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OCA Greater Chicago OCA Greater Chicago is dedicated to promoting the economic, professional, and social well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the Greater Chicago area

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10/18/2022
Join ALLvanza, MMTC and OCA on October 25, 2022, at 4pmEST for a timely conversation about the state of cybersecurity, t...
10/17/2022
Cybersecurity Trends and the Impact on Underserved Communities

Join ALLvanza, MMTC and OCA on October 25, 2022, at 4pmEST for a timely conversation about the state of cybersecurity, the ways marginalized communities are particularly vulnerable, how we can work together to educate people on threats they might face online, and what career opportunities these challenges can provide to members of all communities who are interested in helping to promote solutions.

Cybersecurity Trends and the Impact on Underserved Communities

Survey Now Open for Participation: The State of Chinese Americans; Joint Research Conducted by Columbia University and C...
10/16/2022
Survey Now Open for Participation: The State of Chinese Americans; Joint Research Conducted by Columbia University and Committee of 100 | Committee 100

Survey Now Open for Participation: The State of Chinese Americans; Joint Research Conducted by Columbia University and Committee of 100 | Committee 100

New York, NY (October 13, 2022) — Columbia University, one of the world’s leading research universities, and Committee of 100, a non-profit membership organization of prominent Chinese Americans, today announced that its joint survey on “The State of Chinese Americans” is now open.

Glammas Wrap
10/15/2022
Glammas Wrap

Glammas Wrap

Glammas Wrap is an artistic collaboration between Clara Hsu (poet), Colleen Quen (Couture), Greg Landau (Grammy nominated music producer) and Wangyuxuan Xu (...

SCHUMER & MENG ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF JOANNE KWONG AND KEVIN KIM TO HELP LEAD CONGRESSIONAL COMMISSION ON THE CREAT...
10/15/2022
SCHUMER & MENG ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF JOANNE KWONG AND KEVIN KIM TO HELP LEAD CONGRESSIONAL COMMISSION ON THE CREATION OF FIRST NATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE MUSEUM | U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York

SCHUMER & MENG ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF JOANNE KWONG AND KEVIN KIM TO HELP LEAD CONGRESSIONAL COMMISSION ON THE CREATION OF FIRST NATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE MUSEUM | U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York

The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Chuck Schumer of New York

10/14/2022
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Register by mail deadline has passed, but you can still register online or in person!

10/14/2022

Vichet Chum’s world premiere follows two sisters—at odds since birth—as they settle the affairs of their strong-willed, wise-cracking mother while reconciling their family’s Cambodian heritage with its ever-so-complicated American present.

BALD SISTERS is an irreverent, comedic and ultimately poignant examination of the ties that bind multigenerational families of immigrants together: history, spirituality and humor.

You will laugh—you will be moved. Tickets on sale now @ steppenwolf.org

10/13/2022

📢 OPPORTUNITY — The White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders is seeking undergraduate and graduate students to support our work during the Spring 2023 session! The deadline to apply is Friday, November 11, 2022.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. If you are interested in a full or part-time position, please send a short email using the instructions here: https://www.hhs.gov/about/whiaanhpi/careers-internships/index.html

Interns at the Initiative support staff on a wide range of AA and NHPI issues and priorities, including through:

✔️ Writing policy memos and proposals
✔️ Assisting with communications and social media
✔️ Coordinating and staffing events
✔️ Conducting research
✔️ Engaging in outreach to AA and NHPI organizations and leaders
✔️ Supporting the work of WHIAANHPI's Regional Network and Interagency Working Group, along with the President's Advisory Commission on AA and NHPIs

Please direct your questions to [email protected].

10/13/2022

New report: this morning, we are launching our first-ever report on political rhetoric and how it fuels anti-Asian scapegoating and brings harm to Asian American communities.

According to our data, we learned that of our 11,467 reported hate incidents, 2,255 and counting, or one in five of these incidents, perpetrators specifically included:

➡️Use of language that scapegoated Asian Americans for COVID
➡️Implications of Asian spies for the Chinese government
➡️Blaming Asian Americans for the economy's poor performance

We cannot ignore the correlation between these findings and the political rhetoric circulated these past few years. Time and time again, politicians have failed to answer for the dangerous effects of anti-Asian scapegoating on our communities.

For more on what can be done to stop anti-Asian scapegoating, read our full report at: https://stopaapihate.org/anti-asian-scapegoating/

Lee named Women's Sports Foundation's 2022 Individual Sportswoman of the Year
10/13/2022
Lee named Women's Sports Foundation's 2022 Individual Sportswoman of the Year

Lee named Women's Sports Foundation's 2022 Individual Sportswoman of the Year

NEW YORK (October 12, 2022) - The Women's Sports Foundation Wednesday awarded reigning Olympic all-around champion Suni Lee the title of 2022 Individual Sportswoman of the Year at the organization's Annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York. The winner was determined by a public vote, held in Aug...

10/13/2022
Casting Indian Moms & Daughters for TV Show | Auditions Free
10/12/2022
Casting Indian Moms & Daughters for TV Show | Auditions Free

Casting Indian Moms & Daughters for TV Show | Auditions Free

Casting Indian Moms & Daughters for TV Show 10/10/2022 0 Comment Now Casting Indian Mom & Daughter Duos For Hit Docu-Series On Major Network! (Nationwide- 18+) Location: Nationwide Type: Docu-series Are you an Indian mom and daughter who shares an extremely close-knit bond? Are you incredibly proud....

The Illinois mail-in voter registration deadline is today, October 11th (NOTE: The online voter registration deadline is...
10/11/2022

The Illinois mail-in voter registration deadline is today, October 11th (NOTE: The online voter registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on October 23 and you can register to vote in-person at the polls on Election Day)

Photos from Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California's post
10/10/2022

Photos from Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California's post

Voter registration deadlines in Illinois* Online registration deadline: Sunday, October 23, 2022* Register by mail deadl...
10/10/2022

Voter registration deadlines in Illinois
* Online registration deadline: Sunday, October 23, 2022
* Register by mail deadline: Must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 11, 2022
* In person registration deadline: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

You can confirm your voter registration status on Illinois’s election website (link in our bio)

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10/09/2022

Chicago restaurant trailblazer Rohini Dey discusses the power of food to make change. The founder of Vermilion and the organization Let’s Talk Womxn talks about how she’s creating long-lasting change. http://ow.ly/QNzm10447Vv

10/09/2022

Join the AARCC, the Arab American Cultural Center, the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center and SAAPRI in a discussion around Ms. Marvel - one of the newest Marvel television shows featuring a Pakistani American teenager who gains superpowers. We’ll discuss representation, Partition, and much more. Free for all and food will be available for takeout! Will be held at 826 S Halsted St. 101 Taft Hall, October 11th, 12-1pm. Hope to see you there!

If you have any access questions or requests, please contact AARCC at [email protected]

10/09/2022

(CAPE cannot answer any inquiries as we are sharing it on behalf of production only. Any questions must be directed to the email in the casting notice.)

OPEN CASTING CALL
🇨🇦 Actors must be based in the Toronto, Canada greater area! 🇨🇦

Larissa Mair Casting and Associates is searching for VIETNAMESE talent for season 2 of Andrew Phung’s Run the Burbs comedy series!

⭐️ Age range: Late 20s-30s
⭐️ Must be based in the Greater Toronto Area 🇨🇦

If interested in auditioning, please email a photo and resume by Tuesday, October 11 at 3pm EST to:
[email protected]

10/09/2022
10/08/2022
10/08/2022

If you are a restaurateur of Asian, Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander (AANHPI) descent in the Chicago area, OCA Greater Chicago will be organizing another AANHPI Restaurants Week for 2023 in May during Asian American and Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPIHM). We had over 30 participating restaurants last year, but we would like to showcase even more AANHPI-owned restaurants in 2023. OCA National is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023, and we’d love for you to celebrate with us.

There is no cost for restaurants to participate. The only criterion is that your restaurant must be owned by at least one individual of Asian, Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander descent. The cuisine is less important than supporting AANHPI restaurateurs and their businesses.

The aim is not to incur additional cost for restaurants but to get people to explore the many AANHPI-owned restaurants in the Chicago area. If you have Chicago area (city and suburbs) AANHPI restaurateur friends, please let them know about the event as well. We would love to feature as many AANHPI-owned restaurants in the Chicago area as possible.

To make it special for AANHPIHM, you may choose to offer a discount or prix fixe menu or donate a percentage of the proceeds to a cause of your choice, but there is no obligation to offer any special deals.

If you are interested, and there is no obligation right now, please message us on Facebook or email us at [email protected] and we’ll add you to our contact list for all e-mail updates. You don’t have to commit until March 2023!

Early Voting Official Application
10/08/2022
Early Voting Official Application

Early Voting Official Application

The BOARD of ELECTION COMMISSIONERS for the CITY of CHICAGO (AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER). Must be a resident of the City of Chicago.

Free Admission Day | Indigenous Peoples' Day
10/08/2022
Free Admission Day | Indigenous Peoples' Day

Free Admission Day | Indigenous Peoples' Day

This year, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, October 10 On October 8th 2021, President Joe Biden became the first commander-in-chief to formally recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day by issuing a proclamation celebrating the upcoming holiday. In the proclamation, he says: “On Indigenous ...

There will be a webinar on October 13th at 7 PM ET on how to combat election disinformation in the Asian American commun...
10/07/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: NCAPA Community Call: Election Disinformation Training. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

There will be a webinar on October 13th at 7 PM ET on how to combat election disinformation in the Asian American community, hosted by the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, APIAVote, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: NCAPA Community Call: Election Disinformation Training. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

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OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates (previously known as the Organization of Chinese Americans) is a non-profit organization founded in 1973, the mission of which is to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. It is headquartered in Washington, DC. The goals are to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment; promote civic participation, education, and leadership; advance coalitions and community building; and, foster cultural heritage. Originally created as a Chinese American organization, it now includes members from many Asian and non-Asian ethnicities.

The Greater Chicago Chapter focuses on professional and leadership development and is dedicated to promoting the economic, professional, and social well-being of AAPIs in the Greater Chicago area.

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Join ALLvanza, MMTC and OCA on October 25, 2022, at 4pmEST for a timely conversation about the state of cybersecurity, the ways marginalized communities are particularly vulnerable, how we can work together to educate people on threats they might face online, and what career opportunities these challenges can provide to members of all communities who are interested in helping to promote solutions.
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November 8, 2022 Election

Check your registration, find your polling place and review your sample ballot. Polls open 6am-7pm
Register to vote for the first time or update the name or address on your voter-registration record
Register by mail deadline has passed, but you can still register online or in person!
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OCA Greater Chicago
One month away for our next Talk Stories: Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling.

Talk Stories will return to the virtual space on Wednesday December 1. The event starts at 7pm CT.

$5 per ticket. Proceeds go to performers, production costs, and co-sponsoring organizations.

For ticketing, please go to: https://bit.ly/talkstories

We are so excited to have this lineup of storytellers from all over the world:
Pooja Chawla
Saray Cubacub
Danielle De Vera
Arvin A. Jalandoon
Minky Kim
Laura Kina
Jessica Nguyen
Mimi Yang

Talk Stories is co-sponsored by the following organizations:
AFIRE Chicago
Asian Health Coalition
Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center
Chinese American Service League
JASC - Japanese American Service Committee
KAN-WIN
National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
OCA Greater Chicago

You don't want to miss this show and this community event. Join us in December to help celebrate another wonderful year for Talk Stories in storytelling and community building. Talk Stories was created with the idea that everyone has stories to tell, and everyone should have the opportunity to share. This event, with a lineup from around the globe, is particularly urgent as we face multiple national and global crises, including the exacerbation of anti-Asian racism under the global pandemic.

Talk Stories is produced and hosted by Ada Cheng.
Thank you OCA National Center and OCA Greater Chicago for this honor.
Our community partners at OCA Greater Chicago and OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates are hosting a virtual summit on Asian American and Pacific Islander solidarity, and you're invited! “Building Hope Through Solidarity” is a three-day event July 15-17 for AAPI folks, community partners, and allies across the country. You'll join panel discussions on democracy reform, trainings on how to be an effective bystander, interactive sessions on cooking, and more!

Workshops are FREE and open to the public, but RSVP is required. To register, visit bit.ly/ocasummit2021.
OCA Greater Chicago
Don't miss this fantastic event TOMORROW May 5! Tune in at 7pm CDT for TALK STORIES, an evening of Asian American / Asian Diaspora storytelling—so many amazing AAPI organizations are collaborating on this evening of performance, including OCA Greater Chicago, Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, JASC - Japanese American Service Committee, National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, and the HANA Center.

More info and FREE tickets >> https://www.facebook.com/events/235575061312060/
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