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A Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Films production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Blue Ice Film Fund
Directed by Steve James
Produced by Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman             @abacusmovie

ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail, was a big hit at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. The timely documentary tells the injustice that the Sung Family—Chinese immigrants and owners of Abacus Federal Savings, a small community bank located in New York’s Chinatown –had to endure. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community over the course of a five-year legal battle.


         Friday, 6.9.17: 1:00PM, 3:10PM, 5:20PM, 7:30PM (Q&A with filmmaker), 9:55PM
Saturday, 6.9.17: 1:00PM, 3:10PM, 5:20PM, 7:30PM, 9:40PM
Landmark Nuart Theatre
11272 California Route 2,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Link to Trailer:

Volunteer with OCA-GLA at Los Angeles Lantern Festival

OCA-GLA will be tabling at the Lantern Festival to do voter outreach by registering and educating voters on countywide and local measures. The APA community is an incredibly diverse group who are underrepresented in politics. It is time to ensure that their voices are heard.

We will provide training to all volunteers at the beginning of each shift. Each shift consists of 2 hours. After you signup, we will contact you to provide further details.

If you would like to help out with OCA-GLA voter registration outreach efforts at the Lantern Festival, Please click here to volunteer.

Author Talk and Book Signing with Karen Ishizuka

ADL’s Asian Jewish Initiative on Cyberhate: What role can we play in fighting hate online? – February 15 at 7pm, Google Offices

Register at this link here

You can find more information about the event at

OCA-GLA to March with API Equality at Golden Dragon Parade Saturday, February 4th 12PM


Assemble at noon (12 p.m.) on Saturday, February 4, 2017. During the pre-parade assembly, we will provide limited quantities of sandwiches and bottled water, give instructions, and distribute shirts ($5 suggested donations) and parade materials, so please come early! The parade begins at 1 p.m.

If you arrive after 12:45 PM, proceed directly to the staging area on Hill St. between Temple St. and Cesar E. Chavez Bl. and ask for the API Equality-LA unit or look for our red T-shirts.


Courtyard of the Hall of Records, located at 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA. The courtyard is located on Hill St., just south of Temple St. There is a ramp accessible to the courtyard.

RSVP here:

Here are some details about the banquet:

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hop Li Seafood Restaurant 526 Alpine St. | Chinatown, Los Angeles

After the march, join us for a 10-course banquet at Hop Li, with dishes including hot braised string beans, the house special chow mein, crab with garlic & black bean sauce, fried fish, and dessert!

Tickets will be $18 and can be purchased at the door with cash, credit card, check, or a PayPal donation. We ask that you RSVP ahead of time, to ensure that we can reserve the correct number of tables. RSVPs can be made on our march sign-up form, and folks are welcome to join us for the banquet even if they are not marching.

Please RSVP here:

More information about both the march and the banquet can be accessed on our Facebook events page. (

Chinese American Museum- Roots Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968-80s

425 N. Los Angeles St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Opening Reception: January 19, 2017 6:00-9:00PM

Exhibit: January 19th -June 11th

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-3pm

Roots is an exhibit that will survey the constellation of individuals, organizations, and campaigns that informed a new Asian Pacific American (APA) identity in Los Angeles, starting in 1968. A long decade of unprecedented activism and organization brought people from different Asian American backgrounds into a strategic alliance that created a new identity: “Asian American.” Although this movement spread throughout the nation, Los Angeles was a stronghold for this new activism, brought about by Asian Americans, and focused on pan-ethnic solidarity and community issues. These historically marginalized communities were finding a voice, and taking action. Los Angeles was the site of major anti-eviction struggles; the birthplace of key periodicals, dynamic health services, and trailblazing feminist groups; and home to a thriving cultural scene with vibrant immigrant communities. This movement catalyzed a profound political awakening in the APA community, and it established cultural and political institutions, ideologies, and organizing tactics that continue to shape the city of Los Angeles, and the concept of what it means to be Asian in America today.

OCA Coalesce Regional Summit

January 21, 2017 9-5PM
SSG Building
905 E. 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Attention college students and recent graduates! We hope you can join us for the Coalesce Regional Leadership Summit January 21st from 9-5pm. Our objectives for participants of the leadership summit is to STRENGTHEN the AAPI leaders of tomorrow, CONNECT them with like-minded individuals around the region, and EMPOWER them to put advocacy into action.

* Personal Branding – To help participants develop the skills needed to get them career ready beyond what is provided by school career centers

* Advocacy – To educate participants on issues affecting their region and equip them with the knowledge to begin local advocacy work.

* Networking – To provide participants to get connected with former interns and opportunities with former interns from other classes.

Register at this link here

You can also apply for a Travel Stipend Here

Volunteer with OCA-GLA at the 626 Night Market 

Friday, August 5th to Sunday, August 7th 2016 3:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

Santa Anita Race Track
285 W. Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA 91007

RSVP to volunteer here:

Do you want to help make a difference in your community and empower the APA community? If so, volunteer with OCA-GLA at the 626 Night market! As you may know, 2016 is a critical election year so OCA-GLA will be tabling at the 626 Night Market to do voter outreach by registering voters and educating voters on ballot initiatives. The APA community is an incredibly diverse group that is underrepresented in politics and it is high time to ensure that their voices are heard.

We’ll provide admissions reimbursement to the Night Market, a Your Vote Matters t-shirt, water, and snacks to all volunteers to keep the energy up!

If this is your first time doing outreach, don’t worry! We will conduct a brief training for volunteers in the beginning of each shift. The shifts at the 626 Night Market will be 2 hours each. After you signup, we will send an email or call you to confirm the details of your shift.

You can find more information about the 626 Night Market here: and

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Plate by Plate: 14th Annual Food Tasting Benefit 

Saturday, August 6th 2016, 7:00pm

Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr.,
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Please join us for Plate by Plate 2016, Project by Project’s signature annual tasting benefit featuring star chefs from over 50 top restaurants and beverage purveyors in Los Angeles. 100% of net ticket proceeds raised from Plate by Plate are remitted to our 2016 beneficiary partner, Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT).

Tickets can be purchased at

Discount code: ocaGLA168 will give you 15% off of the General Admission

Plate by Plate

OCA-GLA/FCC/AYC Summer Picnic

Sunday, August 21st 2016 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Smith Park
250 W. Broadway
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Ready for another summer of fun? Join OCA-GLA and Families with Children from China (FCC) as we soak in the sunshine and picnic in the park with friends and family! We’ll have all the picnic fare and games!


Summer Picnic

Public Speaking 101 Presented by OCA-GLA, A3PCON, and APIA Professional Network of Long Beach

Thursday, August 25th 2016 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Holiday Inn, Downtown Long Beach
1133 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90813

RSVP to attend for FREE here!

Does public speaking still get you unbearably nervous every time? No worries, join OCA-GLA, A3PCON, and APIA Professional Network of Long Beach for a workshop on public speaking! Learn how to conquer the fear and connect wirth your audience in the workshop, Public Speaking 101, presented by Steve Yu. Steve Yu holds an MBA from UCLA and currently serves the Assistant Dean of Operations for the UCLA School of Law and you can read his bio here Light appetizers will be served!