Organizations of Chinese Americans – New York Chapter (OCA-NY)

Date Range: 19932007
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2011-09-21
Creator: Organization of Chinese Americans – New York Chapter (OCA-NY)

History: Founded in 1973, the Organization of Chinese Americans is “a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).” The national organization was formed by the cooperation of three founding chapters. Lead by K.L. (Kung-Lee) Wang and others, the Chinese American Leadership Council was created in September 1971 in Washington, D.C. following the example of organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). In November 1971, a steering committee chaired by Alex Mark was formed in Detroit to discuss the formation of a national organization. In February 1972 the League of Chinese Americans was formed in St. Louis. On June 9, 1973, the three regional organizations came together under the umbrella of a new, national organization. The New York Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA-NY) was founded in 1976 and is one of more than 80 chapters of OCA in the United States.

In accordance with the platform of the national organization, the official mandate for OCA-NY is “to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity, and fair treatment; to promote civic participation, education, and leadership; to advance coalition building; and to foster cultural heritage.” In general, OCA-NY supports programming around civic participation, social justice, and coalition building. OCA-NY also supports cultural and social programming. Toward the goal of increasing civic participation among Asian Americans, OCA-NY has organized leadership trainings, voter registration drives, rallies in support of issues like health care reform, immigration reform and breast cancer research. Recent projects relating to social justice and coalition-building include monitoring hate crime and hate speech, supporting coalition partners in a variety of ventures. Cultural and social activities include participation in community events like the Lunar New Year Parades, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival and the Asian American Heritage Festival, as well as organizing community support of Asian American artists.

Sources: “About OCA-NY.” OCA-NY. Accessed February 4, 2015.

Summary: The Organization of Chinese Americans – New York Chapter’s Records total 2.7 linear feet and consist of materials documenting OCA-NY’s civic participation, social justice and coalition-building projects, and cultural and social activities. The files represent a wide range of topics and formats and are not organized in any particular order. Included are files related to internal communications such as newsletters (1994-2007), bylaws (2001), annual reports (1993, 1994, 2003), board meeting minutes (2003 and on), gala programs (1993, 2006, 2007), handbooks and directories (1998), packets from the national convention (1996), and the OCA Chapter Officer’s Manual (2002). Also included are letters to members (1996) providing information on events and updates, and a resolution about affirmative action (1995).

Documents related to outreach, publicity, and events include press releases on a variety of topics, published responses to racist depictions of Asian Americans in the media, a program from the Asian American Corporate Achievement Awards (1998), and expressions of public appreciation toward politicians who have backed policies supportive of Asian Americans. Publications include Image, the official magazine of the national organization (1994, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007), the report Responding to Hate Crimes: A Community Action Guide, 1st Edition (2005) and 2nd Edition (2006). Also included are development files, which include a handbook called Building a National Campaign.

Also included are samples of records by external organizations such as newsletters of other OCA chapters (Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New Jersey), gala programs of other organizations such as the Chinese American Planning Council, the Chinese American Real Estate Association (1994), and the Chinese American Academic and Professional Society (2001). External publications include Committee of 100 Survey: American Attitudes towards Chinese Americans and Asian Americans (2001), Counting Asian Americans (2001), a special report on the census by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and selected press clippings also compiled by AALDEF. An additional amount of ephemera consist of items like t-shirts and banners (1997).

Total Size: 2.7 linear feet
APA-related Size: 2.7 linear feet
Languages of materials: English
Arrangement: other
Location: Organization of Chinese Americans – New York Chapter Offices
Conditions Governing Access: Program files currently inaccessible to the public. Contact organization for detailed information on conditions governing access.

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