August 16, 2016
Contact: Caroline Fan,

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Convenes Missouri Asian American Leaders in St. Louis
Asian American Community Unites to Discuss Common Concerns, Experiences

For the first and only time, The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders ( is hosting a community convening of Asian American leaders from across St. Louis on August 20, from 10am-2pm at the Helix Center in Creve Coeur. A hundred community leaders from St. Louis to the Ozarks will come together to discuss commons concerns and experiences as Asian Americans in Missouri, and listen to federal agencies present on Asian American specific trainings, resources, and grants, including language specific offerings. The event is being held in partnership with OCA St. Louis and the Korean American Association (KAA) of St. Louis.

OCA St. Louis President Caroline Fan stated, “We are very excited for the federal government to come and listen to our community’s concerns. As a community that has grown over 66% statewide in the past decade, our students, seniors, and working professionals will talk about issues including immigration, education, and health care. It’s past time that decision makers heard from our community, and I’d like to see more local and state policymakers taking an active interest in Asian American perspectives.”

KAA Chair Han Ko said, “As a St. Louis businessman of thirty years, this is the first time that the government has ever come to us and asked to hear from our community. I am grateful that we will have the chance to provide input to make government better, and to find out how federal agencies can help our families and businesses.”

Dave Hung, Senior Regional Advisor to WHIAAPI, commented, “As a Kansas City resident, I’m glad that I could support and coordinate this event to introduce Missourian Asian Americans to services that the federal government provides this community.”

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was first established in 1993 under Executive Order. In 2009, President Barack Obama reestablished the Initiative to address issues regarding the Asian Pacific American community.

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Founded in 1973, OCA St. Louis ( is one of three founding chapters of a national civil rights organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.

The main motto of  the Korean American Association of St. Louis is to share and learn cultural values with others.