our fair share of funding,” says Dennis Murasaki, Vice President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “If you could not reach the mail box today, you still can mail the Census Form back after April 1. In next few days, US Census Bureau will send out the 2nd waive Census Forms to majority of household. If you have already completed one earlier, you don’t need to do it again. If you misplaced or had not done yet, please fill out this form and mail it back to help your community for better funding to serve you.”

“If you need any assistance to complete your Census Form, there are over hundreds of Questionnaire Assistance Centers in the community,” states Igor Ellis, Treasurer of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “For Chinese, you may visit Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association in Coral Springs, FL, for the help or call 866-935-2010 in Chinese – Mandarin and 866-872-6868 in English.”

In addition, there are many Be-Counted sites for residents do not receive any Census Forms but want to be counted so they may pick up Be-Counted Census forms in the community. A few of them are in the Asian community including: Chung Hing Oriental Market, PK Oriental Mart, Hong Kong Noodles Restaurant, Little Saigon Restaurant and Dhaka Bazar in North Miami Beach, as well as Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association in Coral Springs. For more information of Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Be-Counted sites as well as current return rate, please click the link: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/.

“What we do now will affect our community for the next ten years. PLEASE SEND BACK YOUR CENSUS FORM NOW – not later,” states Dr. Joy Bruce, President of Asian American Federation of Florida. “After April 1, we still need you to mail it back if you don’t want any Census worker to knock on your door.”

US Census can make your voice heard.

Asian community and your community can benefit from the $400 billion federal funding for better serving you.

Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Washington, DC, OCA’s mission is to advance the social, political and economic well-being of APAs. OCA-South Florida Chapter is a proud partner with US Census Bureau, members of Asian American Federation of Florida and Florida Chinese Federation of Florida, is partner with NANAY, Inc., United Chinese Association of Florida, Thai-American Association of South Florida, and many others to engaging local communities on health care and immigration reforms, and advocating on state legislation’s Alien Land Law.

OCA-South Florida Chapter | PO Box 562124 | Miami, FL 33256 | 305-753-8791 | F: 305-278-8775 | OCA-SFL@juno.com | http://khung.com/OCA-SFL



Florida Asians Join Internet March to the Mailbox

Miami, Florida – March 31, 2010

Tomorrow, April 1, is Census Day – the day in which all households in the nation are asked to return their 2010 Census forms in the mail. This is the 23rd time that residents of the United States, including Asians, will have been counted as required by Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. It is only held every 10 years,

A Census undercount can cost billions of dollars in federal funding. In Florida, the PriceWaterHouse Coopers Census Study reported a 200,670 estimated undercount during the 2000 Census, with an approximate loss of $91.6 Million on federal funding of eight major programs over a ten year period, 2002-2012. The eight programs are Medicaid, Foster Care, Rehabilitation Services Basic Support, Child Care and Development Block Grant, Social Services Block Grant, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, Adoption Assistance, and Vocational Education Basic Grants.

The Asians in Florida, in particular, have received very little support from the government, due to their lack of awareness on how the Census could affect them. The 2000 Census, only 266,256 Asians were counted throughout the State of Florida, with the highest count being recorded in Broward (36,581), Miami (31,753) and Orange County(30,033).

“We have a much higher number than that,” says Dr. Joy Bruce, President of the Asian American Federation of Florida that is pushing for an accurate count of Asians in the State. “It is important for us to get accurately counted so that the government and mainstream media will be aware of how much we are contributing to society, and what kind of services, resources and programs we need to meet the needs of our community.”

The Census helps the government identify where to build new roads, schools, hospitals and important community initiatives and programs important to the Asian population, such as education and English-language programs. It helps identify areas where Asians might need services of particular importance to certain racial or ethnic groups, such as screening for heart disease, strokes or diabetes.

As of March 29, Florida has recorded only 41% return rate, compared to the national Census return rate of 46%.

With only one more day before Census Day, the Asian American Federation of Florida is asking all its members to join the INTERNET MARCH TO THE MAILBOX – by sending this e-mail to all their constituents, families, friends and acquaintances, and encouraging them to send back the Census forms NOW, not later.

“It will make a tremendous difference to the Asians for the next ten years, if we all push for an accurate count NOW,” says Winnie Tang, US Census Partnership Specialist for Florida. “The census is an easy, important and safe way to make a difference in your community.”

• The census is easy. One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

• The census is safe. Participation in the census is required for all citizens and noncitizens, and confidentiality is protected. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

What we do now will affect our community for the next ten years. PLEASE SEND BACK YOUR CENSUS FORM NOW – not later.

NANAY and the Asian American Federation of Florida are partners with the 2010 Census. The census will be mailed or delivered to over 130 million households in less than a year, but it’s never too early to start letting people in your community know about it! CENSUS DAY IS APRIL 1, 2010.

Please visit our website at http://www.nanay.com to know about our services to elders and youth.
Please visit our website at www.asianamericanfederation.org to know more about the Asian American community in Florida.
Please visit our website at http://www.ace-international-philippines.org to know more about our projects in the Philippines.


First-ever Statewide Asian Meeting will be held in Orlando October 14th, 2009

2010 Asian Census Initiative and Statewide Action Plan

[Miami, FL – October 14, 2009] OCA-South Florida Chapter strongly supports active participation at the upcoming 2010 Census.

OCA-South Florida Chapter is joining Filipino-American Coalition of Florida for a Statewide Asian meeting on Sunday, October 25, at Orlando Marriott Hotel Downtown – 400 W. Livingston Street, in Orlando.

“We are very excited that this Statewide Asian meeting is a historic opportunity to bring together Florida Asian community members from across the state to work together for the betterment of Asian community in Florida”, states Winnie Tang, President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “Most importantly, the first project is a timely issue – 2010 Census initiative.”

“It is very important for us to be counted so we will receive our share of funding for our community development,” says Dennis Murasaki, Vice President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “Therefore, it is equally important for us to take the first step to attend this first-ever Statewide Asian Meeting to strategize how to outreach our Asian community effectively and be counted in the 2010 Census.”

Two weeks ago, Thursday, October 1, 2009 is the half-year out mark for the 2010 census.

The CENSUS is coming — and will shape our future for the next 10 years.

The accuracy of the census directly affects our nation’s ability to ensure equal representation and equal access to important governmental resources for all Americans.

Founded in 1973 as Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national Asian Pacific American social justice organization and headquartered in Washington, D.C. OCA is an official 2010 Census Partner and a Census Information Center. OCA-South Florida Chapter was founded in 1987 and is an official 2010 Census Partner. OCA-South Florida Chapter is one of 80 chapters and affiliates around the country.



The Filipino-American Coalition of Florida is hosting a STATEWIDE MEETING of All Interested Asian and Asian American Organizations in Florida on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2009 (8:30 am – 2:30 pm) at

Orlando Marriott Hotel Downtown
400 W. Livingston St.
Orlando, FL

GOAL: To unite and coordinate the Asian organizations across Florida so we can be more empowered, more solid and more effective in addressing issues that affect our community (beginning with 2010 Census).


Statewide Asian Meeting

7:30 am -8:30 am
Breakfast at Hotel/Registration

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Welcome, Call To Order and Self-Introductions
Lita Martija, Filam Coalition Convenor – Facilitating

9:00 am – 9:15 am
Rationale for Statewide Asian Coalition Meeting
Joy Bruce – Presenting

9:15 am – 12:00 am
Statewide Asian Organizational Issues – Open Forum
Val Dagani, Esq. – Facilitating

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
2010 Asian Census Overview – Powerpoint Presentation
Winnie Tang – 2010 Census Partnership Specialist & Team Leader of Florida Asian Team

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
2010 Statewide Asian Census Action Plans (Focus Group Discussions)
– Individual Asian Leaders Facilitating Special Focus Groups

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2010 Asian Census Focus Group Action Plan Summary Reports

2:30 pm
— Adjournment




A Special Room Rate is available for those planning to stay overnight (Deadline for Room Reservation: Oct 17)



Women’s International Film Festival‘s Asian Night March 4th, 2009

East Meets West – A reel-life Journey through the lives of women from China, Taiwan and India

[Miami, Florida — March 3, 2009] OCA-South Florida is most delighted to support the Women’s International Film Festival (WIFF) by hosting an Asian Night on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Cinema Paradiso – 503 SE 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

At the WIFF’s Asian Night – East Meets West – A reel-life Journey through the lives of women from China, Taiwan and India featuring seven films and documentaries about women and produced and/or directed by women.

“OCA-South Florida commends WIFF for their effort to support and promote women, who represent only 5-7% of the global film industry,” states Winnie Tang, President of OCA-South Florida Chapter and member of WIFF’s Board of Directors. “Among these films, we are proud to see Andrea Lwin, one of our local Asian American young women, who produces a short film of herself hoping to catch her big-break in Hollywood after moving from Fort Lauderdale.”

“At this Asian Night, we also cherish the documentary of the extraordinary work of the late Iris Chang – The Rape of Nanking – the forgotten holocaust of World War II,” says Winnie Tang. “It was a great loss of the Chinese American community that Historian Iris Chang won many battles but lost the war raging within her in 2004.”

For more information / tickets, please contact 305-693-9800 or www.womensfilmfest.com.


WOMEN’S International film festival
In cooperation with

South Florida Economic Foundation





March 5th – Thursday (6-10pm)


Cinema Paradiso

503 SE 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Capacity to Transform

Directed by Mary Buckley

28 minutes • 6:00pm

USA/India Documentary – World Premiere

Capacity to Transform, a moving portrait of three Indian NGO leaders, Ksmama Metre, Mallika Sarabhai and Sheela Patel. A physician, a performing artist, and a sociologist guide women centered community networks to establish self- reliance programs. Basic human needs such as housing, health care, clean water, and education are the agenda items; and community women are finding exciting and empowering solutions to meet the challenges.

Gearing Up

Directed by Sheetal S. Agarwal

Hong Kong, 27 minutes • 6:30pm

East Coast Premiere

The Indian Institutes of Technology (‘IITs’) are regarded as the hardest engineering school in the world to enter, with a success rate of 2% in the entrance examination. Their alumni have run international companies (Sun Microsystems, Vodafone, Citigroup etc) and can be found everywhere from Silicon Valley to Wall Street. ‘Gearing Up’ is the story of four teenagers leading up to the IIT entrance examination – considered by many as the most important in their lives.

In Search Of The Bene Israel

Producer & Director: Sadia Shepard

38 minutes • 7:00pm

Regional Premiere/Florida Premiere

When filmmaker and author Sadia Shepard’s Jewish Indian grandmother married her Muslim grandfather and moved to Pakistan, she became separated from the Bene Israel community of Bombay that she was raised in. Before Shepard’s grandmother died, she promised her that she would return to her birthplace to learn about the way of life she had left behind. In Search of the Bene Israel is the story of the filmmaker’s journey to reconnect with the Bene Israel, a group of less than 5000 who believe that they were shipwrecked in India 2000 years ago and are in the process of a community-wide migration to Israel.


Directed by Chiang Hsiu-chiung

Taiwan, 85 minutes • 8:00 pm

The movie follows Wu Ai-tsao who, like the plant that gave its name to the film, has to adapt to its environment in order to survive. A devoted mother, Wu tries to strike a balance between her conservative upbringing and her children raised in a fast-changing society.


Directed by Manjinder Virk

United Kingdom, 14 minutes • 9:15pm

World Premiere

Not everything can be forgiven but some things can be forgotten. Forgive tells the heartbreaking story of a father and a son. Two conversations, five years apart, alter their paths for the rest of their lives.


Directed by Andrea Lwin

USA, 6 minutes • 9:30 pm

The story a Chinese Muslim family who have lived in Fort Lauderdale since the 80s. True to their culture, Jinda and Nyunt Lwin share their house with their three grown children. The story revolves around 26-year old Andrea, an aspiring actress, who must navigate the culturally limited world of Fort Lauderdale’s acting community in the hopes of catching her “big break” so she can finally move to Hollywood and free herself from her meddling immigrant parents.

Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking

Directed by Bill Spahic

Canada, 96 minutes • 10:00pm

Regional Premiere

Iris Chang: The Rape Of Nanking is a feature documentary about a young Chinese-American author’s journey into the darkest reaches of humanity as she researched and wrote her best selling book, ‘The Rape of Nanking’. Iris Chang’s harrowing experience and dogged determination uncovers in graphic detail the forgotten holocaust of World War II when almost 300,000 Chinese women, children and soldiers were in a matter of weeks systematically raped, tortured and murdered by the invading Japanese forces.

TICKETS: 305-653-9700