ORGANIZATION OF CHINESE AMERICAN WOMEN (OCAW) 

Dear APAS Members,

At the dawn a new year, I wish to send you warm greetings and best wishes for a happy 2014, full of good health, joy, meaningful personal growth, family togetherness, and prosperity in the Big Easy.  May everyone be blessed with favorable winds and moisture so that our gardens will flourish, and our days fruitfully engaged.

The Organization of Chinese American Women is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting members who wish to participate more fully in life in the United States through education and service.  Since 1989, the local chapter has actively supported various Chinese American communities in the city.  In recent years, members volunteered to teach at the Academy of Chinese Studies; donated books to the academy library as well as textbooks for needy students.  Besides being a sponsoring member of APAS, enjoying the privilege of association and opportunities to participate in numerous community events, some of our members are leaders in APAS.  We also support the Confucius Institute at Xavier University by attending seasonal celebrations organized by the Institute. 

In the area of personal education, OCAW presented seminars on traditional Chinese therapies, floral design, proper ways to take medicine, acrylic painting, etc.  Seminars are held in response to member interest.  A book on the history of the organization, from 1977 to 2009, was published by the University of Hawaii Press in 2013.  Copies are available at UNO, APAS, CI at XULA, the Academy for Chinese Studies at Tulane, and the Chinese Presbyterian Church.

In 2014, the New Orleans Chapter will explore the meaning of acculturation by looking at the lives of distinguished immigrant Chinese American women.  We shall discuss the process of Americanization from legal, social, and cultural aspects.  Members will be encouraged to reflect upon their own situation and to share insight on ways to help new comers fit in better.

General membership in OCAW is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Associate membership is open to interested individuals upon member recommendation.  Annual dues are $30.  Meetings are usually held on Saturdays, starting at 11 am at a local restaurant.  If you would like to learn more about us, you may read our e-newsletter, which is available on the APAS website.

Sincerely,

Betty Butz
President 2008 - 2014;

                                                                 About OCAW                                                                

The Organization of Chinese American Women is a non-profit national organization with chapters in Virginia, Maryland, California, Hawaii, and Louisiana.  The New Orleans Chapter was formed in 1989 to provide opportunities for members to participate more fully in mainstream life in the U.S. through education and service.  Currently, our chapter actively supports members who are leaders in local organizations including APAS, the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the New Orleans Chinese Association, and the Academy of Chinese Studies.

Since 2007, under a grant initiative from national leadership, the chapter has presented seminars using basic concepts of traditional Chinese medicine on the following topics:

          *  Balance between yin and yang forces

          *  Relationship between the body and elements of metal-water-wood-fire-earth

          *  Energy channels in the body

          *  Reflex zones of the hand and the ear

          *  Healing foods

          *  Healing touch

          *  Healing herbs

          *  Healing words

In the past, OCAW funded leadership training in Washington D.C. for members' children as well as scholarships for girls in rural China.

Listed below are some current projects sponsored by other chapters:

          *  Opera International

          *  Fashion show fundraiser

          *  Seasonal celebrations of Chinese cultural contributions to the U.S.

          *  Planning for a classical Chinese garden at the National Arboretum in D.C.

          *  Publication of a book on the history of OCAW

General membership is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Associate membership is available upon special member recommendation.  If you are interested in joining the group, please introduce yourself to a current member.

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