The reception for the second anniversary of the Washington United Chinese Americans (UCAWA) chapter’s founding was on August 19, 2021 in downtown Seattle. More than 50 local residents attended the reception, discussing concerns of the community and celebrating the chapter’s founding. UCAWA was founded in August 2019.
Seattle was one of the first cities in the U.S. where Chinese people settled and established themselves, but the city has been a place where Chinese people have endured much discrimination and racism, said United Chinese Americans (UCA) President Haipei Shue, who traveled to Seattle from Washington D.C. for the reception.
“Now, relations between China and the U.S. are rapidly deteriorating again, and our society is once again being eroded by anti-Asian hatred. We as Chinese Americans should organize and transform our society.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, UCAWA and more than 60 local Seattle area Chinese community organizations, all of which make up the Chinese Community Alliance, have worked together to donate $140,000 to EvergreenHealth hospital and integrated health care system (EvergreenHealth). EvergreenHealth is the medical center that first treated an outbreak of COVID-19 in a U.S. nursing home, which was located in the Seattle area.
UCAWA, with the Chinese Community Alliance, also donated more than one million personal protection equipment items to local Seattle area hospitals, medical centers, emergency services, and nursing homes.
For the hard work and over the top generosity, EvergreenHealth awarded the Chinese Community Alliance the 2021 Evergreen Spirit of Giving Award.
“UCA has not only made great contributions to promoting the participation of Chinese Americans in politics but has also worked hard to speak out and fight for the rights and interests of Chinese Americans,” said Edmonds City Council candidate Will Chen. He added that as first-generation American citizens we should actively participate in the political life of the U.S. and make our voices heard.
Shue noted that UCA successfully pushed the U.S. House of Representatives to pass an apology resolution for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
During this time of heightened anti-Asian and anti-Chinese racism against people who are Asian and Asian American and this time of resulting fear for people who are Asian American, UCAWA participated in UCA’s nationwide candlelight vigils earlier this year to mourn those who died in Atlanta and to protest the racism.
UCAWA and volunteers from Microsoft, Amazon, and other Seattle technology companies organized thousands of large demonstrations in the greater Seattle area to mourn the harm of COVID-19 and to mourn the harm of anti-Asian and anti-Chinese racism inflicted upon the local Asian, Asian American, and Chinese communities in the state.
The Thursday evening reception was hosted by UCA and UCAWA. The following people also spoke: UCAWA Secretary General Hong Qi, UCAWA President Hardy Li, UCA National Director Gene Chang, Executive Director of the Washington State China Relations Council Mr. J. Norwell Coquillard, former Obama Administration AAPI Ambassador and Rhodes Scholar Ji Yihan, and others.
United Chinese Americans (UCA) is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to empower all Chinese Americans. UCA encourages civic participation, political engagement, youth education, and the preservation of Chinese American heritage and culture. While the organization’s headquarters is in Washington, D.C., UCA has 12 local chapters and over 30 community partners across nearly all 50 States. UCA activities have included: Food of Love, Town Halls, Youth Education and Mental Health initiatives, and more. UCA was incorporated in 2016. To learn more about UCA, please visit https://ucausa.org/ and follow UCA on WeChat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and LinkedIn.
当晚的招待会由UCAWA秘书长齐虹主持，UCA会长薛海培，UCAWA主席Hardy Li，UCA全国理事常劲、Edmonds市议员候选人陈伟、华州中国理事会执行理事J. Norwell Coquillard、原奥巴马政府AAPI大使，罗德学者季义涵等先后发言。
UCAWA成立于2019年8月。自2020年疫情开始，UCAWA 联合当地60多个华人社团组织，为全美第一家救治最先爆发疫情的养老院病人的医院Evergreen Hospital捐款十四万美元，并获得2021“Evergreen捐赠精神奖”（Evergreen Spirit of Giving Award)。此外还与西雅图其他华人组织一起为当地医院，紧急救护机构和养老院捐赠PPE超过100万件。
United Chinese Americans (UCA) 是一个全国性的非营利性组织，其使命是为所有美国华人争取权利。UCA鼓励公民参与，政治参与，青少年教育以及保护中华传统和文化。UCA总部设在Washington D.C., 在全美50个州拥有12个地方分会和30多个社区合作伙伴。UCA的活动包括但不限于：Food of Love, Town Halls, Youth Education and Mental Health Initiatives. UCA于2016年正式成立。了解更多关于UCA的信息，请访问：http://ucausa.org/, 并在微信，Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube和LinkedIn上关注UCA.