2018 APAPA Ohio Internship Program Accepting Applications

APAPA Ohio Summer Internship Program is designed to prepare high school and college students to become future leaders in the United States of America. This program provides an opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills, gain public policy experience and become civically engaged.

The internship program will develop:

  • Political awareness and civic engagement
  • Understanding of government and legislative processes
  • Professional and leadership qualities
  • Networking & Team work skills

The program is open to all Ohio residents, who are

  • rising junior/senior in high school
  • undergraduate college student
  • graduate college student

2018 APAPA Ohio Internship Flyer, Application Form

Application deadline: 3/31/2018.

2017 Solon Mayoral Candidate Forum

APAPA and OCAA are partnering together to host the 2017 Solon Mayoral Candidate Forum, a community event with the aim to help the local residents learn about the mayoral candidates and their positions on issues important to Solon residents, and make informed decisions during the upcoming election. This is a great opportunity to interact with someone who may impact one’s life directly in the community.

The time and location of the forum are:

2017 Solon Mayoral Candidate Forum

Oct 23, 2017, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Solon Community Center, Banquet Hall

35000 Portz Pkwy, Solon, OH 44139

The candidate forum is a free community event and open to the public. A crowd of over 200 is expected. City of Solon will videotape the event, and broadcast it live over the local community access TV.

The candidate forum is expected to last for an hour, with a brief welcome address of the organizers. Both Ed Kraus and Doug Magill, the two candidates remaining in the mayoral election after the September primary election, will attend the forum. They will each have 10 minutes to present their campaign platform, and respond to two questions provided by the moderator. The response to moderator questions is limited to 3 minutes. Afterwards, the candidates will have the opportunity to answer questions by residents from the audience. The response to audience questions is limited to 2 minutes.

Press Release

2017 Ohio Civic Leadership Forum

OCAA is teaming up with Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) to host the first ever Ohio Civic Leadership Forum in Columbus.

2017 Ohio Civic Leadership Forum

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 AM – 3 PM

The Ohio Union at Ohio State University, U.S. Bank Conference Theater
1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210

* Learn from political and community leaders, exchange ideas to inspire, engage and empower our community.
* Free admission.
* Food and drink provided.
* Prize drawing for Beats headphone ?, Fitbit and cool tech gadgets.
* Limited spots.
* Sponsored by APAPA and CLF Foundation, both 501(c)(3) organizations.
• RSVP Link:
Flyer (PDF)
Agenda (PDF)

See Program BookFlyer, Speaker Bios for details. Please contact to for registration and sponsorship information.

Press release here.

Driving directions: English, Chinese.

Parking instructions: English, Chinese.


Road to Harvard College Application Seminar

APAPA Ohio and OCAA have invited Victoria Li, National President of APAPA to share her insights college application and about myths about Ivy League schools. As well the mother of a Harvard graduate that chairs the Houston Harvard Interview Committee, she will also talks about the successes and shortfalls of those who interviewed for Harvard. Victoria is very gracious to host two seminars in Ohio to help Asian American families who are starting the college application season.
Columbus: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.
Cleveland/Akron: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
See flyer for details and reserve your seat.

White House Spring 2018 Internship Program

The application deadline is 11:59 pm ET on Friday, September 8, 2017.
The White House Internship Program application is available now for its Spring 2018 class, which runs from January 10 – April 27, 2018.
Click here for details.

APAICS 2017 Fall Congressional Internship: Deadline is extended!

– $3750 stipend, free airfare
– Intern at the White House, other federal agencies, or congressional offices. 12 weeks, Sept ~ Dec 2017.
– Firsthand experience in American politics and public policy. APAICS provides training. Develop leadership and
Click here for details.

Asian American Youth Leader Summit – Calling for Applications

We are calling for for applications to the the “Beyond our Boundaries Youth Leader Summit” taking place in Chicago. Deadline: July 12, 2017. All kids of ages from 14 to 18 are welcome to apply. OCAA and our partners will cover a majority of the costs for registration, lodging, meals and transportation. Click here for details.

Application closed. Summit under way from August 10 to August 12. Please stay tuned for the updates sent from the 10 youth leaders from Ohio!

2017 APAPA/CLFF National Civic Leadership Forum

This is a national event for Asian Pacific-islander American civic leaders and community leaders. It takes  place in Washington DC on Capitol Hill and is expected to have over 100 civic leaders from around the country with more than over 30 congressional members attending, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. OCAA is sending 5 leaders from Ohio to attend. We are working with partners and supporters to provide some travel expense support.

Rally to Support Sherry Chen Hearing

OCAA is partnering with multiple community organizations and civic leaders in Ohio and nationwide to organize rallies to support Sherry Chen’s hearing. More details to come. Please help spread the word!

Sherry Chen was a respected scientist at National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, and her work was used by US. Army Corps of Engineers to avoid loss of lives and property damages from East Coast to Midwest. Sherry received National Weather Association’s Larry R. Johnson Special Award in recognizing her extraordinary accomplishments that significantly contributed to operational meteorology.

Her life was turned upside down when Sherry was wrongfully charged of espionage by the government, but all of the charges were dropped before trial. The New York Times called for “an explanation or apology from the government.” in its editorial. However, Department of Commerce (DOC), the parent agency of National Weather Service, terminated Ms. Chen’s federal employment in 2016 based on the same unfounded charges.

Sherry Chen is appealing to the Federal Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) against DOC for wrongful termination, racial discrimination and retaliation. The hearing will take place at

Date: March 14 and 15, 2017, 9:00 am –
Location: U.S. Courthouse, 100 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The communities around Ohio are working together to support Sherry Chen. We are calling for supporters to attend the hearing, and rally outside the courthouse.

Help Sherry Chen, is help ourselves!

Sign up to help at



华人在职场如何避免成为中美利益冲突的牺牲品 “Tackle Employment Conflict of Interest Pitfalls as an Immigrant Worker”.  华裔科学家陈霞芬现身说法, 劳工法专家指点谜津

时间: 2017年2月26日下午2点 -3:30

地点:华夏中文学校 (inside Mason High School), 6100 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040

组织: 俄州华人协会, 华夏中文学校, 华人教授与科学家协会, 百人会。


Feb 12 Sherry Chen Seminar:  Tackle Employment Conflict of Interest Pitfalls as an Immigrant Worker

Featured Speakers: Sherry Chen, Chinese American scientist, and Roxi Liming, employment/immigration law attorney.
When:   February 12, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Where:  935 Northridge Rd. Columbus OH 43224

Click here for details of the seminar.



Ohio Chinese American Association was founded in March, 2016 as a Non-Profit Organization in Ohio. The motivation of establishing OCAA originated from the 2.20 rally to support former NYPD officer Peter Liang. The event was organized by a core committee of 7 people. As a follow-up of the 2.20 rally, in lieu of preparing for the Ohio presidential primaries, we hosted a “Chinese Community and American Politics” forum in Dublin Ohio, with the aim of raising awareness of civil rights among Chinese Americans, and encouraging them to go out to exercise their rights of voting for the presidential election.

In the past couple of years, we have witnessed an increase in the number of incidents relating to civil right violations of Chinese Americans including Mrs. Xiafen Chen, Dr. Xiaoxing Xi and Officer Peter Liang, among many others. All these incidents further all pointed to us that 2016 will be a critical year for Chinese American civil rights. We believe it is urgent and necessary to call for more active participation on Chinese Americans in civil and political matters in the American society. To protect the civil rights of ourselves and our next generation and generations to come, we have to tie up, speak up and stand up. We also need to reach out to both Chinese Americans and non-Chinese Americans who are in support of what we believe and what we do.

It is a long journey but the first step has to begin today. You need your support.


To unite all Chinese Americans in Ohio, raise their awareness of American civil rights and promote active participation in American society.


To lead Ohio Chinese Americans in achieving equality in all aspects of American society.

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