Organization of Chinese Americans is a national organization whose stated mission is to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) in the United States. In 2013, OCA's National Board of Directors passed a resolution to change its name to OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates to reflect a more expansive mission to represent the pan-ethnic interests of the community.
The 2014 Inauguration of the new officers of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Cleveland Chapter was held in the offices of Margaret W. Wong.
Wayne Wong served as MC for the event.
Wayne introduced immigration attorney and author Margaret W. Wong who gave some background history of Chinese culture groups in Cleveland and spoke of the recent passing of her beloved husband Kam Chan.
Margaret W. Wong
Margaret W. Wong
Next, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson thanked the Chinese community and presented a proclamation to the new OCA president Lisa Wong.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Lisa Wong
Organization of Chinese Americans National President Sharon Wong came from Washington DC to speak at the 2014 Inauguration Reception of the Organization of Chinese Americans Cleveland Chapter. She spoke about the OCA and said that Asians are the largest percentage (36%) of new immigrants. Hispanics are 31%.
OCA National President Sharon Wong
Ms Wong also spoke about hate crimes, hazing, bullying and lack of cultural awareness about the Asian community including the Jimmy Kimmel live bit about 'Killing everyone in China.'
Sharon Wong thanked outgoing OCA Cleveland president Johnny Wu for his 10 years of service.
Wayne Wong introduced Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi who is of Filipino heritage and spoke of the vibrancy of the Asian American community.
Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi and Wayne Wong
Then, Mayor Ron Falconi swore in the new officers of the Organization of Chinese Americans Cleveland Chapter.
Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi
OCA board swearing in by Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi
Lisa Wong, just sworn in as new OCA, Cleveland Chapter president, gave her remarks.
Ariella Brown representing Congresswoman Marcia Fudge presented a proclamation to Lisa Wong congratulating her and the Organization of Chinese Americans Cleveland Chapter.
Ariella Brown and Lisa Wong
Wayne Wong and new OCA president Lisa Wong presented a plaque to outgoing president Johnny Wu for his ten years of service.
Lisa Wong and Johnny Wu
The event also included several cultural performances and updates on OCA projects such as OCA Image TV, OCA AsiaTown Voice, Project RAISE and OCA Interactive Kiosk.
Yin Tang - OCA AsiaTown Voice
Kyle Znamenak - OCA Image TV and Interactive Kiosk
Cathy Vue - Project RAISE
Congratulations and best wishes to the new OCA Board.
New OCA Officers with Mayor Falconi and Sharon Wong
OCA Induction Main Page(this page)
Yin Tang Dancers from the event
Blooming Flower Hmong Dance from the event
Guzheng and Erhu performances from the event
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