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County Official Attends Memorial Service for Co-founder of the Organization of Chinese Americans

Members of the Asian community honored the memory of Kung-Lee Wang, co-founder of Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), on April 29 in Bethesda. Wang died on April 24 at the Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.

PHOTO | Montgomery County Government

PHOTO | Montgomery County Government

County Executive Isiah Leggett spoke at Wang’s memorial service and told the story of how Wang was one of the first people to encourage him to run for County Council many years ago.

According to a statement from OCA, Wang, along with co-founder Alex Mark, founded OCA to serve as a unified, national voice for Chinese Americans in the ongoing struggle for civil rights. After Wang founded the Chinese American Leadership Council in D.C. in 1971, he encouraged his friend Alex Mark to chair a steering committee in 1973 to establish a national organization for Chinese Americans. This effort would culminate into the first OCA National Convention, where Wang was elected the first National President and served in this role from 1974-1977.

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Today, the organization has more than 100 chapters and affiliates from across the country and will celebrate 42 years of advocacy this year.

Wang is is survived by his son Christopher Wang and daughter-in-law Anna Lee, his granddaughters Pamela and Samantha Wang, his sister Anchen Wang Lin, his sister-in-law Dorothy Wang and his former wife Christine Wang.

Aline Barros

About Aline Barros

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.


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