The 1882 Foundation hosted a presentation for the OCA – Asian Pacific Advocates summer 2017 interns class at the 1882 home office on July 7, 2017. Each summer OCA brings in a group of college students and recent graduates for a ten week internship and places them at various locations in DC. Each Friday afternoon the interns gather for a group session called Sama Sama to discuss issues that affect the AAPI community and to hear from one another.
Our presentation for this Sama Sama session included the history of the Exclusion laws and their affects on our community. Executive Director Ted Gong moderated this conversation that generated much input from the interns class of 17 students. Our intern Jennifer Sugijanto gave a briefing on our Symposium and education program. Talk Story Director Stan Lou explained the emphasis we place on telling and sharing the stories of our community. He then related his own personal story of finding his identity as an Asian American. The interns were very receptive to our program presentation.
This event clearly demonstrates 1882’s commitment to support our AAPI community by working with other advocacy organizations like OCA to improve the quality of life for us all. In this case, we are investing in the future generation of leaders for our community. We will continue to make these investments.