2016 Business Leadership Honoree: AFC Soy Foods

AFC Soy Foods, Inc. has been manufacturing products such as tofu, soy noodles, and soy puddings in the Los Angeles area since 1975.  With a portfolio of nearly one hundred unique soy products, you’ll be able to find their brand in most nationwide Asian grocery chains and locally-owned markets across the United States.  Over the past forty years, AFC has become known for a

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2016 Community Spirit Honoree: Thai Community Development Center

              Thai Development Community Center SERVICE AREA Greater Los Angeles area but particularly where there are large concentrations of Thais; however, being the only Thai organization in the country engaged in comprehensive community development that includes social services and human rights advocacy, our reach is also both national and transnational. LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN ADDITION TO ENGLISH Thai PRIMARY

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2016 Creative Pioneer Honoree: Marilyn Tokuda

Marilyn Tokuda recently retired from East West Players (EWP) after fourteen years where she was hired as the organizations first Arts Education Director. She overlooked arts educational programming which included producing and developing the annual Theatre for Youth touring production. Poet/Migrant Activist Carlos Bulosan, Katherine Cheung, the first Chinese American woman to get her aviators license, and most recently Bhagat Singh Thind, the first

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2016 Leadership in Arts and Media Honoree: Tim Dang

Tim recently stepped down as producing artistic director of East West Players (EWP), the longest running professional theatre of color in the United States and the largest creator of Asian Pacific American work for the live stage. Through his 23 years of leadership, East West Players moved from a 99-seat black box space in the Silverlake area to the professionally equipped 240-seat David Henry

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2016 Legacy Award Honoree: Deborah F. Ching

Deborah F. Ching has long been involved with community and civic affairs in the Chinese and Asian American communities.  She was affiliated with Chinatown Service Center from 1980-2000, serving as its Executive Director from 1989-2000. In 2000, Ms. Ching was appointed President and CEO of the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation, a foundation whose mission focused on increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls.

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Volunteer to Register Voters at 626 Night Market August 5-7

2016 is a critical election year, so we 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 626 Night Market, an Your Vote Matters t-shirt, water, and snacks!

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Press Release: OCA-Greater Los Angeles Honors State Controller Betty T. Yee, Comedienne Jenny Yang and the 626 Night Market at the 24th Annual Image Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCA-Greater Los Angeles Honors State Controller Betty T. Yee, Comedienne Jenny Yang and the 626 Night Market at the 24th Annual Image Awards LOS ANGELES (Oct. 6, 2015) – OCA-Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA), an organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is honoring State Controller Betty T. Yee (Trailblazer Award), Comedienne Jenny Yang (Rising

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“When Will My Reflection Show?” Asian American Activism & Combating Media Stereotypes

Created by 2015 Chiyo Tanaka Okamoto summer interns Vince Leus and Yvonne Nguyen, this presentation was a part of a media representation workshop that explored both positive and negative media portrayals of Asian Pacific Americans, their repercussions on lived experiences, and activism to combat media stereotypes. Transcript “When Will My Reflection Show?” Asian American activism & combating media stereotypes – Welcome! – About Yvonne &

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Conscious Consumption: A Diner’s Guide to Restaurant Labor Exploitation

Created by 2013 Chiyo Tanaka Okamoto summer intern Trung Nguyen, in partnership with Restaurant Opportunities Center – Los Angeles (ROC-LA) and Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC), “Conscious Consumption” is a consumer’s guide to combating restaurant labor exploitation. Download the free guide: Conscious Consumption: A Diner’s Guide to Restaurant Labor Exploitation Download Restaurant Opportunities United’s Diners’ Guide mobile app: http://rocunited.org/dinersguide/


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: OCA-GLA Chiyo Tanaka Okamoto (CTO) Summer Internship

2017 Chiyo Tanaka Okamoto (CTO) Summer Internship Announcement OCA–Greater Los Angeles Internship Summary OCA – Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA) is seeking two (2) energetic and resourceful students 18 years of age or older to serve as CTO interns for the summer. CTO interns will work closely with the OCA-GLA Executive Director to assist with planning and coordinating events, including OCA-GLA’s annual summer picnic with

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