Chinese-American receives award from OCA

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Added On November 14, 2017

A Chinese-American philanthropist has been recognized in New York, after a career providing thousands of scholarships to college students.
 
Dr. James S.C. Chao, is a Chinese-American merchant mariner, business leader, and philanthropist. On Saturday he received the Dynamic Achiever Award from the OCA Westchester-Hudson Valley.
 
Founder of the Foremost Group, Dr. Chao has actively promoted values in education. 
 
Over 5000 students having benefited from scholarships funded by the Chao Family. 
 
In his speech, Dr. Chao emphasized the importance of education, and dedicated the honor to his parents.
 
SOUNDBITE, DR. JAMES S.C. CHAO, Philanthropist:
"Fortunately, as the lots of you, same as me, we have very good parents. I had very good parents, gave me the opportunity, sacrificed everything of themselves, send me to the school, gave me the education, and that's why I'm here. "
 
Leading the praise was Dr. Chao's daughter, the U.S Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
 
SOUNDBITE: ELAINE CHAO, US Secretary of Transportation:
"Today, Asian Americans make up about 5.7% of our country's population.  That's up from less than 1% in 1965. Americans of Chinese descent are about 24 percent of the Asian Pacific American population. As tonight's awards reflect, more than half of Chinese Americans age 25 and older have a bachelor's degree or higher. Our community has much to contribute to America."