About us

The Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. (OCA) is a national non-profit 501(C)(3), non-partisan, civic organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1973. Your membership and donation to OCA are tax deductible.

2009 Board of Directors

2008 Board of Directors

  • Ambrose Ng, Chair
  • Wentong Lin, President
  • Kun Shi, Secretary
  • Linda Wong, Treasurer
  • Theresa Lee, Immediate Past President
  • Una Tsou Hunter
  • Sam Law
  • Siu-Leung Lee

Our goal

  • Promoting active participation of Asian Americans in both civic and national matters.
  • Securing social justice, equal opportunity, and equal treatment of Asian Americans.
  • Eliminating prejudices, stereotypes and ignorance of Asian Americans.
  • Promoting the cultural heritage of Chinese and other Asian Americans.

Membership

Join OCA and ...

  • Become a member of a national organization, the "OCA family", consisting of 44 chapters across the country and one in Hong Kong.
  • Know that OCA National is supportive of chapter initiatives on the local and national level.

National Networking

  • Participate in the democratic process through National Board meetings, the annual National Convention, Leadership Development Programs, and other OCA-sponsored activities.
  • Establish relationships with other major civil rights organizations and support effective coalition building among other Asian and minority groups.

Advocacy

  • Be represented by the only national Chinese American civil rights organization, based in Washington D.C., which stands firmly behind the civil rights of all Asian Americans.
  • Work with our staff in the national office in Washington, D.C. to monitor government and political activities and ensure that the civil rights of all Chinese Americans and Asian Americans are not being compromised.

Community Awareness

  • Become an informed, active and responsible citizen as a member of OCA.
  • Receive our quarterly newsmagazine, "Image", which provides current information of interest to Chinese Americans and Asian Americans by covering legislation, political developments, social and economic issues, as well as educational and professional opportunities.
  • Provide the next generation with education and professional support, including internships, scholarships, informational resources and career guidance. Image Enhancement
  • Work to eliminate stereotypes in the media, in the policy arena and in American communities; help to build a more positive and accurate image of Chinese Americans and Asian Americans.

Unify the Chinese Community

  • Work with thousands of other OCA members and other Chinese community leaders and members to overcome the forces that divide Chinese Americans.
  • Support OCA, the only national Chinese American organization based in the nation's capitol that provides a common forum for all Chinese Americans.

OCA does not participate in the policies of any foreign government, including China or Taiwan.

Interface with Political Leaders

  • Meet Asian Americans who have made significant contributions in paving the way for future generations.
  • Join an organization with political influence to attract distinguished speakers.

Community Outreach

  • Reach out to other community groups such as local government, school board, community service groups, and other minority organizations to work toward common goals at the local, state and national level.
  • Raise your visibility in your community; get your views and needs addressed.