Editorial Category

Friday 18 July, 2014

OCA Greater Seattle on ‘The Mikado’

We would like to thank Sharon Pian Chan for her thoughtful editorial, “Yellowface in Your Face” (Seattle Times, 7/14/14) regarding the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of The Mikado. We are, however, dismayed by the producers’ and bloggers’ insensitivity and unwillingness to understand why many Asian Americans may be offended by The Mikado. Instead, […]


Friday 13 September, 2013

No Justice For Jeff Chen

by Doug Chin, OCA Greater Seattle President The decision by federal Judge Thomas Zilly to overturn the unanimous verdict of an 8-person jury that the City of Medina and City Manager Donna Hanson fired Police Chief Jeff Chen because of racial discrimination and to order a new trial was atrocious. Judge Zilly decided that Chen’s […]


Sunday 23 June, 2013

Next generations tell the buried tales of Chinese Northwesterners

The backbreaking struggle of the Northwest’s first Chinese comes to light. By Ron Judd Pacific NW staff writer Source: The Seattle Times THE KEEPERS of the story can point to pieces of it lying, half-buried, all around us. A granite marker near a shoreline in Bellingham declares: “Chinese Deadline: No Chinese beyond this point, 1898 […]


Thursday 16 May, 2013

Fire Medina City Manager Hanson

By Doug Chin, OCA Greater Seattle chapter president Opinion In March, an eight-person federal jury’s found the City of Media and its City Manager Donna Hanson guilty of firing former Police Chief Jeffrey Chen because of his race. As Chen’s attorney Marianne Jones stated, Hanson fired Chen because of ‘old school racism.’ “Donna Hanson,” said […]


Monday 08 October, 2012

Editorial by Chapter President Doug Chin: Stop Racial Hazing in the Military, Save Lives, Rest in Peace Pvt. Danny Chen

One year ago, on October 3rd, Private Danny Chen was found dead in a guard tower in Afghanistan. Private Chen, who was born and raised in New York’s Chinatown and just 19 years old, was a victim of constant hazing, racial taunts, excessive maltreatment, and assaults by fellow soldiers. Eight fellow soldiers (all of Company […]


Monday 21 May, 2012

The Chinese Exclusion Acts: A Racist Chapter in U.S. Civil Rights History

This year marks the 130th year since the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It was the first federal law that excluded immigration of a single group of people based on race. Moreover, its passage was the start of eight decades of racist immigration policies towards Asians that began with Chinese exclusion, than […]