OCA Greater Chicago

OCA Greater Chicago Dedicated to promoting the economic, professional, & social well-being of AAPIs in Chicago area
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12/08/2023

“Moku Moku,” a new comedy series showcasing life in rural Maui, is set to premiere on December 8th. The brainchild of Kawika Hoke, this non-union production was filmed entirely in Maui,…

12/08/2023
12/08/2023

Jasper Zhu's app, that helps people find the best bathrooms near them, is being honored in one of the nation's most prestigious coding honors.

12/07/2023
CHICAGO  'STALKWOMXN HANGOUTWOMXN ENTREPRENEURS. FOOD & DRINK. BUILDING CHICAGO’S WOMEN POWER COMMUNITY. DECEMBER 14|| 5...
12/07/2023

CHICAGO 'STALKWOMXN HANGOUT
WOMXN ENTREPRENEURS.
FOOD & DRINK.
BUILDING CHICAGO’S WOMEN POWER COMMUNITY. DECEMBER 14|| 5-8PM. AT VERMILION.
PRESENTED BY BCG | BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
NO TICKETS, NO FEE, NO FUSS. JUST SHOW UP.
COMPLIMENTARY TASTINGS + BEHIND THE BUSINESS CHATS

CHICAGO  'STALKWOMXN HANGOUTWOMXN ENTREPRENEURS. FOOD & DRINK. BUILDING CHICAGO’S WOMEN POWER COMMUNITY. DECEMBER 7|| 5-...
12/07/2023

CHICAGO 'STALKWOMXN HANGOUT
WOMXN ENTREPRENEURS.
FOOD & DRINK.
BUILDING CHICAGO’S WOMEN POWER COMMUNITY. DECEMBER 7|| 5-8PM. AT VERMILION.
PRESENTED BY BCG | BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
NO TICKETS, NO FEE, NO FUSS. JUST SHOW UP.
COMPLIMENTARY TASTINGS + BEHIND THE BUSINESS CHATS

12/05/2023

Lucy Yu’s bookstore features works by immigrants and people of color, but a fire earlier this year decimated her business

12/05/2023
To any and all AAPI restaurant/cafe/food truck/catering business owners:It is time to start planning for 2024 AAPI Resta...
12/04/2023

To any and all AAPI restaurant/cafe/food truck/catering business owners:

It is time to start planning for 2024 AAPI Restaurants Week, which will take place May 17-26, 2024!

To streamline the sign-up process, scan the QR code for the link to sign up directly to participate so you can fill out your restaurant profile any time.

Remember to save the confirmation email so you can go back to edit your profile if necessary. The form will close March 15, 2024, so you have plenty of time to think about participating and if you will be offering anything special, such as a discount, special menu, or donating a portion of your proceeds to a charity of your choice.

There is no cost to participate, and there is no obligation to offer anything special. The only criterion is that at least one owner is of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander descent.

We hope to see many of you participating again, and please let your AAPI restaurateur friends know about this opportunity and forward them the link so they can also sign up.

We had 33 participating restaurants for our inaugural AAPI Restaurants Week in 2022 and 58 in 2023 to celebrate OCA’s 50th anniversary (we were aiming for 50!). We are going to be ambitious and aim for at least 100 for 2024, so please help us reach our goal!

Join us for our annual AAPI Restaurants Week featuring AAPI-owned restaurants, food trucks, and cafes in Chicago and the...
12/04/2023

Join us for our annual AAPI Restaurants Week featuring AAPI-owned restaurants, food trucks, and cafes in Chicago and the suburbs and celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month with us! Stay tuned for details, coming mid-April!
2024 AAPI Restaurants Week
2024 AAPI Restaurants Week

12/04/2023

To any and all AAPI restaurant/cafe/food truck/catering business owners:

It is time to start planning for 2024 AAPI Restaurants Week which will take place May 17-26, 2024!

To streamline the sign-up process, here is the link to sign up directly to participate so you can fill out your restaurant profile any time:

https://forms.gle/dWD6Unq1pUgGc9V47

Remember to save the confirmation email so you can go back to edit your profile if necessary. The form will close March 15, 2024, so you have plenty of time to think about participating and if you will be offering anything special, such as a discount, special menu, or donating a portion of your proceeds to a charity of your choice.

There is no cost to participate, and there is no obligation to offer anything special. The only criterion is that at least one owner is of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander descent.

We hope to see many of you participating again, and please let your AAPI restaurateur friends know about this opportunity and forward them the link so they can also sign up.

We had 33 participating restaurants for our inaugural AAPI Restaurants Week in 2022 and 58 in 2023 to celebrate OCA’s 50th anniversary (we were aiming for 50!). We are going to be ambitious and aim for at least 100 for 2024, so please help us reach our goal!

Access Google Forms with a personal Google account or Google Workspace account (for business use).

We were invited to a special dinner for AAPI restaurateurs at
12/02/2023

We were invited to a special dinner for AAPI restaurateurs at

11/24/2023
11/24/2023

Mickey Mouse is dipping his gloves into Korean culture with a new episode telling the story of a traditional first birthday party and doljabi ceremony.

In last week's "Mickey Mouse Funhouse" episode, Mickey and his friends attend the doljanchi, or first birthday of Ae-Che, a Korean tiger. The gang observes a cultural ceremony in which the toddler selects an object from a bunch of items laid out on a table to predict what she'll be when she grows up.

“I did not grow up with too many representations of Korean culture,” Hanah Lee Cook, who wrote the episode, said. “So, it’s my own little way of ‘paying it forward’ to the next generation. It’s also an amazing opportunity for kids who are not Asian, or do not come from Korean culture, to learn about other traditions.”

Thanksgiving fusion dishes have become a way for Asian Americans to share their cultures with others
11/24/2023

Thanksgiving fusion dishes have become a way for Asian Americans to share their cultures with others

From miso green beans to spicy mashed potatoes, fusion dishes help some second-generation Asian Americans feel more connected to the food of their immigrant parents during Thanksgiving.

11/23/2023

Pilots Mahina Ma, Kimberly Ha’ole Anderson and Alyssa Kehaulani Jay operated flight HA90 from Honolulu to Boston.

11/23/2023

📝 UCLA is accepting applications for three (3) tenure-track faculty positions related to Pacific Islanders under the Chancellor's Native American and Pacific Islander Bruins Rising Initiative. The departments include Engineering, Public Health, and Theater with an affiliation with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. 
 
Application links available on UCLA AASC's profile. Please share with your networks!
 
⚙️ Assistant Professor, Pacific Islander Experiences in Engineering
Application Deadline: November 30, 2023
https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08858
 
💊Assistant Professor, Specializing in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08959

🎭Assistant Professor, Pasifika Theater and Performance Studies
Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08972

11/23/2023

To close the press conference, Nā ʻOhana o Lele sang a heartfelt mele for Lahaina called "O Kou Aloha."For more Local News from Hawaii News Now: https:/www.h...

11/22/2023

Kimberly Anderson, Mahina Ma and Alyssa
Kehaulani Jay made Hawaiian Airlines history Friday, becoming the airline’s first augmented crew composed of all Native Hawaiian women who graduated from Kamehameha Schools.

11/22/2023

Shannon Lee, co-founder of the Bruce Lee Foundation, reflects on their legacy and impact on the Asian American community.

Check this out from 4 of our   restaurants! Join us in supporting    We hope to see them at
11/20/2023

Check this out from 4 of our restaurants! Join us in supporting

We hope to see them at

Embark on this exclusive culinary journey and savor the mastery of these visionary women as they bring the richness of Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai, and Filipino cuisines to your table. From the streets of Saigon to the heart of Laos, Thailand's culinary wonders, and the flavors of the Philippines, eac...

A pleasure to support Laos To Your House, an   participating restaurant, and get delicious Lao food catered: we hope see...
11/16/2023

A pleasure to support Laos To Your House, an participating restaurant, and get delicious Lao food catered: we hope see them at

11/15/2023

Unlock Your Path to Citizenship! 🌍✨ Apply for our Naturalization Scholarships today and pave the way to a brighter future. Contact us before December 30th, 2023, and let your dreams take flight! 🌟

11/14/2023

Our Taste of Democracy tour kicked off in Chicago thanks to APIAVote board members Karen Eng & Susan Patel. Special thanks to sponsors AARP and AT&T and our host Aurora Austriaco & Valentine Austriaco and Bueschel. The briefing and reception focused on celebrating and understanding AAPIS' growing electoral power and encouraged everyone to become a part of the community investing in the movement to ensure AAPI voices are heard and addressed. Stopping Asian hate, addressing climate change public safety, and inflation are some of the issues at stake in the 2024 election where AAPIs will be the margin of victory.

11/11/2023

In honor of , we would like to draw your attention to Public Law 115-337. Public Law 115-337 was enacted in December of 2018 to award the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor ( ) to WWII veterans of Chinese descent, a long overdue honor after CGMHs were awarded to the Native American Code Talkers, the Tuskegee Airmen, and Nisei and Filipino soldiers. In the brief period since its enactment, approximately 4,000 Chinese American Gold Medal honorees have been identified, and over 150 Chinese American WWII veterans in the Chicago area have been awarded this honor.

Come check out our Veterans exhibit, “Chinese American Veterans: Unsung Heroes.” On display are veteran portraits, original uniforms and documents, additional medals from various wars, and other museum artifacts. A special highlight is a CGMH, through the generosity of several private citizens, gifted to the museum to remember Pfc Lew Y. June of Morris, IL, who, on January 18, 1945, in Schirrhoffen, France, died in battle by throwing himself onto a gr***de to save his squad members. He made the ultimate sacrifice, but efforts to locate his immediate family have been unsuccessful. The CGMH is a reminder of the contribution of Chinese Americans to the WWII war effort.

Find out more about Pfc June:
https://bit.ly/3ogRzl7

We hope you will find Pfc June’s story compelling and informative and can find the time to visit the museum to see our Veterans exhibit. It is our hope that the exhibition will reach a wider audience who may not have been aware that many Chinese Americans enlisted and served during WWII and other wars.

11/11/2023

Happy ! Did you know least 264,695 Asian Americans and 27,469 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander have served in the US military?

Today, we honor the brave individuals who have served this country and thank them for all their courage, efforts, and sacrifices.

11/11/2023

There are less than two weeks left to apply for priority consideration to the 2024 OCA Summer Internship Program! Learn more and apply at ocanational.org/summer-internship.

"My summer as an OCA intern was so personally and professionally fulfilling," says 2023 intern Jenny Lee. "Thanks to the internship program, I was able to explore the reproductive freedom movement for the first time and integrate my knowledge of Asian American Studies at NARAL. I walked away with new knowledge of the reproductive freedom movement, a broadened outlook on the ways advocacy takes shape, and confidence in my ability to relocate to an unfamiliar city and build a community over such a short time span."

11/11/2023
11/10/2023

A Balancing Act for Asian Representation in Streaming: Visibility Doesn’t Always Mean Cultural Specificity

Varun Raj Pucha was stabbed on Oct. 29. He was put on life support, and has since died, Valparaiso University said on it...
11/10/2023

Varun Raj Pucha was stabbed on Oct. 29. He was put on life support, and has since died, Valparaiso University said on its page Wednesday morning.

A 29-year-old Valparaiso grad student who was stabbed in the head last month while working out at Planet Fitness just down the road from his school has died.

Reps from sponsoring orgs at American Writers Museum for Curtis Chin “Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Resta...
11/08/2023

Reps from sponsoring orgs at American Writers Museum for Curtis Chin “Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant” book tour: Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community- CBCAC, OCA Greater Chicago, Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, and U-M AAAPI Alumni Club

11/07/2023

🚨 CALLING ALL STUDENTS: The White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders is now accepting applications for our internship program for the 2024 summer and fall cycles! Here's how to apply: https://www.hhs.gov/about/whiaanhpi/careers-internships/index.html

Please join us on November 8 at 4 p.m. ET to learn about the application process — and get insights, tips, and advice directly from current interns and program alumni. Staff will also be available to answer any questions you may have through our new email: [email protected].

👉 RSVP HERE: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_hcINWVYIRam9GoDNw_VQ5w

11/06/2023

Editor’s note: The Herald Journal occasionally runs stories and photos submitted by community members.

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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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