Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Sat, January 06, 2018
    • Sat, December 01, 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Hope Clinic, 7001 Corporate Drive, Suite 120, Houston, Texas 77036

    We provide legal permanent residents (green card holders) with almost everything you need to apply for citizenship, including one-on-one consultations with immigration specialists and attorneys.   

    Citizenship Applicants please bring:

    - Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

    - Social Security Card

     - Driver's License or State Identification Card

    - Passport (Current and Previous Passports)

    - Birth Certificate

     *If divorced please bring your former spouse(s) information: date of divorce, marriage, birthday, citizenship status and full name

     **Have the last 5 years of school, residence and employment including start and end dates, job titles, and address. 

    If you have ever had a traffic ticket, even a past ticket, you will need to get a certified disposition letter which will detail each of your old tickets and what the outcome was from the County Courthouse where you received the ticket. This is mandatory.


    You will also need to get a letter about your current status and that you do not have any pending tickets against you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email or by phone. Information listed below.


    1st Saturday each month | 9:30 a.m.—12 noon| HOPE Clinic, 7001 Corporate Dr., #120

    Help immigrants apply for citizenship! We will provide lunch.   If you would like to volunteer, please contact to confirm.

    Contact:

    Aarica Chambers

    aarica.chambers@ocahouston.org

    (281) 968-9131 (Text is best)


    • Thu, October 18, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun Rd, Houston, Texas 77204


    When: Thursday, October 18th, 2018, 7- 8:30 PM
    Where: University of Houston Law Center, Room 144 TUII (4604 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX 77004)

    Join us for a free community screening at UH! 

    Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a 2016 American documentary film by Steve James. The film centers on the Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a family-owned community bank situated in Manhattan's Chinatown in New York City which, because it was deemed "small enough to jail" rather than "too big to fail", became the only financial institution to actually face criminal charges following the subprime mortgage crisis. The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was first runner-up for the People's Choice Award in the documentary category and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards. 

    Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com, declared Abacus to be "another classic" from Steve James, giving the film 4 out of 4 stars. He praised James' "knack for finding the universal within the specific, and often a much larger and more complex story nestled within a specific account of one event." Seitz also pointed out that even though the film is engrossing as a legal thriller, "it's even more notable as a portrait of a community. James... has constructed a rich and revealing context for this tale, and it's one that is rarely showcased in American cinema.... a thriving community [Chinatown] that defines itself in relation the mainstream of American culture and that is aspirational but never entirely comfortable or accepted." 

    Light dinner provide. Reserve you seat now:

    http://abacusfilmscreening.eventbrite.com


    • Sun, October 21, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77036


    Meet & Greet with Asian American Candidates in the 2018 Election

    Why they are running for offices and how to succeed together as Asian Americans 

    When: 10/21 Sunday 2-4PM
    Where: Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Drive, Houston, TX 77036

    2018 Mid-Term Election is starting on Oct 22nd. As an unprecedented number of Asian Americans are running for public offices nationwide, Houston area is also seeing a record-breaking 15 Asian American candidates on the ballot (13 Democrats and 2 Republicans). 

    Please join us in meeting and supporting these brilliant new leaders with diverse ethnic backgrounds and personal experiences. Come hear their stories on what made them run for offices, how to help them succeed, and how we can succeed in America as an Asian American community.

    Democratic Candidates:

    Sri Preston Kulkarni
    United States Representative, District 22
    http://Kulkarniforcongress.com

    R.K. Sandill
    Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4
    http://www.sandillfortexas.com

    Kathy Cheng
    Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6
    http://chengforjustice.com/

    Alexander Jonathan Karjeker
    State Representative, District 129
    https://www.alexkforthebay.com/

    Gene Wu
    State Representative, District 13
    http://genefortexas.com

    Hubert Vo
    State Representative, District 149
    https://www.house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=149

    Frances Bourliot
    Justice, 14Th Court Of Appeals, Place 5
    http://francesbourliot.com/

    Rabeea Collier
    District Judge, 113Th Judicial District (Civil)
    https://rabeeacollierforjudge.com/

    Jason Luong
    District Judge, 185Th Judicial District (Criminal)
    https://jasonluongforjudge.com/

    Christine Weems
    District Judge, 281St Judicial District (Civil)
    https://www.weemsforjudge.com

    KP George
    Fort Bend County Judge
    http://www.kpgeorge.com/

    Juli Mathew
    Fort Bend County Court at Law, Number 3
    https://www.juliforjudge.com/

    Leshan D. Jayasekera
    Brazoria County Justice of the Peace Pct.2 Place.2
    http://Jay4Justice.com

    Republican Candidates:

    Syed S. Ali
    State Representative, District 131
    Aliforstaterep131@gmail.com

    Thomas Wang
    State Representative, District 147
    http://houstonunited.com/

    Let's go out to vote in November Election!

    Claim your FREE RSVP:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-greet-with-asian-american-candidates-in-the-2018-election-tickets-51125559926

    • Sat, October 27, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Houston Public Library Robinson-Westchase, 3223 Wilcrest Drive Houston, TX 77042

    Join OCA-Greater Houston for our book talk with Bao Phi, award-winning slam poet and author of A Different Pond. He will speak at the Houston Public Library Robinson-Westchase Branch on Saturday, October 27, 2018

    Time:
    October 27, 2018, 7:00 PM

    Location:
    Houston Public Library Robinson-Westchase
    3223 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77042


    Bao Phi is a Vietnamese American spoken word artist. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and National Poetry Slam finalist, he was born in Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in Minneapolis. The author of the Refugeography poetry CD, Bao Phi has performed at numerous venues including New York City poet’s cafes and the University of California, Berkeley.







    A Different Pond, his award-winning picture book, follows a Vietnamese American boy fishing at a lake as his father reminiscences about a pond in their homeland, Vietnam. Bao Phi’s skillfully crafted words reveal and reflect on themes of immigration, racism, and the power of nature.






    Community Partners:

    APAHA, BPSOS Houston, Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), Chinese Community Center (CCC), Chinese Professional Club (CPC), Daya, Inc., Emgage USA, JACL Houston Chapter, Filipino American National Heritage Society Houston (FANHS), UNIPRO, VN Teamwork, Vox Culture

    • Sat, October 27, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Southwestern National Bank, 6901 Corporate Drive, Houston, TX 77036


    We're having a block party in one of Houston’s best districts. Go Out To Vote during Early Voting and Come Celebrate With Us!

    Trendy street food? Check. Bulgogi Kimchi Fries, swirled potato skewers, Taiwanese sausage skewers, Taiwanese popcorn chicken, Taiwanese spicy chicken gizzards, sweet seasame balls, Filipino grilled kebabs, bubble waffles with whipped cream, Vietnamese springrolls and eggrolls, pork belly baos, veggie samosas, spicy fried shrimp balls, savory tofu cubes, and more!

    Entertainment? Retro music with DJ John, AAPI film screenings, and play Bingo and/or Raffle.

    FREE ENTRANCE! Bring your friends and family! Halloween Candy for kids! Preregister by 10/26 to attend and get a free raffle ticket or discount food combo!

    Starry Nite Festival was created to highlight and celebrate the diversity of AAPI Artists, Culture, and Community and to share the untold AAPI experience for the Greater Houston metropolitan area through a shared AAPI Community Space. Organized by a dedicated team of volunteers to benefit community non-profit organizations and AAPI Artists, the mission of Starry Nite Festival is to promote AAPI Artists, Craftspeople, & Entrepreneurs, and to create an AAPI community space that promotes Civic Engagement and Asiatown Houston as a cultural destination for the Arts. Thank you for your support!

    Get your tickets now!
    https://starryniteliteoct2018.eventbrite.com/


    • Tue, November 13, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77479


    Are you ready if another Hurricane hits? This workshop aims to prepare residents for extreme weather situations and what response to expect during and after a storm strikes. Join us as the City of Sugar Land's Emergency Management team shares information on the city’s hurricane plan, discusses what citizens can do before and after a hurricane, and how best to weather the storm. We will also hear from Lone Star Legal Aid on how best to navigate the post-disaster process when dealing with FEMA and other federal agencies. We will have hurricane preparedness kits for attendees.

    EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

    LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.

    #HurricanePreparedness #SafetyFirst #HurricaneHarvey

    Find out more at bit.ly/HurricaneWorkshop1

    • Wed, November 14, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas Ave, Houston, Texas 77002


    For one night only, 15 local chefs and vendors will come together for a Big Bao Battle. Tickets include unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic vendors will be giving out samples to guests who are 21+

    Chefs will be making their own version of the bao, a steamed bun stuffed with various fillings, and YOU will be able to taste them all and vote on your favorite bao to be crowned the Big Bao Champion.

    Venue

    * The Ballroom at Bayou Place @ 500 Texas Street
    * located in Downtown Houston in the heart of the Theater District
    * floor to ceiling windows and sweeping balconies, guests are treated to a striking backdrop of the Houston Skyline

    Competitors

    Vendors

    HAAPI Film Festival
    Miro et Emma Curated Lifestyle Shoppe
    Caphin
    The Official Jimmy Crystal New York
    iHeart Flipbooks

    Judges

    Tickets

    Available on EventBrite, one for $35 or two for $65. Includes unlimited samples of food, alcohol, and non alcoholic beverages. 

    https://bigbaobattle3.eventbrite.com

    Parking

    Parking at the venue is limited. There will be complimentary valet as well as street parking. 

    Questions

    Interested in becoming a chef competitor, vendor, or sponsor? Please contact kuan.zhao@ocahouston.org



Past events

Sat, September 29, 2018 Starry Nite Lite Festival 2018: Mid Autumn
Sat, September 22, 2018 The Impact of Espionage Investigations on The Asian American Community
Fri, September 21, 2018 “They Serve With Honor” Awards Dinner
Thu, September 13, 2018 Beyond the Headlines: Examining Today's Immigration Landscape
Fri, September 07, 2018 8th Annual B3 Asian American Leadership Forum
Sat, August 25, 2018 OCA READS Book Talk: SANPAKU by Kate Gavino
Wed, August 22, 2018 TEA Talks: Improving Data Quality for Better Decisions
Sun, August 05, 2018 Info-session on upcoming Aug 25 Harvey Flood Protection Bond Election
Sat, June 02, 2018 MAAP Houston 2018
Thu, May 31, 2018 HAAPIFEST 2018
Sat, April 28, 2018 Starry Nite Festival Spring 2018
Sat, April 28, 2018 Starry Nite Festival
Sat, April 21, 2018 The Finding Cleveland Experience - live film & music experience
Wed, April 18, 2018 OCA-GH TEA Talks: Women's Rights and Reproductive Justice
Sun, April 08, 2018 The Value of Immigrants: The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and U.S.
Sat, March 31, 2018 Youth Take Action - Ready, Set, Go
Wed, February 21, 2018 TEA Talks: Shades - AAPI and African American Intersectionality
Mon, February 19, 2018 2018 AAPI Public Policy Impact Forum
Sat, February 10, 2018 Houston NYMLI Training | OCA - Greater Houston
Wed, January 24, 2018 2nd Annual Big Bao Battle Food Competition
Wed, December 13, 2017 Networking Happy Hour: Co-Hosted by Nexgen Exchange and OCA GH
Sun, December 10, 2017 OCA-Greater Houston Supporters Holiday Party
Sat, November 18, 2017 2017 Membership & Volunteers Appreciation Picnic & Board Elections
Wed, November 15, 2017 OCA-GH TEA Talks - "Racial Slurs: Slants/FOB: What's In A Name?"
Tue, November 07, 2017 Get Out The Vote! Houston 2017 Elections
Fri, November 03, 2017 Womxn Power: Creating Strength Through Community
Fri, October 27, 2017 OCA Corporate Achievement Awards
Mon, October 23, 2017 HISD Phonebanking
Sun, October 15, 2017 Dream Together! AAPIs Standing Up For Immigration Rally
Fri, October 13, 2017 "They Serve With Honor" Awards Dinner
Sat, September 30, 2017 Starry Nite Festival
Sat, September 30, 2017 Fraud Prevention Community Workshop
Sat, September 30, 2017 OCA APA Y-Advocate: Youth Leadership Training
Tue, September 26, 2017 HAAPI Hour!
Wed, September 20, 2017 TEA Talks: Rally! Bridging our Communities in light of SB4
Wed, September 06, 2017 TEA Dinners: Legislation Changes to Our Schools
Mon, September 04, 2017 Annual Backpack Stuffing with CARE Coalition
Fri, August 18, 2017 7th Annual B3 Asian American Leadership Forum
Sat, August 12, 2017 OCA READS Book Talk: Dr. Madeline Y. Hsu
Thu, August 03, 2017 OCA National Convention
Wed, July 19, 2017 TEA Talks: AALDEF 2016 Elections TX Exit Poll Presentation
Tue, July 04, 2017 CARE Coalition July 4th Festival
Sat, June 10, 2017 HAAPI Film Fest 2017 - Closing Arts Night!
Sat, June 10, 2017 OCA-GH TEA Talks - Disproportionate: A Mass Incarceration Problem
Fri, June 09, 2017 HAAPI Film Fest 2017, Weekend Two
Fri, June 02, 2017 HAAPI Film Fest 2017, Weekend One
Thu, June 01, 2017 Opening Night, HAAPI Film Festival 2017
Wed, May 17, 2017 TEA Talks: Standing in Solidarity with our Muslim American Community
Sat, May 13, 2017 Citywide Citizenship Assistance Forum
Sat, May 13, 2017 MAAP (Mentoring Asian American Professionals)
Fri, May 05, 2017 NQAPIA Regional Summit
Sun, April 30, 2017 AALDEF 2016 Exit Poll Results Presentation
Sat, April 01, 2017 MAAP (Mentoring Asian American Professionals)
Thu, March 30, 2017 March HAAPI Hour
Wed, March 15, 2017 TEA Talks: Acceptance - Love is Love
Tue, February 21, 2017 HAAPI Hour
Sat, February 11, 2017 JA Trade Fair
Sat, January 28, 2017 Lunar New Year Festival
Fri, January 27, 2017 RUCAA Commemorating 100 years of Asians at Rice, “Off the Menu: Asian America” Film Screening
Wed, January 25, 2017 OCA Serves Spring Project
Sun, January 22, 2017 Running for Office 101
Sat, January 07, 2017 Citizenship Forums
Thu, December 15, 2016 Community Reception for Anne Sung
Wed, December 07, 2016 OCA Greater Houston Presents: Big Bao Battle!
Tue, November 29, 2016 TYRUS Houston Premiere
Sat, November 19, 2016 Members & Volunteers Appreciation & Election Picnic
Thu, November 17, 2016 OCA-Greater Houston MAAP & B3 AALF Mixer/Reunion
Sat, November 05, 2016 OCA College and Career Roundtable
Wed, October 26, 2016 APAHM Speaker Series: DANakaDAN
Mon, October 17, 2016 APAHM Speaker Series: Jason Chu
Fri, October 14, 2016 Plenary Sessions: Civic Engagement and Women Empowerment
Fri, October 14, 2016 Career Panels: Business/Law/Mid-Career
Fri, October 14, 2016 B3 Conference Luncheon
Fri, October 14, 2016 Diamond Leadership : How to Shine Brilliantly!
Fri, October 14, 2016 6th Annual B3 Asian American Leadership Forum
Sat, October 08, 2016 APA Y Advocate Training
Wed, September 21, 2016 GOTV TEA Talk
Wed, August 31, 2016 Disparities in K-12 Education for APA Students
Sat, August 13, 2016 The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority" by Madeline Y. Hsu (Book Talk)
Fri, August 12, 2016 Presidential Town Hall - Houston Viewing
Fri, July 15, 2016 OCA College Prep Fridays
Fri, July 01, 2016 OCA College Prep Fridays
Sat, June 18, 2016 TEA Talks - AAPI Representation in Media
Fri, June 17, 2016 OCA College Prep Fridays
Sat, June 11, 2016 OCA Career Roundtable
Wed, May 18, 2016 The Case That Divided Asian America
Fri, April 29, 2016 The Missing Chinese American History with John Jung
Sat, April 23, 2016 APA Y Advocate
Wed, February 17, 2016 OCA-GH TEA Talks: AAPI Solidarity
Wed, January 20, 2016 TEA Talks: SHAYA Screening + Refugee Discussion


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