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					                                                         In Brief
                                                          OCA–Greater Seattle Newsletter
                                         Embracing the Hopes and Aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans

Vol. 15 No. 1                                                                                              Spring 2009


2009 OCA-GS Board                         JACL/OCA Hold Leadership
                                          Conference in Washington DC

                                          T
                                                  he Japanese
                                                  American
                                                  Citizens League
                                          (JACL), the nation’s
                                          oldest and largest
                                          Asian American
The 2009 OCA-GS board members             civil and human
are (left to right) Kieu Neubert, vice    rights organization,
president Mario Au, administrative        and OCA National
director Bettie Luke, Vanessa Diego,      (OCA) formerly
president Kelly Dang, treasurer Rosie     the Organization of
Icban, Carmela Lim, and secretary         Chinese Americans,
Phillip Sit.                              just completed the          Pictured above are Jason Yu, president of OCA-
                                          eleventh annual             Philadelphia, Kelly Dang OCA-GS; Leslie Moe-
                                          joint JACL/OCA DC           Kaiser, State Farm APIA Communities; and Pei Un
               OCA                        Leadership Conference Yee, senior program manager for OCA National.
     Greater Seattle Chapter              in Washington, D.C.
     606 Maynard Ave S #102               The event was held from March 6 –          and future leaders of the Asian
        Seattle, WA 98114                 March 10.                                  Pacific American (APA) community.
          206.465.4600                        OCA-GS Chapter president               Conference sessions included topics
       www.ocaseattle.org                 Kelly Dang was one of 30 emerging          in the area of health, education,
                                          leaders chosen to participate in this      immigration, civil rights, and
         Board MeMBers                    year’s highly competitive JACL/            economic justice and how each issue
        Kelly dang, President             OCA Leadership Conference. Other affects the APA community.
       Mario au, Vice President           participants represented JACL                  Participants also had the
       rosie Icban, Treasurer             and OCA chapters throughout the            opportunity to visit Capitol Hill
        Phillip sit, Secretary
                                          United States.                             and meet with Congressman Mike
                                              State Farm is the sponsor for          Honda (D-CA), Senator Daniel
              andy Han
                                          the event, and their representative,       Inouye (D-HI), Congressman
             amy Kwan
                                          Leslie Moe-Kaiser, was on hand             David Wu (D-OR), Congressman
            Carmela Lim
                                          to participate in the four-day             Ahn “Joseph” Cao (R-LA),
           Vanessa diego
                                          conference where she presented a           Congresswoman Madeleine
            Bettie Luke                   workshop on leadership.                    Bordallo (D-Guam), and
        Administrative Director               Various national experts also          Congressman Gregorio Sablan
           sara Farinelli                 attended to share their knowledge
          Newsletter Editor               in many areas of interest for current                     See JACL/OCA on page 3.
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President’s Message

H
          appy Lunar New                           first time, simultaneous    community and our Chapter is
          Year everyone!                           Chinese and Vietnamese      truly inspiring. Other members who
          Having served as                         interpretation was          remain on the board include Mario
a board member for three                           provided for limited-       Au, vice president, Rosy Ichban,
years, I am honored to                             English speakers. Over      treasurer, Amy Kwan, and Andy
now serve our members                              50 members of the APA       Han. And of course, I am glad that
as the chapter president                           community attended this     Bettie Luke will continue as our
for the 2009-2011 term.                            event.                      Chapter’s administrative director.
First, I would like to                                 In October 2008,        Her dedication and constant energy
acknowledge and thank Victor           our Chapter hosted a Hate Crime         really keeps us on track.
King for his leadership as the         Prevention Workshop. The one-day            Also, I would like to
immediate-past chapter president.      workshop featured experts and law       wholeheartedly thank departing
Under his leadership, OCA-GS           enforcement officials who deal with     board members Rebecca Chan,
strengthened as an organization that   hate and bias crimes. The workshop      Nigel Lo, Betty Lock, Ross Ye,
emphasized education programs          shared with the participants what       James Kuo, and Elaine Yu for their
and community involvement as a         to do if they were victims of a hate    tireless dedication to OCA during
way to carry out the OCA mission.      crime. This workshop was free to        the 2006-2008 term. Although they
    OCA-GS is a voice for the Asian    the public.                             are no longer serving in a leadership
Pacific American community in              And, in December 2008, our          capacity, I hope that they will
the Puget Sound area. In this new      Chapter held its annual membership      continue to be involved and share
year and moving forward, we will       meeting and election and hosted a       with us their expertise.
continue our efforts to advocate       holiday reception. The December             Without everyone’s commitment
for social justice and to encourage    meeting was an opportunity for the      and support, the OCA-GS Chapter
civic education and community          gathered OCA-GS members to catch        would not have been able to
involvement. These goals are           up with one another and to wish         accomplish so much in 2008.
consistent with the OCA mission of     each other joyous season’s greetings.       During my term as OCA-GS
advancing the social, political, and   Our Chapter members also had            president, I look forward to working
economic well-being of APAs in the     a chance to meet our corporate          with our membership, our board
United States.                         supporters and community leaders        members, our elected and appointed
    Within OCA-GS we have a            such as Seattle Councilmember           officials, our staff, and our
tremendous amount of activities        Tom Rasmussen who stopped by            community partners to be of service
that advances our Chapter’s            to show his support of OCA-GS. If       to the APA community in the Puget
goals. In each instance, OCA-GS        you did not make it to this holiday     Sound area. I will endeavor to
collaborated with other community      reception, then I look forward to       represent us all in the best possible
nonprofits to bring new ideas to       seeing you at our upcoming events       manner and to continue to improve
the APA community. In June 2008,       in 2009.                                upon all that has been accomplished
OCA-GS supported the Walk                  As the OCA-GS Chapter               by our Chapter to date.
for Rice event and helped raise        president, I would like to welcome          Thank you everyone for your
$1,200; in July, we took part in the   our new board members Vanessa           support. Please join us at our
International District/Chinatown       Diego and Kieu Neubert. I look          upcoming OCA-GS events in 2009.
Summer Festival. In August             forward to serving with them in         I look forward to seeing you soon at
2008, our chapter hosted a free        the new term. I especially want to      our community events.
Legal Workshop for all members         thank Phillip Sit, Chapter secretary,
of the public. Eight attorneys         and Carmela Lim for serving on
presented different topics on civil    the 2006-2008 board and staying
and business law. The lectures         on to serve in the 2009-2011 term.              Kelly Dang
were held in English; and for the      Their commitment to the APA                     OCA-GS Chapter President

OCA–Greater Seattle Chapter                                                                           Spring 2009
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Stand Up and Be Counted!                                                            JACL/OCA, continued from page 1.

What the 2010 census means for our community                                        (I-Northern Mariana Islands).
                                                                                        Participants to the conference
The 2010 U.S. census will define           leaders must come together to share
who we are as a nation. Taken every        strategies to develop a comprehensive,   had the opportunity to share their
10 years, the census affects political     coordinated, collaborative               ideas and suggestions on what they
representation and directs the             mobilization plan to galvanize the API   felt were emerging issues for the
allocation of federal funds. Every year,   community to fully participate in the    APA community.
more than $300 billion in federal funds    2010 Census.                                 The goal of the JACL/OCA
is awarded to states and communities           For more information regarding       leadership conference is to educate
based on census data.                      the 2010 Census, please visit www.       and mentor emerging APA leaders
     The census is a count of everyone     census.gov/2010census.                   for future leadership roles. The
residing in the United States. It              Please contact OCA-GS at             Conference has been held annually
includes all 50 states, Washington,        staff@ocaseattle.org if you would        since 1983. All JACL and OCA
DC, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands,      like to volunteer as an OCA-Greater      members are eligible and are
Guam, the Commonwealth of the              Seattle Chapter liaison to the 2010      encouraged to apply for the JACL/
Northern Mariana Islands, and              Census.                                  OCA Leadership Conference.
American Samoa. The census counts

                                           OCA-Greater Seattle Welcomes
people of all ages, races, and ethnic
groups, regardless of immigration

                                           New Board Members
status.
     The census directly affects
decisions of national and local
importance, including voting,                                    Kieu Neubert was born and raised in Vietnam. At
education, employment, public health                             the age of 16, her family immigrated to Bellingham,
care, redistricting, and housing.                                Washington. Kieu earned her Associate in Arts
Census data also affect how many                                 degree in accounting and an Associate in Claims
seats each state will have in the U.S.                           Certificate from Whatcom Community College and
House of Representatives. This is why                            graduated from the Executive Development Institute
it is so important for all Asian Pacific                         leadership program in 2007.
Americans and immigrants to be                                      Kieu has been active in the community for many
counted.                                                         years. She has organized and fundraised for the Walk
     Beginning in February 2010, the       for Rice event and State Farm’s Asianet, a State Farm employee resource
U.S. Census Bureau will mail out           group. Kieu has worked for State Farm Insurance as a claims representative
questionnaires to all households. It       for 20 years.
will ask how many people are living
in your household and a few simple         Vanessa Diego was born in the Philippines and
questions about each person including      immigrated to the U.S. in April 1997. Upon
name, relationship, gender, age and        graduating from the University of Phoenix with a B.S.
date of birth, race, and whether           in Management, she moved to Seattle and currently
you own or rent your home. The             works for Qwest Corporation as a credit consultant.
information which you provide                 Vanessa is an active community organizer. In 2007,
in the census is confidential and is       Vanessa became a member of the Qwest Corporation
not shared with any other federal          Washington Joint Resource Group Council and
government agencies.                       was appointed the secretary of the Pacific Asian
     It is important that our community    American Network. She was recently appointed the vice president of
be counted. Puget Sound’s Asian            TelecomPioneers, the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the
Pacific Islander (API) community           world with chapters located throughout the United States and Canada.


Spring 2009                                                                         OCA–Greater Seattle Chapter
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2009 Golden Circle Awards Dinner and Lunar
New Year Celebration a Great Success

O
          CA-GS held its annual
          Golden Circle Awards                                                                                   1
          Dinner on February 7 at the
New Hong Kong Restaurant in the
International District/Chinatown.
State Farm Insurance was the
Platinum Sponsor. UPS Foundation
and Qwest were the event Copper
Sponsors.
    The event was an opportunity
for old friends to renew its
acquaintances and for new
friendships to be formed. The
dinner featured a 10-course meal.
It was well attended by nearly
300 individuals. It raised $15,000
gross for OCA to continue its
advocacy work for social justice                                         2
and fair treatment; promotion of
civil participation, education and                                                Pictured in Photos
leadership. This year, the dinner                                                 1. MC Al Sugiyama, executive
committee also held a silent dessert                                              director of Center for Career
auction which raised $1,200 in funds                                              Alternatives, and Cindy Ryu, Mayor
to support a student to participate in                                            of Shoreline.
the OCA Washington DC Summer                                                      2. Golden Circle Trailblazer awardee
Internship Program.                                                               Kim Tran.
    This year, OCA-GS honored                                                     3. Seattle City Council member Tom
Ms. Kim Tran as the Golden Circle                                                 Rasmussen and Northwest Asian
Trailblazer Awardee; Ms. Vi Mar                                                   Weekly publisher Assunta Ng.
and Mr. C.C. (Chang-Cho) Tien as                                                  4. Jennifer Liu and Howard King
the Golden Circle Awardee. Kim                                                    5. Port of Seattle commissioner Lloyd
received the OCA-GS Trailblazer                                                   Hara and OCA adiministrative director
award because she is an emerging                                                  Bettie Luke.
leader and a strong advocate for         engineer society since the early         6. Journalist Ron Chew and OCA
the APA community. She has been          1970s.                                   board member Vanessa Diego.
supportive of OCA-GS’ Annual                Special thanks to the Dinner          7. OCA president Kelly Dang with
Legal Workshop volunteering as a         Committee: Betty Lock (Chair),           David Fung, Andrew Fung, Judge
guest speaker.                           the OCA-GS Board, and all the            Dean Lum, and Shiang-Yu Lee.
    Vi Mar and C.C. Tien received        volunteers who made the event a          8.King County Council member Dow
the Golden Circle Awards for             wonderful success.                       Constantine and a dinner guest.
their life long contribution to the         And a special thanks to you, our      9. Kiku Hayashi and Leslie Lum.
APA community. Vi has been an            supporters, for joining us at the 2009   10. May Wan and Dennis Su.
community advocate and organizer         Golden Circle Awards & Lunar New
                                                                                  11. 2009 Golden Circle awardee Vi
since the 1960s and C.C. has been        Year Dinner. We look forward to          Mar and a guest.
a strong promoter of the Chinese         seeing you again next year.

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Spring 2009                               OCA–Greater Seattle Chapter
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News from National

APA HERITAGE MONTH AND OCA TO BE                                                 OCA Praises Locke
RECOGNIZED BY NORDSTROM                                                          Confirmation
To celebrate Asian Pacific American     Suwannagate is thrilling to say the      Washington – OCA, a national
Heritage Month in May, Nordstrom        least,” said OCA Executive Director      Asian Pacific American social justice
has been working with fashion           George Wu.                               organization, applauds the Senate’s
designers Koi Suwannagate and                The t-shirts will be available      unanimous approval of former
Anna Sui on limited-edition t-shirts    at 15 Nordstrom stores (mostly in        Washington Governor Gary Locke
to be sold in their stores. Nordstrom   cities where there are OCA chapters)     as this nation’s 36th Secretary of
will generously give proceeds from      and online at www.nordstrom.com/         Commerce.
shirt sales to the OCA Scholarship      apahm beginning May 1 for $60.               Secretary Locke becomes the
Fund, and OCA is excited to have        There are three different designs to     first Asian American Secretary of
the opportunity to collaborate with     choose from.                             Commerce and the third Asian
fashion designers and Nordstrom.             Check back soon to the OCA          American in President Obama’s
    “OCA is truly honored that          Web site to find a list of stores that   cabinet, joining Energy Secretary
Nordstrom wanted to work with           will carry the shirts in May. For        Steven Chu and Veteran Affairs
us on this project, and to have our     questions, contact Sarah Smith at        Secretary Eric Shinseki.
organization attached to prestigious    ssmith@ocanational.org.                      As the United States responds
designers like Anna Sui and Koi                                                  to the current economic crisis,
                                                                                 OCA believes Secretary Locke
                                                                                 will foster and promote American
NEW OCA DEVELOPMENT MANAGER                                                      economic development at home
Victoria J. Rumsey joined OCA in        association where she spent time         and abroad. Additionally, OCA
March 2009 as the Development           writing for their newsletter. It was     is excited Secretary Locke will
Manager. Victoria has worked in a       during that time she found her           provide leadership on Census 2010
wide range of fundraising                        niche for fundraising. She      and looks forward to working with
field, ranging from                              was there for four years,       the Census Bureau to ensure that
political fundraising                            where she spent her last        everyone is counted.
to individual giving to                          two years working in                OCA is an official Census 2010
corporate sponsorship.                           the Government Affairs          Partner and a Census Information
Before starting at OCA,                          Department as their             Center.
she worked at the                                Political Action Committee/
American Academy of                              Grassroots Coordinator,
Child and Adolescent                             planning fundraising events
Psychiatry as their                              and getting the members
Development Manager where               more involved.
she worked on various funding              She graduated from George
opportunities in support of the         Mason University in 2002 where             Founded in 1973, OCA is
mental health of children and           she majored in English with a              headquartered in Washington,
adolescents.                            concentration in nonfiction writing        D.C. and has over 80 chapters
    In college she interned for         and editing and minored in African         and affiliates around the country.
a telecommunications trade              American Studies.

OCA–Greater Seattle Chapter                                                                              Spring 2009
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                                                                                       Upcoming 2009
                   Support OCA–Greater Seattle!
           Become a Member or Renew Your Membership                                    Activities
                                                                                       APRIL
   OCA can only continue its vital work through the support of its members and do-
   nors. Your membership or donation will ensure that we will be able to continue to
   advocate for the Asian Pacific American community.                                  Kick off for 2010 Census; Kelly Dang
                                                                                       will give a presentation at CISC.
   I WaNT To BeCoMe a MeMBer
   We encourage you to join the OCA chapter nearest you! If there are no               MAY
   chapters in your area, you can join as an OCA member-at-large.                      Asian Heritage Month, OCA–GS
           $10 Student                  $40 Single         $50 Family               will have a table at the event held
           $100 Century Club            $250 American Club                           at Seattle Center May 3. We are
           $1000 Lifetme (Single)  $1500 Lifetime (Family)                           recruiting volunteers in two-hour
                                                                                       blocks to staff the table and deliver
           I would like to join an OCA chapter in my area.
                                                                                       the message about OCA and the US
           I am interested in starting an OCA chapter in my area.
                                                                                       Census. Please contact Bettie Luke at
 Name: ________________________________________________________                        206-465-4600.

 Street address: _________________________________________________                     JUNE
                                                                                       ●   Financial Workshop on first-time
 CIty __________________________________ State _______Zip _________                        home buyers, predatory lenders,
                                                                                           household budgeting, date TBD
 Day phone: ____________________________________________________                       ●   Walk for Rice – OCA will
                                                                                           participate as part of the ACRS
 Evening phone: _________________________________________________
                                                                                           contingent, June 20
 E-mail: ________________________________________________________                      JULY
                                                                                       International District Summer Fest,
   I WaNT To sUPPorT oCa THroUGH MY doNaTIoN!                                          OCA will participate again and is
   Donation amount $ ______________                                                    looking for volunteers to help
           I am eligible for my employer’s matching program.                          AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
            Employer name ________________________________________                     ●   Legal Workshop, date TBD
        Tell me how I can include OCA in my estate planning.                          ●   Fundraising Event, date TBD
        Tell me how I can donate stocks and securities.
       All contributions will be acknowledged in OCA publications and Web              DECEMBER
       sites unless otherwise notified.                                                Annual Membership Meeting, date
        I would like to remain anonymous.                                             TBD

   PaYMeNT aMoUNT
                                                                                            Financial disclosure information
   I am making a contribution of $ ____________________                                     about the Organization of
      Check     Please make checks payable to OCA National Center                          Chinese Americans, Inc, which
                                                                                            is located in Washington, DC,
      Credit Card
                                                                                            may be obtained from the
   Card number _________________________________ Exp. date________                          State of Washington, Secretary
                                                                                            of State, Charities Program,
   Signature ____________________________________
                                                                                            PO Box 40234, Olympia,
  Mail form & check to: OCA–Greater Seattle, PO Box 3013, Seattle, WA 98114                 WA 93504-0234 or by calling
                                                                                            360.753.0863



Spring 2009                                                                            OCA–Greater Seattle Chapter
2009 Board Meeting Open Board Positions                                              New Newsletter
     Schedule      Are you a dedicated individual
                                        who wants to make a difference
                                                                                     Editor
Please mark your calendar for the       in the community? Join the OCA-              Sara Farinelli has assumed the job of
OCA Board meetings. Meetings are
open to OCA members.                    Greater Seattle board! OCA-GS is             In Brief editor from Carmela Lim.
Call 206-465-4600 for additional        seeking a energetic and creative                 Sara earned her B.A. in Far East
information.                            individuals to carry out our mission         Area Studies from Sophia University
                                        of promoting the well being of               (1975) in Tokyo and her M.A. in
apr 15 (3rd Wed)       6:00–7:30 p.m.
                                        Asian Pacific Americans. Please              Japanese Literature at the University
May 16 (3rd Sat)     10:00–11:30 a.m.   e-mail kellytdang@gmail.com if you           of Washington (1981). In addition to
                                        are interested.                              experience as a editor of magazines
Jun 17 (3rd Wed)     6:00–7:30 p.m.                                                  and community newsletters, Sara
Jul 18 (3rd Sat)     10:00–11:30 a.m.                                                has also worked as a public affairs
                                                 OCA Mission                         specialist in democracy and human
aug 19 (3rd Wed)     6:00–7:30p.m.                                                   rights. She earned an A.A.S. in
                                        Founded in 1973, OCA is a national
sep 19 (3rd Sat)     10:00–11:30 a.m.   organization dedicated to advancing the
                                                                                     Publishing Arts at Seattle Central
                                        social, political, and economic wellbeing    Community College (2007).
oct 21 (3rd Wed) 6:00–7:30 p.m.         of Asian Pacific Americans in the United         Sara currently works as a
(preparation for fundraising dinner)    States. OCA aims to embrace the hopes        communications specialist at
Nov/dec              TBd
                                        and aspirations of nearly 15 million Asian   International Community Health
                                        Pacific Americans in the United States.
(preparation for fundraising dinner)                                                 Services.




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                   PO Box 3013
                   Seattle, WA 98114