Phoenix Group Focuses On Advocacy For Asian-Americans

By Naomi Gingold
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 3:09pm
Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 4:13pm

Asian-Americans make up almost 4 percent of the population in Arizona.  That number may seem small, but, according to the 2010 Census, the number of Asians and Asian-Americans in the state has basically doubled since the year 2000.

So when we say Asian or Asian American in the U.S., that encompasses a very large, diverse group, right?

It includes anyone who might have ethnic origins in Bangladesh, Guam, Singapore, Japan or Korea. It’s not exactly easy to make sweeping statements about such a diverse group.

But here in the U.S., we also have to acknowledge that so many people have been put under this one label. Because it’s such a diverse group, it’s also difficult to find unity for the purpose of advocacy.

But that’s been changing more and more. 

One group in Phoenix that does advocacy and civic engagement work on behalf of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders is the OCA of Greater Phoenix.

I spoke to the group’s President Saddi Choa. He explained the three areas their group focuses on. 

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