Overseas Chinese Student Association

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Previous/other names: Chinese Student Association (CSA)

Prominent date(s) of activity: 1964 - present

History: Open to all students interested in Chinese culture, OCSA was organized to foster unity and friendship between Chinese and Canadian students, to assist Chinese students arriving in Canada, and to promote the interests of overseas Chinese students within the university and surrounding community.

Activities: Each year the association hosts a welcome party, a mid-autumn festival, a Chinese New Year banquet, a graduation party, a variety of sports activities, guest lectures, and film viewings. The annual Chinese New Year Banquet includes dinner, traditional dances, poetry readings, performances, and an evening of dancing.

In 1988 the group published their first magazine, Grapevine.

Note(s): The Oversees Chinese Student Association, representing one of the largest populations of oversees students at UNB, issued regular broadcasts from the campus radio station (CHSR-FM) in Cantonese.

Source(s):

  • UA Case 173.
  • Student Union, Clubs and Societies, [Overseas Chinese Students Association]
  • UNB Overseas Chinese Student Association fonds, UA RG 346, Series 1, OCSA Operational Records, Box 8, File 1, Minutes & Newsletters, 1964-1965, Archives & Special Collections, University of New Brunswick Libraries, Fredericton, NB.
  • UNB Overseas Chinese Student Association fonds, UA RG 346, Series 1, OCSA Operational Records, Box 45, File 1, Minutes & Miscellaneous, 1987-1988, Archives & Special Collections, University of New Brunswick Libraries, Fredericton, NB.
  • Up the Hill, 1988, p. 70.
  • Montague, Susan. A Pictoral History of the University of New Brunswick. Univeristy of New Brunswick, 1992, p. 262.
  • The Brunswickan, vol. 127, no. 16, January 1993, p. 11.


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