Lee Po Cha Oral History Interview

Title
Lee Po Cha Oral History Interview
LC Subject
Asian Americans Community organization Immigrants
Interviewee
Lee, Po Cha
Interviewer
Fernández, Natalia, 1985-
Description
Lee Po Cha was born in Xayaburi, Laos, on July 11th, 1963 to Laotian parents. He self-identifies as Laotian American, Hmong American—ethnically as Hmong and nationality-wise as Laotian. He grew up there until the mid-seventies when he and his family, consisting of his parents and 4 siblings, moved to Thailand before moving to Portland, Oregon, in 1978 after being sponsored by the Metropolitan Baptist Church. Cha attended Portland State University to study business administration. He began working for IRCO in 1981 and helped to establish the Asian Family Center in 1994. He currently holds the position of associate director at IRCO where he works to assist the executive director on government relations and to oversee that all of the programs are running smoothly. The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) was established in 1976 to serve immigrants and refugees in Portland, Oregon. IRCO's mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society. Through its five primary locations – IRCO Main, Africa House/Skill Center, Asian Family Center, Senior Services Center, and the International Language Bank – the organization provides programs and services related to training and employment, health and aging, English language learning, naturalization and social adjustment, community development, early childhood, parenting and youth development, education and interpretation and translation.
Work Type
transcripts
Location
Portland >> Clackamas County >> Oregon >> Pacific Northwest
Date
2014-09-18
Rights
Rights Reserved - Free Access
Language
English
Local Collection Name
Asian Family Center Oral History Collection, 2014-2016 (OH 30)
Type
Text
Format
application/pdf
Set
OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center Oregon Multicultural Archives
Primary Set
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Institution
Oregon State University