Congress’ failure to pass a comprehensive reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Reauthorization Act (STELAR Act) last year underscores the serious need to modernize the American television marketplace in order to protect consumers and businesses, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

For years, TV broadcasters have gotten away with imposing massive, continuous increases in retransmission fees. These are the fees satellite providers pay in order to rebroadcast what would otherwise be readily accessible, over-the-air content for communities that may not otherwise have access a major broadcast network. …


By: Marie Nguyen, former Development Manager, and former Summer 2015 OCA National Intern, shares how the OCA National Internship Program impacted her career.

My family fled war torn Vietnam in the late 80s in the second wave of the Vietnamese refugees. Escaping in the dark of the night with nothing than the clothes on their backs, my father, mother who was expecting, and 5 siblings fled on a small fishing boat with 36 other Vietnamese refugees. Any valuable belongings were sold and any gold that could be acquire was hidden in their mouths between their cheeks and gums so they…


Hello Chapters!

My name is Stephanie Wong and I am the Chapter and Membership Associate. Starting this month, OCA will be including tips and useful information for chapters with our monthly newsletters which will be titled Chapter Chats!

In our first topic for our first Chapter Chats we will be focused on Robert’s Rules of Order.

Robert’s Rules of Order is the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure in the United States. It is a tool for governing meetings for a range of organizations. …


At first glance, rural broadband and 5G deployment may not seem like top issues for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. After all, according to a 2015 Census report, 97% of AAPIs live in or near large cities, by far the highest percentage among major ethnic groups.

But given our communities’ remarkable success in promoting cutting-edge industries and strong social justice commitments, improving broadband in rural areas deserves our attention. To see why, look at some of the challenges that confront America’s small towns.

Access to reliable, affordable broadband is still a challenge for many Americans in rural areas…


It’s hard to think of anything in our daily lives more important than unrestricted internet access. For the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, the need for broadband access is especially important to ensure our low-income, immigrant, and elder residents get the services and information they need. So why are federal rules protecting the open internet so outdated?

Washington has been fighting over internet regulation for a long time. Since 2003, federal internet policy rulings and reversals have produced thousands of pages of legal documents but no lasting benefits for communities. But recently, the D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the…


WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the nation kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, OCA — Asian Pacific American Advocates and its chapters recognized the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act by supporting Day of Inclusion efforts nationwide.

The Chinese Exclusion Act was signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882. This was the only law in American history to specifically exclude an ethnic group from entering the United States, as a result of decades of anti-Chinese sentiment where Chinese were blamed for unemployment and crime, the law also prohibited Chinese immigrants and their descendants from…


By: Thu Nguyen

Senior Development Manager, and former 2016 OCA-Greater Houston Local Intern, Thu Nguyen shares how the OCA Internship Program impacted her well-being.

I am a lovechild of engineering. No, really, my parents fell in love through long distance phone calls and faxes about homework. They were Vietnamese immigrants in the ’80s working full time blue-collar jobs to put themselves through college. I was born the year before my mother graduated with honors in electrical engineering from UT El Paso. …


Dear Advocate,

Nineteen years ago on this day, the tragedy of September 11th occurred in New York City. We remember civilians, journalists, reporters, fire fighters, law enforcement, and others who risked their lives to assist others. We remember Betty Ann Ong, a Chinese American flight attendant whose call to ground control to report the hijacking while aboard American Airlines Flight 11 resulted in the prevention of other attacks and greater loss of life.

While we remember this dark time in our history, we must recognize how this moment catalyzed a spike in racial profiling, racially-motivated hate incidents, and xenophobia towards…


By: Kendall Kosai

Text accompanied by a red OCA logo and an image of an old car in front of a grocery storefront and sign that says “I Am An American.”

Dear Advocates,

Today is February 19, 2016, 74 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 (EO9066), requiring over 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry, most American citizens, to be incarcerated during World War II. Virtually overnight, they were asked to pack two suitcases and board a train to desolate incarceration camps. It was obvious that Japanese Americans were considered the enemy, because the guns were pointed inside the camps rather than outside.

My great-grandparents came to the United States from Japan in the early 20th century. They worked hard as farmers, looking to provide a…


Review by: Kent Tong, Senior Program Associate

After numerous delays (the film was originally scheduled for release in 2018), the highly-anticipated live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated classic is finally out. Compared to the other live-action remakes, ‘Mulan’ deviates the most from its Disney origins to tell a story that hews more closely to the Chinese folklore “The Ballad of Mulan.” The final result is a film struggling with an identity crisis, much like the titular hero herself.

Despite attempts to pull more from the original poem, the new ‘Mulan’ still follows the same familiar beats from the Disney animated…

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