OCA National Convention

In July, Oanh, Bo, and David attended OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates’s 2013 National Convention, ’40 Years of Advocacy and Empowerment,’ held this year in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel from the 18th to the 21st. A big thank you to  OCA National and OCA Greater Houston for providing scholarships to cover our registration, hotel and airfare. Without their generosity, attendance would have been logistically and financially impossible for the three of us.

At Convention, APASA members, along with a number of other college and high school students, attended workshops and panel discussions about issues affecting APAs including immigration, affirmative action, and portrayal in the popular media. APASA members also went through the APIA U: Leadership Training workshop, which educated us about the history of APAs and helped us develop the leadership and organizational skills to build an APA community on campus.

There were plenty of other events at Convention, including an evening reception at the Newseum, a black tie gala, and an awards ceremony. Notably, at the Chapter Awards Luncheon, OCA Greater Houston received the Chapter Excellence Award for Community Building!

(from left to right) Bo, Oanh, and David on the rooftop terrace of the Newseum during the 'Night at the Newseum' event and reception. Note the nice view of the Capitol building in the background.

(from left to right) Bo, Oanh, and David on the rooftop terrace of the Newseum during the ‘Night at the Newseum’ event and reception. Note the nice view of the Capitol building in the background.

Overall, the OCA National Convention was a great experience as we also got to meet many inspiring APA advocates such as Helen Zia and Phil Yu, who we hope to bring to Rice to promote further awareness of APA issues.

Bo and Oanh with Helen Zia (in red), an American journalist and scholar who has covered APA social and political movements for decades. She's even been quoted by Former President Clinton several times!

Bo and Oanh with Helen Zia (in red), an American journalist and scholar who has covered APA social and political movements for decades. She’s even been quoted by Former President Clinton several times!

Oanh with Phil Yu (center), founder of the Angry Asian Man blog

Oanh with Phil Yu (center), founder of the Angry Asian Man blog.

Again, we can’t thank OCA National and OCA Greater Houston enough for their support that made our attendance possible. We look forward to keeping in touch with our new friends and the connections we made in DC. We also hope APASA members will be able to attend next year’s national convention in Los Angeles!

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Oanh, Bo, and David at the Chapter Awards Luncheon showing some Rice pride.

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