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Reminiscences of Cao K. O : oral history, 2002 .

Creator: O, Cao K., 1963-
Project: The September 11, 2001 response and recovery oral history project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 44 p. sound recordings: 2 sound discs (132 min.) : digital ; 3 in.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Executive Director, Asian Americans for Equality.

Scope and Contents

Born and raised in Saigon, Vietman, refugee at end of the war; education: MA in social work and post-graduate studies in social policy; career: State Office of Mental Health in Albany, United Way of New York City, Asian American Federation of New York since 1990; pre-9/11 Asian American Federation: enhancing quality of life, supporting community, public policy, research, office location East Wall Street; post 9/11: difficulty getting downtown, dust, depressing atmosphere, witnessing remaining facade of one of the towers; post 9/11Asian American federation: unprepared for emergency, chaos, coordinating with other agencies and services, intermediary role--connecting individuals with resources, offering seperate funds, facilitating processes, locating missing gaps, relocating in Queens, media, continuing struggles--funding, stress, time pressure; documentation: understanding needs, reports on mental health impact, Chinatown report, seeking funding, grant from McCormick Tribune Foundation in Chicago; donations; World Trade Center Fund, families of victims, Taxi Workers Alliance, UNITE [Union of Needle Trades Industrial and Textile Employees], the Greater Blouse, Skirt and Undergarment Association, workers above Canal Street; Chinatown: Canal Street as dividing line--bias against Chinatown, fundraising; anti-Asian backlash: AALDF [Asian American Legal Defense Fund], civil rights violations.

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