1/20/2003 (Mon) Martin Luther
King Day - Parade and performance
of appreciation from City of Columbus, Community Relations Commission:
11/10/2002 (Sun). Film show "Chinatown
an NAATA presentation by Amy Chen (57
minutes). OSU Multicultural Center lounge from 5:30-9pm. 4th
Floor Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street. See map.
Potluck dinner with finger food preferred. Click
for more film information.
6/29/2002 (Sat) Sharon Woods Park
11am to 4pm
Members: $5 adult; $3 age 3-10; under 3, free
NonMembers: $8 adult; $5 age 3- 10;
under 3, free
BBQ ribs and chicken, lemonade and supplies
Bring a snack, side dish or dessert to share and outdoor games to
More than 70 people attended.
Asian Heritage Month
5/25-26/2002. Asian Festival Franklin Park (click for more info at
6/1 Hitchcock Hall
7:30pm. Free admission. Dances, music,
acrobatics, martial arts.
5/9/ 2002. Helen Zia
to speak at OSU.
May 9, 2002 (5:30-7:00 PM)
Hitchcock Hall (click to see map Bdg 274)
She is the author of "Asian Dreams" and Wen Ho Lee's
memoir "My Country Versus Me".
4/19/2002 Asian Pacific American
Community Outraged with Irresponsible and Derogatory
George Ong, president OCA, thanked OCA-columbus for donation of
H. Wu. Yellow
Race in America Beyond Black and White.
12/18/2001. Meeting Cari Dominguez, Chair of the US Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) See: photo
Racial Issues at
Shayne Downton SAVE (Strategies Against Violence Everywhere)
Lee (Organization of Chinese Americans, Columbus Chapter)
Date - December 2, 2001 Time - 2pm to 4pm
Chambers Road, Columbus, OH43212, Community
Dr. S. C. Lee Library.
This event was sponsored by :
Organization of Chinese Americans,
Columbus Chinese Academy, Asian American Community Service.
OCA national Meeting
OCA GALA BANQUET HONORED APAs WORKING FOR COMMUNITY
Seattle, WA - On Saturday, July 28, the Organization of
Chinese Americans hosted the OCA Outstanding Citizen Award
at a black tie gala banquet during its 23rd Annual National
Convention, which was held at the Seattle Westin, 900 Fifth
Avenue, Seattle, Washington. The event was sponsored by
State Farm Insurance Companies, General Motors Corporation,
and IBM Corporation.
Nearly 900 people attended this year's banquet, which
reflected the convention theme, "2001: Continuing Our
Odyssey for Full Equality." The biennial OCA Outstanding
Citizen Award was given to two recipients who have shown
exemplary commitment and dedication to advancing the
visibility and livelihood of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).
OCA also presented special recognition awards to APAs who
have spent their lives working to positively impact the
The keynote speech was given by the Honorable Gary Locke,
Governor of Washington, who illustrated with his own life
experience, how far Asian Pacific Americans have
progressed and how much farther we all need to go.
Attendees at the gala also saw a renewal in the
leadership of OCA. A farewell tribute honored the
departure of Daphne Kwok, but also welcomed Christine
Chen as the new Executive Director.
The 2001 Organization of Chinese Americans awardees are:
Outstanding Citizen Award
Yuri Kochiyama was placed in an internment camp during
WWII, and also worked for the military in the Deep South.
Her experiences during the war showed her the harsh
reality of racism in the country, but her role as a
legend in the civil rights struggle did not begin until
she and her husband moved to Harlem, New York in 1960.
She quickly became involved with the Harlem Parents
Committee and later became acquainted with Malcolm X and
his Organization of Afro-American Unity; when he was
assassinated, it was she who rushed to his side. She
was also involved in the takeover of the Statue of
Liberty in 1977 by the Puerto Rican independence
movement. Having lived eight decades, she is still
involved in the civil rights movement, advocating for
David Wong and other political prisoners.
William Wong started his career as a journalist in the
late 1950s at the University of California, Berkeley
where he wrote for the Daily Californian, the student
paper of which he was also on the board. When he took
over as editor, he moved the position of the
publication to become more liberal; after graduating,
his mission became even clearer. He took a few years
to gain real-life experience and earn a Master's Degree
in Journalism, and before long he was hired by the Wall
Street Journal. He eventually became a columnist for
the Oakland Tribune and a regular commentator on The
News Hour with Jim Lehrer. An award-winning
journalist and a well-known professor, he recently
released his book, Yellow Journalist: Dispatches
from Asian America.
Special Recognition Awards
Frank Chin grew up in the Chinatowns of Oakland and
San Francisco in the 1940s and 50s and is one in a
long line of railroad workers. He eventually became
a college professor, which is strangely fitting
because his writing career looks like a reading list
for an Asian American Studies class. He served as
one of the editors of the seminal anthology of Asian
American writing Aiiieeeee! and its follow-up The Big
Aiiieeeee! It is his own plays, novels, and essays,
however, that have brought him accolades from all
over the APA community and beyond. The Chickencoop
Chinaman and The Year of the Dragon have both been
staged across the country for the past 25 years.
His other works, including the novels Donald Duk and
Gunga Din Highway have earned him respect from both
the APA community and the literary world.
The Northwest Labor & Employment Law Office (LELO)
was formed in the early 1970s by labor organizations
representing three different minority groups. Under
the leadership of founding members such as Gene
Viernes, and brothers Silme and Nemesio Domingo,
LELO has been on the frontline of the battle with the
Ward's Cove Packaging Company since the beginning.
APAs had been hired to serve as seasonal work, giving
them little opportunity for advancement while white
workers were given higher-paying skilled positions.
Although Wards Cove v. Atonio, which was filed by
LELO on behalf of over 2,000 laborers was decided in
favor of the employer, LELO has still not given up.
LELO has fought for APA workers and other workers of
color for three decades as one of the strongest
grassroots organizations in the country.
Daphne Kwok is the Executive Director of the Asian
Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
(APAICS), a nonpartisan organization dedicated to
increasing political participation for APAs. Before
joining APAICS, she served as Executive Director of
OCA for ten years. Under her leadership, OCA
established itself as one of the largest and most
respected civil rights organizations in the entire
country. Her efforts on behalf of OCA brought her
recognition as one of the leading voices on issues
affecting the APA community and earned her a spot
on the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board.
Center - Shuh-chai Lee's Memorial Library opens. August 5, 2001
Dr. Shuh-Chai Lee, the founder of Columbus Chinese School and Asian American
Community Service (AACS), has contributed enormously to the Columbus
Chinese community. The memorial library is established with the help of
many members of the Columbus Chinese School, organized by Frances Hsieh. Dr. Siu-Leung
Lee, an OCA member and former principal of the Columbus Chinese School,
contributed the calligraphy for the memorial library. About 40 people attended
the opening ceremony.
Father's Day picnic
Father's Day picnic was held at Sharon's Wood Park on
June 16, 2001. More than 50 people participated.
Quiz on Asian Americans
This was held at the Asian Festival
and on the Father's Day picnic. Unfortunately, no one got all the answers
correct. Those who did with coaching were nullified. The correct answers
are seen here.
(See earlier events here)
Smithsonian exhibit "On Gold Mountains"
On Gold Mountain
This exhibition tells the story of the Chinese
in America through the six-generation odyssey of a Chinese American family in
Los Angeles. On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience explores
immigration, the transformation of Chinese immigrants into Chinese Americans,
the many facets of Chinese American identity, and methods of uncovering family
and community history. On Gold Mountain is based on a book by Lisa See, whose
family has a long and prominent history in Los Angeles. Members of the See
family immigrated from China to California during the construction of the
transcontinental railroad, established a successful antiques business, opened an
art gallery and restaurant, became furniture designers and manufacturers, and
helped build Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Looking closely at a real family provides
insight into the history of Chinese Americans. Arts & Industries Building,
May 18 – September 30, 2001
"Fly to Freedom: The Art of the Golden Venture Refugees."
until September 30, 2001.
In 1993, fifty-two of the refugees on the ship, Golden Venture,
were sent to York County Prison, Pennsylvania and were held
there for nearly four years. In that time, the refugees at York
County made over 10,000 pieces of paper sculptures. Along
with the selected paper sculptures, the traveling exhibit will
present the background history of the Golden Venture story
and the outcome of the refugees' struggles.
"Gateway to Gold Mountain"
until August 27, 2001.
five photomural vignettes, photographs, and a video chronicling
the immigration experience of more than 175,000 Chinese
immigrants who came to America between 1910 and 1940.
Ferried from ships to the isolated Angel Island Immigration
Station in San Francisco Bay, they were greeted by an America
far different from the land of opportunity many called "Gold
Mountain." The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
produced this exhibit.