Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Helen Ying
Phone: 503-803-4555

Chinese American Citizens Alliance 52nd Biennial Convention to be held in Oakland, CA August 7 to 10, 2013

San Francisco, CA, July 3, 2013—The Chinese American Citizens Alliance, one of the nation's oldest civil rights organization founded in 1895 announces its 52nd Biennial Convention to be held August 7-10, 2013 at Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OAAC), 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607. Bridge to the Future is the theme for this year's convention. A committee of Oakland Lodge members, chaired by Richard Fong and Edward Yu, is coordinating local arrangements.

The Convention will bring delegates from around the country to elevate the fraternal bonding and strengthen the Alliance's initiatives and presence. Convention activities will include:

A) Review of Governance, consideration of Constitutional Amendments addressing board structure and functions, report of current initiatives including the work on advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, and election of new officers and board members.

B) Learning from the Past, Educating the Present, and Bridging to the Future - Workshops

1) The 1882 Project Symposium
Presenter: Ted Gong, Co-Chair of the 1882 Project.

2) Lessons Learned from the 1882 Project Curriculum Pilot
Presenters: Ming-Ming Tung Edelman, President, and Maxine Loo, Delegate, of the Seattle Lodge.

3) Panel Discussion on Historical Preservation of Chinese American History, Culture, and Historic Sites in Los Angeles
Coordinated by Grand Historian Suellen Cheng. Panelists: Munson Kwok, Chair of the Endangered Sites Subcommittee of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP), Founding Member of the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles; Eugene Moy, C.A.C.A. member and Past President of the Chinese Historical Society of Los Angeles; Susan Dickson, President of the Chinese Historical Society of Los Angeles; Rick Eng, Los Angeles Lodge Secretary and Publicist for the Save China House in Rancho Cucamonga, CA project. They will cover the importance of C.A.C.A.'s evolving relationship with the National Trust for Historical Preservation.

C) Spirit of America Awards. The Chinese American Citizens Alliance will present its national Spirit of America Award at its Gala Dinner and Grand Ball at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on Saturday evening, August 10, 2013. The Spirit of America Award recognizes Americans who embody the indomitable spirit of our great nation, who have demonstrated superior leadership in a field or profession, and whose achievements have made a national impact on the Chinese American community and America. Furthermore, the recipients are individuals who serve as role models for youth, a beacon of pride and an inspiration for all Americans.

C.A.C.A. will be honoring five recipients at the 2013 Convention:

Congresswoman Judy Chu, CA 27th District who is the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress, Chair of the Asian American Congressional Caucus, a visionary champion of justice for all, and a courageous pioneering trailblazer.

Dr. Munson Kwok of LA, CA who is an accomplished scientist, a preservationist of Chinese American history, culture, and historic sites, an advocate for civil rights and education, and an energetic two-term Grand President with a history of transformative contribution to the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.

Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco's first Chinese American mayor, a community activist whose diligent work has vastly improved the quality of life in the communities that he serves, and a pioneering inspiration for all Americans.

Mr. Jerry Lee of Seattle, WA who is a committed volunteer, a generous philanthropist, and community leader who has dedicated his architectural skills and values to the advancement of community goals.

Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, CA who is Oakland's first Chinese American woman mayor, a first Asian American elected to Oakland's School Board and City Council, a champion for social justice, equality, education, ecology, and a national voice for immigrant and urban children, and a pioneering inspiration for all Americans.


CONTACT: HELEN YING, (503) 803-4555

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