Our signature programs and initiatives advance and enrich the lives of Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in the Greater Washington, DC community. Our programs include:
- Talk Story:This program uses storytelling to educate and raise awareness of the APA history and experience. Every month in DC’s Chinatown, members of the APA community gather to share and hear our community’s history and stories of family, friends, and neighbors. Since April 2012, OCA-DC has held over 20 Talk Story events featuring prominent APA leaders such as Dr. Mae Ngai, an American historian and a Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University; John Jung, a noted author and historian of Asian American Life, Corky Lee; the “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate”; and Marine Major Kurt Lee, hero of the Korean War.
- Mentoring Asian American Professionals (MAAP): MAAP cultivates the next generation of APA professional leaders through mentoring, skill building, and networking. MAAP pairs Asian American professionals with experienced mentors in their field to develop a personal strategic plan, and over a network of 100 APA local professionals have completed the program since 2009.
- APA Youth Advocate: This program supports APA youth in the Greater Washington, DC by building their leadership skills, raising their awareness on social justice issues, and encouraging discussion on the importance of advocacy efforts to promote social issues. Since its inception in fall of 2012, the program has trained 60 Maryland high school students to be advocates in their community.
- Community Service: As part of our mission to encourage civic participation, OCA-DC members give back to the community through financial, in-kind, and volunteer support to local partners and agencies. Our community service efforts include feeding the homeless and low income communities at Shepherd’s Table, promoting the importance of blood donation in the APA community through an Annual Blood Drive in partnership with the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA), and participating in the 5K Run/Walk for the Children’s National Medical Center.