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Comments of Nancy Kwok

For the Asian American community, in particular, because we are two-thirds immigrants, one of the major issues, or actually one of the two major issues that really does impact us more heavily are the accent discrimination cases as well as the National Origin discrimination cases. And so, for those two issues in particular, we have really utilized the publications that EEOC has put out; the simple fact sheets that have been put out to disseminate and distribute in our communities. We have also been very fortunate to work with specific commissioners in more recent years; Acting Chair, and now Vice Chair Paul Igasaki, who has really had a tremendous opportunity to speak with so many people in the Asian American community. We're very grateful that the Commission has allowed him to travel extensively throughout the country. For the Organization of Chinese Americans, he has actually spoken to our National Board, to our college student interns, to our leadership groups, to our OCA National Convention; at each one of these forums, and also at our chapters at the grass roots level. Whenever he travels, I know that he has been able to meet with our communities throughout the country, and at each one of those sessions, EEOC is able to impart a very important message about the work that you do; once again, to educate people about their rights and to really be able to be an accessible institution.


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