• News 25.01.2013 Comments Off

    OCA Cleveland Logo - High

    Be part of the organization that brought you the Cleveland Asian Festival!  With 10,000 people in 2010’s one day event expanded to two days of 31,060 people attendees in May 2011 and 42,240 people in 2012!

    OCA Greater Cleveland Chapter has been servicing the continually growing Asian Pacific American community Northeast Ohio since 1983.  We work closely with partnering organizations and communities to promote ethnic awareness and cultural diversity.

    OCA Greater Cleveland Chapter (formerly known as the Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland – OCAGC) is a non-profit, non-partisan civil rights and educational organization. OCA Cleveland Chapter is part of the National OCA, with over 100 chapters and affiliates within the United States. We are dedicated to promoting cultural heritage, active participation in civic and community affairs, securing justice, and equal treatment and equal opportunity for all Americans of Asian Pacific Islander descent.

    All OCA Greater Cleveland Members can participate FREE of Charge to learn about Chinese Dragon Dance Team and performs at events!

    OCA – “Embracing the Hopes and Aspiration of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States”

    Student $10    /  Senior 65+ $20, 2-year $30, 5-year $60

    Individual $40, 2-year $70, 5-year $140    /   Family $50, 2-year $90, 5-year $180

    Century Club $100 (Individual/Family/Non-Profit Organization, Cleveland Chapter only)

    American Club $250 (Small Business, Cleveland Chapter only)

    Corporate Club $500 and up (Cleveland Chapter only)

    Lifetime Individual/Family $1,000/$1,500

    Join OCA Cleveland Chapter using this form and mail in your check : Membership Form (credit card payment is accepted.)

  • News 16.12.2014 Comments Off
    You’re invited to a reception with 
    Honorable Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra
    Deputy Consul General of India, New York

     and hear about the latest

    Opportunities for US Companies interested in Investing or
    Doing Business with India
    Thursday, December 18, 2014  ·  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
     Appetizers will be served (Cash bar)

    No fee to attend, but registration is required by 12/17/2014

    at

    Ariel International Center, Skyline Lake Room

    1163 East 40th Street, 4th floor, Cleveland OH 44114

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    To register on-line please click here


    Agenda:

    4:00pm to 5:00pm – Reception to meet with Deputy Consul General of India, Dr. Mohapatra

    5:00pm: Welcome – Radhika Reddy, Ariel International Center

    5:05pm: Neil Patel, President FIA, to introduce Dr. Mohapatra, DCG of India, NY

    5:10 pm to 6:00pm – Presentation by Honorable Dr. Mohapatra, DCG of India, NY

     

    To register, you can also email, fax, or mail this form to:

    Radhika Reddy, Ariel International Center, 1163 East 40th Street, Ste 201, Cleveland, OH 44114

    Ph: 216-344-9441 · Cell: 216-577-2420 · Fax: 216-373-7356 · Email:rr@arielventures.com


    Name:
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    Phone:______________________________Fax:___________________________

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  • News 08.12.2014 Comments Off

    Celebrate Greater Cleveland’s Incredible Diversity at the Annual ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party Wednesday, December 17 at 6 p.m. at the new Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

    Tickets are $10 per person and includes an array of international foods, multiticultual performances, International Fashion Show, Dance to International Music, Silent Auction, cash bar, and more!

    For Tickets, Click Here!

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    International Community Council – Worldwide Intercultural Network

  • News 26.11.2014 Comments Off

    10734187_10152874257564740_6661595035123436246_nPresented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Location:  The Capitol Theatre, 1390 West 65th Street, Cleveland, Ohio

    Screening Time:  7:00pm

    Discussion with Filmmakers to follow

    Join us for a free screening of I Learn America: One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans, a new documentary that is inspiring viewers at film festivals across the U.S.   The film follows five immigrant teenagers over the course of one year at the International High School at Lafayette, a public high school in Brooklyn dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world.  The students strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, confront universal trials of adolescence, and search for a future they can claim as their own.  A conversation with filmmaker Jean-Michel Dissard and educators and students featured in the film will follow the screening.

    Seating is limited and RSVP is required, please visit facinghistory.org/communityconversations or call 216.321.9220 x221.  As part of Facing History’s national series of Community Conversations this event is free and open to the public.

  • News 23.11.2014 Comments Off
    Asiatown Community Against MetroHealth Sudden Closure

    Asiatown Community Against MetroHealth Sudden Closure

    City Councilman Jeffrey D. Johnson Rebukes MetroHealth for Abandoning Asiatown

    City Councilman Jeffrey D. Johnson Rebukes MetroHealth for Abandoning Asiatown

    OCA Greater Cleveland organized an Asiatown Townhall Meeting held on 11/20/2014 to discuss MetroHealth’s unilateral and sudden decision to close the Asia Town Heath Center located at Asia Plaza. 177 Attendees, mostly Senior Citizens from the Asiatown Community that depend on the clinic attended and raised passionate questions and concerns to the 12 MetroHealth representatives. Suggestions to reverse the decision, or delay the closure to allow an easier transition, and even extremely generous financial incentives to keep the facility open offered by Asia Plaza has not changed the decision to close the clinic next week.

    The community was very upset by: 1) Decision to close the facility that ably served the community for 22 years including non-English speaking elderly for whom bi-lingual medical staff and ease of neighborhood access is critical, 2) Abruptness of the announcement via an ad in Erie Chinese Journal a month prior to closure at the end of November, 3) Lack of community involvement and input to ease the transition, 4) Lack of notification to County and City Council – who learned of the closure through OCA.

    The community was very impressed by the ardent support provided at the meeting by Cleveland City Councilman Jeffrey D. Johnson (Ward 10, previously represented Asiatown prior to rezoning) who rebuked the MetroHealth Senior Management for never approaching City Council or St. Clair Superior Development Corporation regarding the closure or on any concerns over the adequacy of the existing Asiatown facility. Regarding abandoning Asiatown, Councilman Johnson said: “Do you know the uniqueness of what is going on over here? …For you guys to take a walk after 22 years is unacceptable. This is Asiatown!” to the cheers of community. Similarly, County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell was surprised to learn about the closure at last week’s pre-meeting and sent a probing letter of inquiry to MetroHealth and has offered support for Asiatown.

    Thanks to the Hom Family and Li Wah Restaurant for hosting the event, to OCA President Lisa Wong for organizing the meeting, OCA VP Administration Wayne Wong for Moderating the meeting, and OCA Board members Johnny Wu and Deborah Yue for support. Thanks to the speakers: MetroHeath’s Dr. Harry Walker Sr. VP of Ambulatory Network (and responsible for all 17 clinics), Dr. Sheng Liu the Medical Director of the current Asia Town MetroHealth facility, Michael Byun Executive Director of (ASIA) Asian Services In Action who was invited by MetroHealth to discuss the new unaffiliated ICHC clinic. Thank you to translators Henry Luu, William Young, Chia Chen, and Susan Cho-Harris.  Further demonstrating the unique needs of Asiatown, the meeting was conducted in four languages (English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean).  Thank you to all the many concerned community members and leaders for attending and supporting each other.

    Video highlight of Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson’s rebuke of MetroHealth for the sudden Closure:

     

    Asiatown Community Supports Keeping the Current Health Clinic

    Asiatown Community Supports Keeping the Current Health Clinic

    Donna Hom of Asia Plaza announced Financial Incentives for MetroHealth to Stay

    Donna Hom of Asia Plaza announced Financial Incentives for MetroHealth to Stay

    OCA President Lisa Wong and Dr Sheng Liu, Medical Director of MetroHealth Asia Plaza Health Center (soon to be closed)

    OCA President Lisa Wong and Dr Sheng Liu, Medical Director of MetroHealth Asia Plaza Health Center (soon to be closed)

  • News 14.11.2014 Comments Off
    Asia Town Senior Citizens Concerned over MetroHealth Closure

    Asia Town Senior Citizens Concerned over MetroHealth Closure

    OCA Greater Cleveland helped host an AsiaTown Community Pre-Meeting on November 13 that gathered 78 attendees, mostly elderly from the neighborhood, to discuss concerns about MetroHealth closing the “Asia Town Health Center” that has been in Asia Plaza for 22 years. MetroHealth plans to relocate services away from the community at the end of November. OCA along with other neighborhood leaders organized the pre-meeting to ensure that the concerns of the community are voiced and understood prior to the meeting with MetroHealth representatives next Thursday Nov. 20 at 4:00 at Li WAH Restaurant at Asia Plaza. Many impassioned concerns were voiced. The majority of senior citizen attendees use the current Health Center and are anxious about the ease of access, and significant language, and transportation barriers for their many healthcare needs. Thank you to Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell for being engaged with our community to understand the many views expressed. Also attending were representatives from the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, St Clair Superior Development Corporation, Asia Plaza, and (ASIA) Asian Services In Action. Thank you to Li Wah for providing a post-meeting dinner so that the discussions could continue. Thank you to Cleveland Chinese Christian Church – Midtown for hosting the meeting. OCA Cleveland Board members supporting the meeting: President Lisa Wong, VP Wayne Wong, and VP Deborah Yue. This is an important issue for AsiaTown, please come to the next meeting on Nov. 20 if interested in learning more.

    AsiaTown Community Meeting on MetroHealth closure

    AsiaTown Community Meeting on MetroHealth closure

  • News 19.09.2014 Comments Off

    Brush with Danger - Film OCA Greater Cleveland is Partnering with “A Brush with Danger” movie for a Q & A with the Film Team on Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Tower City Cinemas. This martial arts crime thriller marks the theatrical motion picture debut of filmmaker Livi Zheng, who co-wrote, directs, produces and stars in “Brush with Danger.” The 25-year-old multi-talented filmmaker fills a unique niche in Hollywood no one else occupies – a skilled, experienced stunt woman and actress who writes, directs and produces her own action films. It also marks the big screen debut of 19-year-old internationally ranked martial artist, Ken Zheng, who co-wrote the screenplay and co-stars in the film with his sister. There will be a post screening Q&A with Livi and Ken Zheng following the movie, moderated by OCA Cleveland V.P. of P.R. and local filmmaker Johnny K. Wu. Come out meet Livi and Ken and support their film. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to the OCA Cleveland Chapter. Tickets are $8 Senior Tickets $6 each Tower City Cinemas, 230 W Huron Rd Suite 7256, Cleveland, Ohio 44113  – PARK at the Tower City Garage – Entrance is on W. 6th Street between W. Huron and W. Prospect. Bring the parking ticket to the theater for validation – Free for up to 3 hours. The Tower City garage is lower level, take the escalator up to fountain/food court area. When facing food court, go left down the hall to find Tower City Cinemas.

  • News 15.08.2014 Comments Off
    OCA Cleveland Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

    OCA Cleveland Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

    Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with OCA Cleveland.  The event includes:

    • An evening of “Dancing with Dinosaurs” with Dragon, Lion, and DJ Dance
    • For the first time: OCA Dragon Dance (in partnership with Confucius Institute at CSU) and the Kwan Family Lion Dance
    • Dance Party by DJ Alexicon
    • Admission to Museum including the Traveling “Silk Road” exhibit
    • Live Entertainment & Cultural Performances
    • Games, and Informational Tables
    • Light refreshments, Dessert, Coffee Station
    • Free parking
    • Hundreds of attendees anticipated

    Friday September 12, 2014, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m

    Cleveland Museum of Natural History,  1 Wade Oval Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

    Signature Sponsors:  Margaret W. Wong & Associates, Asia Plaza, and Dollar Bank

    Additional Sponsors: Asian Services in Action, Asian Town Center, Cleveland Asian Festival, Confucius Institute at CSU, and WXZ Development

    Community Partner:  MotivAsians for Cleveland, and International Community Council – Worldwide Intercultural Networ, Li Wah Restaurant, and Erie Chinese Journal

    Performing Groups: Yin Tang Dance, Rosa Lee & Janice Liu – Chinese Instrumentals, Great Wall Enrichment Center, DJ Alexicon, and more.

    Facebook Event Page:  http://goo.gl/j47JRD

    Free to OCA Cleveland Members. Join:  http://ocagc.org/?p=30

    Tickets $15 and/or Donations to OCA Cleveland:  http://goo.gl/WifsdC

    Funds raised will benefit the work of OCA Cleveland – Asian Pacific American Advocates in advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in Northeast Ohio.  OCA Cleveland is the local chapter of a National organization with over 100 chapters and affiliates.

  • News 23.06.2014 Comments Off

    OCA Greater Cleveland is a Cultural Partner of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  Join us for Traveling the Silk Road Concert & Cultural Festival Sunday, June 29 from 3:30 to 7 pm.  Get $5 off ticket prices by calling the box office at (216) 231-1177.  Use Code: CorpConcert.

    Traveling the Silk Road Concert & Cultural Festival

  • News 12.06.2014 Comments Off

    OCA Cleveland Members and Friends:

    You are invited to the OCA Cleveland Spring/Summer event, a Membership Drive Potluck Dinner and Discussion.  The discussion will be the first in a series “Seeds for Success” and the topic will be “Career Role Models” led by speakers in a variety of fields including the Honorable Ron Falconi, Mayor of the City of Brunswick; Wayne Wong, NASA Engineer and recipient of the 2013 Asian American Engineer of the Year Award; Dr. Michael Chen, Family Physician at University Hospitals; Dr. Edith Ho, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University; and Mr. Majeed Makhlouf, Director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Law and highest ranked Asian Attorney in the County.  While the general topic may appear to be geared towards early career people and students, it should be of interest to everyone including parents, and also to well established participants that may have advice to give as there will be plenty of time for open discussion.

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    DATE: 6/21/2014 – Saturday 4:00pm – 8:00pm

    LOCATION: The Hom Residence: 4420 Valley Forge Drive, Fairview Park, OH 44126

    COST:  Potluck or Payment – Either 1) Bring a Dish to Share, or 2) $5 for Individuals, or 3) $10 for Families.  Free to Students.  Everyone Welcome.

    Please RSVP using this link so we can plan appropriately.  If you are so inclined, please indicate type of dish (entree, dessert, surprise, etc.):

    http://goo.gl/AYruOm

    Anyone that is not an OCA Cleveland member and is interested in joining, please use this link:

    http://ocagc.org/?p=30

    To stay connected with OCA Cleveland, signup for our yahoogroup list using:

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/OCAGC/info

    Forward this email to anyone you think might be interested in attending.  Any questions can be directed to me or Lisa Wong at:  President@ocagc.org

    Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the Potluck!

  • News 02.06.2014 Comments Off
    Dragon Dance at Cleveland Asian Festival (photo: Ed Wong)

    Dragon Dance at Cleveland Asian Festival (photo: Ed Wong)

    OCA Greater Cleveland’s Dragon Dance Team, presented in partnership with Confucius Institute at CSU, made its debut performance at the 5th Cleveland Asian Festival on May 18, 2014.  Here is a video compilation from OCA Cleveland’s V.P. of Administration, Wayne Wong using video and photos from multiple contributors.   Video – Dragon Dance Performance.

    Having trained for four sessions under Sifu TShaka Brown prior to the festival, the team did an outstanding job.  More advanced Dragon Dance techniques as well as Flag arts and Drumming technique will be taught in future classes.  Any interested Dragon Dance students, see below.

    OCA Cleveland Summer Dragon Dance Class Schedule. Held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Asian Town Center, 2nd Floor, 3820 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114. To sign up for Classes – Click Here.

    • June 14 – Sat.
    • June 21 – Sat.
    • June 28 – Sat.
    • July 13 – Sun.
    • July 20 – Sun.
    • July 27 – Sun.
  • News 01.04.2014 Comments Off
    Dragon Dance at Cleve Asian Festival (photo: Ed Wong)

    Dragon Dance at Cleve Asian Festival (photo: Ed Wong)

    Dragons are of course legendary animals, but they are important to Chinese people who think of dragons as helpful, friendly creatures. They are linked to good luck, long life and wisdom. They are nothing like the fierce, fire-breathing Western dragons that carry off princesses and eat people. Chinese Dragons are associated with storm clouds and life-giving rain. They have special powers so they can fly in the air, swim in the sea and walk on land. The Dragon has features of other animals such as the horns of a stag, the scales of a fish and the footpads of a tiger.

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    Learn how to do the Chinese Dragon Dance, the Dragon Flag, the Dragon Drums, & The Dragon Wisdom Pearl techniques plus basic martial arts warm ups! Advanced students will also learn acrobatic exercises.  Senior members will be part of the Performance team that is invited to perform throughout NE Ohio.  Performances include the Cleveland Asian Festival, OCA Moon Festival, Lunar New Year Celebrations and many others.  Open to everyone (Children or Adult) that can run and able to carry the Dragon.

    LAST Classes for 2014: (1pm to 3pm)

    • Saturdays: October 4, 18, 25
    • Sundays: November 2, 9

    Location: Asian Town Center, 2nd floor, by Miega. 3820 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103    FEE: $40 for each 8-Session Course for Adult and $20 for Children. Uniform (pants/shirt) $30 each.  Classes are FREE to members of OCA Cleveland, (cheaper to become a member), join now! FREE to CSU’s Confucius Institute’s students, FREE to T’shaka Brown Shaolin Kungfu School Students.

    Click here to sign up! Dragon Dance Classes are once-a-week on Weekends, with seasonal schedule updates, and each class is a two hour session.  To graduate and be eligible for performance, participant must attend at least 6 sessions.

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    Dragon Dance Team performed at the Cleveland Museum of Natural HIstory

    ClevelandPeople.com did a nice coverage during our performance at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History,  click here to read more.

    St. Patrick's Day Parade - OCA Dragon with C.I. and CAF Panda

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade – OCA Dragon with C.I. and CAF Panda

     

     

     

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    Chinese Dragon @ 2014 St. Patrick’s Parade (3/17/2014)

    Sponsored by OCA Greater Cleveland in partnership with Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, with support from Asian Town Center, and Tshaka Brown Shaolin Kungfu School. 

  • News 19.03.2014 Comments Off

    timeinquchi2OCA Greater Cleveland is a proud community partner for the film “A TIME IN QUCHI” at the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival

    Monday, March 24th at 6:20 p.m. (FREE day, courtesy of The Cleveland Foundation – currently on Standby)

    Tuesday, March 25th at 1:50 p.m.

    Year: 2013

    Country: TAIWAN

    Run Time: 110 minutes

     Sidebar:  Pacific Pearl

    Program Guide Section: Yellow Theater

    Code: TIME24

    $2 off discount Code: OCAGC (Good for any film)

    Limited FREE Parking at Tower City Parking (enter from W. 6th & Huron Roada).  Please have your parking ticket validated at Tower City Cinemas.

     A TIME IN QUCHI —  When Bao is sent to his grandfather’s house for the summer, he’s not exactly pleased. The countryside seems like another planet compared to the city, and, worst of all, there’s no cable TV. As he spends the hours with his face glued to a tablet screen, the beauty and adventure surrounding him go unnoticed. His parents, who are in the midst of a divorce, placed him and his little sister with their grandpa, hoping to spare them from seeing the messy side of a breakup. However, they’ve also neglected to notice how any of it has affected their kids, particularly their apathetic son. As the summer unfolds, Bao is forced to step outside of his comfort zone, trading technology for real life friendships and human interaction. He’ll also have to face loss head on, a harrowing experience that will forever change him. In the course of one summer, Bao will grow up. Chang Tso-chi finds the perfect balance in A TIME IN QUCHI. It’s tender, but never mawkish; visually arresting, yet still maintaining the right level of rawness. Note: Recommended for pre-teens and older. (In Mandarin and Taiwanese with subtitles) —E.F.

    To see the Trailer go to:  http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2014/a-time-in-quchi

    Enjoy a FREE day at the Festival, courtesy of The Cleveland Foundation and in celebration of their centennial, on Monday, March 24th! Each person can get two tickets per film, up to four films! Free tickets can be ordered online, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM), in-person at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form.

  • News 04.03.2014 Comments Off

    For one week only, from March 7 to March 13 showing daily at 4:30pm at Capitol Theatre, come see Stephen Chow’s latest film (2013) Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.

    Capitol Theatre is located at 1390 West 65th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102. For information: 216-651-7295 or visit their website. Tickets on sale now!

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    The movie takes place before Tang Sanzang got his disciples and embarked on the Journey to the West. A young village girl plays by the river and her father frightens her by pretending to be a fish demon, although he is then killed by a mysterious underwater creature. A Taoist priest kills a giant manta ray and insists the demon is dead. Buddhist demon hunter Xuanzhang appears to warn the animal is not the true demon but is violently ignored. The demon reemerges and kills a number of villagers but Xuanzhang is able to beach the fish-like demon, which turns into a man. Xuanzhang then opens a book of nursery rhymes and begins to sing to the man. The man feels harassed and attacks Xuanzhang but another demon hunter, Duan appears and captures him in her cloth, turning him into a puppet. Xuanzhang reveals to Duan that his master taught him a humanist approach and to use nursery rhymes to coax goodness out of demons, a tactic Duan scoffs at. Disillusioned, Sanzang meets back up with his master and bemoans his lack of capabilities in comparison to more aggressive demon-hunters such as Duan. His master reaffirms his philosophy of trying to reform evil demons and sends him off again, telling him to find “enlightenment.”

  • News 20.02.2014 Comments Off

    raise_logo2On behalf of Asian Services in Action, Inc., you are formally invited to the 1st Annual RAISE (Reaching Asian Americans through Innovative and Supportive Engagement) Summit.

    Limited seating, sign up now by click here!

    For direction, please click here

    Our theme, “Healthy Choices. Healthy Lives – A Roadmap to Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change in Asian American/Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA/NHPI) Communities of Greater Cleveland,” will illustrate the impact culturally catered PSE initiatives can make to increase healthy eating/active living within hard to reach communities of Greater Cleveland.

    RAISE, a multi-sector coalition, brings together local stakeholders within Greater Cleveland to tackle obesity and chronic disease by working “upstream” to increase physical activity and improve nutrition in AA/NHPI communities. There has been growing body of evidence to suggest that the rate of preventable chronic disease among AA/NHPIs will match that of mainstream Americans with greater length of acculturation. The seven-county Greater Cleveland metropolitan area is comprised of over 60,000 AA/NHPIs. Based on data and analysis conducted in other parts of the country, over 4,500 AA/NHPIs in the RAISE jurisdiction are currently living with diabetes.

    Please join RAISE as we demonstrate how PSE can easily be adopted into your current practices and how you can implement these strategies in any hard to reach population. We look forward to having you join us.

    For more information about RAISE: http://www.asiaohio.org/programs/chp/raise/

  • News 12.02.2014 Comments Off

    Figure 1 New OCA CLE Board

    OCA Cleveland celebrated the Inauguration of new President Lisa Wong and the New Board on February 8, 2014 with a reception at the Offices of Margaret W. Wong & Associates.  The inauguration was conducted by the Honorable Ron Falconi, Mayor of Brunswick.  In attendance were the Honorable Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland; Councilman Brian J. Cummins; Ariella Brown, office of Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge; President National OCA Sharon Wong; President OCA-Columbus Linh Ta; and many other esteemed community leaders and guests.  The Inauguration Speech given by new President Lisa Wong  is below.

    OCA Cleveland New Board:

    • President – Lisa Wong
    • Secretary – Harold Hom
    • Treasurer – Shan Chan
    • V.P. of Administration – Wayne Wong
    • V.P. of Membership – Deborah Yue
    • V.P. of Organizational and Public Relations – Johnny K. Wu
    • V.P. of Education and Culture – Huili Shi
    • Past President – Ray Chan
    • Past President – Ray Hing


    Inauguration Speech

    OCA Cleveland President – Lisa Wong

    February 8, 2014

    Figure 3 Lisa Wong SpeechI am humbled, and honored to have this opportunity to serve as the president of OCA Cleveland.  This is an organization that I have been a part of for over 20 years.  My commitment to OCA is because I truly believe in the importance and necessity of this organization.

    I was born here in Cleveland, to an immigrant mother and American-born Chinese father.  Growing up as an American of Asian descent, I was always in search of my identity.  Always feeling not quite American enough yet reminded by my relatives from China and Hong Kong that I was not quite Chinese enough either.

    Growing up on Cleveland’s west side, my family and I faced all sorts of discrimination.  We were often ridiculed as foreigners even though my father, siblings, and I were born in the US.  It was a constant struggle just trying to fit in.  It wasn’t until college when I met other Chinese Americans and became friends with many international students that I embraced who I was and found pride and full acceptance of my dual culture.  I felt a desire to make a difference by bridging the cultural gap caused by ignorance and prejudice.

    In particular, I wanted to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of all cultures, especially my own.  By sharing what we know to be good with others who may not have seen, heard, or tasted what other ethnicities have to offer, we can begin to break the cultural barriers.

    OCA and Community Leadership

    Figure 2 MayorJackson with 3 Wong WomenDuring my college days, I joined the local OCA chapter looking for ways to make a difference.  It is within this organization that I met long time advocates Fran and Dave Namkoong.   Many of you here know the numerous contributions the Namkoongs have provided for the Asian community in the last couple of decades.   They have been a true inspiration to me along with many other leaders like Alex Mark, Anthony Yen and Margaret Wong.

    Through OCA, I grew in my enthusiasm to serve the Asian community and there I met a number of talented and dedicated Advocates.

    It was about five years ago I co-founded the Cleveland Asian Festival.   Previously OCA and other Asian organization would put on events that were culturally rich, but yet had increasingly declining attendance.   So at one of these events, the three of us:  Vi Huynh, Johnny and I had a discussion.  And Vi posed the questions “How can we get more people to experience all of this?”  My response “We can close down the streets like they do in Little Italy.  Put on an ethnic festival outdoors like the Greeks, Italians, and Irish do.”

    So we reached out and partnered with other community leaders and organizations.  Together in 2010, we put on our first Festival.  To our surprise, 10,000 people attended our first one-day Festival.  The Festival is now a two day event and it brings up to 40,000 people each year into the heart of Cleveland’s AsiaTown, serving as an economic catalyst for the neighborhood while showcasing and bringing awareness to the various Asian cultures in Greater Cleveland.

    As OCA Cleveland President, and co-founder of the Cleveland Asian Festival, I intend to build on the Festival’s momentum so that AsiaTown becomes a destination not only once a year but throughout the year.  So that AsiaTown becomes an establish part of the colorful fabric of Cleveland.

    Future Vision for OCA

    IMG_6057_mAs I embark on my term as President, the focus of OCA Cleveland will be on Education, Cultural Awareness, Outreach, Civic engagement, and the Growth of our AsiaTown.

    With our board of experienced and dedicated leaders, we are planning a new multi-faceted series called “Grooming for Success in America” that will be aimed at new immigrants, college students, young professionals, as well as parents.

    We will continue to support cultural awareness and understanding by sustaining events such as the Cleveland Asian Festival and build on our partnerships to educate the greater community about the rich and diverse Asian cultures here in Northeast Ohio.

    We will continue to increase voter engagement activities, and address the well being of Asian Pacific Americans through partnerships and programs such as ASIA Inc’s Project RAISE.

    My beginnings as a community leader started when I was in college, so I believe it is essential to reach out to college students in order to train up new leaders.  We plan on building on OCA’s college affiliate programs in the Greater Cleveland area.   We will also implement a Board Development Committee to identify potential members and prepare them for leadership roles.

    I look forward to serving the community as president of OCA Cleveland.  I hope to work with each of you, our members, and partner organizations to accomplish great things for our community.

    Thank you for your support.

    Lisa Wong

    President 2014 – 2018

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     Lisa Wong – Introduction

    (Given by M.C. Wayne Wong, prior to Speech)

    Lisa Wong is a native Clevelander.  She is the newly elected president of the OCA Cleveland Chapter, an Asian American Advocacy organization and the Co-Founder, Co-Chair of the Cleveland Asian Festival.  She is a member of the Asiatown Task Force Planning committee and has over 20 years of community service and non-profit programming experience.  Lisa is a marketing graduate of Cleveland State University and specializes in event management.  Lisa has worked for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, the Cleveland Department of Public Health, The Plain Dealer, and recently join the Minority Business Assistance Center at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland as a Business Advisor.

    Lisa Wong is a graduate of the grassroots program Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland, and the FBI Citizen’s Academy, and is also a certified Election Day Official.  She serves on multiple boards including Cleveland Asian Festival, MotivAsians, and Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN-NEO).  She is a host, producer, and writer for OCA Image TV Ohio.  Lisa has been a dedicated member of the Cleveland chapter of OCA for over 20 Years, serving as Newsletter Editor, V.P. of Public Relations, and V.P. of Membership.  For her many contributions to the Asian community, Lisa was honored with the 2012 Ohio Asian Leaders Award.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome OCA President Ms. Lisa Wong!

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  • News 06.01.2014 Comments Off

    There are some of the Chinese New Year Celebrations events happening around AsiaTown. Scroll to the bottom for the complete Kwan Lion Dance schedule for 2014!

    Asian Town Center, 3820 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114
    Saturday, Jan 25 and Sunday Jan 26, from 11am to 5pm (weekend)

    1511300_728645787159798_328046387_nPerformances Include:
    Kwan Lion Dance
    Yin Tang Dance Company
    Blooming Flower – Paj Tawg Tshiab Hmong Dance Group
    Rising Star Acrobatics
    Great Wall Enrichment Center
    WCCA
    Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers
    Shaolin Kung Fu Institute
    Rosa’s Guzheng Studio
    Mame Daiko, Cleveland JACL’s Japanese Taiko Ensemble
    Cleveland Aikikai
    and more

    More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1422374827976845/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1


    Asia Plaza Lion Dance, 2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

    Lion Dance Performance Schedule:

    Date                 Day           Time         Location

    January 30        Thursday    6pm         E. 30th Cafe

    January 30        Thursday    7pm         Li Wah

    January 31        Friday        6pm         E. 30th Cafe

    January 31        Friday        7pm         Li Wah

    February 1        Saturday    11am        Li Wah/Asia Plaza

    February 9        Sunday       6:30pm    E. 30th Cafe

    February 9        Sunday       7pm         Li Wah

    February 15      Saturday      3:30pm    King Wah, 20668 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116, (440) 331-0330

    Ring in the Chinese Lunar New Year with the Kwan Lion Dance at Li Wah and Asia Plaza for the Year of the Horse.

    Reservations recommended for Li Wah Chinese Restaurant, Call (216) 589-9552 to reserve a table.


    MotivAsians 2014 Lunar New Year Dinner Reservation

    Join us as we ring in the Chinese New Year with a traditional Chinese dinner and lion dancing! We have negotiated a special price and menu for MotivAsians members. Indulge in a 10-course meal featuring:

    1. BBQ Combination Platter (including potstickers)
    2. Minced Beef Soup
    3. House Pan-Fried Noodles
    4. Baby Bok Choy with Black Mushrooms
    5. Shrimp in Honey Walnut Sauce
    6. Crispy Whole Fried Chicken with Crispy Garlic
    7. Double Lobster / with Ginger Scallion Sauce
    8. Pan-seared Flounder with Ginger and Scallions
    9. Chinese Sausage and Diced Vegetable Fried Rice
    10. Orange Slices and Cookies

    Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
    Time: Arrive at 5:30pm for registration, food will be served at 6:00pm and enjoy lion dancing at 7:00pm!
    Location: Li Wah, 2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
    Cost: $30 per person*, includes tax and gratuity (payments are non-refundable, but transferable)

    Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, January 28

    You may reserve for an entire table that seats 10 people. Seats are limited and given to the first 60 paid guests, so reserve today!

    Please reserve your seat https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jmhQ10_ZGSt5w1B6y4VoL17duNso6YpOe7zk1mU9OAw/viewform


    – Asian and Friends Cleveland is having a multi-course banquet and cultural performances on Feb 1 at 6pm at Emperor’s Palace Restaurant, 2136 Rockwell Ave, Cleveland

    Ring in the year of the HORSE with Asians and Friends Cleveland.

    Enjoy a sumptuous multi-course banquet and cultural performances.

    February 1, 20146:00 PM

    Emperor’s Palace Restaurant

    2136 Rockwell Ave, Cleveland

    Click here for ticket pricing and purchase.

    After successful purchase, your tickets will be emailed to you in the next few minutes from orders@eventbrite.com.  If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder.

    Be sure to either print your ticket or use your smart phone to display your e-ticket for admission to the event at the door.

    AFC is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.

    For more information about Asians & Friends Cleveland or if you would like to make a tax-deductible, charitable donation, please see the AFC website at http://afcleveland.org/


    CCCCA Lunar New Year Celebration

    Feb 2 – 2pm to 5pm free show @ Solon High School

    5:30pm to 9pm – Dinner (under $10) and games and dancing

    For tickets, can be picked up on Sundays until the event at Solon High School.

    Address: 33600 Inwood Rd, Solon, Ohio 44139
    More information at http://cccca.org/

    2014 oca inauguration reception flyer full page- OCA Cleveland, 2014 Inauguration Reception and Celebration of Lunar New Year @ Margaret Wong & Associates, 3150 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114, 2pm to 5pm

    New leaders will start serving our community starting 2014, we hope you will come and join our Inauguration Reception Event! Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! (limited seating)

    Meet OCA National President, Ms. Sharon Wong!

    Celebrate 2014 with the OCA Cleveland for the inauguration of new officers and board members with light appetizers, performances and presentation such as the OCA Interactive Kiosk.

    Performances by Yin Tang Dance Studio, Rosa Lee & Chinese Music Group, and Yume Daiko Taiko Drummer, Sugator Chatterjee and others.

    Newly elected officers and board members:
    President: Lisa Wong
    Secretary: Harold Hom
    Treasurer: Shan Chan

    Board Members: Ray Hing, Ray Chan, Deborah Yue, Wayne Wong, Johnny Wu, and Huili Shi Nee

    Network and meet fellow OCA members, friends, government officials and sponsors.

    FREE to OCA Members and Supporters. Become a member at the location. or use this link: http://ocagc.org/?p=30

    Installation of Officers will be conducted by City of Brunswick Mayor, Ron Falconi.

    Confirmed representatives attending:
    Councilman Jeffrey Johnson, Councilman Brian Cummins, Councilman TJ Dow, County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell.


    – CSU’s Confucius Institute, Feb 8 from 7pm to 9pm @ Masonic and Performing Arts Center, formal reception with performances. for tickets information, email ci@csuohio.edu or call 216.523.7127

    Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location:  The Masonic and Performing Arts Center

    Ticketing Information: http://www.csuohio.edu/centers/confucius/gala.html

    Event Flyer: Here

    Tickets for this event are $20.00 and only sold online.  No tickets will be sold at the door.


    Westlake Chinese Culture Assocation 2014 Chinese New Year Celebration:

    Event Time: Saturday, February 8, 2014, Dinner 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Performance 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Location: Performance Art Center and Cafeteria at Westlake High School at the following address. 27830 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH, 44145

    Order your tickets now!


    2014 CPEA Lunar New Year Gala

    Your are cordially invited to CPEA 2014 Lunar New year Gala on February 15, 2014. This is the year of the Horse!

    • Enjoy great Chinese culture performance by local artists and children
    • Watch Lion dance by Kwon Lion Dance Team
    • Taste delicious Asian cuisine catered by Siam Cafe, Otani and other Asian restaurants
    • Participate in traditional Chinese holiday games
    • Meet old friends and make new friends
    • Dance to professional DJ
    • Find yourself a Chinese name
    • Try Chinese painting and calligraphy
    • Learn to make Chinese handcraft

    Location:
    CSU Main Classroom Building (MC) Auditorium and Student Center (SC)
    2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

    Driving: Take Euclid Ave, Turn North on East 22nd Street, Turn right into Parking Lot MG.
    Take Elevator to first floor of MC building. Parking Lot 22 can also be used, which is under the Student Center.

    Activities:

    5pm – 6:30pm: Performance, Main Classroom Auditorium

    6:30pm – 8pm: Dinner and Lion Dance, Student Center

    8pm – 11pm: Professional DJ and Dance, Student Center Third Floor Ballroom

    Music and Games, Student Center First Floor Atrium

    Admission (including dinner): Capacity is limited.

    Ticket Type

    Price

    Premium (premium seating for performance & dinner)

    $ 40

    Premium Group Table (8 Premium tickets)

    $300

    General

    $20

    Student (K – Undergraduate)/Senior (60+)

    $10

    CPEA Member

    $10

    Child (5 and under)

    Free

    Buying Tickets: https://cpea.ticketbud.com/2014-cpea-lunar-new-year-gala

    Flyer: here

    To review CPEA membership benefits and join CPEA membership, please go to http://cpeaus.org/cpea/joinus_en.aspx.

    Sponsors:

    CSU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
    CSU Chinese Students and Scholars Association
    Ohio Savings Bank
    CWRU Chinese Students and Scholars Association
    Asian Town Center

    Co-Organizer:

    The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University

    Organizer:

    Chinese Professional and Entrepreneur Association.
    www.cpeaus.org, 330-256-3357, PO. Box 391025, Solon, OH 44139


    March 1, 2014. Cleveland Public Library

    FESTIVITIES PLANNED FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR AT CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

    Performances, music, food & fun for the whole family

    CLEVELAND, OH – Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Horse with a fun-filled day on Saturday, March 1st at Main Library, located at East 6th and Superior Ave. The festivities kick-off at 10:00 a.m. Performances include youth and adults performing classic and celebratory dances, as well as traditional Chinese musical performances by local academies, and a performance by the Kwan Family Lion Dance Team. This annual celebration at Cleveland Public Library (CPL) has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

    Highlights of the festivities include:

    • Traditional Lunar New Year Program: A spectacular display of traditional, family-friendly Asian music and dance performances. Enjoy traditional Chinese cuisine prepared by Siam Café following the performances.
    • Year of the Horse Treasure Hunt: Patrons can test their sleuthing skills on a building-wide adventure, visiting thirteen subject departments looking for answers to all the questions.
    • Origami Demonstrations: Watch as ordinary pieces of paper are transformed into magnificent works of art.
    • Lunar New Year Crafts & Storytime: A fun way to learn about The Year of the Horse through crafts and stories for children.
    • Musical Performance by Kelly Lin:  A dazzling performance by Kelly Lin with a traditional Chinese zither.
    • Daoud’s Puppets and Marionettes: Entertaining and fun for kids or just kids at heart, David Johnson will perform his puppet magic.
    • Jungle Bob: Be amazed by Jungle Bob and his menagerie of wild friends.
    • Twista Girl, Master Balloonist: Prepare to be awed by the skillful and amusing talents the dynamic “Twista Girl.”

    This special celebration is free and open to the public. For more information and full schedule of events, visit cpl.org.


    Kwan Lion Dance Schedule 2014

    Saturday, January 25     1:00 PM            Pearl of the Orient         19300 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107       440-333-9902

    Saturday, January 25     3:00 PM            Asia Town Center          3820 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114                        216-621-1681

    Sunday, January 26      12:00 PM           Asia Town Center          3820 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114                        216-621-1681

    Thursday, January 30     6:30 PM            East 30th Café               2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114              216-696-6556

    Thursday, January 30     7:00 PM            Li Wah                          2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114              216-696-6556

    Friday, January 31        11:30 AM           John Carroll                  1 John Carroll Boulevard, University Hts., OH 44118

    Friday, January 31         1:00 PM            Hathaway Brown            19600 North Park Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122

    Friday, January 31         6:00 PM            East 30th Café               2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114              216-696-6556

    Friday, January 31         7:00 PM            Li Wah                          2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114              216-696-6556

    Saturday, February 1    11:00 AM           Asia Plaza                     2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114              216-696-6556

    Saturday, February 1     3:00 PM            House of Hunan Fairlawn  2717 W. Market Street, Fairlawn, OH 44333         330-864-8215

    Saturday, February 1     5:00 PM            Hunan Solon                 6050 Enterprise Parkway, Solon, OH 44139        440-248-8836

    Saturday, February 1     6:30 PM            Pad Tai Hudson                        5657 Darrow Road Hudson, OH 44236-4013        330-650-9998

    Saturday, February 1     7:30 PM            Pad Tai Fairlawn            3545 Brookwall Dr, Fairlawn, OH 44333               330-668-9981

    Sunday, February 2      12:00 PM           Bo Loong                     3922 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114                        216-391-3113

    Sunday, February 2       2:00 PM            Imperial Dragon             8310 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, OH 44060                     440-974-8838

    Sunday, February 2       5:00 PM            House of Hunan Medina   18 Public Square, Medina, OH 44256                  330-722-1899

    Sunday, February 2       7:00 PM            Pad Tai – Party             Private

    Saturday, February 8    11:15 AM           Dragon Gate                 6681 West 130th St, Parma Hts, OH 44130         440-743-0200

    Saturday, February 8     4:30 PM            Golden Dragon             5871 Mayfield Rd., Mayfield Hts., OH 44143       440-449-8710

    Saturday, February 8     5:30 PM            Hunan Solon                 6050 Enterprise Parkway, Solon, OH 44139        440-248-8836

    Saturday, February 8     7:00 PM            Vieng’s Asian Bistro      139 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, OH 44145       440-871-2888

    Sunday, February 9       2:00 PM            Imperial Dragon             8310 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, OH 44060                     440-974-8838

    Sunday, February 9       5:00 PM            Hunan by the Falls         508 E. Washington, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022      440-247-0808

    Sunday, February 9       6:30 PM            East 30th Café               2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114              216-696-6556

    Sunday, February 9       7:00 PM            Li Wah                          2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114              216-696-6556

    Friday, February 14       8:00 PM            Vieng’s Asian Bistro      139 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, OH 44145       440-871-2888

    Saturday, February 15   3:30 PM            King Wah                      20668 Center Ridge, Rocky River, OH 44116       440-331-0330

    Saturday, February 15   6:30 PM            CPEA                           Cleveland State University Student Center

    Sunday, February 16    12:15 PM           Dragon Gate                 6681 West 130th St, Parma Hts, OH 44130         440-743-0200

    Sunday, February 16     2 & 6:30 PM      Imperial Dragon             8310 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, OH 44060                     440-974-8838

    Sunday, February 16     3:30 PM            Golden Draqon             5871 Mayfield Rd., Mayfield Hts., OH 44143       440-449-8710

    Sunday, February 23     2 & 6:30 PM      Imperial Dragon             8310 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, OH 44060                     440-974-8838

    Sunday, February 23     3:30 PM            Golden Dragon             5871 Mayfield Rd., Mayfield Hts., OH 44143       440-449-8710

    Saturday, March 1         TBA                  Cleveland Public Library   325 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114              216-623-2800

    Saturday, March 1         4:30 PM            Golden Dragon             5871 Mayfield Rd., Mayfield Hts., OH 44143       440-449-8710

    Sunday, March 2           5:00 PM            Rotary Clb (Kumo Buffet)  1975 Snow Road Parma Ohio 44134               216-741-3038

     

     

  • News 12.12.2013 Comments Off

    2014 oca inauguration reception flyer full pageNew leaders will start serving our community starting 2014, we hope you will come and join our Inauguration Reception Event! Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! (limited seating)

    Celebrate 2014 with the OCA Cleveland for the inauguration of new officers and board members with light appetizers, performances and presentation such as the OCA Interactive Kiosk.

    Meet OCA National President, Ms. Sharon Wong from Washington DC!
    Welcoming Remarks by City of Cleveland, Mayor Frank G. Jackson!
    Installation of Officers by City of Brunswick, Mayor Ron Falconi!

    Performances by: Yin Tang Dance Studios
    Rosa’s Guzheng Studio Yume Daiko Taiko Drumme
    Blooming Flower – Paj Tawg Tshiab Hmong Dance
    and others

    Newly elected officers and board members:
    President: Lisa Wong
    Secretary: Harold Hom
    Treasurer: Shan Chan

    Board Members: Ray Hing, Ray Chan, Deborah Yue, Wayne Wong, Johnny Wu, and Huili Shi Nee

    Network and meet fellow OCA members, friends, government officials and sponsors.

    FREE to OCA Members and Supporters. Become a member at the location. or use this link: http://ocagc.org/?p=30

    Installation of Officers will be conducted by City of Brunswick Mayor, Ron Falconi.

    Confirmed representatives attending:
    Councilman Jeffrey Johnson, Councilman Brian Cummins, Councilman TJ Dow, County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell.


    Supported by Margaret Wong and Associates, Media Design Imaging, Radhika Reddy & Ariel International Center, Asian Services in Action, DJ Alexicon, Yume Daiko, Rosa Lee and the Chinese Music Group, Yin Tang Dance.

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    OCA Cleveland Chapter Year in Review – An observation from OCA Cleveland President – Johnny Wu

    OCA_Cleveland_2013 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS lowres2013 was an exciting year for our OCA Cleveland Chapter, not only we did a lot for our community, we celebrated OCA’s 40th year of service as an organization with our headquarter in Washington DC and 30 years of services to our community in Ohio; We are looking forward and excited in working under Lisa Wong’s leadership, our new Cleveland chapter’s president. We know that Ms. Wong will bring OCA to the next level! Congratulations to Lisa Wong and her officers: Shan Chan and Harold Hom along with the rest of the board members.

    Please remember to join us at the OCA Cleveland 2014 Inauguration Reception on Saturday, February 8 at Margaret Wong and Associates Office from 2pm to 5pm, meet and network with local leaders, City officials, with some light appetizers, performances and the unveiling of the long awaited OCA Interactive Kiosk, and other OCA programs!

    Help us kick off this exciting 2014! Remember to register at http://2014ocacleveland.eventbrite.com

    While we’ve celebrated 40 years of excellence service with the entire OCA family. The OCA Cleveland has provided 30 years of community support and services throughout Northeast Ohio for our community, we just do not have time to tell them all, so I’ll just summarize a few on here:

    • OCAGC.ORG. Started in 2000, OCA Cleveland’s website has been revamped to make it easier for navigation, now we have included structured listings and you can add your business to our directory! Go check it out at www.ocagc.org
    • Chinese New Year. For the past 13 years, OCA provided a comprehensive database of businesses and organizations that had Lunar New Year Celebration, a complete list were available at our website including Lion Dance and Dragon Dance performances listing at numerous locations throughout Cleveland, Youngstown and Columbus Ohio. We also provided a full day of entertainments at Asia Plaza and Asian Town Center celebrating Lunar New Year for the past 8 years.
    • Cleveland Asian Festival. For the past 4 years, OCA has been one of the founding organizations that help started it, now the festival is considered THE faster growing festival in Ohio by peers and other festivals organizers. the Cleveland Asian Festival will enter its 5th year on  May 17-18, 2014. Our goal is to help increase economic growth to the AsiaTown neighborhood (over $2 millions were spent during the festival’s weekend at AsiaTown each year), celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May), Support and embrace all Asian cultures, and attract and retain visitors/residents/businesses to AsiaTown neighborhood. For more information about Cleveland Asian Festival, visit www.clevelandasianfestival.org and get involved!

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    • 963825_10152860549415156_1366778496_oOCA Image TV. Started in 2009, OCA Image TV is a self-sustain High energy Television Magazine Show with a focus on Asian-American culture, traditions, customs and their influences. The show includes 30 minutes of programming provides a better understanding of the various Asian cultures in Northeast Ohio. Each episode included segments on a variety of topics related to education, culture, traditions, food, health and beauty, fashion, sports, arts and entertainment, news, and current issues as well as upcoming events.  In 2012, OCA Cleveland received a $25k grant from Cleveland Foundation’s City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF) to produce 9 new episodes and promote them throughout the world, now we are proud to say that our OCA Image TV show is not only airing on Cleveland’s TV20 monthly, it is now available in Columbus with TV20 and TV25, plus it is viewed worldwide via SwigTV, VOD on Dish Network and DirecTV, as well as available via iTunes to subscribe and via YouTube and Vimeo. OCA Image TV has reached over 200 million viewers worldwide. Donations and Sponsorships are welcome. Visit www.ocagc.org./imagetv for more information
    • OCA Interactive Kiosk. A new program for 2014 1470392_538097342950109_46095338_nand beyond, is to create an Interactive Kiosk to be placed all over AsiaTown neighborhood, the project will be demonstrated at the OCA Cleveland 2014 Inauguration Reception event on Feb 8. The OCA Interactive Kiosk is a 9” to 10” tablet that will be securely placed at Cleveland AsiaTown area centers/restaurants/areas that provide interactive information about the community, local businesses and videos. When not being used by a visitor, the kiosk will loop videos pertaining to the Asian community including sponsors/possible advertisers, and OCA Image TV programming. The kiosk will be left on 365 days (yearlong) and information will be updated frequently based on availability of new items (via online or usb using a frontend input system). Part funded by Cleveland Foundation’s City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF). Sponsorship and Advertisement opportunities are available. Visit www.ocagc.org for more information.
    • OCA AsiaTown Voice. On February 2013, OCA started a weekly Asian own radio show held at WJCU’s 88.7FM every Sunday from 7pm to 8pm. It is a pre-recorded radio show that provides radio voice for the Asian Pacific Americans living in Cleveland. The hourly long program is also available online at WJCU’s website (streamed live) and at OCA Image TV page. It is also available for download via iTunes as well. We have recently being informed that the OCA AsiaTown Voice has about 9000 listeners monthly combined through all the media outlets available. Check out the website for past shows at www.ocgac.org/imagetv

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    • Project RAISE. An ongoing project, OCA Cleveland (OCAGC) is a partner of the Project RAISE (Reaching Asian-Americans through Innovative and Supportive Engagement) by Asian Services in Action. The Project provides funding to promote nutrition, healthy living and fitness in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community in Northeast Ohio.  www.asiaohio.org/programs/chp/raise

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    In addition to above mentioned programs, OCA Cleveland has been involved in many others like the Ward 7 Candidate Forum that offers an opportunity for the AsiaTown residents to get to know the candidates for AsiaTown represented City Council for 2014; The recently successful event WIN & Global Cleveland’s Holiday Celebration of Cleveland’s Global Diversity at Ariel International Center; the successful screening of independent documentary film Linsanity: The Movie; we were a community partner at this past Cleveland International Film Festival and will continue for following years; We applauded and stand in solidarity with Oberlin College taking in matter the several racial slur/graffiti and attacks occurred at their campuses;  And most of all, OCA Cleveland members has been receiving numerous awards in community support, entrepreneurships and others.

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    There is much work to be done, and we will continue to fight and support our community, working alongside with other wonderful organizations, together, we will have a strong voice. We need your support as well, become a member and know that your membership will help us provide more services to our community.

    I thank you for the past 10 years opportunity I had to serve you as the President of OCA Cleveland and I am looking forward serving you with our leader, Ms. Lisa Wong.

    Embracing the Hopes and Aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. OCA Advocates.

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, the year of the Horse in 2014!

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    OCA Cleveland Chapter,  founded in 1983, was formerly known as The Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland (OCAGC) is a membership-driven, non-profit, non-partisan civil rights and educational organization. OCA Cleveland Chapter is dedicated to promoting cultural heritage, active participation in civic and community affairs, securing justice, and equal treatment and equal opportunity for all Americans of Asian Pacific Islander descent. OCAGC is a member chapter of the National OCA, with over 84 chapters and affiliates within the United States. OCA is a national organization Founded in 1973 dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. We encourage you to renew your OCA membership to continue to supporting the important work that OCA does at the local chapter and national level. 

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    OCA_Cleveland_2013 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS lowres

    Dearest OCA supporters, friends, and families:

    On November 16, 2013, OCA Cleveland Chapter held our board meeting in finalizing the tally and nominations of new board members and officers for 2014.

    We great excitement, we ask you to welcome our elected board members: Wayne Wong, Lisa Wong, Ray Chan, Shan Chan, Ray Hing, Huili Shi Nee, Deborah Yee, Harold Hom and Johnny Wu. These are the new board members that will serve our community.

    We also held an important event: election of new officers, and the votes are in, our newly elected officers for 2014 are:

    President: Lisa Wong
    Secretary: Harold Hom
    Treasurer: Shan Chan

    Please congratulate them and we look forward working with you together, an inauguration reception is currently planned and announcement will be made soon.

  • News 24.11.2013 Comments Off

    OCA Seeks Accountability with ABC and the FCC for Co-Option of Children in Hate Speech

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    23 November 2013

     

    CONTACT

    Tom Hayashi | Executive Director

    202 223 5500 | thayashi@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APA), continues to pressure Jimmy Kimmel Live representatives and American Broadcasting Company (ABC) executives to hold themselves accountable for the “kill all the Chinese” comment by pushing for an Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigation and directly contacting sponsors of the show.

    As previously mentioned, on October 16, 2013, Jimmy Kimmel Live aired a skit titled “Kids Table” where a child proposed “kill all the Chinese” as a political solution to the United States’ debt. Since then, the Asian Pacific American community held various protests and petitions calling for apologies, disciplinary action, and investigations into the incident. One petition launched on “We the People”, the official petition website for the White House, has gained over 100,000 signatures.

    Since the broadcast of the “kill all the Chinese” comment on Jimmy Kimmel Live, OCA has been in active dialogue with ABC executives; filed a formal complaint with the FCC to address the xenophobic rhetoric and the community’s concern about the welfare of all children involved in the segment; and engaged the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders to support efforts seeking to ensure that similar incidents are not repeated in the future. Over 30 days have passed since the incident occurred, and while phone calls and e-mail communication have been exchanged between OCA, partner organizations, and ABC, OCA has yet to receive a definite commitment to an in-person meeting with ABC executives and Jimmy Kimmel representatives.

    “Prejudice, discrimination, and racism against Asian Pacific Americans in the media are not isolated incidents. This Jimmy Kimmel segment is only the latest event containing hateful language and negative portrayals of Asian Pacific Americans. We have been, and continue to be, the target of hate, both on-screen and in our personal lives,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA President, “We are tired of being used as convenient scapegoats and demonized by the media. It is for this reason that our community has come together in such large waves to protest and petition Jimmy Kimmel. This incident has even gained the attention of the Chinese Canadian National Council. We want justice, and ABC and the Jimmy Kimmel show must be held accountable for their actions.”

    The Asian Pacific American community continues to demand accountability from ABC and Jimmy Kimmel. OCA will meet with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai in the coming week to continue pursuing a formal investigation and will actively discuss OCA’s concerns with the sponsors of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

    “This incident is not about challenging the Freedom of Speech,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, “It is about perpetuating hate by broadcasting offensive remarks from children who have yet to fully understand the difference between right and wrong. When minors are used in non-scripted programming and respond in hateful ways to prompted questions, the network has an obligation to remove the material. They should also debrief the children and their families to ensure that such ideas are not promulgated. In order to accomplish this, our community must continue to put the pressure on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live, their sponsors, and the FCC to ensure that they are responsive and that this never happens again. It took 200,000 complaints to the FCC before they investigated the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction incident during the 2000 Super Bowl. We need to exceed that number and demand action from the agency. And while the e-petitions and the demonstrations have helped us get to where we are, we will continue to be rendered invisible in their eyes if we do not raise our voices through acti.”

     

    OCA chapter members, lay advocates, and interested individuals can file a form 2000e complaint with the FCC HERE. Additionally, individuals can support OCA’s efforts to pull sponsorship from Jimmy Kimmel sponsors by contacting the corporations listed on the OCA website. A sample message that can be used when contacting sponsors is as follows:

     

    “Jimmy Kimmel Live continues to harm the Asian Pacific American community through the usage of children to promote hateful ideas and language. I am not only deeply concerned about my community but also about the welfare of the children co-opted as part of the program and how the show perpetuates hatred by exposing children to this sort of dialogue and language. Please stop sponsoring Jimmy Kimmel Live until they are held to account for their actions.”

  • News 16.11.2013 Comments Off

    WINNEO-GlobalClev-City event Dec 4 2013We invite you to the 4th annual holiday celebration of Cleveland’s Global Diversity, co-hosted by Worldwide Intercultural Network and Global Cleveland, and supported by the City of Cleveland, to be held on December 4, 2013 at the Ariel International Center. There will be international dance and music performances, as well as an international bazaar with vendors selling food, drinks and gifts from various countries around the world. Hope you can attend and please forward this flyer to your contacts who may be interested to attend and enjoy the celebration, as well as network and do some holiday shopping. The event is free, but registration is required. We have invited Mayor Frank Jackson to say a few remarks and are awaiting confirmation from his office.

                          

    Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN-NEO)

    and Global Cleveland

    Invite you to the 4th Annual

    Holiday Celebration of Cleveland’s Global Diversity

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    at the Ariel International Center – Skyline Lake Room

    4th Floor, 1163 East 40th Street, Cleveland 44114 (Free Parking)

    FREE ADMISSION

    INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR, FOOD, MUSIC, DANCE AND NETWORKING

    Our mission: Celebrating Cleveland’s multicultural communities through collaboration and

    cooperation on initiatives promoting the prosperity of the region and its diverse people.

    Register online: http://www.win-neo.org/winneo/homePage.html

     

    COMMUNITY PARTNERS & CORPORATE SPONSORS

     

    Ariel International Center International Services Center
    Asian Services In Action, Inc. Media Design Imaging
    B’nai Jeshurun Congregation MotivAsians
    C.A.M.E.O Niagara Foundation-Ohio
    ClevelandPeople.com Nueva Luz
    Cleveland Asian Festival Nzuko Ndi Igbo of Northeast Ohio
    Cleveland Council on World Affairs OCA Cleveland
    Cleveland Leadership Center Ohio Foreign Commerce Association
    Diversity Center of NEO OWIT-NEO
    Federation of India Community Associations of NEO Society of Urban Professionals
    Friendship Foundation of  American Vietnamese Sri Lankan Community
    Hispanic Cultural Center of Cleveland TiE Ohio
    India Ohio Chamber of Commerce Turkish American Society of OH
    International Community Council Young Latino Network

    Please register on line or email me your confirmation as a reply to this email with your full contact information and we can register you online.

  • News 09.10.2013 Comments Off

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    Hi everyone, if you are a sport fan or want to be inspired by Jeremy’s hard work to get where he is at now, you should consider checking this movie out. It is a documentary, and it is showing at Cinemark Valley View on Monday, November 11 as a grass root effort, so the earlier you make reservations, the more in reality this is happening (if the threshold is not met, you will not be charged).  If we can make this a success, we know that we can do the same for our own films shot in Cleveland and can be a good way to market/promote our films throughout the chain theaters.

    Hats off to Lisa Wong with OCA Cleveland for putting this together

    Reserve your tickets today for an exclusive screening of the documentary, Linsanity on Monday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tower City Cinema, Downtown, Cleveland.

    For Reservations and get your tickets now, click here!

    Check out the trailer and share anywhere and everywhere: http://youtu.be/q14ooGPJZBs

    As an independent film, we are relying on YOU to help SPREAD THE WORD! Invite others, organize a group and get excited to relive Linsanity!

    Description:
    Before the glossy magazine covers, Jeremy Lin was a quiet NBA journeyman, unknown to the public eye. The unassuming Harvard alum would take us on one of the wildest rides in sports history, known as Linsanity.

    What began as a film project to document the life of an overlooked NBA walk-on became our all-access pass to one of the unlikeliest stories ever to be told. We have exclusive footage with Jeremy himself and close family and friends.

    This film documents Jeremy’s life for several years, capturing never-before-seen footage of him at the highest and lowest points in his basketball career. An intimate portrayal of a rising hero fighting unbeatable odds, it is our joy to share Jeremy Lin’s story with you now.

    Website: www.linsanitythemovie.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/linsanitythemovie
    Twitter: @LinsanityMovie
    Instagram: @linsanitythemovie
    Tumblr: www.linsanitythemovie.tumblr.com

    Press and reviews: http://www.linsanitythemovie.com/press/

    Linsanity: the Movie is presented by OCA Cleveland and powered by Tugg, Inc.

    Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/432662850178528/

  • News 24.06.2013 Comments Off

    Dear Community Member,OCA2013FoodSafetyFlyerChinese

    OCA Cleveland (OCAGC) is a partner of the Project RAISE (Reaching Asian-Americans through Innovative and Supportive Engagement). The Project provides funding to promote nutrition, healthy living and fitness in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community in Northeast Ohio.  For the first phase, we will need to assess the API community’s needs via the following survey. Your response will be greatly appreciated.

    Join us for a FREE food safety class Monday, September 9th OR Tuesday, September 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the office of Margaret Wong & Associates.  This 3 hour training course is designed for Chinese/Asian food service owners, operators, managers, employees, and patrons will cover the basics of food safety as well as introduce attendees to the latest food trends. This presentation will give participants the confidence to serve quality, safe food while providing the knowledge to help your business grow. 

    Registration required, please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/OCAFoodSafety2013.

    Project RAISE Press Release:

    ASIA, Inc. Project RAISE Working with Community Organizations to Maximize Opportunities for Healthy Living in the Asian American Community of Greater Cleveland 

    CLEVELAND – To help eliminate chronic disease disparities and improve the health of Asian Americans (AA), Native Hawaiians (NH) and Pacific Islanders (PI) across the U.S., Asian Services In Action (ASIA), Inc. is partnering with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and the New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health (NYU CSAAH) as part of the Strategies to Reach and Implement the Vision of Health Equity (STRIVE) project.

    STRIVE is a five-year project aimed at increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and supporting weight management. STRIVE will assist community based organizations (CBOs) and coalitions to conduct a local health assessment and policy scan; develop a community health action plan; and implement high impact, population wide improvements to address barriers to physical activity, nutrition and weight management with AA/NHPI populations. The STRIVE project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. APIAHF will work with CBOs in 15 communities across the country and Pacific to implement the STRIVE project. As a part of STRIVE, ASIA, Inc. will be implementing Project RAISE (Reaching Asian Americans through Innovative and Supportive Engagement) and working with 16 key community organizations in Greater Cleveland.

    “ASIA, Inc. is committed to improving the health and well-being of the Asian American community, one of the fastest-growing racial populations in Greater Cleveland,” said Michael Byun, the Executive Director of ASIA, Inc. “We are looking forward to implementing Project RAISE and empowering our community leaders to come together as we improve the human condition. With STRIVE and RAISE, we have opportunities to bridge the gaps in health inequity and improve the quality of life for all people.”

    The key community organizations include: AsiaTown (St. Clair Superior Development Corporation); cultural language schools (Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, Hindi Heritage School of Solon, Korea School of Greater Cleveland, Westlake Chinese Cultural Association); ethnic social and voluntary groups (Association of Philippine-American Physicians of Ohio, Federation of India Communities Association, Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland, Orgs. of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland, Philippine American Society of Ohio, Salaam Cleveland); refugee resettlement centers (Cleveland Catholic Charities Office of Migration and Refugee Services, International Services Center, U.S. Together, Inc.); and public health resources (Cuyahoga County Board of Health). By working together, Project RAISE will combine unique cultural AA practices and traditions with evidence-based health initiatives to create a sustainable, healthy community to impact 75% of the AA population of Greater Cleveland.

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    Asian Services In Action
    ASIA was founded in 1995 by four immigrant women who recognized a unique need for under-served Asian Americans in Northeast Ohio. The mission of ASIA is to empower Asian Americans in Northeastern Ohio to access quality information and services that are both culturally and linguistically appropriate. Informally, ASIA is considered by many to be the new “settlement house” for the Asian community. Its services touch the lives of more than 10,000 people each year. Visit www.asiaohio.org to learn more. Follow ASIA onFacebook and Twitter!

    Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
    The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

     

  • News 05.06.2013 Comments Off

    IMAGE TV OHIO is a self-sustain High energy Television Magazine Show with a focus on Asian-American culture, traditions, customs and their influences. The show includes 30 minutes of programming provides a better understanding of the various Asian cultures in Northeast Ohio. Each episode will includes segments on a variety of topics related to education, culture, traditions, food, health and beauty, fashion, sports, arts and entertainment, news, and current issues as well as upcoming events.

    OCAGC’s OCA Image TV was awarded the 2012 Pixie Gold Award, an award to honor and recognized outstanding work in the fastest-growing area of the moving pixels industry on Motion Graphics, Effects, and Animations for TV, Web, Media or Films. Part Sponsored by 
    Cleveland Foundation’s City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF), Creative House Studios
    and Media Design Imaging. Season!

    Winner of 2013 Pixie Gold Award
    Winner of 2012 OCA Chapter Excellence Award in Local Community Involvement
    Winner of 2010 OCA Chapter Excellence Award in Communications

    Image TV Ohio is available on Cleveland’s Channel 20, Channel 25 on Time Warner’s Columbus,
    Channel 20 WOW Columbus, online with Youtube and Vimeo, and
    at organizations such as Global Cleveland, Asia Plaza, Asian Town Center.
    You can also available subscribe via iTunes.

    Reaching over 200 millions viewers worldwide via Dish Network’s VOD, Swig TV and ViaWay!

    IMAGE TV OHIO covers topics of interest to Asian Pacific Americans in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas and will include cultures from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    IMAGE TV OHIO is shot on High Definition in Downtown AsiaTown Neighborhood in Cleveland. More information can be out at OCA Image TV Page.

     

  • News 19.04.2013 Comments Off

    _MG_5980-1smCleveland, OH – The girl who Cee Lo Green dubbed, “the next power singer of our generation,” will be appearing at the 2013 Cleveland Asian Festival on May 18 and 19, 2013.

    Cheesa rose to stardom when she turned heads during the second season of The Voice with her powerful range and colorful personality.  Her promotional single, I’m Not Perfect (feat. Charice) hit #1 in Asia and #12 on the U.S. iTunes chart. In the past year, Cheesa’s talent has taken her overseas. She recently appeared as a guest mentor on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor: Philippines and has been a fixture in the Philippine media.

    Cheesa just released an R&B/pop track with an infectious dance beat, Fall Again, as her up-tempo sophomore debut. It is an anthem about growing up and letting go – a love song without reservations.  Cheesa’s full-length album, Naked, will drop on April 30, 2013.

    About the Cleveland Asian Festival

    CAF_7.334x11-0417-poster for webThe Cleveland Asian Festival has been called the Best New Ethnic Festival and in only its 3rd year, drew over 42,000 visitors in 2012.  The 2013 Cleveland Asian festival will be held May 18th & 19th, 2013 on Payne Ave between East 30th and East 27th Street in Cleveland.  Admission is free.

    The Cleveland Asian Festival features modern and traditional performers on two main stages as well as a food area with dozens of restaurants featuring various Asian foods.  The entire family will find something to enjoy including a new Educational Children’s Activity Area, Sushi and Egg Roll Eating Competitions, inflatable sumo wrestling, Free AsiaTown Trolley Tours and more.  The Health Pavilion will once again offer free screenings on both days of the festival.

    For more information, please visit http://clevelandasianfestival.org

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    Cleveland Asian Festival is sponsored by: Consolidated Graphics Group, Inc., Horseshoe Casino, Lakefront Lines, Cleveland Public Power, Third Federal, ImageLab Media, Asia Plaza, Cleveland City Council, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Institute of Art, City of Cleveland, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, AARP, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, US Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Keybank, State Farm Insurance, Ace Taxi, Anago, Ariel International Center, Asian Services in Action, Basement Beauties, Chinese Professional and Entrepreneur Association, Cleveland Chinese Women Association, Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Cultural Association, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland Photographic Society, ClevelandPeople.com, Cleveland State University’s Confucius Institute, County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board, Creative House Studios, Cuyahoga County Public Library, DJ Alex Alarcon, Dumpling Magazine, East 30th Cafe, Erie Chinese Journal, Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio, First Federal of Lakewood, FreshWater Cleveland, Friendship Foundation of Vietnamese American, Yacht-Land Limo Service, George Kwan and Kwan Lion Dance, Global Cleveland, Home Depot, Humana, India International Newspaper, International Services Center, Japanese Americans Citizens League Cleveland Chapter, Koko Bakery, Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland, Li Wah Chinese Restaurant, Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, Margaret Wong and Associates, Media Design Imaging, MetroHealth, MotivAsians for Cleveland, Miega Korean Barbeque, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, OCA Cleveland Chapter, Ohio Valley Supply & Maintenance Co., Philippine American Society of Ohio, Proforma Joe Thomas Group, Rumpke Waste & Recycling Services, Sampson/Carnegie Serious Brand Strategies, St. Clair Superior Development Corp., Stream of Music, The Collection Auto Group, TV20 Cleveland, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP., Tyler Village, University Hospitals, Vietnamese Community of Greater Cleveland, Warwick Communications, WCPN 90.3FM, WKYC TV 3, Yelp! Cleveland

  • News 01.04.2013 Comments Off

    The City Council recently approved a redisribution of wards and starting 2014, AsiaTown Neighborhood will  become part of Councilman TJ Dow ward (7). We have worked very hard with our current Councilman Jeffrery Johnson and we wish things has not been changed, however, new councilman maans new challanges, we are looking forward working with Councilman Dow deligently for our community while wishing Councilman Johnson our best onward.

    Plain Dealier interevewered OCA President Johnny Wu on the importance of being visible and not passive anymore, here’s the complete article. Published 3/31/2013 featured in Pulitzer Prize nominated columnist Phillip Morris’ column in Plain Dealer

    Click here to read the entire article

  • News 28.03.2013 Comments Off

    Cudamani postcard small_Page_1Mention Johnny Wu and get the tickets at $8/each instead of $15.

    Stocker Arts Center will host a group from Bali, the village of Pengosekan to be more specific, on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Çudamani will perform a vibrant, technical, and free-spirited program of music and dance that will transport you to Indonesia! Çudamani is the last group to perform at Stocker as part of the Arts Midwest World Fest. We have been fortunate to be the host site for the past two years for groups from all over the world.

    The regular ticket price is $15, but we would like to offer you and your community a special price of $8 per ticket. Just tell folks to mention your name, Johnny Wu , and we will give them the $8 ticket price. This price is available through the box office only. The phone is 440-366-4040. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to performances.

    Stocker Arts Center is on the campus of Lorain County Community College, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria. Attached is a postcard that gives a little more information about the group and Cudamani postcard_Page_2the performance.

    For more information: www.stockerartscenter.com.

  • News 20.03.2013 Comments Off
    OCA_Cleveland_2013 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS lowresOCA_Cleveland_2012For Immediate ReleaseMarch 19, 2013 CONTACT: Johnny K. Wu, President, OCA Cleveland, www.ocagc.org

    OCA Cleveland Calls on Advocates to Stand in Solidarity with Oberlin College Following Racial Vandalism, Harassment, Physical Attacks and Hate Speech

    Cleveland, Ohio) OCA Cleveland, one of the 84 chapters and affiliates of OCA national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), calls on advocates to stand in solidarity with Oberlin College following race and hate related incidents on campus.

    There have been reports of a small group of perpetrators defacing, harassing and physically attacking students with racial, anti-Semitic and homophobic epithets in recent months, particularly during the Black History Month, including a report of an early-morning sighting of someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan-like garb on campus prompting cancelation of classes. These series of incidents have received national news media attention and prompted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate these incidents. Students and staff at Oberlin College have organized numerous events of unity throughout the college drawing more than one-third of the school’s 2900 students. These incidents also prompted the college to further review on campus safety and policies according to the Oberlin Review.

    “We are saddened that such racially motivated incidents are happening at Oberlin College, a college which was one of the first to admit black students, which brings diversity” said OCA Cleveland President Johnny Wu, “we applaud the quick action taken by the college administration and are encouraged by the many students and staff putting together events which help continue to educate about diversity and unite the community.”

    Let us work as a community of advocates to dispel hate and cultivate a culture of tolerance for all.

     

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  • News 01.03.2013 Comments Off

    OCA Cleveland Chapter is the proud community partner for 37th Cleveland International Film Festival’s film Fallen City.

    Fallen City is a documentary directed by Zhao Qi, it talks about the devastating earthquake that hit China in 2008.

    fallencity[1]In May 2008 a devastating earthquake hit China, killing over 20,000 people. This powerful documentary spans the three years between the total destruction of the city of Beichuan and the building of a new one. It focuses on three families, all of whom lost relatives. As we follow their struggles to move onwards, the film artfully juggles many elements. We see beautifully elegiac footage of the devastated city, to which survivors are sometimes permitted to return to honor the dead. There is disturbing footage of the quake itself. We see the survivors as they share their thoughts and pain and ponder what sort of future they may have. Finally, we see the government’s response: the building of the new Beichuan, the organization of this new city, and the slow and controlled effort to resettle a huge displaced population. By using this intimate approach to a tragedy of such monumental scope, FALLEN CITY never allows the human element to be overlooked. It is not just a document of loss, but one of courage and hope. (In Mandarin and Sichuan with subtitles) – C.R.

    Screening of film is on Monday, April 8 at 2:25pm and Tuesday April 09 at 8:45pm.

    Order your ticket with code OCAGC to get $2 off of any tickets! Click here to order your tickets now!

  • News 14.01.2013 Comments Off

    AsiaTown VoiceStarting in February, to kick off with the Lunar New Year, the Asian community in Northeast Ohio will have a voice on radio! To listen online visit OCA Image TV. OR

    Every Sunday, WJCU’s 88.7FM will air from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. the AsiaTown Voice — An hour long program to share about the AsianTown community and it’s culture.

    The show is hosted by Yin Tang and Johnny Wu, and it will have many guest hosts through each programming:

    Stay tuned and listen in!  AsianTown Voice is a not for profit one hour programming. To listen online visit OCA Image TV.

    AsiaTown Voice is on WJCU 88.7FM every Sunday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Many Voices – Many Choices


    Interested to be in the show? AsiaTown Voice is pre-recorded 10 days prior of Sunday’s airdate (ie: Recording on June 21, airs June 30th), if you any upcoming events or would like to be in our show, please contact us!

  • News 31.12.2012 Comments Off

    This page will contain different dates and locations of where you can join for the Year of the Snakes Lunar New Year Celebration, we will be updating this list until Feb 9, 2013.


    The College Club of Cleveland is having a traditional Chinese New Year celebration.  Enjoy a scrumptious buffet of Braised Beef, Mixed Seafood, Sweet & Sour Chicken, along with Cabbage, Egg Rolls, Noodles, Dessert, and Tea.

    Saturday, February 2, 2013 6:15-9 pmCollege Club of Cleveland CNY

    $35 per person

    6:15 – Wine and passed appetizers
    7:00 – Buffet dinner
    8:00 – Kung Fu/Tai Chi demo by John Lee & his “Triple Balance Students”

    Paid reservations must be received by Wednesday, January 30th. Call 216-231-1683

    Catered by The Catering Company and Pearl of the Orient

    Wine courtesy of member Rose Wong

    The College Club of Cleveland
    2348 Overlook Rd
    Cleveland, OH 44106-2398

     


    2013 Asia Plaza FlyerAsia Plaza’s Lunar New Year Celebration

    2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

    February 9, 2013 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

    Cultural and Informational Tables

    Performances include Kwan Family Lion Dance, Chinese Music Instruments, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Cultural dances, Chinese Bingo, and many others.

    Scheduled program:

    • 10:30am       Kwan Family Lion Dance
    • 11:00am       Shaolin Kungfu Institute
    • 11:30am       JACL Shojoji Dancers
    • 12:00pm       T’shaka Brown Kung Fu School
    • 12:30pm       CPEA
    • 1:15pm          CSU Chinese Group
    • 1:30pm         Chinese Music Groupforweb 2013 Asia Plaza Flyer schedule 11x17
    • 2:00pm         CCCCA
    • 2:30pm         Team Kixxx Karate Team
    • 3:00pm         Rising Star Acrobatics
    • 3:30pm         Chinese Bingo
    • 4:00pm         Alison Jin
    • 4:30pm         Mame Daiko Taiko

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Celebrate Lunar New Year at Asian Town Centeratc_cny_full-page_flyer_sm_5

    3820 Superior Avenue (main entrance on E. 38th Street)

    February 9 & 10, 2013, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.

    A FREE event featuring cultural performances, martial art demonstrations, exhibitors, and food!

    Saturday Performances
    11:00 a.m. Young Lion Dance & Welcome
    12:00 p.m. Yume Daiko Japanese Drumming
    12:30 p.m. Paj Tawg Tshiab (Blooming Flower) Hmong Dance
    1:00 p.m. Rising Star Acrobatics 明日之星
    1:30 p.m. Cleveland Aikikai
    2:00 p.m. Shaolin Kung Fu Institute
    2:30 p.m. Sho-jo-ji Japanese Dancers
    3:00 p.m. Talent Show Contest
    3:30 p.m. Eating Contest
    4:00 p.m. Team KIXXX (Karate Institute of Mentor)
    4:30 p.m. CCCCA Solon Chinese School

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    11:00 a.m. Chinese Music Group
    11:30 a.m. Mame Daiko Japanese Drumming
    12:00 p.m. Kwan Family Lion Dance
    12:45 p.m. Talent Show Finalists
    1:00 p.m. Duet by Jialin Wang & Kayoko Miyazawa
    1:15 p.m. Cleveland Aikikai
    2:00 p.m. Westlake Chinese School
    2:30 p.m. CEPA Great Wall Enrichment Center
    3:15 p.m. Karen Dance Group
    3:45 p.m. Okinawan Karate of Cleveland
    4:15 p.m. Raj Bollywood Dance
    4:30 p.m. Thank you & Closing

    Food Options:  Umami Moto (food truck), Flavors of India, Miega Korean BBQ, Siam Cafe, and Pho 99.

    The Year of the Snake Lunar New Year Celebration is also sponsored by Margaret Wong & Associates, Asia Foods, Siam Cafe, Collection Auto Group, John Carroll University, Hudec Dental, Negative Space Gallery, Erie Chinese Journal, and Asian Town Center.

    Free Parking: Lots A (E. 38 & Superior), B, & C (E. 38) and overflow parking at Tyler Village (E. 36 just north of Superior).


    Westlake Chinese School Chinese New Year Celebration2013WestlakeCNY_map

    Performance Art Center and Cafeteria Westlake High School

    27830 Hilliard Blvd  Westlake, OH 44145

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

    Dinner/Performance Ticket:  $10 adult, $5 child under 10

    The program begins at 5:00 pm with a delicious Chinese buffet dinner, followed by dancing, kungfu and Chinese art and cultural programs by the children.  The evening generally ends at about 9:00 pm with traditional Chinese lion dance.

    7 p.m.  Performance Only Ticket – FREE

    Parking by Doors #8 & #9


    Lunar New Year Dinner with MotivAsians

    Please join MotivAsians for Cleveland on Sunday, February 10th, 2013, as we celebrate Lunar New Year 2013, the year of the Snake. MotivAsians will be having its annual dinner at Li Wah this year, complete with a ten course meal and lion dance.  Just for our members,the dinner will be provided at a discounted rate.

    The menu include:

    1. BBQ Combination Platter (including potstickers)Kwan Lion Dance

    2. Minced beef soup

    3. House Panfried Noodles

    4. Baby bok choy with black mushrooms

    5. Shrimp in honey walnut sauce

    6. Crispy Whole Fried Chicken with crispy garlic

    7. Double Lobster / with Ginger Scallion sauce

    8. Pan seared flounder with ginger and scallions

    9. Chinese Sausage and Diced Vegetable Fried Rice

    10. Orange slices and cookies

    Details are listed below:

    When: Sunday, February 10th, 2013

    Time: 5-8pm. Arrive at 5pm- food will be served at 5:30pm, followed by a lion dance.Please be on time!

    Where: Li Wah ( 2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114)

    Cost: $30 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

    RSVP through this link: http://bit.ly/MotivAsianslunar2013 (Paypal option for payment is highly encouraged). RSVP today- seats are limited!


    Chinese New Year Celebration Vegan Buffet Feast

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7:15 PM

    Peking House Restaurant
    2 W. Main St Norwalk OH
    Norwalk, OH 44857

    The buffet is $9.95 for adults and I think $6.95 for kids and includes a full course meal, soup, entrees, dessert and tea. The house in the past has thrown in the first magnum of plum wine as well. Everything will be prepared without sugar or MSG. Some of the dishes will be traditional Chinese New Year Celebration vegetarian things not found in most Chinese restaurants in this country.

    Please RSVP if you can. It helps our hosts plan properly, but it’s not mandatory; it’s a restaurant and they always prepare plenty. The feast will be vegan and include brown rice. There will be many noodle dishes, lots of tofu prepared in interesting ways and some strange & wonderful vegetable dishes you may not have had before. the arrival time is any time before 7:00, but that’s for hanging, socializing, and maybe having a drink if you like. The food will likely be planned for 7:15 and will be up and available through 9 or later,so don’t worry if you can’t get there right at 7:00 it’s a buffett! Email or call with questions or for directions ( 419-668-1010 ).  Gung hay fat choy and stuff.  Peace.

    http://www.meetup.com/vegans-367/events/99939522/?a=ea1_evn&rv=ea1&_af_eid=99939522&_af=event

    Presented by Vegetarian Society of Northern Ohio


    Vegan Meetup: Chinese New Year at Emperor’s Palace

    Friday, February 15, 2013, 7:00 p.m. to 

    Emperor’s Palace Restaurant, 2136 Rockwell Ave, Cleveland, OH

    Emperor’s Palace is located on Rockwell Ave. near the Plain Dealer. Rockwell Ave. is between St. Clair and Superior Ave. at E. 21st St. ~~There is a large parking lot across the street.

    Celebrate the year of the Snake

    The snake signifies wisdom, transformation, and renewal

    The Emperor’sPalace is truly a palace; elegant with ornate gold walls and intricate carved doors from China. This restaurant serves many vegan entrees, and the owner is a 30 year vegan so we can be sure the food is prepared properly. Many of the items are organic, including the rice, which is a mixture of brown, red, and black rice. No MSG, tofu is also organic, non-GMO.  You will find many (over 26) vegan selections here, including dim sum,..

    For details, go to:  http://www.meetup.com/vegans-367/events/103639122/


    Asian & Friends Cleveland’s 18th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

    Saturday, Feb 16, 6pm at the Emperor’s Palace.

    Ring in the new Lunar New Year – Year of the Snake, in Cleveland’s historic Old Chinatown, at the Emperor’s Palace Restaurant (2136 Rockwell Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114).

    A delicious multi-course Chinese banquet will be served followed by an entertaining cultural show.

    A cash bar serving beer & wine only will also be available.

    Tickets are $35 for paid 2013 AFC members, $40 for non-members.

    After January 31, 2013, all tickets are $45 based on availability.

    Purchase your tickets soon, as there is a limit of only 120 tickets! Contact Cindy for more information.

    Click this link to purchase your tickets: http://www.afcleveland.org/index_files/Page492.htm


     

    Chinese Professional and Entrepreneur Association (CPEA) 

    is hosting their fifth annual Lunar New Year Gala on 2/24/2013.

    • Enjoy great Chinese culture performance      by local artists and children
    • Taste delicious Chinese cuisine catered      by Siam Cafe
    • Participate in traditional Chinese      holiday games
    • Meet old friends and make new friends
    • Find yourself a Chinese name
    • Try Chinese painting and calligraphy
    • Learn to make Chinese handcraft

    For the last two years, we have over 600 people attending the event.

    Location:
    CSU Main Classroom Building (MC) Auditorium and Student Center (SC)
    2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

    Driving: Take Euclid Ave, Turn North on East 22nd Street, Turn right into Parking Lot G.
    Take Elevator to first floor of MC building.

    Date & Time:
    February 24th, 2013 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

    Activities:
    4pm – 5:30pm: Performance, Main Classroom Auditorium
    5:30pm – 7pm: Dinner and Lion Dance, Student Center
    7pm – 10pm: Professional DJ and Dance, Student Center Third Floor Ballroom
    Music and Games, Student Center First Floor Atrium

    Tickets & Registration:
    Advanced registration is required. Please go to https://cpea.ticketbud.com/2013-lunar-new-year to book your tickets.

    Admission (including dinner): Capacity is limited.

    Ticket   Type

    Price

    Premium

    $ 40

    Premium   Group (8 tickets)

    $300

    General

    $20

    Student   (K – Undergraduate)

    $10

    CPEA   Member

    $10

    Child   (5 and under)

    Free

    To join CPEA membership, please go to http://cpeaus.org/cpea/joinus_en.aspx.

    Co-Sponsor:

    CSU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
    CSU Chinese Students and Scholars Association
    CSU Center for International Services and Programs
    CWRU Chinese Students and Scholars Association
    Asian Town Center

    Chinese Professional and Entrepreneur Association.
    www.cpeaus.org, 330-256-3357, PO. Box 391025, Solon, OH 44139


    Kwan Family Lion DanceEd_Wong_Kwan_Lion_Dance_id

    Performance Schedule:

    DATE TIME LOCATION ADDRESS PHONE
    2/9/13 10:30AM ASIA PLAZA 2999 PAYNE AVE. 216-696-6556
    2/9/13 12:00PM E.30TH CAFÉ 2999 PAYNE AVE. 216-515-1111
    2/9/13 1:00PM PEARL OF THE ORIENT 19300 DETROIT RD. ROCKY RIVER 440-333-9902
    2/9/13 6:00PM BOLOONG 3922 ST. CLAIR AVE. 216-391-3113
    2/9/13 7:00PM LIWAH 2999 PAYNE AVE. 216-696-6556
    2/9/13 8:00PM E. 30TH CAFÉ 2999 PAYNE AVE. 216-515-1111
    2/10/13 12:00PM ASIAN TOWN CENTER  1541 E 38th St
    Cleveland, OH 44114
     216.621.1681
    2/10/13 2:00PM IMPERIAL DRAGON 8310 TYLER BLVD. MENTOR 440-974-8838
    2/10/13 4:00PM HOUSE OF HUNAN FAIRLAWN 2717 MARKET ST. FAIRLAWN 330-864-8215
    2/10/13 5:30PM HOUSE OF HUNAN MEDINA 18 PUBLIC SQUARE MEDINA 330-722-1899
    2/10/13 7:00PM LIWAH 2999 PAYNE AVE. 216-696-6556
    2/10/13 8:00PM E. 30TH CAFÉ 2999 PAYNE AVE. 216-515-1111
    2/11/13 11:00AM LIWAH 2999 PAYNE AVE. 216-696-6556
    2/11/13 12:30PM JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSTY 1 John Carroll Boulevard University HTS. 216-397-4294
    2/11/13 5:00PM HOUSE OF HUNAN AKRON 12 EAST EXCHANGE ST. AKRON 330-253-1888
    2/16/13 12:00PM HOUSE OF HUNAN AVON  LAKE 32730 WALKER RD. AVON LAKE 440-930-2623
    2/16/13 3:30PM KINGWAH 20668 CENTER RIDGE RD. ROCKY RIVER 440-331-0330
    2/16/13 6:00PM BOLOONG 3922 ST. CLAIR AVE. 216-391-3113
    2/16/13 7:00PM LIWAH 2999 PAYNE AVE. 216-696-6556
    2/16/13 8:00PM E.30TH CAFE 2999 PAYNE AVE. 216-515-1111
    2/17/13 12:00PM DRAGON GATE 6681 WEST 130TH PARMA HTS. 440-743-0800
    2/17/13 2:00PM IMPERIAL DRAGON 8310 TYLER BLVD. MENTOR 440-974-8838
    2/17/13 4:00PM GOLDEN DRAGON 5871 MAYFIELD RD. MAYFIELD HTS. 440-449-8710
    2/17/13 5:30PM HUNAN BY THE FALLS 508 E. WASHINGTON ST. CHAGRIN FALLS 440-247-0808
    2/17/13 6:30PM HUNAN SOLON 6050 ENTERPRISE PKWY. SOLON 440-248-8836
    2/23/13 12:00PM DRAGON GATE 6681 WEST 130TH ST. PARMA HTS. 440-743-0800
    2/23/13 5:00PM GOLDEN DRAGON 5871 MAYFIELD RD. MAYFIELD HTS. 440-449-8710
    2/23/13 6:30PM HUNAN SOLON 6050 ENTERPRISE PKWY. SOLON 440-248-8836
    2/24/13 2:00PM IMPERIAL DRAGON 8310 TYLER BLVD. MENTOR 440-974-8838
    2/24/13 4:00PM GOLDEN DRAGON 5871 MAYFIELD RD. MAYFIELD HTS. 440-449-8710
    2/24/13 6:30PM IMPERIAL DRAGON 8310 TYLER BLVD. MENTOR 440-974-8838
    3/3/13 2:00pm IMPERIAL DRAGON 8310 TYLER BLVD. MENTOR 440-974-8838
    3/3/13 6:30pm IMPERIAL DRAGON 8310 TYLER BLVD. MENTOR 440-974-8838
    3/10/13 5:00PM KUMO BUFFET 1975 SNOW RD. PARMA 216-741-3038

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Columbus’ Wah Lum Kung Fu Lion Dance Schedule: (subject to change)

    – Feb 6-7, 7:30pm @ Eastern Bay, 2055 Riverside Drive,  Columbus, OH 43221
    – Feb 8, 6:30pm @ China Dynasty, 1689 West Lane Avenue, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
    – Feb 8, 7:30pm @ Eastern Bay, 2055 Riverside Drive, Columbus, OH 43221
    – Feb 9, 11am @ Sun Flower, 7370 Sawmill Road, Columbus, OH 43235
    – Feb 9, 6:30pm @ China Dynasty, 1689 West Lane Avenue, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
    – Feb 9, 8pm @ C.A.C.O. Ming Flower Restaurant, 475 Lazelle Road, Wasterville, OH
    – Feb 10, 11am @ Sun Flower, 7370 Sawmill Road, Columbus, OH 43235
    – Feb 10, 3pm @ Central Ohio for Chinese Children, New Albany Middle School,
    – Feb 10, 6:30pm @ Eastern Bay, 2055 Riverside Drive, Columbus, OH 43221
    – Feb 10, 7:30pm @ Eastern Palace, 6078 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43232
    – Feb 11, 7:30pm @ Otterbein College, 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081
    – Feb 13-14, 3:30pm @ Golden China, 240 Granville Street, Gahanna, OH 43230
    – Feb 15, 6:30pm @ Peacok West, 4182 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43228
    – Feb 23, 3:30pm @ Peacok West, 4182 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43228

     

     

  • News 08.12.2012 Comments Off

    OCA Cleveland Chapters members Margaret Wong, Lisa Wong and Johnny Wu all were awarded honorees on December 1st, 2012 in Columbus for the 2012 Ohio Asian Leaders Award Gala.

    Ms. Margaret Wong was recipient of the Ohio Asian Leaders Legends award, while Ms. Lisa Wong and Mr. Johnny Wu, both board members of OCA Cleveland Chapter, received the 2012 Ohio Asian Leaders Honoree Awards for their ongoing civic support for Cleveland Asian Community.

    Congratulations!

    Photo taken by Mr. Wayne Wong.

  • News 05.11.2012 Comments Off

    UPDATE (11/03/12) According to NYTimes, the take out box was made by inventor Frederick Weeks Wilcox in Chicago on Nov. 13, 1894.

    UPDATE (11/05/12) WKYC covered the story with with responses from Renacci’s people

    UPDATE (11/05/12) several websites and blogs already covering this news and petition (sign it not!) has been made. (a google with

    UPDATE (11/06/12) Several communities members have now received a new mailer from Renacci’s campaign with new images: a grocery shopping cart. Although he yet to place an apology.

    OCA Open Letter

    November 1, 2012

    Ohio Republican Party
    211 South Fifth Street
    Columbus, OH 43215

    To Whom It May Concern:

    OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is deeply concerned and disappointed in the recent distribution of a xenophobic flyer mailed by the Ohio Republican Party to voters prior to the upcoming election. We ask for a pledge to end the use of xenophobic rhetoric as well as an immediate apology for the offensive materials distributed.

    The recent circulation of the “Betty Sutton is taking our jobs to go” flyer is inappropriate and demonizes Asians, specifically those of Chinese descent. While it has been common practice to attack China in this electoral cycle, capitalizing on xenophobic rhetoric for political gain has long term implications that negatively affect the APA community.

    The cultivation of hostility toward Asians has had a ripple effect in the past as exhibited by the death of Vincent Chin. Chin, a Detroit-born Chinese American, was beat to death by two laid-off auto workers who held strong animosity towards a booming Japanese auto industry. His death resulted as a product of fear mongering for political gain at the expense of racial understanding.

    Elections should be issue-focused without resorting to unfair and inaccurate comparisons. Demonizing a specific class of people using fear tactics based on broad political and economic generalizations or predictions should not be tolerated by the community at-large. We call upon political parties to promote an environment that welcomes the inclusion of diverse perspectives and urge political candidates from using racially charged language and imagery related to all forms of discrimination and bias.

    It is our hope that in the future the Ohio Republican Party will engage in a productive dialogue rather than the production of xenophobic rhetoric that targets a specific group of individuals.

    We look forward to your response.

    Sincerely,

    Johnny Wu
    OCA-Cleveland President

    Register to Vote

    Asian Services In Action needs your help to spread voter information guides in several languages for our communities in Ohio.

    Please share this information with your colleagues and members, post it to your website, and distribute it to anyone you know who needs it. The page link is http://www.tinyurl.com/asiagotv

  • News 02.11.2012 Comments Off

    Related Statistics

    Electoral votes in Ohio were decided by a 4% margin in 2008.

    Asian & Pacific Islander Americans make up 2% of Ohio’s population.

    In mid-September, nearly one-third of Asian American voters were undecided on the presidential race.

    Help Asian Voters in Ohio

    Asian Services In Action needs your help. We are a non-profit, non-partisan, cultural and social organization dedicated to the welfare of Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Ohio. We are reaching out in hope that you will help us spread the word about the availability of voter information guides in several languages for our communities in Ohio. I don’t need to remind you what an honor and privilege it is to vote. However, it may be difficult for limited English speaking citizens to simply go out and vote.

    We know you don’t have time to waste, so we have placed voter guides in seven Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Mon, Punjabi and Vietnamese) and other voter information all in one place that explain everything one needs to know in order to vote.

    Please share this information with your colleagues and members, post it to your website, and freely distribute it to anyone you know who needs it. The page link is www.tinyurl.com/asiagotv

    On behalf of Asian Services in Action, we thank you.

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  • News 25.09.2012 Comments Off


    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

     8 p.m. After dinner potluck

    9 p.m. Presidential Debate

    Hosted by Ray & Barbara Hing in Solon, Ohio

    Topic: Domestic policy

    Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

     The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

    The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond.   The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

    Presented by the OCA Cleveland Chapter in partnership with ASIA Inc., and APIA Vote

     


    To check your registration online, go to:

    Cuyahoga County Board of Elections
    http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/my-voting-information.aspx

    or

    State of Ohio Secretary of State
    http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/Voters/register.aspx

    Translated Voting Information by Asia Inc.
    http://www.asiainc-ohio.org/resources/translated-materials/voting-information/

  • News 10.08.2012 Comments Off

    OCA Cleveland Chapter recently was awarded the 2012 Chapter Excellence Award Local Community Involvement First Place during the 2012 OCA National Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    OCA Cleveland Chapter has been a co-founder organization for the Cleveland Asian Festival and within three years, it has helped establishing Cleveland AsiaTown as the next vibrant community to watch for.

    The Cleveland Asian Festival is an annual celebration of Asian American Heritage month in May the weekend before Memorial Weekend in Cleveland’s Asiatown neighborhood.

    Cleveland Asian Festival’s Mission is to:

    • Strengthening the identity of AsiaTown
    • Educating and promoting Asian culture and traditions
    • Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    From 10,000 people on a day event in 2010 to the current 3rd year’s 2 events of 42,240 attendance, the Cleveland Asian Festival has won numerous community awards and is the fastest growing outdoor festival in Northeast Ohio.

    2013 Cleveland Asian Festival is planned for May 18-19, 2013 from 11am to 7pm both days, for sponsorships, performing or vendor booth information forms will be available at the end of this year. Check out videos and pictures from previous years at www.ClevelandAsianFestival.org

  • News 27.07.2012 Comments Off

    (July 27, 2012, Cleveland, OH) OCA Greater Cleveland Chapter was awarded a $25000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation’s City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF) to help finance one season of its multi-media, educational and cross-cultural initiative – OCA IMAGE TV OHIO. OCA IMAGE TV OHIO is a 30 minutes television programming that aims at brining awareness, advancing diversity, and educating Greater Cleveland residents about the vitality of Asian Pacific American cultures and businesses in the Greater Cleveland and the surrounding regions.

    OCA IMAGE TV, a multiple award-winning program, focuses on the local Asian Pacific prospective in economic, social, arts and cultural development throughout Cleveland’s historic neighborhoods. The program aims to communicate a better understanding of the 60,000+ Northeast Ohio residents of Asian/Pacific culture and ethnicity.  Each episode includes segments offering a variety of diverse topics related to business, education, culture, traditions, leadership, food, health and beauty, fashion, sports, arts and entertainment, news, and current issues as well as spotlighting local events spotlighting the AsainTown area within the St. Clair Superior Neighborhood.

    The Cleveland Foundation’s MAEF grant will help support OCA IMAGE TV OHIO’s and OCA’s objectives which include bridging the gap between Eastern and Western culture through cultural awareness and education; engaging participation across differences within the Asian and local community; informing about local diverse leaders and events; advancing community building; and foster cultural heritage through a multi-media programming.

    The Cleveland Foundation’s MAEF grant will help seed the initial production of IMAGE TV OHIO in the hopes to become a self-sustained program.  The grant provides OCA funding to reach new geographic locations by utilizing the “new media” technology to maximize exposure. OCA IMAGE TV episodes are currently available on Time Warner Cable Channel 20, downloadable free from iTunes, or online at OCAGC Website. Additional sponsorships are needed to further our outreach objective.

    The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF) is a donor of the Cleveland Foundation. MAEF was established in 1994 to provide planning, preparation, production, and/or presentation of cultural, educational, and scientific programs and projects, which promote and benefit Cleveland’s minority populations. The MAEF is an endowed fund with assets of approximately $3.6 million providing grantmaking in the local community from investment income. The Board of Directors is comprised of two appointees by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland, two appointees by the Chair of City Council, and five appointees by the Cleveland Foundation.

    OCA Cleveland Chapter was founded in 1983 with the mission of promoting cultural heritage, active participation in civic and community affairs, securing justice and equal treatment and equal opportunity for all Americans of Asian/Pacific Islander descent. The organization is a non-profit, non-partisan civil rights, cultural and educational organization and is part of a National Organization (founded in 1973) with over 84 chapters and affiliates across the United States. Our goal is to embrace the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. For more information about OCA Cleveland Chapter and the OCA Image TV please visit http://www.ocagc.org

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  • News 21.06.2012 Comments Off

    Join us for a Nationwide Town Hall Panel discussion with leading civil rights leaders from around the country via Google Hangout at 

    Media Design Imaging
    1419 East 40th Street, Cleveland, OH 44103.  

    Schedule of Events:
    12:30 p.m. Doors Open
    12:45 p.m. Vincent Who? – A Documentary Film About Vincent Chin
    2-3 p.m Town Hall

    A free event, however Advance registration is required:

    To RSVP for the Cleveland Town Hall using Google Docs, go to: http://tinyurl.com/VC30OCAClevelandChapter

    In 1982, Vincent Chin was the victim of a hate crime murder in Detroit. Thirty years later, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to face discrimination and bullying. In light of recent tragedies like the extreme hazing and subsequent death of Pvt. Danny Chen and the continuing effects of 9/11, what can Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders do to stand up against racism and discrimination?

    Viewing parties have been organized in more than 30 cities and individuals can tweet in questions at #VC30. 


    Cleveland Location:  Media Design Imaging, 1419 East 40th Street, Cleveland, OH 44103

    Albany • Atlanta • Austin • Binghamton, NY • Boston • Charlotte • Chicago • Cleveland • Columbus • Corvallis, OR • Denver • Detroit • Fremont, CA • Gainesville • Grand Rapids, MI • Hartford • Honolulu • Houston • Irvine, CA • Ithaca, NY • Los Angeles • Lowell, MA • Morgantown, WV • New Orleans • New York • Philadelphia • Portland, OR • Raleigh • Sacramento • Saint Paul • Salt Lake City • San Francisco • San Jose • Seattle • St. Louis • Washington • Wichita and more.

    National Town Hall Presented by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress

    Cleveland Viewing Party hosted by the OCA Cleveland Chapter

    Cleveland Community Partners: MotivAsians for Cleveland, Chinese Professional and Entrepreneur Association, Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, Federation of Indian Community Associations, Asian Services in Action, Inc., Asian American Bar Association of Ohio and Philippine American Society of Ohio.

    National co-sponsors (in formation): Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

    Media Sponsors: 8Asians.com, Angry Asian Man

    For more information, email VC30Cleveland@ocagc.org or go to: wwwapaforprogress.org/VC30

    Light refreshments provided by Asia Foods of Asian Town Center.


    Hope you can join us!


    Deborah Yue
    Co-Chair, VC30 Cleveland
    Board Member, OCA Cleveland Chapter

    Lisa Wong
    Co-Chair, VC30 Cleveland
    Board Member, OCA Cleveland Chapter
    216-264-6750
  • News 14.06.2012 Comments Off

    42,240 people attended the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival!

    THE fastest growing festival in Northeast Ohio!

    Survey Result:


    70% were very satisfied with
    the overall experience
    90% vendors of all kind had
    generated high sales
    volume
    72% would visit AsiaTown in
    the near future outside
    of CAF
    76% would be returning for
    next year’s CAF
    May 18-19, 2013
    83% believed the festival
    would benefit
    Greater Cleveland
    18% first time visiting
    AsiaTown
    85% stayed more than
    2 hours at the festival
    75% spent over $20 at CAF
    28% were 22-35 years old
    29% were 36-45 years old
    15% were 46-55 years old
    14% were 56+ years old

    The 3rd annual Cleveland Asian Festival ended with a bang with more than 42,240 people attending on Saturday and Sunday of May 19-20, 2012. They enjoyed the festival and its beautiful weekend weather along with several other events downtown.

    Attendees enjoyed over 40 performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including this year’s headliner, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew: Instant Noodles. Marine Brigadier General Daniel Yoo graced the stage and provided an opening remark. Many enjoyed Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants throughout the day. The success of the festival caused several food vendors to sell out and close early. The World Market was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.

    The Health Pavilion was busy with people waiting for free screenings, information, and advice on their health. The children activities area was filled with laughter in the “bounce house” and inflatable sumo wrestling area. They played Dance Dance Revolution and grooved on the X-Box Kinect while enjoying many other games.

    The Lolly the Trolley tour was a hit once again. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the history and different businesses of the AsiaTown neighborhood. Those who were brave and hungry enough to enter into sushi wasabi roll and egg roll eating competitions walked away with some great prizes. It was a delightful event.

    We were excited to have some great TV personalities who helped emcee along with our CAF members. They engaged the audience and made them a part of the performances as they participated and cheered.

    The Cleveland Asian Festival has continued to become the fastest growing festival in Northeast Ohio. Many groups came from surrounding cities such as Columbus, Pittsburgh, or Akron, while a few came as far as New York, Florida, and even Italy. Surveys were conducted at the festival with results proving that not only it helps shape AsiaTown, but it brought an economic boost to the area, as well.

    We thank you for your patronage and supporting the festival. A special shout out to the 190+ volunteers that worked nonstop to make it possible, the committee chairs and their members who made sure all logistics were covered, the safety personnel that helped it a very safe environment, and the sponsors who believe in our efforts and mission statement… You are the ones who made this successful. On behalf of Cleveland Asian Festival’s Executive Committee Chairs, we thank you!

    Now what?

    You’ve witnessed the success of 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival. You’ve experienced the excitement and the impact the festival has brought to City of Cleveland. This festival brought an economic growth (an estimated of more than $2 million was spent at the festival during the two day event). Several food vendors ran out of product due to the high sale volume along with several merchant vendors! And finaly, 12,000 CAF Program Booklet were distributed at the start of the week and throughout the festival.

    With a surplus of vendors and performers on this year’s waiting list, we felt it is very important that you should act now to be involved in 2013!

    Dates for 2013 have been planned for Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 2013. Vendors, performers, program booklet advertisement, and banner placement forms will be readily online starting January 2013. Sponsorship and media sponsor packages will be available shortly in a few months.

    Don’t miss out in 2013! Be part of Cleveland’s diversity and celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Cleveland Asian Festival!

  • News 17.05.2012 Comments Off
    OCA Cleveland Chapter Coffee Hour:
    The Economy and Your Finances

    an informal discussion with 
    Donald Permadi with Merrill Lynch
    Fall, 2012  FREE Event
    from 10am to 12pm

    Negative Space Gallery & Studio
    3820 Superior Ave., 2nd Floor AsiaTown Center
    Cleveland, OH 44114
    Parking lot on E. 38th between Superior and Payne


    Presented by OCA Cleveland Chapter


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  • News 14.05.2012 Comments Off

    Coming this weekend May 19-20!


    Peforming first in Cleveland:
    Instant Noodles Dance Crew
    MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew

    Performing live on stage at the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival on May 19 and 20, 2012. Performance times is now online at the website. Originating from Taipei, Taiwan Instant Noodles was founded in Rowland Heights, California. The group gained great recognition on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew in Season 6 and finished in the top five. Instant Noodles also guest starred on Disney’s “Shake it up” and several top Taiwanese variety shows. Instant Noodles has also appeared as featured dancers in music videos for Jennifer Chung and DANakaDAN from Afterschoolspecial. Competitively, Instant Noodles has entered several international competitions and finished in the top spots against the best dance crew from all over the world.

    The B-boys of Instant Noodles aim to build a distinctive, entertaining dance style, fueled by character, musicality, creativity, and the companionship of each other. They pay tribute to their roots, aspire to innovate, and always remember to not take life too seriously.


    Special Guest
    Brigadier General Daniel D. Yoo
    to help kick off the festival on Saturday!

    Brigadier General Yoo currently serves as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in 1984.

    In March 1985, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant following completion of Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation from The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course, General Yoo reported to the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California, in April 1986. He was assigned duty with 2d Battalion, 9th Marines and served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Heavy Machine Gun Platoon Commander, Weapons Company Executive Officer, and a Rifle Company Commander.

    Brigadier General Yoo has served at all levels of the Marine Corps and has been stationed all across America and overseas in Okinawa, Japan. In July 2009, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Commander, Regional Corps Advisory Command Central (RCAC-C) 3-7, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army. After redeploying from Afghanistan in April 2010, he relinquished command of 4th Marines and Camp Schwab. General Yoo then served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

    His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Gold Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is a Marine Combatant Diver, a Military Freefall Parachutist, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.


    TV Personalities Emceeing at the Festival!


    In addition to our Master MC Mr. Wayne Wong, we also have a variety of MCs helping out at the festival, come and see them on stage!

    Returning as the Festival Master of Ceremonies is Wayne Wong. Wayne was raised in Cleveland and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. He is helping to develop future high efficiency space power systems as a technology project manager at the NASA Glenn Research Center and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work. Wayne is also an artist and in the past, pursued his artistic passion as a comic book illustrator. He currently enthusiastically volunteers his time and energy to further the goals of the Cleveland Asian Festival. Joining Wayne to host the Festival at the two stages are a number of talented local media personalities.

    Jason Nguyen comes back home to Cleveland from Fort Myers, Florida. He works at WKYC-TV as a Multi-Media Content Producer. Everyday Jason goes out and reports on the daily news you watch on Channel 3. Jason grew up in Cleveland and went to the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a degree in Communications with a focus in Broadcast Journalism. He’s excited to be back in the area and experience everything Cleveland has to offer. You can follow Jason and everything he does on Facebook, Jason Nguyen WKYC, or Twitter @FollowWIN

    Melissa Reid joined the FOX 8 News team 2011 as a reporter in April, 2011. Before coming to FOX 8, Melissa worked at WTRF in Wheeling, WV and KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA as a reporter and producer, respectively. Melissa was born and raised south of Pittsburgh. She attended Bentworth High School and went on to study at Bethany College where she majored in broadcast journalism. She says her love for news came at an early age and lives to cover breaking news, as well as tell the unique and quirky stories. Melissa says that in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Billy, and their dog, Miss Sophie Charlotte. She is also active in sports, including volleyball, golf, tennis, and softball. She also admits to having a mean shopping habit. Melissa is on Facebook and Twitter! Click on the links below to drop her a line and say hello!

    Returning to the Cleveland Asian Festival is WKYC Channel 3 Weekend Evening Anchor Lynna Lai. Lynna was a guest MC during the inaugural Cleveland Asian Festival in 2010. Lynna Lai, brings 18 years of broadcasting experience to WKYC Channel 3. She began her career at WMDB Channel 31, the CBS affiliate station in Peoria, Ill. She soon jumped to KGW Channel 8, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore. Her first Cleveland stint was at WJW Channel 8, where, in 1994, she became the first Asian-American reporter at a Northeast Ohio television station. She left Channel 8 to work as an anchor and reporter at WTSP Channel 10, the Gannett-owned CBS affilliate in Tampa, Fla., and WSB Channel 2, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta, Ga. She also has been a freelance correspondent for ABC News and the BBC. She joined Channel 19 as an anchor and reporter in 2001. The hiring of Lai was announced just a week after weekend news anchor Eric Mansfield confirmed that he is leaving Channel 3 after Memorial Day to become the executive director of university media relations at Kent State University. Mansfield has been with the station for 18 years. “Lynna brings a wealth of experience to the table and will be a great asset to our news team,” Channel 3 news director Rita Andolsen was quoted saying in the Channel 3 statement. “She has strong anchoring and reporting skills and is passionate about telling the stories of our community.” Lai has received Associated Press awards for news writing and feature reporting, and, in 2004, won an Emmy for spot news reporting. Born in Chicago, Lai grew up in Louisiana. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she was the recipient of the LSU Honor Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship Award. But Lai says she has considered Cleveland her home since her parents moved here when she when she was a college freshman.

    Stephanie Coueignoux became part of the Channel 3 news team in October 2011. Before joining WKYC, Stephanie was a reporter for Central Florida News 13, the 24 hour-cable station in Orlando, Florida. There, she covered major stories like the Casey Anthony trial, the retirement of the shuttle program, and of course every tropical storm! Stephanie has also worked as an anchor in both Wisconsin and Nebraska. Stephanie started her broadcast journalism career back in college as an intern for WHDH in Boston. A curious person by nature, she knew a career that allowed her to ask questions for a living, was the one for her. Stephanie says her favorite part of her job is being able to make a difference with each story she tells. Stephanie credits her adventurous spirit to her upbringing. She was born in France, but soon after moved to Colorado, then California, and finally Massachusetts. She also spent a year living in Australia. Now, Stephanie calls Cleveland home and is embracing everything the city has to offer. Stephanie is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In her spare time, Stephanie loves to cook, travel, and stay active. Stephanie wants to hear from you, whether it’s just to say ‘hi’ or to share a story idea.


    Complete schedule is now online!


    Visit Cleveland Asian Festival site and check out the complete schedule! Including the 80-page thick Program Booklet that is also available for download. 15000 of the booklet will be distributed throughout the two days event! You can grab a copy before the festival at Asia Plaza.


    We thank our sponsors!
    Without your support, our festival wouldn’t be successful! Please click here to see the list of our sponsors whom made this festival one of the fastest growing festival in Northeast Ohio!

     

     

  • News 28.03.2012 Comments Off

    (March 26, 2012, Cleveland, OH)  Instant Noodles, a top five finalist on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, will be performing live on stage at the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival on May 19 and 20, 2012. Performance times will be announced at festival’s website as it draws closer. Festival organizers are excited about this addition to its weekend lineup – Instant Noodles brings a nationally recognized Asian dance crew  to Cleveland.

    The 2011 Cleveland Asian Festival drew over 31,000 attendees with comedian Dat Phan as the featured act. Attendees enjoyed live cultural performances, martial arts, games, competitions, Asian cuisine, free health screenings, merchant booths and many others. Building on the momentum of the 2011 festival, the Cleveland Asian Festival organizers wanted to raise the bar for the 2012 festival. “The inclusion of the Instant Noodles dance crew for 2012 would allow us to attract teens and young adults to the festival,” says Yin Tang, Executive Committee Co-chair for the festival and Performing Committee Chair. “They will be engaged and experience cultural diversity while celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month with regional and national talents over the weekend of free and healthy fun.”

    Originating from Taipei, Taiwan Instant Noodles was founded in Rowland Heights, California. The group gained great recognition on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew in Season 6 and  finished in the top five. Instant Noodles also guest starred on Disney’s “Shake it up” and several top Taiwanese variety shows. Instant Noodles has also appeared as featured dancers in music videos for Jennifer Chung and DANakaDAN from Afterschoolspecial. Competitively, Instant Noodles has entered several international competitions and finished in the top spots against the best dance crew  from all over the world.

    The B-boys of Instant Noodles aim to build a distinctive, entertaining dance style, fueled by character, musicality, creativity, and the companionship of each other. They pay tribute to their roots, aspire to innovate, and always remember to not take life too seriously.

    The third annual Cleveland Asian Festival will be held on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday,  May 20, 2012, in Cleveland’s AsiaTown neighborhood at the Asia Plaza shopping center and surrounding streets (Payne Avenue and East 30th Street). The Cleveland Asian Festival is a collaborative effort by many organizations and communities in Greater Cleveland. It is coordinated by volunteer leaders within the Asian Pacific communities to foster, educate, and promote Asian culture and traditions, while celebrating Asian Heritage Month. Please contact Johnny Wu to schedule an appearance with Instant Noodles while in Cleveland.

    Check out the video compilation from MTV’s ABDC Season 6 – Instant Noodles Dance Crew:

  • News 16.03.2012 Comments Off

    Cirque du Solei Coming to Cleveland

    On April 4, 2012 through April 7, 2012 Cirque du Solei with its production Dralion will be in Cleveland at the Wolstein Center. Discount tickets are available when you mention “OCA Cleveland” when speaking with sales associate Allyson Boal at 216.687.5579. The prices are:

    Premium $88.50 (originally $98)

    Cat 1 $59.25 (originally $78)

    Cat 2 $44.25 (originally $55)

    Cat 3 $29.25 (originally $38)

    Dralion is Cirque du Solei’s newest production. Itis the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. The name Dralion (pronounced “Drah-lee-on”) is drawn from its two main symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West. Dralion derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humankind and nature. To learn more about the event including show times, visit the Wolstein Center website at: http://www.wolsteincenter.com/event-details.aspx?eventid=361.

    IX Indoor Amusement Park Features Cirque Shanghai

    The IX Indoor Amusement Park’s newest family event is Cirque Shanghai; a fusion of some of the most thrilling acts on Earth. Watch acrobatics, high wire acts, and motorcycle stunts. Each act is said to have been hand picked from some of the finest performers in the world. Cirque Shanghai has been reviewed well by audiences and critics. Take a look at what people were saying on Yelp! when Cirque Shanghai came to Chicago: http://www.yelp.com/biz/cirque-shanghai-chicago.

    The IX Indoor Amusement Park runs from March 23, 2012 to April 15, 2012. Regular price tickets are $24. Coupons and discounts are available. Feel free to ask me. Tickets for children three and under are free! Many different events including a meet and greet with Spiderman and Captain America, tiger shows, and a La Fiesta Latina weekend. Events change sometimes so visit ixamusmentpark.com for an updated list.

    Come See Our Sponsored Films at CIFF

    We would like to remind everyone to check out the 36th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival which will be held March 22, 2012 through April 1, 2012. OCA Cleveland Chapter and MotivAsians will be sponsering two great Asian films at the festival. OCA Cleveland Chapter will be sponsoring Buddha Mountain (Guan Yin Shan) and MotivAsians will sponsor Sacrific (Zaoh Shi Gu Er). Mention code “OCAGC” for discounted tickets. Check out clevelandfilm.org for more info.

    OCA Coffee Hour

    The next OCA Cleveland Chapter’s Coffee Talk has been scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10:00 in the morning to noon. The topic will be about investments. The special guest speaker will be Don Permadi from Merrill Lynch Investment. Seats are limited and we will send out RSVP invites shortly.

    Sponsorship/Booth Reservation Deadline Coming Soon!

    Anyone who would like to be a sponsor, vendor, and advertiser please submit your forms soon. March 31, 2012 is the deadline for all submission forms. Forms can be found at http://clevelandasianfestival.org/2012/?page_id=22. We have different links for the various ways you can get involved. Find the link that pertains to you and follow the instructions on that page. All forms can be sent online or through mail. The address should be located on the form for anyone using the postal service.

    Mythic Creatures on Exhibit at CMNH

    The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will display mythic creatures from cultures all around the world from March 3, 2012 until June 1, 2012 in Kahn Hall. Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the world’s most enduring mythological creatures from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and beyond. This amazing exhibition includes eye-popping models, paintings, and textiles, along with other cultural objects from around the world that bring to light surprising similarities and differences in the ways people everywhere have been inspired by nature to envision and depict these strange and wonderful creatures. For more details on this exhibit and all things CMNH visit http://www.cmnh.org/site/Index.aspx.

    CSU Celebrates Asian Awareness Month

    All through April Cleveland State University will be celebrating Asian Awareness Month with several events and lectures. On April 5, 2012 Professor Brant T. Lee of th University of Akron will hold a lecture, “Secrets and Lies: Misperceiving the Asian Next Door,” starting at noon in the Moot Court Room of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law building. Also, on April 19, 2012 Magdalen Hsu-Li will be in the Main Classroom auditorium from 5:30 to 7:00 in the evening to tell her story of growing up in the rural south as an “out” Asian American woman. For more information on CSU’s celebration check out csuohio.edu. For more information, pleae call Robert C. Chavez, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, 216.687.9283 or email.

    Celebrate Holi!

    On Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 6 in the evening the Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio will celebrate Holi at Laurel School in Shaker Heights. There will be a cultural program, dinner, and dancing. Tickets are $70 for a family, $10 for children under 10, and $20 for an individual adult ticket. Discounted tickets are available for members. Please be sure to make your reservations by March 10, 2012. For further Information and reservations, please contact:

    Parul Jain • 216-526-6134/parulsjain@yahoo.com

    Kathy Ghose • 440-785-5940/kghose50@yahoo.com

    Mona Alag • 440-256-3247/monaalag@yahoo.com

     

    April 20, NYC Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers – See Jeremy Lin in action
    Asian Heritage Night at the Quicken Loans Arena

    You can get special discounted tickets for April 20th games with Dan Maret, 216.420-2058, mention you heard it from OCA

    Click on this link for the flyer with seating info: http://ocagc.mdifilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/April20-AsianGroupNight.jpg

     

     

    Copyright © 2012 OCA Cleveland Chapter, All rights reserved.

  • News 06.03.2012 Comments Off


    I-X INDOOR AMUSEMENT PARK

    I-X Center, Cleveland, OH

    March 23 – April 15, 2012

    Check online for hours of operation.

    Discount Tickets Available 

    SAVE $5 PER TICKET!

    Coupon Below

     

    Regular Price – $24   Discount Price – $19
    (ages 3 & under are FREE)Tickets are Good Any Day

    Entertainment to include (all entertainment is subject to change)

    NEW!  Cirque Shanghai– Flawless feats of acrobatic brilliance, featuring pageantry, beauty and incredible skills -performing several 45 minute shows daily

    Cirque Shanghai is a fusion of some of the most thrilling acts on Earth. Watch acrobatics, high wire acts, and motorcycle stunts. Each act is said to have been hand picked from some of the finest performers in the world. Cirque Shanghai has been reviewed well by audiences and critics. Take a look at what people are saying on Yelp! when Cirque Shanghai came to Chicago: http://www.yelp.com/biz/cirque-shanghai-chicago.

    COME MEET Spider-Man (March 24) and Captain America (March 25)

    Christian Family Weekend – March 24-25      La Fiesta Latina Weekend – April 14-15

    For detailed show information, additional entertainment features, plus hours of operation visit www.ixamusementpark.com

    Spanning over more than 20 acres, the I-X Indoor Amusement Park is jam-packed with over 150 rides, games, and attractions for guests of all ages….and it is all INSIDE!    Pay one price and ride all day!  Come join the fun!

    For questions please contact:
    Cyndee Young – Group Sales Manager
    I-X Center       One I-X Center Dr.
    Cleveland, OH  44135
    PH 330-262-9790,
    VOICEMAIL:  216-265-2657

    Print this coupon and take it to the I-X Center to save $5 per ticket
    http://www.ixamusementpark.com

     

    I-X Indoor
    Amusement Park

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    800-897-3942

     

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    (ages 3 & under are free!)

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     The weather will be perfect (inside)!

    Over 20 acres of fun!

    Pay one price and ride all day!

    Come join the fun!

     


  • News 27.02.2012 Comments Off

    On Firday March 24th at 5pm the Chinese Women Association will celebrate International Women’s Day at Li Wah restaurant (2999 Payne Ave.).Tickets are $20 for food, entertainment, and a raffle. CWA website: http://chinesewomencleveland.org/2011/.

  • News 24.02.2012 Comments Off

    OCAGC is the proud Community Partner for the 36th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival’s Chinese Film:
    Buddha Mountain (Guan Yin Shan)

    Buddha MountainBUDDHA MOUNTAIN is a brilliantly acted film about aimless youth confronting grievous loss. Nan Feng is a tough girl who works as a club singer to send money home to the provinces, where her alcoholic dad is beating her mom. Ding Bo is a handsome motorbike delivery boy who can’t accept the new marriage of his deadbeat father. Fei Zao is a constant eater and a childish Michael Jackson fan. After these three slacker friends are evicted from their apartment, they find new digs with Madam Chang, an old-fashioned devotee of the Peking Opera who runs a tight ship. The young people bait their new landlady, taking her money and “borrowing” her car for joyrides through the countryside. But not long after they stumble across a mountaintop Buddhist temple dedicated to the goddess of compassion, they realize that Madam Chang’s rigidity actually masks a deep unhappiness. Veteran Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang’s portrayal of the grief-stricken landlady is heartbreakingly convincing. (In Mandarin with subtitles) – B.B.

    Showtimes: Friday, March 30th, 5:00pm
    Saturday, March 31st, 9:00pm

    *Use the code “OCAGC” for a $2 discount on ticket prices!

    How to redeem a $2.00 discount for a 36th CIFF ticket purchase
    36th Cleveland International Film Festival
    March 22 – April 1, 2012
    Tower City Cinemas

    Online: Use the code “OCAGC” when purchasing tickets at www.clevelandfilm.org (available 24 hours a day).
    Phone: Use the code ” OCAGC” when calling the Ulmer & Berne Film Festival Box Office at 877.304.FILM (3456).
    In-Person: Use the code ”OCAGC” at the Ulmer & Berne Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas.

    Ticket prices (before discount):
    $10 Cleveland International Film Festival Members
    $12 Non-members
    $10 Students and Seniors (day of show only)

    This discount is good for any Festival film screening.  Restrictions may apply.

    Tickets are available at the Ulmer & Berne Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas (230 W. Huron Rd., Cleveland, OH  44113).

    Visit www.clevelandfilm.org  for Film Festival program updates and comprehensive information about the 36th Cleveland International Film Festival.

    Visit www.towercitycenter.com for additional parking options

  • News 22.02.2012 Comments Off

    A quick update: Jeremy Lin may not be playing in Cleveland due to a surgery?

    Here is the article.

    As many of you know, Jeremy Lin, the first American NBA player of Chinese/Taiwanese descent, is a great point guard with NY Knicks and will be in town on April 20th to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers. We have managed to obtain some group rates for the night!

    Please click here, to obtain event information and whom to order tickets with. Please distribute this flyer to your group (as this was created to be generic).

    Another benefit from this group rate is that you can watch Jeremy practice CLOSE UP before the game!

    Here’s a recent article on The Plain Dealer about our community ready to meet Jeremy Lin.

    PLUS, I am currently working with them to try to do a meet and greet (not guaranteed yet).

    BUT, go because it would be exciting to watch Jeremy play and he has become a great role model.

  • News 21.02.2012 Comments Off

    2012 is an election year, and many politicians are placing campaign ads all over the country. They’re trying to discredit their opponents and making themselves look like the resolution of all misfortune.

    Some are using the concept of “Trolling the Media” (intentionally making a sensationalistic or offensive remark to attract a lot of media/news coverage). Trolling the media isn’t anything new. It has been used throughout history for marketing.

    Although it is effective in getting coverage (besides the usual negative comments or responses from the public), it encourages an “act-before-you-think” attitude. This often promotes old and creates new stereotypes that can hurt the development of diversity.

    The United States is a mosaic of individuals that makes a rich and culturally diverse country. Besides the Native Americans, we all are immigrants. We came here to seek a better life for ourselves and future generations. We have created a melting pot of all cultures and races. No matter where you are from, the color of your skin, what you look like, or who you love; we are the people that make America great. We are the pride of the United States.

    However, when politicians or influential leaders start trolling the media, it puts a different perspective on our individualism. Maybe we aren’t as united as we thought because of our personal agenda, personal bigotry, or jealousy.

    Our most recent example is the news coverage of an emerging superstar, Jeremy Lin. Lin is a basketball player born in Los Angeles. He is an underdog but an exceptional player and is now an overnight media sensation. Many have downplayed his success even though he has worked hard to reach his dream and become the first American player to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.

    Because Jeremy Lin looks differently, controversy erupted shortly after a few great performances that put the New York Knicks in people’s radar. First, heavy weight boxer Floyd Mayweather tweeted: “Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he is Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise”.  Then, Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock had to apologize for his tweet which insulted Lin’s sexual ability, using a negative stereotype about Asians. Also, Madison Square Garden showed a fan’s video of Lin’s head popping out of a fortune cookie. Fans have taken to calling him “Yellow Mamba,” allegedly a play on Kobe Bryant’s nickname of “Black Mamba”.

    Probably the worst of it happened early morning on February 18. ESPN commentator and the ESPN mobile website used the phrase “Chinks in the Armor” regarding the Knick’s loss to the Hornets that Friday night. Although it was pulled immediately, it was read and distributed throughout the Internet. The website writer was fired and the commentator was suspended for 30 days. Lin stated that ESPN has apologized and he is fine with it.

    Should he be? Stereotyping is hurtful. We’ve all grown up with it. No matter whom you are, we’ve all endured being mocked and stereotyped. It sets us back in social situations and affects our image.

    Ultimately, the effect of stereotyping can change the way we live, work, interact, or do business with others. On an even larger scale, it can play a great role in business deals that include diversified markets and communities. Stereotypes can destroy confidence and the ability to work and function successfully.

    Stereotyping is hard to avoid. Certain nuances and attributes are attached to cultures and become engrained in our minds whether we believe them or not. But, it’s not difficult to understand and learn to be sensitive to the manner. When you work with a community and you’re building a relationship you need to understand the cultural and social difference. Help reduce the stereotype by learning.

    The most powerful way to diminish stereotypes is by education and it starts now. Don’t wait for an incident to happen.

    Businesses should start educating its staff to be aware of the damage stereotypes can do. Businesses who wish to work with diversified communities should get involved and understand cultures and social structure of such communities before entering into a business agreement.

    The more you know, the less stereotypes will become a stigma in everyone’s life. So, read, attend a seminar or class, and expand your knowledge of the people around you. We need to foster a strong world of diversity for us and our kids.

     

  • News 20.02.2012 1 Comment


    On February 18, 2012, OCA Cleveland Chapter hosted two events:

    1. OCA Coffee Hour: Estate Planning and How to Get Rich Slowly, an informal discussion with Harold Hom Co., LPA. The small get-together was held at Koko Bakery from 10am to 11am. It was very informative. Mr. Ray Hing, a participant that morning, later stated:

    “Hi Harold;
    Thanks for your GREAT informal and candy talk on “PROTECTING YOUR LEGACY” – AN OVERVIEW OF ESTATE PLANNING FOR OHIO RESIDENCE.

    You cleared up many of my concerns/questions that have been in my mind for a long time, particularly on the complexity and most importantly protecting our hard earned assets:
    1.  WILLS – WHEN IS IT A GOOD FOR US TO PLAN
    2.  PROBATE – INS AND OUTS OF VARIOUS PROBATES
    3.  ESTATE PLANNING
    4.  HEALTHCARE ISSUES
    5.  LIVING TRUST – THE PROS AND CONS
    6.  STATE AND FEDERAL TAXES

    We very much appreciate you taking your time this morning and your patience for going over one of the very important topics of our lives.

    Also, thanks for sharing your thoughts on “HOW TO GET RICH SLOWLY”, particularly on this down cycle……

    I am in agreement that we, Chinese, Chinese American and Asian American, don’t really have such concepts in bedded in our minds and culture.”
    ——————–
    2. The APIAVote’s New Faces of Leadership Speaker Series held a meet-and-greet event with California Congresswoman Judy Chu. The event was hosted by our gracious member Margaret Wong in her office.More than 60 people attended the one hour event.
    Attendees learned the importance of getting involved, stepping up, and speaking out against racism. The audience was very engaged and participated a lot. Later, Congresswoman became the focal point of a short OCA Image TV interview.
    Finally, she joined some of the community business leaders for a delicious, ten course meal prepared by East 30th Café. The dinner event was sponsored by Radhika Reddy of Ariel International. Pictures of the event is available at OCA Cleveland Chapter’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OCACleveland.

    The next OCA Cleveland Chapter’s Coffee Hour has been scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd from 11am to 2pm. The topic will be about investments. The special guest speaker will be Don Permadi from Merrill Lynch Investment. Seats are limited and we will send out RSVP invites shortly.

  • News 06.02.2012 Comments Off

    OCA of Greater Cleveland would like to welcome our newest board member, Deborah Yue. Deborah joined the board in January of this year. She is very active in the community and is a member of MotivAsians where she is on the management team and is VP of Professional Development. She is on the executive community board for the Cleveland Asian Festival sitting in the finance chair. Deborah is also a partner at Gallagher Sharp where she concentrates her practice on insurance and general liability litigation. Deborah has a lot of experience and is very knowledgeable in the non-profit field. OCAGC plans to grow greatly this year and we are certain that she will help us reach our goals. We’re very excited to welcome her and are enthused to have her on the board.

     

  • News 05.02.2012 Comments Off

    OCA Cleveland Chapter is one of the recipient awardees of the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) approved 88 grants, totaling $1,029,164 for the 2012 Project Support cycle. 

    The grant will be used for 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival, the 3rd Annual Asian Festival has recently recognized as “2010 Best New Ethnic Festival” by Cleveland Scene Magazine, listed as one of “Cleveland’s Best Festivals” by The Plain Dealer 5-19-2011, and recently won the “2011 Excellence in Neighborhood Marketing Award” with Live Cleveland!

    This festival features authentic food and merchandise vendors, local and national performing artists, a children’s activities area, games, competitions, and a health pavilion that focuses on free screenings and education.

    2012 Cleveland Asian Festival helps

    • Strengthening the identity of AsiaTown
    • Educating and promoting Asian culture and traditions
    • Celebrating Asian Heritage Month

    OCA Cleveland Chapter is one of the main organization that helps coordinate and put together the annual festival. 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival will be on May 19-20, 2012!

  • News 30.01.2012 Comments Off

    OCA Cleveland Chapter Coffee Hour:

    Estate Planning and How to Get Rich Slowly

    an informal discussion with 

    Harold L. Hom Co., LPA 

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

    from 10 to 11 a.m.

    Koko Bakery

    3710 Payne Avenue, Payne Commons

    Cleveland, OH 44114

    Click on the link to RSVP

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDRXc3pxeHJ6TldPWFJRVkR5Z1V3Tmc6MQ

    Presented by OCA Cleveland Chapter

    www.ocagc.org

    “Like” us on facebook!

    http://www.facebook.com/OCACleveland

  • News 27.01.2012 Comments Off

    New Faces of Leadership – Congresswoman Judy Chu

    The OCA – Cleveland Chapter is pleased to join Margaret W. Wong & Associates in welcoming Congresswoman Judy May Chu (D-CA) to Cleveland. Join us for an hour with the Congresswoman to discuss AAPI civic engagement. Seating is limited to 100 guests, so register today: http://tinyurl.com/75kyvh3

    Saturday, February 18, 2012
    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Margaret W. Wong & Associates
    3150 Chester Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44114

    *Light refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted at the door for the non-partisan Ohio Asian Civic Engagement Fund to send seniors, youth and others to the 2012 Asian American Legislative Day at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

    Congresswoman Dr. Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 32nd District in July 2009. She immediately got to work representing the interests of her constituents, voting on several environmental bills and working through the night on her first day in office, during a marathon debate on important healthcare reform legislation as part of her first assignment on the House Education and Labor Committee, where she served on the Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and Healthy Families and Communities.

    In the 112th Congress, Rep. Chu serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where she is a member of the Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security and the Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet subcommittees. She is also a member of the House Small Business Committee, where she is leading the Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee as the Ranking Democrat and serves on the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access and Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittees. In 2011, she was elected as the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).

    Co-Sponsored by: APIA Vote, Asian Services in Action, Cleveland Chinese Women Association, Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, Chinese Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association, and MotivAsians for Cleveland

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    OCA members Lisa Wong and Johnny Wu were on WCPN today at noon for Around Noon with Dee Perry show to celebrate 2012 Year of the Dragon. Click here to listen to the recording.

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    in celebrating the Year of the Dragon, here are some clips of our AsiaTown community in Cleveland. More episodes are available at the OCA Image TV link

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    For a list of events celebrating 2012 Year of the Dragon, visit this page.

    Here are some traditions and customs that you might be interested to know (or do it with your entire family with fun):

    BEFORE NEW YEAR’s EVE:

    The celebration actually starts on New Year’s Eve with the reunion dinner. By New Year’s Eve, you should have done the following:

    Clean the entire home to get rid of all the things that are associated with the old year.

    Put away all brooms and brushes.

    Pay all your debts.

    Resolve differences with family members, friends, neighbors and business associates.

    Buy the following:

    - red money envelopes

    - oranges and/or tangerines

    - circular candy tray

    - flowers (especially plum blossom, peach blossom, water lily)

    - a new set of clothes and shoes for children, preferably something red or orange.

    Get new dollar bills from the bank. Insert the new dollar bills into the red envelopes. Now the red envelope is called a lee see or lucky money envelope.

    (note: Very few modern families follow all the “cleaning” traditions.)

    ON NEW YEAR’s EVE:

    Get together with close family members (not including married daughters and their families) for the “reunion” dinner.

    Pay respect to ancestors and household gods. Acknowledge the presence of ancestors because they are responsible for the fortunes of future generations.

    Open every door and window in your home at midnight to let go of the old year.

    Put a fresh and big round Apple or Orange next to your children’s pillows, so they would sleep in peace and wakes up with the fresh aroma of the fruits.

     

    ON NEW YEAR’s DAY:

    Decorate your home with symbols of good fortune. Here are some suggestions:

    - Colors: Bright red (happiness); gold/orange (wealth & happiness).

    - Fruits: Oranges and tangerines (good health & long life); tangerines with leaves intact (long lasting relationships; fruitful and multiply as in having children); persimmons (happiness and wealth).

    - Circular candy tray (candy for sweet and circular for togetherness).

    - Flowers: If flowers bloom on New Year’s Day, it will be a prosperous year.

    - Red banners or couplets with New Year wishes and symbols of good fortune in gold.

    Here are some suggestions for food:

    - Jai – a combination of food that represents good fortune. Jai comprises of ginkgo nut, black moss, dried bean curd, bamboo shoots, vermicelli and scallion.

    - Fish and chicken represent prosperity. Always present the fish and chicken as a whole. Do not cut them in pieces. The head, tail and feet (for chicken) must be presented to symbolize completeness.

    - Noodles represent longevity. Again, they should not be cut.

    - Desserts include oranges, Chinese New Year cake (ni gao) and prosperous cakes (they look like golden nuggets).

    Wear all new clothing (from socks to shirts) to welcome the new year with a clean start.

     

    DO’s & DON’Ts on NEW YEAR’s DAY:

    – Greet others with “Gung Hey Fat Choy” which means “Wishing You Prosperity and Wealth”.

    – Give two lee see’s to each child. Because happiness comes in two’s, do not just give one. This is your way of passing good luck to the next generation. Business owners also givelee see’s to employees and associates.

    – Wear brand new clothes – preferably in red. Children should wear new clothes and new shoes.

    – Don’t wash your hair.

    – Don’t sweep the floor.

    – Don’t greet people who are in mourning.

    – Don’t drop your chopsticks.

    – Don’t say the number ‘four’ (Chinese homonym for death) or mention death.

    – Don’t borrow or lend money.

    As you prepare for this important holiday, think of the changes you want to make in your life … perhaps spend more time with your family, reduce your credit card debts or pursue a new interest. Gung Hey Fat Choy … and Happy New Year!

    Although the video below is dated, but the celebrations is still carries yearly:

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    Year of the Dragon falls on January 23, 2012, it is our Lunar New Year Celebration, below are a  list of events happening around town:

    – Saturday, February 4, 2012 at CSU Student Center, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.

    Chinese Professional and Entrepreneur Assoc. (CPEA) Chinese New Year Celebration with Chinese Cultural performances starting at 5pm, then Lion Dance and games, dance, socials at 8pm.  $5 for CPEA member, $10 for non-member, $5 for children under 10. For more information email cpea.usa@gmail.com.


    Kwan Family Lion Dance Performances:

     

    1/20/2012 Pad Tai Hudson 630pm
    1/20/2012 Pad Tai Fairlawn 730pm
    1/21/2012 Asia Plaza 1030am
    1/21/2012 E.30Cafe 1130am
    1/21/2012 Pearl Orient 1pm
    1/21/2012 BoLoong 6pm
    1/21/2012 Asia Bistro 730pm
    1/22/2012 Boloong 12pm
    1/22/2012 Hunan Fairlawn 3pm
    1/22/2012  Hunan Solon 5pm
    1/22/2012 LiWah 630pm
    1/22/2012 E.30 Café 730pm
    1/23/2012 LiWah 11am
    1/23/2012 John Carroll   1230pm
    1/23/2012 Hunan Medina 530pm
    1/24/2012 China Gate    5pm
    1/25/2012 Hunan Akron     6pm
    1/27/2012 Asian Bistro 7pm
    1/28/2012 LiWah 11am
    1/28/2012 E.30 Café 12pm
    1/28/2012 Gold Dragon 4pm
    1/28/2012 Hunan Solon 530pm
    1/28/2012 Boloong 6pm
    1/28/2012 Asian Friends 830
    1/29/2012 Imperial Dragon 2pm
    1/29/2012 Hunan Falls 430pm
    1/29/2012 LiWah 6pm
    2/3/2012 Gold dragon 5pm
    2/4/2012 Dragon Gate 12pm
    2/4/2012 CSU 630pm
    2/5/2012 Gold Dragon 3pm
    2/5/2012 Pad Tai Hudson 8pm
    2/11/2012 Dragon Gate 12pm
    2/11/2012 KingWah 3:30pm
    2/11/2012 Gold Dragon 530pm
    2/12/2012 Imperial Dragon 2pm
    2/12/2012 Imperial Dragon 630pm
    2/18/2012 Rotary Club
    2/19/2012 Imperial Dragon 2pm
    2/19/2012 Imperial Dragon 630pm

     

    Pearl of the Orient
    19300 Detroit Rd. Rocky River 440-333-9902
    King Wah 20668 Center Ridge Rd. Rocky River 440-331-0330
    Asian Bistro 139 Crocker Park Blvd Westlake 440-871-2888
    Mark Pi’s China Gate 32730 Walker Rd. Avon Lake 440-930-2623
    Dragon Gate 6681 West 130th St. Parma Heights 440-743-0800
    BoLoong 3922 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland 216-391-3113
    LiWah 2999 Payne Ave. Cleveland 216-696-6556
    East 30th Café 2999 Payne Ave. Cleveland 216-515-1111
    Imperial Dragon 8310 Tyler Blvd. Mentor 440-974-8838
    Hunan By the Falls 508 E. Washington St. Chagrin Falls 440-247-0808
    Hunan Solon 6050 Enterprise Pkwy. Solon 440-248-8836
    Golden Dragon 5871 Mayfield rd. Mayfield Hts. 440-449-8710
    House of Hunan Fairlawn 2717 West Market St. Fairlawn 330-864-8215
    House of Hunan Medina 18 Public Square Medina 330-7221899
    House of Hunan Akron 12 East Exchange St. Akron 330-253-1888
    Pad Tai Hudson 5657 Darrow Rd. Hudson 330-650-9998
    Pad Tai Fairlawn 3545 Brookwall Drive Fairlawn 330-668-9981

     

     

    - Saturday, January 21, 2012 – Asia Plaza’s Chinese New Year Celebration, 2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland 44113. Click here for Chinese flyer, click here for English flyer.

    Starting from 10am till 5pm, with 14+ cultural booths/tables and 12 performances throughout.  Scheduled performances include:

    Time Scheduled Performers
    10:30am – 11 Kwan Family Lion Dance
    11am – 11:30pm JACL Shojoji Dancers
    11:30am – 12pm Daiko Icho Taiko Drummers
    12pm – 12:30pm T’shaka Brown Kung Fu School
    12:30pm-1pm Chinese Academy of Cleveland
    1pm – 1:30pm Connie Zhang Chinese Cultural Dance
    1:30pm – 2pm Chinese Music Group
    2pm – 2:30pm CCCCA Cultural Performances
    2:30pm-3pm A-PoPhasis
    3:pm-3:30pm Phillippines Kali Martial Arts
    3:30pm-4pm Alison Jin Chinese Instrument
    4pm-4:30pm CPEA Cultural Performance
    4:30pm – 5pm Westlake Cleveland Chinese School

    - Saturday, January 21, 2012 – Asian Town Center’s Chinese New Year Celebration,  3820 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

    Performances and table display throughout the day

    “YEAR OF THE DRAGON” CHINESE NEW YEAR SCHEDULE 2012

    TIME: 时间 PERFORMANCE: 表演
    11:00 AM HIP HOP LION DANCE and  FIRE CRACKERS:  舞獅和爆竹
    11:50 AM INTRODUCTION: 簡介
    12:00 PM COLLECTION OF CHINESE TRADITIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC BY CCCCA 中國傳統舞蹈及音樂表演: 克里夫蘭當代中國文化協會
    12:30 PM ASIAN HIP HOP BY A-POPHASIS  新潮街舞
    1:00 PM GAME 1 游戏
    1:30 PM MENTOR KARATE
    2:00 PM CHINESE TRADITIONAL DANCE BY WESTLAKE CHINESE SCHOOL
    2:30 PM ICHO DAIKO FEATURING OBERLIN TAIKO – 日本鼓
    3:00 PM CHINESE FOLK DANCE BY CPEA GREAT WALL ENRICHMENT CENTER
    3:30 PM EATING CONTEST: 競食大賽
    4:00 PM SINGING PERFORMANCE
    4:10 PM KUNG FU DEMONSTRATION BY SHAOLIN INSTITUTE
    4:40 PM URBAN ELEMENTS: 新潮街舞
    5:00 PM THANK YOU AND CLOSING: 闭幕

    - Sunday, January 22 – MotivAsians @ Asia Plaza

    Join MotivAsians for a traditional Lunar New Year Feast celebrating the year of the Dragon!

    Li Wah Chinese Restaurant
    Asia Plaza
    2999 Payne Avenue
    Cleveland,OH44114
    Sunday, January 22, 2012
    Registration at 4:30pm
    Dinner Service Start: 5:00pm
    Lion Dance: 6:30pm
    Cost: $26 for MotivAsians member (email list subscriber) / $30 for non-member

    Fee will be collected on site. Exact cash is greatly preferred, checks are also acceptable

    Please RSVP via the link:  http://bit.ly/xWBMC4

    RSVP early as this event will be limited to the first 50 people and will sell out.

    Confirmed Guests will receive an email confirmation on Friday, January 20, 2012.

    Special Lunar New Year Menu will include:
    1. BBQ Combination Platter
    2. Minced seafood and fish maw soup
    3. House Panfried Noodles
    4. Baby bok choy with black mushroom
    5. Shrimp in honey walnut sauce
    6. Crispy Whole Fried Chicken with crispy garlic
    7. Double Lobster / with Ginger Scallion sauce
    8. Pan seared flounder with ginger and scallions
    9. Chinese Sausage and Diced Vegetable Fried Rice
    10. Tapioca
    
    

    - Monday, January 22, 2012 – LIVE on TV Fox8 Morning News – Starting at 7am, check out Li Wah’s Chef Danny Auyueng, OCA’s Johnny Wu and Lisa Wong talks about Chinese New Year celebration with performance by Icho Daiko Taiko Drummers.

    - Saturday, January 28, 2012 – Asian & Friends Cleveland New Year Banquet & Lion Dance @ East 30th Street Cafe (inside of Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Avenue)

    Tickets (Advance up to 1/1/2012) $35 member, $40 all others. Regular Tickets (1/1/2012 to 1/19/2012) $45/each, Late tickets (based on availability) $55/each. More information at www.afcleveland.org  or email Cindy Yu for information.

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    Cleveland Asian Festival

     

     

    OCA Cleveland Chapter Event Listing

     

    Lunar New Year Celebrataions around Northeast Ohio

    Come celebrate Lunar New Year starting on Jan 21, 2012! Click on this for a list of different Year of the Dragon celebrations around Northeast Ohio!

     

    2012 is THE Year of the Dragon with Cleveland Asian Festival!

    2012 Designed by Allison Lukacsy

    According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, which begins from January 23, 2012 and ends on February 9, 2013. In ancient China, the celestial Dragon represents an emperor and power. Today, it is the ultimate auspicious symbol of power, prosperity and good fortune. Bringing good luck, good fortune, and master of authority to those throughout the year – the beginning of a great success in this economy.

    Cleveland Asian Festival is now in its 3rd year, and we will celebrate Asian Pacific Americans Heritage Month and Year of the Dragon with a big bang. Your support and participation will foster relationship building with the many ethnic groups involved while seizing the opportunity to introduce your brand to festival attendees.

    The Cleveland Asian Festival is all about North East Ohio’s Asian Culture, however, it is not exclusively Asian. It is organized and operated by volunteers from the community at large with ethnic diversity encompassing virtually all races and nationality. This makes the festival unique among ethnic festivals. It is successful as well, winning numerous awards for its branding and marketing strategies. Within two years, the Cleveland Asian Festival went from 10,000 participants in a one-day event to 31,060 participants over a two-day event in year two. Social Media Branding and Marketing along with Sampson/Carnegie’s Dynamic Multicultural Branding strategies played a big role in achieving this goal.

    The Cleveland Asian Festival has positioned as an “authority” of the Asian Cultural Voice, and supporters, like you, showed us that there is a market readily to be explored.

    And this is just the beginning of a wonderful relationship building for you and the festival goers. To further develop a long term brand strategy in Northeast Ohio, you may want to consider implementing our Dynamic Multicultural Branding strategies, which has demonstrated increased success with sustainability and accountability results.

    Year of the Dragon is a big year. We believe it will bring great success and participation as we are projecting that over 50,000 people will attend the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival. As a whole, the steering committee members, the volunteers, the performing organizations, sponsors and donors all believe this number is achievable.

    So now it is your turn! Get yourself or your business involved with the 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival! Do not miss out the opportunity and a bright part of the Cleveland’s future. The 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival website http://www.clevelandasianfestival.org has all the information you will need!

    Be a sponsor; Be a vendor; Advertise in our program guide; Participate as a volunteer or Sign up as a group to perform on one of our stages… Your involvement is the first step to bridge cultural differences between East and West!

    Social Media Marketing is important
    In the era of social media, marketing and branding must become engaging. 66% of adults within the United States are using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter for a variety of purposes like interacting with families and friends or discussing their hobbies and likes. The most actively engaged of all social media users are individuals who are from diverse ethnic groups. Creating a social media strategy that is culturally sensitive while being engaging is fundamental in any marketing campaign.
    Dynamic Multicultural Branding
    Expertise in understanding diverse cultural essence is the key to making your brand relevant to ethnic communities here in this city. The sound of the name of a product, the colors used in a brand and how ad copy plays within the message will be the difference between success and failure when doing a dynamic multicultural branding initiative seeking to gain market share within these ethnic communities.

     

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    OCAGC’s OCA Image TV was awarded the 2012 Pixie Gold Award, an award to honor and recognized outstanding work in the fastest-growing area of the moving pixels industry on Motion Graphics, Effects, and Animations for TV, Web, Media or Films.

    The Pixie Awards is sponsored by the American Pixel Academy. David E. Carter is the Executive Director of the academy; he is the founder of the Telly® Awards and American Corporate Identity, and edited the Creativity Annual.

    OCA IMAGE TV is a self-sustain High energy Television show. It will be a Magazine Show with a focus on local Asian-American culture, traditions, customs and their influences. The show will include 30 minutes of programming that will provide Ohioans with a better understanding of the various Asian cultures in our area. Each episode will include segments on a variety of diverse topics related to education, culture, traditions, food, health and beauty, fashion, sports, arts and entertainment, news, and current issues as well as upcoming events.

    OCA Image TV is supported by organizations such as Margaret Wong and Associates, Media Design Imaging, Neighborhood Connections, Creative House Studious, Smile Dental, City Council Ward 8, MotivAsians and many others.

    OCA Image TV is aired on Time Warner’s Cable TV20 and it is also available online and via iTunes as a podcast. Visit OCA Image TV page for more information.

    .

  • News 26.10.2011 Comments Off

    The Cleveland Asian Festival is now gearing up for 2012 Cleveland Asian Festivaland we need your help!

    We need you to help us design a great save-the-date postcard! Submit your design and have a chance to be selected as our official 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival’s Postcard!

    Over 30,000 postcards will be distributed throughout Ohio!

    Click here and download the Rules and Entry Form and submit your design now before November 15, 2011!

    Please use this logo as part of your design, click it to get the higher resolution version!

    NOTE: Postcard size is 4.25″ x 6.25″.

    Here’s the QR code:

  • News 25.10.2011 Comments Off

    This past May 21-22, 2011, OCA along with several other Asian organizations in Northeast Ohio, put together our 2nd Cleveland Asian Festival, with over 31,060 people attended the two days festivities.

    Mark your calendar for 2012 Cleveland Asian Festival, May 19-20, 2012. Check out the video below for 2011 Cleveland Asian Festival’s Highlights. For more information about the festival, you can visit Cleveland Asian Festival’s site.

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    Here are several videos that features OCA members and our work. From being one of the organizations that spearheaded the Cleveland Asian Festival to our call for support for victims in China to our OCA National Board Meeting.

    For more videos of OCA in the media, click here or browse the the link below. (iPad users should use the link instead).

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    OCAGC is the proud Community Partner for Cleveland International Film Festival’s Chinese Film:

    The Piano in a Factory

    Northeast China, the early 1990s. Facing the end of their planned economy, laid-off workers are looking for ways to repurpose their crumbling former work places — and their lives. THE PIANO IN A FACTORY is the enormously entertaining tale of a quirky band of brothers who unites one last time to pursue a common goal. Chen is an ex-steel factory worker with twin passions for his young daughter and music. He makes great sacrifices and goes to hilarious lengths to keep the girl taking piano lessons. Chen’s absent wife suddenly appears, demanding custody of the child. A product of the new mercenary China, the girl says she’ll go with whichever parent can provide her with a piano. Now the hustle is on! In an effort to keep his beloved daughter, Chen rustles up a motley crew to help him construct a piano from scratch in the old factory building. This upbeat film provides many surprises, including toe-tapping Russian folk tunes and eye-catching camerawork. (In Mandarin with subtitles) –B.B.

    Showtimes for The Piano in a Factory:

    Friday, March 25

    6:45pm

    Saturday, March 26

    3:45pm

    Sunday, March 27

    9:20am

    To view show times and a complete listing of films, visit CIFF website at: http://www.clevelandfilm.org/

    OCAGC member will get discount code shortly for films at the CIFF!  

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    Celebrate Lunar New Year 2011 (Year of the Rabbit)

    FYI, more events will be available shortly and we will have it distributed,
    here are some events happening in town to Celebrate Year of the Rabbit (2011):

    Jan 29 – Asian Town Center, Saturday starts at 11am, 3820 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114
    with Lion Dance, Cultural Performances, Kid Activities, Raffles and festive food!
    http://www.facebook.com/AsianTownCenter or http://www.Asiatowncenter.com

    Feb 5 – Asia Plaza Lunar New Year Festival – from 11am to 7:30pm, 2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113,
    with Cultural Booths, Cultural performances, martial arts performances, acrobatic performances, Lion Dance (twice), (click here for flyer) etc. Presented by OCAGC and Asia Plaza. http://www.asiaplazacleveland.com/ or http://www.ocagc.org
    Scheduled performances include Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Kungfu, and Ping Pong Exhibition.

    Feb 5 – MotivAsians Lunar New Year Celebration at Li Wah Chinese Restaurant.
    Join MotivAsians for a traditional Lunar New Year Feast celebrating the year of the Rabbit!

    Li Wah Chinese Restaurant, Asia Plaza, 2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114
    Dinner Service Start: 5:00pm
    Lion Dance: 7:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Fee will be collected on site. Cash is greatly preferred, checks are also acceptable)
    Yes, it will take 2 hours for us to make it through the 10 course meal!
    RSVP early as this event will be limited to the first 50 people and has sold out in past years.

    Please RSVP at the link below:

    http://bit.ly/fQ3Lly

    Special Lunar New Year Menu will include:
    1. BBQ Combination Platter
    2. Minced seafood and fish maw soup
    3. House Panfried Noodles
    4. Baby bok choy with black mushroom
    5. Shrimp in honey walnut sauce
    6. Crispy Whole Fried Chicken with crispy garlic
    7. Double Lobster / with Ginger Scallion sauce
    8. Steamed Whole fish
    9. Chinese Sausage and Diced Vegetable Fried Rice
    10. Tapioca

    Feb 5 – OCA Columbus Chapter Lunar New Year Celebration. More info click here.

    Feb 5 – Westlake Chinese School Lunar New Year Celebration. More info will be available here.

    Feb 5 – Asians & Friends Cleveland’s 16th annual Lunar New Year Celebration, 6pm at Hunan Gourmet Restaurant – 3614 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.  It will include a banquet-style dinner, a cultural/cabaret show and a dance.  We are celebrating the year of Rabbit! Ticket price is $45. After January, 31, it will be $60!! Buy your tickets at our website& click on Payment Center.

    Feb 5 – Case Western Reserve University,Chinese Students and Scholars Association(CSSA),
    6:00 pm-11:00pm at CWRU, Thwing center Ball room &  1914 Lounge(2F), for more information, please visit
    http://cwrucssa.org/spring2011/CSSA-spring2011/Welcome.html

    Feb 6 – CCCCA Lunar New Year Celebration, more info will be available soon. http://www.cccca.org/

    Feb 12: The Vietnamese Community in Greater Cleveland, Inc. Lunar New Year Celebration, Year of the Cat,
    at 6:00 P.M. starting, at the Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102.
    For more information: 216-857-0200.

    Feb 12: 2011 Ohio Chinese Festival
    Location: Westerville Central High School, school’s address is 7118 Mount Royal Ave, Westerville, OH 43082
    Time: Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM.

    Feb 13 – Columbus’ Lunar New Year Celebration, more info will be available soon.

    Feb 19 – CPEA Lunar New Year Celebration, 5 pm to 11pm, CSU Student Center,
    2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-2214, Chinese Culture Performance at CSU Auditorium, Multination Buffet Dinner at New Student Center Cafeteria, Dance, Open bar, and Social at New Student Center Ballroom, Children games at New Student Center common area, email Hao Zhou for more information.

    Feb 20. Tzu Chi Cleveland Chinese New Year Blessings Ceremony, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at
    Tzu Chi Cleveland Office, 1076 Ford Road, Highland Hts., OH 44143.Contact: 440-­‐646-­‐9292

    Kwan Family Lion Dance 2011 Performance Schedule:
    Performances are being added daily – Contact George Kwan 216-408-0667

    Pearl of the Orient 19300 Detroit Rd
    Cleveland, OH
    Saturday January 29, 1pm
    Li Wah 2999 Payne Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44103
    February 2, 7pm
    Asian Bistro Crocker Park 139 Crocker Park Boulevard
    Cleveland, OH 44145-6987
    February 3, 6:30pm
    Asian Bistro Crocker Park 139 Crocker Park Boulevard
    Cleveland, OH 44145-6987
    February 4, 7pm
    Li Wah 2999 Payne Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44103
    February 5, 11am & 7pm
    Hunan Solon 6050 Enterprise Parkway
    Cleveland, OH 44139-2762
    February 5, 4:30pm
    Li Wah 2999 Payne Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44103
    February 6, 11am
    Imperial Dragon 8310 Tyler Boulevard
    Mentor, OH 44060-4221
    February 6, 2pm
    House of Hunan Fairlawn 2717 West Market Street
    Fairlawn, OH 44333
    February 6, 4:30pm
    Bo Loong 3922 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast
    Cleveland, OH 44114
    February 6, 6pm
    Golden Dragon 5871 Mayfield Rd
    Cleveland, OH
    February 11, 7pm
    Pad Tai Hudson 5657 Darrow Road
    Hudson, OH 44236
    February 12, 6:30pm
    Pad Tai Fairlawn 3545 Brookwall Dr
    Fairlawn, OH
    February 12, 7:30pm
    Hunan Solon 6050 Enterprise Parkway
    Cleveland, OH 44139-2762
    February 12, 430pm
    Golden Dragon 5871 Mayfield Rd
    Cleveland, OH
    February 13, 3pm
    Hunan by the Falls 508 Washington Street
    Chagrin Falls, OH 44022-4448
    Fenruary 13, 4:30pm
    Bo Loong 3922 Saint Clair Avenue Northeast
    Cleveland, OH 44114
    February 13, 6pm
    King Wah 20668 Center Ridge Road
    Rocky River, OH 44116
    February 19, 3:30pm
    Golden Dragon 5871 Mayfield Rd
    Cleveland, OH
    February 19, 4:30pm
    Imperial Dragon 8310 Tyler Boulevard
    Mentor, OH 44060-4221
    February 20, 2pm & 6:30pm
    Imperial Dragon 8310 Tyler Boulevard
    Mentor, OH 44060-4221
    February 27, 2pm & 6:30pm

    Columbus, Ohio Listing of Lion Dance Performances

    With Tony Brown Kungfu School email :
    February Lion Dance:
    Thursday 3rd – Limited Brands , Broad Street, (Lunch)
    Saturday 5th – Sunflower Resturant, (Noon)
    Columbus Chinese Academy (1PM)
    Sunday 6th – Sunflower Restaurant, (Noon)
    Saturday 12th – Taiwan/American Society (7:30 PM)
    Thursday 17th – American Electric Power (11:30AM)
    Tuesday 22nd – Cardinal Health, (3:00PM)
    To Be Announced … Worthington Elementary School

    Columbus, Ohio Listing of Lion and Dragon Dance Performances
    by Wah Lum Kung Fu Schools: 614.860.0055

    DATE:   TIME:  PLACE:
    2/2/2011 11:30am The limited Corporation
    Broad Street Reynoldsburg, Oh
    2/2/2011 11:30am The limited Corporation
    3 limited Parkway Columbus
    2/3/2011 6:15pm Eastern Bay Restaurant
    Upper Arlington
    2/3/2011 7:00pm Eastern Palace Restaurant
    Livingston Ave. Reynoldsburg OH
    2/411 4;00pm Golden China Restaurant
    Brice Rd. Reynoldsburg OH
    2/4/2011 8:00pm Cincinnati Art Museum
    Cincinnati
    2/5/2011 7:00pm Double Dragon Restaurant
    Main Street Reynoldsburg
    2/5/2011 8:00pm Ohio Chinese Association
    Sun Flower Restaurant
    Sawmill Road Columbus
    2/6/2011 12:00pm Lee Garden Restaurant
    Sawmill Rd. Columbus
    2/6/2011 1:00pm Wind Chimes
    Frantz Rd. Dublin
    2/6/2011 7:00pm Wind Chimes
    Frantz Rd. Dublin
    2/8/2011 4:30pm The limited Corporation
    Kettering OHO
    2/8/2011 7:30pm Mr. Lee’s Fine Dining
     7580 Poe Ave.  Dayton
    2/12/2011 12:30pm Chinese Spring Festival
     Westerville Central High School
    **DRAGON & LION DANCE**
    2/13/2011 3:00pm Families for Chinese Children
     New Albany Middle School
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    Cleveland’s OCA Image TV Ohio receives
    OCA’s 2010 Chapter Excellence Award for Communications

    Cleveland, OH: The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), announced Saturday, June 19 that Cleveland’s  OCA Image TV has received OCA’s 2010 Chapter Excellence Award for Communications.

    OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, has over 84 chapters and affiliates across the United States. This year at the annual OCA National Convention held in Houston, TX, Chapter Excellence Awards were presented for the categories of membership, economic development, programs & projects, local community involvement, advocacy, and communications.

    Watch the acceptance speech video: (IOS users click here):

     

    OCA Image TV also was nominated for Program and Projects Category but we didn’t win,
    however, here’s our prepared acceptance video: (IOS users click here)

  • News 25.10.2009 Comments Off


    China – Hong Kong – India – Indonesia
    Japan – Korea – Laos – Philippines
    Singapore – Sri Lanka – Taiwan
    Thailand – Vietnam

    “Success is the result of steadily taking action on our most important goals.
    When we consistently focus our energies and our efforts upon what matters most, we can’t help but be successful”.

    Got FaceBook?Come and join our Facebook group for OCAGC and OCA IMAGE TV OHIO!

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    OCA Cleveland Chapter is the recipient of
    Neighborhood Connections Grant for

    OCA Image TV for it’s 2nd Season!

    Watch Episode 7 on The Future of Cleveland’s AsiaTown and Cleveland Asian Festival

    Watch Episode 6 – The Future of Cleveland AsiaTown Part II

    Watch Episode 5 – The Future of Cleveland AsiaTown

    Watch Episode 4 – Cleveland Asian Town

    Watch Episode 3 – Health and Wellness

    Watch Episode 2 – Asian Weddings

    Watch Episode 1 – Lunar New Year

    or get a copy on DVD for $15
    (to help cover cost and as donation to the initiative)

    IMAGE TV OHIO is a self-sustain High energy Television show. It will be a Magazine Show with a focus on local Asian-American culture, traditions, customs and their influences. The show will include 30 minutes of programming that will provide Ohioans with a better understanding of the various Asian cultures in our area. Each episode will include segments on a variety of diverse topics related to education, culture, traditions, food, health and beauty, fashion, sports, arts and entertainment, news, and current issues as well as upcoming events. (click here for the 1 page flyer)

    IMAGE TV OHIO will cover topics of interest to Asian Pacific Americans in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas and will include cultures from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    IMAGE TV OHIO will be shot on High Definition in Downtown Cleveland. Currently, we plan to air up to 13 – Thirty minute episodes each year. Commercial spots up to 8 minutes per episode and sponsorship packages (main underwriter, segment sponsor, product placement, product feature/demonstration) are available.

    Each IMAGE TV OHIO episode will also be available online for viewing at numerous websites through one web link or embedded video (excluding Commercials). Sponsors are encouraged to have the show linked at their website as well.

    OCAGC has commissioned Creative House Studios, Inc. a locally owned video production studio facility located in downtown Cleveland along with the participation of OCAGC members to help with show production and marketing.

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