Since its inception in 1977 when Pauline Tsui and Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch had a cup of tea together at Julia’s house, and they were later joined by Jeanie Jew, a dream became a vision of three women who took different paths to achieve their goals. Julia pursued public service; Pauline organized a group of women together; and Jeanie conceived an idea to honor the contributions, concerns, and histories of Asian Pacific Americans. These building blocks have all made their journeys coming to successful ends. Julia became an Ambassador; Jeanie’s idea has become an annual event named the May “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month;” and Pauline established the Organization of Chinese American Women (OCAW).
OCAW, a group of dedicated Chinese American women, including a number of prominent women who have served and are currently serving in the various administrations in the nation’s capital, has a tremendous amount of talent, imagination, and skills helping to find solutions to some of America’s problems and assisting our own communities in their many endeavors. The leadership and community service demonstrated by OCAW members are exemplary. Through good works and volunteerism they have given much and touched the lives of many.