Securing the Rights of Chinese Americans in Nassau County
There are more than 12 million Asian Americans in the United States. Here in Nassau County, one group is dedicated to securing the rights and serving the evolving needs of those Americans: The Long Island Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA).
“We try to help the community through our Asian American heritage program, anti-hate crime conferences and our efforts to teach seniors on how to live a healthy and whole life without being taken advantage of,” said Ann Chan, Executive Vice President of the OCA Long Island Chapter.
As part of their educational mission, the group highlights the importance of voting and being informed on local and state issues.
“The Long Island OCA’s community-based advocacy and leadership development initiatives provide an incredible service to our State,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) who spoke to the group at their end of the year meeting. “I commend the OCA for seeking to secure the rights of all Chinese Americans and emphasizing the importance of a culturally and politically educated community.”
Since 1981, the Long Island OCA has been reaching out to elected officials, encouraging them to assist the group’s efforts of addressing the concerns of Asian Americans.
“We were so flattered that Senator Hannon and other legislators came to our last meeting,” said Chan. “The people were so happy. At least some elected officials care,” Chan continued.
To become a member of the Long Island OCA, call 917-969-5092.