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Monday, October 31, 2011

Vincent Who? Screening

Come to the screening of the powerful documentary Vincet Who? This movie tells the story of the Vincent Chin murder and the historical importance it has on the Asian Community.

Chin was a 27 year old Chinese-American who was beaten to death with a baseball bat by two Detroit autoworkers, who had mistakenly thought that he was Japanese. The lenient sentence handed down to the killers (no jail time, $3790 fine and 3 years probation) ignited a national protest and marked the beginning of the AAPI civil rights movement.

Admission is FREE and refreshments will be provided.
November 4th, 6:30pm
Plaza Building M204
University of Denver - Auraria Campus
(Auraria Parkway and Speer Blvd)

There will be a Question and Answer session immediately after the screening with
Producer Curtis Chin.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Annual Election Membership Meeting

October 29, 2011
Bradburn Clubhouse

All OCA Members are invited to attend the annual election meeting to place their votes for the candidates. There are four open board seats to be filled to serve on the OCA Colorado Board of Directors for the terms of 2012-2013. Then stay for.....

The First OCA Congee Cook-Off!!!
Show everyone how delicious your congee is.
Winner will be decided by all attendees.

If you are interested in putting your congee to the test,
please contact Febra Johnson
email: febbiej@gmail.com or 720.988.9004

Want to run for a Board of Directors seat? Need directions to the location? Please contact ocacolorado@gmail.com

Monday, October 10, 2011

Visit the Denver Art Museum for a very special exhibition of works of art by Xu Beihong

Three quarters of a century after the event was initially conceived, the art of Chinese master Xu Beihong is at last coming to America. The exhibition will be on view in the Denver Art Museum from October 30, 2011 through January 29, 2012. Dr. Xu Qingping’s lecture, “The Chinese Cultural Spirit in Xu Beihong’s Works” will be delivered from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Oct. 30, 2011 in the Lower Level lecture room of Denver Art Museum’s North Building. The lecture will be open to those who have purchased museum admission. Artist and art historian Xu Qingping (Xu Beihong’s son) is one of the most knowledgeable scholars on Xu Beihong.

Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting will be the first major exhibition of art by Xu Beihong in the United States. This comprehensive show of one of China’s

most beloved and revered artists was organized by the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado, in collaboration with the Xu Beihong Memorial Museum in Beijing, China.

Xu is considered the father of modern Chinese figurative painting. One of the first Chinese artists to study in Europe, he successfully integrated Western sketching and oil painting with traditional Chinese painting style. His creative work and his extensive teaching activities provided a new direction for Chinese art and art education.

The art of Xu Beihong speaks not only to the sophisticated elite but even more directly to the common people of his time. Xu’s ink brush horse paintings have reached iconic stature, forcefully and eloquently expressing the determination of the Chinese people in their struggles to master their own destiny.

Most of the 61 works, including Xu Beihong’s major ink brush and oil paintings, have never been displayed in the United States. Some have never been seen outside of China. This landmark exhibit will trace the full length of Xu’s career—from early landscape paintings and drawings created during his studies in Europe, to his iconic horse paintings, his renowned historical paintings, and his portraits of Mohandas Gandhi and Mao Zedong.

Xu Beihong made an impact like a cultural ambassador for China. He not only influenced art within his own country, he introduced his new style of painting to the world, reshaping international perceptions of Chinese painting. His work was exhibited widely throughout Asia. In 1933-34 he led the first influential exhibition of contemporary Chinese painting in Europe, exhibiting his own works as well as those by more than seventy other major Chinese artists. In 1941, he was ready to mount an exhibition of his work in the United States, sponsored by the American Aid to China Federation. He yearned to promote international recognition of China’s artistic and cultural heritage, particularly during a time when China’s War of Resistance against Japan was entering the most difficult phase. The show was halted with the news of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Seventy years later, this major show at the Denver Art Museum will fulfill Xu’s mission as a cultural ambassador but in a profoundly changed world, in which Americans are now seeking a deeper understanding of Chinese culture—a culture eloquently expressed by the Chinese master Xu Beihong.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit www.denvermuseum.org or phone 720-865-5000. The address is: Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204, U.S.A.

A full catalogue chronicles Xu’s stylistic development and will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Brief Biography of Xu Beihong Xu Beihong was born into a poor family on July 19, 1895 in Yixing, Jiangsu Province. He studied Chinese classics, calligraphy, seal carving and traditional Chinese painting from his father, a self-taught artist.

Xu Beihong gained a government scholarship to study in France where he attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Between 1919 and 1927, he studied sketching and oil painting in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. Returning to China in 1927, he advocated revitalizing the tradition of learning from nature in traditional Chinese painting and integrating Western techniques in order to improve and develop Chinese painting. He was the first to incorporate European sketching and oil painting as systematic disciplines into the curriculum at major art institutions.

From 1927 until his death in 1953, Xu trained several generations of students in his new direction. Many of them became accomplished artists and art educators, who continued to influence Chinese painting in modern times. Since 1954, 1,200 of Xu’s original drawings, sketches, oils, and traditional Chinese paintings have been kept and displayed by the Xu Beihong Memorial Museum in Beijing. (www.xubeihong.org/English/museum.htm)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mid Autumn Moon Festival Dinner

We had a great time at the Mid Autumn Moon Festival Dinner. The 10 course meal was delicious! It was nice to have the chance to see so many old and new friends. We even found out that there are many people in the crowd that could karaoke very well! We hope that everyone will be able to join us next year for great food, excellent company and karaoke fun!

Monday, July 18, 2011


We hope that you had a chance to join us at the Community Picnic Potluck this past weekend. There was lots of food, games and plenty of smiling faces.

A special thanks to
The Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino
for sponsoring the roast pig. It sure was tasty!

Kudos to the Asian Community groups that helped make this event possible.

Asian American Journalist Association
Asian Avenue Magazine
Asian Chamber of Commerce
Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Asian Pacific Development Center
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Asian Roundtable
Denver Kunming Sister City
Mile Hi Japanese American Citizens League
National Association of Asian American Professionals
OCA Colorado

Sunday, June 19, 2011

3rd Annual Asian American Heroes of Colorado

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 3rd Annual Asian American Heroes of Colorado Award. Thanks for bettering our community! Our heroes were recently recognized at a brunch. This year's group included the following well deserved recipients:

Drucie Bathin - Burmese Community Leader and Cultural Trainer
Ding-Wen Hsu - Founder of Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Dr. Ben Konishi - 60 year Veterinarian and 2011 Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame
Dr. Alok Sarwal - Founder of Colorado Asian Health Education and Promotion
Linda and Jimmy Yip - Founders of Nathan Yip Foundation

Life-time achievement Award:
John Yee - Flying Tiger in Chines Air Force, Teacher and Professor

Final recipients were selected by the Asian Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network, OCA Colorado, Mile-Hi Japanese Citizens League, National Association of Asian American Professionals, Asian Pacific Bar Association, and Asian Avenue magazine.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Power of Solidarity

Join Asian Pacific Development Center and the Denver API Community to support Japan at
"Power of Solidarity: A Benefit Concert for Japan".

Saturday, April 16, 2011, 5pm
Abraham Lincoln High School
2285 S Federal Blvd
Denver CO

Free Admission With Donation
100% of funds raised will go directly to Japan Relief Fund

Honorary Co-Chair:
Governor Hickenlooper

Honorary Co-Host:
Congresswoman Diana DeGette
Senator Mark Udall
Senator Michael Bennett and Susan Daggett

Honorary Guest:
Mayor Guillermo Vidal

Anne Trujillo (KMGH)

It will be an evening filled with multicultural performances, Asian finger food, and much more!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Relief Effort

Thousands of lives have been devastated by the powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. You can assist in the response effort by contributing through

Locating missing family members and friends
  • If you are calling about a specific US citizen in Japan, please contact either the US Embassy in Tokyo or the US State Department. Tell them as much information as possible regarding the missing person. You can reach them at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov or call 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • If you are calling about a specific US citizen in the tsunami zone outside of Japan, please contact the State Department at PacificTsunamiUSC@state.gov
  • If you are calling about a Japanese citizen, please contact the Consulate General of Japan. They can be reached at 303-534-1151.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy New Year

OCA Colorado and Mile-Hi JACL would like to thank everyone for their support by attending our Annual Lunar New Year Dinner. It was a spectacular event! We all enjoyed welcoming the Year of the Rabbit together! The food was tasty and the entertainers were quite talented. We hope that you enjoyed our Speaker and Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Richard Lui, anchor for MSNBC, Lion Dance and Kung Fu Demonstration by Shifu Howie Solow and his students, Cassandra Chanthavong's singing and solo guitar performance, erhu songs by Michael Fitzmaurice and Brian Mullins of Erhu Ensemeble and Harber Chang's calligraphy demonstrations.

We look forward to future Lunar New Year Celebrations with you!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Richard Lui- Emcee for Lunar New Year Celebration on February 5, 2011 at The Palace

Richard Lui is a dayside news anchor for MSNBC. Prior to joining MSNBC, Lui was anchor for the 10am ET edition of Morning Express on CNN Headline News. He led the network's morning political coverage,
reporting daily from 6 to 10am ET on the Robin Meade show.

Lui has desk anchored live, rolling coverage of breaking stories such as the Virginia Tech Massacre, 2006 Hezbollah-Israel War, Mumbai train terrorist bombings, Mumbai Hotels Siege, and Enron verdicts. Lui is the first Chinese - and only Asian-American - male anchoring a daily national newscast. Before moving to network news in 2003, Lui worked for 15 years in international business across five industries. Most recently he and his cofounders started the first bank-centric payment system in a 2003 Citibank carve-out.

Outside of his journalism and business careers, Lui has been active in community service for 25 years. He is a pro bono strategy consultant and board member for non-profits in homeless and affordable housing. Lui also keynote speaks on topics such as career innovation and overcoming adversity. Lui has worked, lived, and studied in Europe, Asia, and the U.S, where he currently resides.