Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Sat, January 05, 2019
    • Sat, December 07, 2019
    • 12 sessions

    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) 
    • All men bring a copy of I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record Card from entry into the US)
    • 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)


    • Wed, February 20, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Kim Son Restaurant, 10603 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072


    Join us for dinner as we welcome award-winning author Helen Zia who will be discussing her book, Last Boat Out Of Shanghai.

    Tickets are $15 per person. Reserve your seat now!

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oca-reads-book-talk-last-boat-out-of-shanghai-by-helen-zia-kim-son-tickets-54286853440

    Co-sponsors:

    Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA)
    Chinese American Citizens Alliance Houston Lodge (CACA Houston)

    Details:

    On the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist revolution, Helen Zia's new book, Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao's Revolution captures the heartbreaking drama of an historic yet little known exodus that brought the likes of Maya Lin, Amy Tan, David Henry Hwang, Elaine Chao, and future Nobel laureates to America and elsewhere, not unlike the German Jews and intellectuals who fled Hitler's rise. Told through the real-life stories of four young people, theirs is a generation caught up in the frenzied rush out of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist Revolution--and their experiences hold startling parallels to the struggles faced by refugees and emigrants today.

    As China’s most modern and westernized city, Shanghai was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao’s proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction. Seventy years later, the last generation to fully recall one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century have opened their story to Chinese American journalist Helen Zia. From these moving accounts, she weaves the story of four Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S.

    For more information:

    www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/202476/last-boat-out-of-shanghai-by-helen-zia/

    www.helenzia.com

    • Thu, February 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005


    Helen Zia is also the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize (Bill Clinton referred to the book in two separate Rose Garden speeches). Zia is the co-author, with Wen Ho Lee, of My Country Versus Me: The First-Hand Account by the Los Alamos Scientist Who Was Falsely Accused of Being a Spy. She is also a former executive editor of Ms. magazine. A Fulbright Scholar, Zia first visited China in 1972, just after President Nixon’s historic trip. A graduate of Princeton University, she holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from the City University of New York School of Law and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    To reserve a copy her latest book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai, order through the website: https://www.brazosbookstore.com/event/helen-zia-last-boat-out-shanghai

    • • •

    The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist revolution—a heartrending precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today. 

    “A true page-turner . . . [Helen] Zia has proven once again that history is something that happens to real people.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa See

    Shanghai has historically been China’s jewel, its richest, most modern and westernized city. The bustling metropolis was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao’s proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction. Seventy years later, members of the last generation to fully recall this massive exodus have revealed their stories to Chinese American journalist Helen Zia, who interviewed hundreds of exiles about their journey through one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. From these moving accounts, Zia weaves together the stories of four young Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States.

    Benny, who as a teenager became the unwilling heir to his father’s dark wartime legacy, must decide either to escape to Hong Kong or navigate the intricacies of a newly Communist China. The resolute Annuo, forced to flee her home with her father, a defeated Nationalist official, becomes an unwelcome exile in Taiwan. The financially strapped Ho fights deportation from the U.S. in order to continue his studies while his family struggles at home. And Bing, given away by her poor parents, faces the prospect of a new life among strangers in America. The lives of these men and women are marvelously portrayed, revealing the dignity and triumph of personal survival.

    Herself the daughter of immigrants from China, Zia is uniquely equipped to explain how crises like the Shanghai transition affect children and their families, students and their futures, and, ultimately, the way we see ourselves and those around us. Last Boat Out of Shanghai brings a poignant personal angle to the experiences of refugees then and, by extension, today.

    “Zia’s portraits are compassionate and heartbreaking, and they are, ultimately, the universal story of many families who leave their homeland as refugees and find less-than-welcoming circumstances on the other side.”—Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

    • Sat, May 04, 2019
    • Sugar Land, TX

    The City of Sugar Land will have new boundaries for its single-member districts in effect for the May 4, 2019, General Election.

    The annexation of Greatwood and New Territory increased the City’s population, requiring the City’s four single member City Council districts to be adjusted. Single member Council districts must be of substantially equal population with a maximum deviation no greater than 10 percent between the most populated and least populated council member district.

    For more information regarding the process for new single-member district boundaries, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/redistricting


Past events

Sat, February 09, 2019 Celebrate Lunar New Year with OCA-Greater Houston
Sat, February 02, 2019 Running for Local Office 101 Workshop
Wed, January 16, 2019 OCA Reads Book Talk with Kam Mak
Thu, December 20, 2018 "Stories of Survival" with Vietnam War Refugee Families Facing Deportation
Sun, December 09, 2018 2018 OCA-Greater Houston Supporters Holiday Party
Wed, November 14, 2018 Big Bao Battle 3
Tue, November 13, 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Workshop
Sat, November 10, 2018 Accepted! College on the Horizon
Sat, October 27, 2018 2018 Halloween Starry Nite Lite Festival
Sat, October 27, 2018 OCA READS Book Talk: A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Sun, October 21, 2018 Meet & Greet with Asian American Candidates in the 2018 Election
Fri, October 19, 2018 LATE LIFE: The Chien-Ming Wang Story 後勁:王建民
Thu, October 18, 2018 Film Screening – "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"
Sun, October 14, 2018 Houston Candidate Forum
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
Mon, July 23, 2018 Houston Youth Summit 2018
Sun, June 03, 2018 TEA Talks: Representation of Minorities in Media
Sat, June 02, 2018 HAAPIFEST 2018 Screening of "Drawn Together"
Sat, June 02, 2018 MAAP Houston 2018
Thu, May 31, 2018 HAAPIFEST 2018
Tue, May 29, 2018 The Chinese Exclusion Act Documentary Live Screening
Mon, May 14, 2018 Candidate Forum: CD7, CD22 and SD17 Runoffs 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
Sat, January 06, 2018 OCA Citizenship Forums
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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