Mark your calendars from August 6th through August 11th! Our lodge has planned a wonderful Convention schedule for Delegates and Non- Delegates. Our activities schedule will allow you to get to know and love the Bay Area as much as we do. The attached Convention Tidbits will provide a teaser of what's to come, but in short, our tours include: U.S.S. Hornet, Chabot Space Science Center, Angel Island, and ChinaCamp. For those of you who attended convention in San Francisco a couple of years ago, don't skip out on the Angel Island tour! The Immigration Station has been restored since your last visit and is now open to the public. Oakland Lodge is very excited about hosting the upcoming 52nd Biennial Convention! We hope to see you all here!
President, Oakland Lodge
Visit Host Lodge Website for more information: http://cacaoakland.org/convent/index.html
Grand President Carolyn H. Chan and Washington, D.C. Lodge President Ted Gong urge your consideration to take action and sign the petition created on the White House website requesting a Presidential statement or proclamation to recognize the harm of the Chinese Exclusion Laws and their impact and significance to Chinese Americans today. Please take action by April 20 to meet the goal of 100,000 signatures.
Since its beginning thousands of high school students across the nation have participated in the Alliance’s National Essay Contest. The essay contest is intended to foster creative thinking and self-expression and encourage an awareness of current local and world events. Top placing finishers receive cash scholarship towards their education endeavors.
This annual contest is open to any student enrolled in senior high school (grades 9-12). No entry fee required. Participants are to compose an essay in English not to exceed 500 words on a contemporary topic concerning the Chinese and Asian American communities. The essay topic is given at the time of the contest.
This year’s contest will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013, commencing at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 12:00 p.m. (local time). Please contact your nearest host representative for additional information and/or to register. Please check back on this website if your nearest location and contact information has not been announced. Deadline date to register is February 26, 2013.
Essay Contest Locations (confirmed as of February 5, 2013):
We are pleased to announce a juried, nationwide Art Competition for students during the 2012-2013 school year. The purpose of this Art Competition is to explore your family history by doing research or interviewing your family members. For over 100 years, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance sought to better the welfare of the community and to achieve equality and justice for Chinese Americans and to encourage American patriotism. The Chinese American Museum, located in Los Angeles, across Union Station, seeks to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of America’s diverse heritage by researching, preserving, and sharing the history, rich cultural legacy, and continuing contributions of Chinese Americans.
We have made history!!!! H. Res. 683 was passed this afternoon under suspension of the rules. Thank you, your members, and friends for your proactive support that made it happen. Rep. Judy Chu and Rep. Lamar Smith, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and their staffs worked to hammer out a bipartisan bill. Support from both sides of the aisle and collaboration with organizations comprising the 1882 Project's Steering Committee and Covington and Burling, LLP, community organizations, and dedicated individuals have gained us victory and national visibility. Earning the Congressional expression of regret, synonymous with an apology, from both Houses of Congress is an amazing accomplishment. Thank you all for your diligent efforts!
Carolyn H. Chan
Chinese American Citizens Alliance
Since its inception over 20 years ago, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Essay Contest has attracted thousands of high school students across the nation. Intended to foster creative thinking, self-expression and encourage an awareness of current local and world events, top placing finishers receive cash scholarships towards their education endeavors.
2011 Winner Entries
Placement (Scholarship Award)
Participant’s Name(Host Lodge)
First Place ($1,000)
Walter Chang (Houston)
Second Place ($700)
Ruby Simon (Washington)
Third Place ($500)
Stephanie Wang (Portland)
Merit Awards (each $100) (listed alphabetically)
Kevin Chan (Los Angeles/GSGV)
Cindy Chu (Salinas)
Chinese American Citizens Alliance proudly presented the 2011 Spirit of America Award to the Hon. Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce, for his lifetime of national leadership and for serving as one of our community's greatest role models. Making the presentation was Grand President Carolyn Chan (5th from left) and the Alliance DC Political Education Team on May 17, in DC.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance is setting up a "Northern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund" to help victims of the unprecedented severe devastation of the earthquake and tsunami of March 10 in Northern Japan. Grand President Carolyn Chan stated, "We extend our sympathies to those who have lost loved ones and offer our prayers of hope to those who must recover and begin anew. The loss of life is overwhelming and recovery will take a long time. Open your heart and give a generous donation to uplift our fellow human beings in their time of need."
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.), in partnership with the Chinese American Museum (CAM), is pleased to announce a National Art Competition for students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The theme of the competition is “Monkeys, Tigers, and Dragons, Oh My! Your Chinese Zodiac Sign”.
Entries will be placed and judged in four divisions. Depending on the student artist’s age, a written description of the artwork is required and must be accompanied with the entry form upon submission.