The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) was established in 1973 to create a unified voice for Chinese Americans in the civil rights movement. OCA-Central Virginia Chapter was founded in Richmond, Virginia in August 1978. As the AAPI community continued to grow and diversify, OCA understood the importance to reflect the needs of the community and advocate on behalf of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In 2013, the organization rebranded to do business as OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates.
OCA –Asian Pacific American Advocates has an extensive network of over 100 chapters, affiliates, and partners from around the county.
OCA-CVC is a 501(c)3 membership-driven organization dedicated to the betterment of Chinese and other Asian Pacific Americans. In addition, the organization strives to foster development, leadership, and engagement through its various programs. If you need assistance, OCA-CVC can connect you with a strong nationwide support system.
To advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Chinese and other Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
United we have a stronger voice
As a very small minority group in the United States, Chinese and other Asian Pacific Americans are easily excluded from the federal and state policy making process and/or ignored by policy decision makers.
OCA is engaged in organizing its over 100 chapters and affiliates across the nation to develop both leadership and community involvement. OCA chapters and our affiliates are establishing strong local programs in all parts of the country.
OCA's headquarters in Washington, D.C. gives the OCA National Center an effective vantage point for monitoring legislation and policy issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans. In addition, OCA is able to build national support and to work in coalition with other national groups around issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans.
The many achievements of OCA over the past 40 years have been possible only through the commitment of many dedicated friends, members, officers, family, corporate partners, colleagues and leaders in the Chinese and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Yet, there is much left to do to accomplish our mission.