Come and Join for a Day of Healthy and Fun
[Miami - June13, 2011] Chinese Community celebrates Father’s Day with Health Day on Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 11 am to 2 pm at Chinese Baptist Church of Miami – 595 SW 124 Avenue, Miami, FL 33184.
◆ Health Screening with blood check, Glucose and Cholesterol screening by Hialeah Hospital
◆ “Hep B Free” presentation by Dr. So Ling Li, Broward Internal Medicine, and Gilead | HEPATICHealth
◆ Overall Senior Health Concerns presentation by Dr. Antonio Wong, Doctors Plus Medical Centers
◆ Senior Medicare Patrol Program by Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services
◆ Bone Marrow information by the Icla da Silva Foundation
A light lunch will be provided by Gilead | HEPATICHealth.
Health Day is organized by Florida Chinese Federation, Chinese American Benevolent Association, Miami Chinese Welfare Council, Organization of Chinese Americans – South Florida Chapter, Sir Fernando Muy Memorial Foundation, United Chinese Association of Florida, and World Kwong Tung Community Association.
Come and join us for a day of health and fun and win some raffle prizes.
For additional information, please contact Winnie Tang 305-753-8791 and Stella Li (Cantonese-speaking) 305-785‐8978.
Florida Chinese Federation: founded in 1994, is a community-based organization for promoting charitable, cultural and educational programs.
Chinese American Benevolent Association: is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 1959 by the first Chinese American settlers in South Florida.
Miami Chinese Welfare Council: dedicated to making the lives of older Chinese people easier and more fulfilling as well as promoting cultural understanding.
Organization of Chinese Americans – South Florida Chapter: founded in 1987, s one of OCA’s 80+ chapters and affiliates across the nation. OCA, founded in 1973 as Organization of Chinese Americans, is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
Sir Fernando Muy Memorial Foundation: raises funds and supports causes with these donations from the community, to issues important to Sir Fernando – scholarship, immigration and business programs.
United Chinese Association of Florida: is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2003, whose mission is to promote Chinese culture and encourage Chinese Americans integrate into the mainstream society to enhance social harmony in our diverse community, through the sponsorship of social, cultural and educational programs.
World Kwong Tung Community Association – Miami Chapter: its mission is to unite and strengthen collaboration among Cantonese worldwide in cultural understanding, economic development and welfare benefits; as well as to actively participate at community charities at the local level.
Gilead | HEPATICHealth: is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit the following information:
1) Name and Age
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
3) CASH PRIZE:
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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[Miami, FL - March 30, 2009] OCA-South Florida Chapter strongly supports active participation at the upcoming 2010 Census. We need to be counted so our community will receive adequate funding and services.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 is the one-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.
In fact, census data is the basis for determining how $300 billion per year in federal funds is distributed to state and local governments. This money is used for schools, road systems, healthcare for low-income children, veterans’ services and senior nutrition programs, and public services that benefit our state and our communities.
“Since our community is over 60% immigrant population with high language challenges, we are at greater risk of not getting counted than others, thus leaving our communities with fewer resources,” says Winnie Tang, President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “Therefore, our chapter is urging South Florida’s Chinese and Asian communities to participate in 2010 to ensure a fair and accurate census count as one of the most significant civil rights and equal rights issues facing our country today.”
Founded in 1973 as Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA, a national Asian Pacific American social justice organization, is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has over 80 chapters and affiliates around the country. 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.
Continue to Fight the Repeal Alien Land Law 1926
[Miami, Florida -- November 9, 2008] OCA-South Florida Chapter, one of 80 chapters and college affiliates of a national Asian Pacific American organization, is disappointed that Amendment 1 — Alien Land Law 1926 — was defeated on Tuesday, 11/4/08, apparently because some voters incorrectly assumed it would prevent illegal immigrants from owning property.
On the day when Florida helped make history by giving its Electoral College votes to the first African-American president, Florida also voted to keep, in its Constitution, an 80-year-old discriminatory provision that every other state has purged from its governing document.
On November 4, 52% of Florida voters voted “No” to keep this outdated provision. By opposing this measure, some voters erroneously believed this old law could be used to prevent foreign terrorist groups or illegal immigrants from buying real estate.
Most importantly, 48% of over 3.4 million Floridians (including most civil rights and immigrant groups) supported this initiative without any resistance.
Here is a brief history behind this provision.
The Alien Land Law was originated in the early 1900s. It was feared that Asian immigrants, primarily those from Japan, would work for less on farms and saved up money to buy land. American farmers felt threatened. In 1913, California was the first state to adopt the policy of “alien land laws” banning foreigners ineligible for citizenship to own or purchase any land or property based on their ethnicity. At that time, Asian immigrants were the only group not permitted to become citizens.
In 1926, the law was added to the Florida Constitution in Article I, Section 2 because Floridians worried that Japanese farmers, 30,000 of whom had been tossed off their farms by alien land laws in California, would come East.
This measure was based on two Naturalization laws: the original Naturalization Act of 1790 provided that “[a]ny alien being a free white person… may be admitted to become a citizen…” This was amended in 1870, after the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, to provide that naturalization be permitted only of “aliens, being free white persons and to aliens of African nativity and to persons of African descent”.
Others were referred to as “aliens ineligible to citizenship”.
Asian-American groups began a state-by-state campaign to remove this vestige of the Jim Crow era. Kansas, Wyoming and New Mexico were the most recent states to do so. Florida should have done so on Tuesday, 11/4.
Prior to the Election, Florida voters were confused with the language of Amendment 1 on the long paper ballot. They wanted to know what a “Yes” vote would mean, since it read, “Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to delete provisions authorizing the Legislature to regulate or prohibit the ownership, inheritance, disposition, and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship.”
After Election 2008, Florida remains the only state to still have such an outdated law in its Constitution.
“OCA doesn’t think the defeat of the Amendment 1 meant that Floridians are against Asian Americans. This is simply a misinterpretation of the language,” states Winnie Tang, President of Organization of Chinese American – South Florida Chapter. “Even an attorney friend of mine thought that a “No” vote would delete the provision.”
“After this defeat of six years hard-work, it only energizes us to work more closely with the state legislature to get this in the 2010 ballot,” continued Tang. “We would like to thank the media for getting this information to the public and a coalition will be formed so that we will be better prepared for 2010.”
“It is unfortunate that the language of the provision was unclear and may have allowed people to believe that this law would help illegal immigrants gain benefits or access,” voices Josephine Gordy, member of the Miami-Dade County of Asian American Advisory Board. “We will continue our efforts to outreach and educate the public on this part of our state history.”
“Although this law is not enforceable, we need to delete it from the Constitution,” states Dr. Joy Bruce, President of NANAY. “Otherwise, this will be kept in the book from generation to generation as it is now. That’s why we will continue to fight until it gets deleted.”
“As I had experienced the climate in which language such as the Alien Land Law was acceptable, it is with great satisfaction that I see that almost all the states have rescinded this law,” states Dennis Murasaki, member of Japanese American Citizen League – Atlanta Chapter. “With time Florida voters also will remove this law, closing a dark chapter in our country’s history.”
For more information, please contact Winnie Tang at 305-753-8791 or visit OCA-South Florida Chapter.
New York Times Article:
In Florida, an Initiative Intended to End Bias Is Killed
DW News of New York Article in Chinese:
DW News: Obama’s victory doesn’t help to remove dicriminated against Asian’s Constitution (Translated Title)
Amendment #1 Repeals Alien Land Law of 1926 in Florida
Constitutional amendment to delete provisions authorizing Legislature to regulate or prohibit ownership, inheritance, disposition, & possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship. Amends Section 2, Article I.
[Miami, Florida -- October 13, 2008] OCA-South Florida Chapter, one of 80 chapters and college affiliates of a national Asian Pacific American organization, urges Floridian voters to vote “YES” on Amendment #1 to repeal the so-called Alien land law of 1926 from the Florida Constitution.
Florida is the final and only state to still have a constitution with vestiges of racial discrimination in the book: a rule allowing legislators to ban Asian immigrants from owning land.
The laws cropped up in the early 1900′s amid fear that Asian immigrants, primarily those from Japan, would work for less than Americans on farms and saved up money to buy land. California was the first to adopt the policy in 1913 – alien land laws banned foreigners ineligible for citizenship to own or purchase any land or property based on their ethnicity.
Alien land laws
Anti-Japanese prejudice was common in the early 1900′s on the West Coast, especially in California. Some whites feared that the immigrants would take away their jobs, while others, notably farmers, were resentful of the bountiful crops raised by the Japanese farmers.
Created to ban Japanese farmers from leasing or owning property, the “alien land law” was adopted by California in 1913.
Alien Land Laws soils Florida
Similar acts were passed in other states.
Back then, Floridians were mostly worried that Japanese farmers, 30,000 of whom had been tossed off their farms by alien land laws in California, would come East.
In 1926, the law was added to the Florida Constitution in Article I, the section that lays out basic rights such as the right to own property, except in the case of “aliens ineligible for citizenship”.
At that time, only Asians were ineligible to become U.S. citizens.
The measure was meant to keep “aliens ineligible for citizenship” from owning land. This clause derived from two Naturalization laws: the original Naturalization Act of 1790 provided that “[a]ny alien being a free white person… may be admitted to become a citizen…” This was amended in 1870, after the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, to provide that naturalization was permitted only of “aliens, being free white persons and to aliens of African nativity and to persons of African descent”. Others were referred to as “aliens ineligible to citizenship”.
Asian immigrants were classified as neither, and thus were denied American citizenship. The 1924 Immigration Act not only barred Asians from immigrating to the United States, but also made those of Asian descent already in the United States ineligible for naturalization. Whites and blacks, however, could still become naturalized.
Repeal success and failure
In 1952, the California Supreme Court found the Alien Land Law of 1913 unconstitutional. Most states did away with the law between 1940 and 1960.
The effort to get rid of the measure where it remained was revived in 2000 by a group of University of Cincinnati law review students who discovered only four states still had it on the books, Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico and Florida. In 2001, Wyoming and Kansas repealed their anti-Japanese laws.
But Florida and New Mexico laws were in the state constitutions, requiring voter approval to have them struck. Voters in New Mexico defeated the proposed amendment first time by a vote of 46 to 54 percent in 2004 and then 70% approved by the voters over in 2006. Leaving Florida is the final state with the law.
Action in Florida
“All of the alien land laws are now unconstitutional under federal law, but they should still be repealed,” Jack Chin, a professor at the University of Arizona who ran the Alien Land Law Project with law students of University of Cincinnati to draw attention to the issue. In 2001, over 100 legal scholars from around the nation supported this project by signing a letter calling for its removal to Florida legislature.
Since 2002, OCA-South Florida Chapter has been working with Senator Geller, former Rep. Brutus, Rep. Brise and other state legislators to push for the removal of the discriminatory language from the Florida State Constitution.
For the past 6 years, OCA-South Florida Chapter has worked with local community organizations such as NANAY Inc., Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Florida, ACLU, NAACP Miami-Dade Chapter, Florida Chinese Federation, United Chinese Association of Florida, Filipino American Coalition of Florida and many other groups throughout Florida to support the repeal of alien land law.
Finally, in May 2007, 83 State Representatives and 39 State Senators supported Senator Geller’s push to delete the “bizarre” and “racist” wording from the State Constitution .
Florida Voters will make that choice in November.
The measure of the offending provision is not apparent to the naked eye.
Ironically contained in Article I, section 2 – a portion of the constitution spelling out basic, inalienable rights – the phrase states “except that the ownership, inheritance, disposition and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship may be regulated or prohibited by law.”
Ineligibility targeted people’s races not their actions
Voting to support the amendment would be “purely symbolic” because neither Asians or any other ethnic group are barred from citizenship based on their races.
Today in Florida, Americans of Asian descent own property; their rights are guaranteed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
By removing the discriminatory language to support the proposal, Floridian voters would close a final dark chapter of the state’s history – a racist law.
It should be clear that the “ineligibility” Law is targeted toward people based on race, not by their actions. This is why it was ruled as unconstitutional because it’s about who you are, not what you do.
“Although the alien land law is not enforced today and is, in fact, illegal under federal court rulings and equal-protection law and it doesn’t look right to still have this language in the 21st Century,” said Winnie Tang, OCA-South Florida Chapter President. “We have worked with the State Legislature and community groups for over 5 years and, in May 2007, won the first battle to finally place the repeal of alien land law on 2008 Ballot. Now, we need to work with voters to put the final say to remove it from the State’s Constitution.”
“These laws are still on the Florida Constitution – not because anyone still wants them there – but because there were so many racially discriminatory provisions in our state statute books that it has taken decades to find them, long after they had been declared federally unconstitutional,” says Dr. Joy Bruce, Founding President of NANAY, Inc. “To set the records straight, we are asking for the removal an 82-year-old rule from the Florida State Constitution that has never been put to use. This amendment is long overdue.”
“Florida will have this amendment relating to Property Rights/Ineligible Aliens on the November ballot. Before you cast you ballot, read and understand the amendment. Your ‘YES’ vote will remove outdated and discriminatory language from our Florida Declaration of Rights.,” stated Rita Acoba, member of Panhandle Asian Republican Women Network, Panama City.
For more information, please contact Winnie Tang or visit OCA-South Florida Chapter.
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCH PARTY
Series 1 — Vice Presidential Debater on October 2
[Miami, Florida - October 1, 2008] The NANAY, Inc. and OCA – South Florida Chapter will conduct the first-ever voter education — Presidential Debate Watch Party in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
This election is about connecting with friends and neighbors.
So bring a friend or neighbor to a Presidential or Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party! It’s okay if they haven’t decided who they’re supporting. That’s the purpose of watching the Debate with them, and getting energized by the excitement in the room!
There are hundreds of Debate Watch Parties throughout America. Some are organized by individuals, some are organized by groups/clubs, some are non-partisan, and some are organized by the campaign. This one is by Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
8 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2008
NANAY Community Center
659 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
Historically, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have not participated actively in our democratic process. Voter turnout in our community lags behind that of whites, African-Americans and Latinos. The percentage of the Asian American population registered to vote remains among the lowest of all ethnic groups. As the fastest growing minority group in the United States, and as a group with an increasing number of community-specific social and political challenges, it is increasingly important that APAs play an active role in American politics and government.
AAPIs are 2.2% of the total population of Florida (18 millions). AApIs have increased to nearly 400,000 in Florida – five folds since Census 2000 — but too few AAPIs vote.
This non-partisan Presidential Debate Watch Party is sponsored by NANAY (National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth) and OCA-South Florida Chapter.
The purpose of the Presidential Debate Water Party is to watch and listen the debate between two Vice President candidates, Joe Biden and Sara Palin, so watchers will have first opportunity to share their feedback and standings after hearing Candidate’s positions and make informed decisions before voting.
As part of AAPI Get-Out-The-Vote initiative, we welcome everyone to come to the Debate Watch Party so those has not yet registered to be registered before the Voter Registration deadline October 6 for eligible to vote this November.
“As advocates for AAPI, we want to provide more opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander community to learn more about this November Presidential election,” said Winnie Tang, President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “This Presidential Debate Watch Party is one of significant avenues to help members of our community cast their votes come November.”
“We need to know how the candidates stand on various issues that will affect our Asian American and Pacific Islander community so that we can make informed decisions when we vote,“ said Dr. Joy Bruce, President of NANAY, Inc. “I am glad Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are finally speaking up and getting heard.”
For more information, contact Winnie Tang at 305-753-8791.
N A N A Y, Inc., founded in 1994, is a charitable organization dedicated to promote the health, welfare and well being of the elders, youth, and community
659 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
305-981-3232 | F 305-981-3231 | www.NANAY.com |
OCA, founded in 1973 as Organization of Chinese Americans, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. South Florida Chapter founded in 1987 in Miami.
OCA-South Florida Chapter
P O Box 562124, Miami, FL 33256
305-753-8791 | F 305-278-8775 | OCA-SFL@juno.com | http://khuang.com/OCA-SFL |
[Miami, Florida - September 9, 2008] The NANAY, Inc. and OCA – South Florida Chapter will conduct the first-ever voter education / candidates forum with Presidential candidates and U.S. House of Representatives for Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Candidates Forum on Asian Pacific American Issues
2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008
NANAY Community Center
659 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
Historically, Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) have not participated actively in our democratic process. Voter turnout in our community lags behind that of whites, African-Americans and Latinos. The percentage of the Asian American population registered to vote remains among the lowest of all ethnic groups. As the fastest growing minority group in the United States, and as a group with an increasing number of community-specific social and political challenges, it is increasingly important that APAs play an active role in American politics and government.
APAs are 2.2% of the total population of Florida (18 millions). APAs have increased to nearly 400,000 in Florida – five folds since Census 2000 — but too few APAs vote.
Invited Presidential Candidates:
- Senator John McCain, Republican Party
- Senator Barack Obama, Democratic Party
Invited US House of Representatives 18th District Candidates:
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Incumbent, Republican Party
- Annette Taddeo, Candidate, Democratic Party
Invited US House of Representatives 21st District Candidates:
- Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Incumbent, Republican Party
- Raul Martinez, Candidate, Democratic Party
Invited US House of Representatives 25th District Candidates:
- Mario Diaz-Balart, Incumbent, Republican Party
- Joe Garcia Raul Martinez, Candidate, Democratic Party
This non-partisan forum is sponsored by NANAY (National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth) and OCA-South Florida Chapter and is supported by 20 co-sponsoring community organizations. Each candidate has been invited to make a short introductory statement to be followed by a question and answer session on a range of issues that impact Asian Pacific American community.
The purpose of this Forum is to give candidates for President and House Representatives an opportunity to address a wide range of issues that affect community sustainability and livability in our community and country. At the Forum, APAs will hear Candidate’s positions and make informed decisions before voting.
As part of APA Get-Out-The-Vote initiative, new voters’ registration will be available.
“As advocates for APA, we want to know who is truly committed to making a positive difference for Asian Pacific American community,” said Winnie Tang, President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “Information gained from this forum will help members of our community cast their votes come November.”
“We need to know about issues that will be put on ballot in November and how candidates feel about Asian Pacific American issues so that we can make informed decisions “ said Dr. Joy Bruce, President of NANAY, Inc. “I am glad that Asian Pacific Americans are finally speaking up and getting heard.”
For more information, contact Winnie Tang at 305-753-8791.
[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.”
[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.
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