Nguyen will take the reins of the national AAPI nonprofit in early November while Lee will transition into an advisory role following decades of service.

Thu Nguyen will serve as the next executive director of OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, one of the nation’s oldest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) civil rights organizations announced Monday.

Nguyen, a proud Houstonian and the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, currently serves as OCA’s deputy executive director. …

T-Mobile and 7 outstanding Asian American leaders will be honored at OCA’s 30th annual awards gala on Oct. 15.

Each year, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates recognizes AAPI achievement and leadership in the corporate sector through the Corporate Achievement Awards (CAA). Established in 1991 by OCA’s Business Advisory Council, the awards are the first of their kind to celebrate Asian American corporate excellence. …

The University of Massachusetts Boston graduate student will be awarded $2,000 as part of OCA’s mission to increase AAPI participation in advocacy and government.

TODAY, OCA-ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN ADVOCATES is excited to announce Jessica Wong as the inaugural recipient of the S.Y. & S.F. Fung Public Service Scholarship, which awards $2,000 to an Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) student pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Meet Jessica Wong

Jessica Wong (she/her) is a second-generation bi-racial/Chinese…

The 19 outstanding Asian American and Pacific Islander students are the first in their immediate families to attend college.

TODAY, OCA-ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN ADVOCATES is proud to announce the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholars for the class of 2021! Sponsored by the UPS Foundation, these 19 outstanding Asian American and Pacific Islander students—15 graduating high school seniors, 4 rising college seniors—are the first in their immediate families to attend college.

The following four rising college seniors each received $2,500 to support their education:

The Taiwanese American Boston mayoral candidate has her eyes set on overhauling city government.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by The Yappie on June 27, 2021. Read it here.

WHEN I FIRST MOVED ACROSS THE COUNTRY to attend college in Massachusetts, there was a certain quality in the air I couldn’t pinpoint. …

A key House committee is considering denouncing a series of century-old Supreme Court rulings that continue to impact AAPIs living in the territories

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by The Yappie on June 8, 2021. Read it here.

DEMOCRATS ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES took aim at a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings known as the Insular Cases late last month, describing precedents set by the legal decisions…

What’s driving the violence against Asian Americans?

Illustration by Mahina Martinson

AFEW WEEKS AGO, A YOUNG MAN WAS CAPTURED ON VIDEO knocking down three elderly Asians in Oakland, California’s Chinatown. Those attacks came on the heels of an 84-year-old Thai gentleman getting knocked down and killed during his daily walk in San Francisco, and a Filipino elder being slashed in the…

How African Americans and Chinese immigrants forged a community in the Delta generations ago.

K.C. Lou in Pace, Mississippi in the early 1940s. Image courtesy of the Chiu family.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in the Los Angeles Times.

SIX YEARS AGO, I TOOK A FATEFUL TRIP TO MISSISSIPPI with my husband, Baldwin Chiu, and his family in search of his grandfather’s gravesite. …

A collection of drawings and paintings inspired by ordinary life.

A poem by Kaity Li Yang

The seamstress and presser warehouse
Crushed sardine Chinese immigrant refugees
Labor laws applied not —
Occasionally after homework, I came to work
My tiny five year old hands
Dropping sachet buttons on the floor
To the laughter, the roar of the women

I learned to find comfort in food
A man…

OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates

OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national membership-driven organization dedicated to advancing the well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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