Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image

Celebrating the Journey 2016: A fundraiser for OCAPIA


So I went to my parents and I said, 'I want to be an actor.' And they said, 'Oh no, you can't do that. Being an actor is not a stable career…”  - Reggie Lee, Grimm actor

The Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA) invites you to join us for our Celebrating the Journey, Telling Our Stories fundraiser on August 23, from 5:30 - 7:30pm in the downtown NW Natural event space.
Celebrating the Journey, Telling Our Stories is an evening of networking when our community joins with state and business leaders, students, the Governor's office, legislators and special guests to raise awareness of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) achievements and challenges, honor those who have made a difference in our communities statewide, and raise funds for the leadership development work of the OCAPIA.
This year's exciting keynote is actor Reggie Lee, known as Sergeant Wu in the NBC television series Grimm and in roles in Pirates of the Caribbean. Mr. Lee will share his inspiring story of barriers broken, hurdles overcome and roles landed, and thoughts on what it takes to become a successful Asian-American actor. Supreme Court Justice Lynn Nakamoto is joining us this year to introduce OCAPIA's special honorees Peggy Nagae and Jaime Lim.  Peggy is best known as the lead attorney in the coram nobis effort to overturn Min Yasui’s 1942 criminal conviction.  She spearheaded the national efforts which ultimately led to Mr. Yasui’s recognition with the Presidential Medal of Freedom award and to the State of Oregon declaring March 28 to be Minoru Yasui Day in perpetuity.  Nagae is a native Oregonian, national civil rights activist, lecturer and writer.  Jaime Lim is the founder and publisher of The Asian Reporter newspaper which has given voice to Asian Pacific American communities and immigrants since 1986. Lim is a US Navy and Coast Guard veteran, an accomplished businessman, entrepreneur and long-time civic leader. The Governor's Office will help provide the welcome.

To be a sponsor click here

Funds raised go towards the leadership development work of OCAPIA supporting annual student scholarships to the Asian Youth Leadership Conference, APANO leadership courses and Statewide Student Summit, business cultural training and other opportunities that grow API leadership statewide.  The OCAPIA is a Governor appointed body tasked with advising on policy issues with state leaders including the Governor and legislators on matters of importance to API Oregonians, public policy research and legislative advocacy.
Presenting Sponsor:   NW Natural  Platinum Sponsor: Comcast

Silver Sponsors:   Bullard Law

Marandas Sinlapasai, P.C.

Representative Brian Clem

Senator Michael Dembrow
PKS International LLC Heritage Laboratories

Chinese American Citizens Alliance
Bronze Sponsors: Liani Reeves Mari Watanabe
 David Yuen Tam/R2B Microgrid Solutions Susan Cox

Nonprofit Community Partners:
IRCO Asian Family Center APANO

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association