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  • Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
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    The core function of the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, much like the Hispanic Affairs and Black Affairs Commission, is to facilitate communication and dissemination of information between state government and a particular segment of Oregon's minority community. This function not only benefits the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in our communities, it also provides the state with information on how best to provide services to all its citizens.

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month - Read Governor Brown's 2020 Proclamation​
Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Resources & Announcements
Welcome Note 
Welcome to the official website of the Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.

The Commission has the served Oregon's Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities since 1995 working towards economic, social, political and legal equality. This generation faces some challenging times and issues that make the Commissions work important to the community and to the State of Oregon. Your participation is equally important. While much remains to be done, the Commission is steadfast in its commitment to its mission to work toward economic, social and legal equality for Oregon's API population.


The Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office will remain open for business through telework during the COVID-19 pandemic​, and can be reached by phone and email. Our physical office is closed. Stay home. Save lives.​

Read the Oregon Advocacy Commissions' Joint statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

OCAPIA 2015-17 Biennial Report Executive Summary

OCAPIA 2015-17 Biennial Report to the Legislature and the Governor

Are you seeking sponsorship for a project that supports OCAPIA's statutory work? Apply for Grant

Immigrant recredentialing Public Policy Research Project conducted by intern Ennada Lagouit:
Licensure PowerPoint Presentation
State Models of Recredentialing
State by State Comparisons of Recredentialing

Read the Oregon Advocacy Commissions' 2016 Legislative Summary

Minoru Yasui posthumously receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom 11/25/15 - Read the OAC's Joint letter of support for Mr. Yasui to President Obama

OCAPIA attends the 1st statutorily required Joint meeting of the Oregon Advocacy Commissions

OCAPIA slide presentation - a brief introduction to OCAPIA

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: U.S. Library of Congress honors Asian Pacific Americans

Read OCAPIA's Annual Report 2012
APAs and Politics Roundtable Podcast November 2012 here
Governor signs proclamation honoring 100th Battalion 442nd Team
February 26th is now Nisei Veterans' Day in Oregon. Governor Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Brown signed the Proclamation in January 2012, honoring the Nisei who served in World War II.
Japanese American veterans of World War II paid highest honors on Nov 2
The Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony
LOS ANGELES - The National Veterans Network (NVN), a coalition of 25 Japanese American veteran and civic organizations, announced that the Pentagon Channel broadcast the Congressional Gold Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on November 2.

On November 1st at the Washington Hilton a Japanese American World War II Veterans Program paid tribute to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service, which included a special Bronze Star pinning ceremony.