On Sunday, November 28, 2021, our speaker will be 90-year-old Mildred Wong, longtime member of the OCAW Hawaii Chapter since its inception. She attended the first meeting of a few women in Hawaii to plan for the introduction of the OCAW Hawaii Chapter. She has been interested in fostering Chinese Culture in our community for the past 65 years, and now in retirement she spends time doing genealogy and family history. Her other interests are music, painting, art, and opera. Her past careers include being a secondary school counselor, real estate broker and developer, and travel consultant.
Mildred will speak to OCAW about her record-keeping pictorial books put together of her own family history – namely, of her mother, father, sister, and husband, who are all now deceased. She has a YouTube video pertaining to her record-keeping pictorial books. They are an amazing and fascinating collection of family memories and history.
The title of her presentation is tentatively, “Families Can Be Forever…The Importance of Keeping Family History.” All are welcome to attend at 1 p.m. Hawaii time.
This will also be our Election of 2022 Officers meeting.
To keep you safe and keep us in touch, OCAW is planning Zoom meetings until the lockdown ends.
For OCAW members and guests.
11/28/21, 1 pm
Members will receive an email invitation with link a day before the Zoom meeting.
In person installation 12/19/21, 11:30 am, tba.
President: Roberta Wong Leung
Vice-President: Rena Young Ochse
Secretary: Edwina Lee
Treasurer: Gladys Lee
Finance and Special Events: Queenie Mow Chee
Newsletter, Communications, Membership: Queenie Mow Chee and Rena Young Ochse
Past President: Tina Au
SOP: Susan Chong Wong
Website: Sharon Chun and Rena Young Ochse
OCAW Hawaii is a local chapter. OCAW is America's premier national organization which is an international non-profit organization with headquarters in the greater Washington D.C. region. It focuses primarily on the concerns and needs of the Chinese and Asian Pacific American women.
1) To encourage the participation of Chinese American women to positions of leadership, civic responsibility, and community service.
2) To promote equal rights and opportunities for Chinese American women at work, in the community, and at home.
3) To integrate Chinese immigrants into mainstream activities and programs by skills training and building bonds of common interest with others.
4) To share knowledge and experience, particularly those unique to the Chinese American experience, that can lead to personal enrichment, professional development, educational excellence, strengthen family values, and improve quality of life.
5) To foster a positive image of Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans.
Feel free to visit one of our projects.
OCAW began as an Auxiliary to the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) and became an independent entity in March 1977. At that time, four Chinese American women, Canta Pian, Anchen Lin, Julia Chang Bloch, and Pauline Woo Tsui started an independent direction with emphasis placed on the betterment of Chinese American women and promotion of their causes.
During the 1970s, there were growing opportunities for women to gain equality and fairness in the job market. OCAW was able to receive sizable federal grant money to help with teaching and sharing important steps to minority women. In 1978, OCAW’s first national conference was held in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The keynote speaker was Congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink. She was the principal author of Title IX Educational Amendments in 1972. Representatives from the following OCAW chapters attended: Baltimore; Central Virginia; Chicago; Colorado; Dayton, Ohio; Delaware; Detroit; New England; New York; Pittsburgh; Southern Alameda County, California; St. Louis, Missouri; Washington, D.C.; and Wisconsin. (At that time, OCAW had 26 charter members. Dr. Margaret Lee, who later became the first OCAW Hawaii Chapter President, was one of them.) On November 2, 1981, OCAW was granted IRS 501(c)(3) status.
Hawaii Chapter Established
It was December 1988, when Julia Chang Bloch was invited to be a guest speaker at a state conference by Governor John Waihee of the State of Hawaii. It then became timely and appropriate to establish a Hawaii Chapter, and so the plan was set in motion.
Anita Wong, who was the Associated Chinese University Women’s incoming president, was contacted by Julia and asked to assemble a group of influential Chinese American women to consider starting a chapter in Hawaii. Thirty-two ladies answered the call to this first meeting at the King Tsin Restaurant on King Street.
In 1989, the OCAW Hawaii Chapter was established and Dr. Margaret Lee became its first president. Experienced and able, she had previously served as the Los Angeles OCAW Chapter President.
32 Years of Activities
It will be 32 years this year (2021), since 32 ladies first met to discuss the formation of the Hawaii Chapter. Over the years, some of the important programs we held in Honolulu included assisting immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship by practicing the verbal interviews; supporting a series of seminars at the State Capitol for high school students to learn the process of legislation; donating to various local Chinese community projects; and recently, supporting Chinese American women in film production and writing. We continue to have concern for those underprivileged and those seeking U.S. Citizenship, and thus support the works of The Legal Clinic, Palolo Chinese Home, and the Lanakila Meals on Wheels Program.
Canta Pian was the Director of Economic Support for Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.
Anchen Lin, was a clinical social worker, married to the late Professor Jimmy H.C. Lin. The University of Maryland was a recipient of several endowments in memory of her late husband, a beloved professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a prolific inventor.
Julia Chang Bloch was born in Shandong, China, but grew up in San Francisco from the age of nine. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Policy. She then went on to Harvard University for her Master’s degree in Government and East Asian Regional Studies. She was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Northeastern University. Julia was the first Asian American woman to be appointed as an Ambassador (Nepal) for the United States. Her works and achievements are numerous and amazing. She is married to an extremely supportive husband, Mr. Stuart M. Bloch, an attorney of note in Washington, D.C.
Pauline Woo Tsui was born in Nanking, China. She attended school in Shanghai at the prestigious McTyeire School and graduated from Saint John’s University. With the Japanese invasion, Pauline and her mother were able to exit China as they were American citizens. Pauline would go on to attend Columbia University in New York, and she earned her Master’s degree in Music Education. She and her husband T.L. Tsui, a Taiwan Chinese diplomat, have two children. Pauline served as a translator for the U.S. Army Map Service for many years. She was our Executive Director and Acting Executive Director of OCAW until 2007.
A common thread that linked these ladies together was the fact that they all experienced what it was like to be a woman, and a minority, working in the United States. Having experienced the challenges and succeeding in spite of them, they wanted to reach other Chinese American women to help them achieve parity.
Rena Young Ochse,
Donna Byler, Jeannie Jew, Blossom Tyau, Pauline Tsui, Sondra Seba, and Dr. Margaret Lee
Dr. Rosie Wong, 1990 Hawaii Chapter President, with Jeannie Jew, U.S. Senator and Mrs. Hiram Fong, and Pauline Tsui
Phyllis Shea, Vivian Young, Juliette Ling, and Blossom Tyau
Donations are welcome and can be made out to OCAW Hawaii Chapter. Mail to: OCAW Hawaii c/o 1585 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1240 Honolulu, HI 96814. Remember to provide your name, address or email, so we can send a thank you and confirmation.