Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Sat, January 07, 2017
    • Sat, December 02, 2017
    • 12 sessions
    • HOPE Clinic, 7001 Corporate Dr #120, Houston, TX 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.   We will also be going over the new DACA expansion qualifications and over the new DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) executive order.

    Citizenship Applicants please bring:

    • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
    • Social Security Card
    • Drivers License
    • Passports (Current and Previous Passports)
    • Birth Certificate.
    If you have any traffic tickets from the past, you will need to get a certified disposition which will have information on each of your old tickets and what the outcome was from the County Courthouse where you received the ticket. 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 | 9am—12noon| HOPE Clinic, 7001 Corporate Dr., #120

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


    Aarica Chambers


    (281) 968-9131

    • Sat, April 29, 2017
    • Sun, April 30, 2017
    • Post HTX, 401 Franklin St, Houston, Texas 77088

    Immerse yourself in the spectrum of Asian cultures through two unforgettable nights of food, music and entertainment at one of the largest collaborations Houston has ever seen of the numerous Asian ethnicities that make up the Asian-American community in Houston. Bring the entire squad to sample some of the best Asian delicacies (many of which you won’t find in local restaurants) from a HUGE selection of vendors with dishes from nearly every different Asian ethnicity such as Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, etc., plus one of the most dazzling Lantern shows you have ever seen.  Not to mention a whole festival of fun stuff celebrating May as National Asian Heritage Month in Houston.


    This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and many, many more. Kicking off May as National Asian Heritage Month with:

    • International Stages & Markets

    • Multiple Stages & Roving Performers

    • Asian Film Festival including screening of "Sriracha"

    • Fashion Show by Danny Nguyen

    • Zen Beer Garden featuring large selection of Asian Beers

    • Magical Lantern exhibit

    • Asian "Shark Tank" interactive program

    • Saturday and Sunday Eating Contest with celebrity chef judges

    • Creative Activity Zone - Engaging family-friendly activities such     as Burmese lacquerware, Taiwanese calligraphy, Persian tile       designs, henna, and more.

    • How many Fortune Cookies? Count the cookie contest

    • Make a Children’s Dragon Mural

    • Light Festival with DJs, dancers and modern artists and                 performers

    Houston Mayor Turner is currently scheduled to speak at the Lunar Lantern Festival!

    • Sun, April 30, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Yantze Restaurant, 6601 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, Texas 77072

    UPDATE: Due to inclimate recent weather, AALDEF's Exit Poll Results Presentation has been postponed. It will be rescheduled to either April or June 2017. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

    Light Dinner Served. Please RSVP to http://2016electionsaapiexitsurveyresults.eventbrite.com

    Co-hosted by OCA-Greater Houston

    Community Partners: BPSOS-Houston, EMERGE-USA, Filipino Historical Society, Japanese American Citizens League, VNTeamwork, Chinese Community Center, HOPE Clinic

    On November 8, 2016, over 950 AALDEF volunteers surveyed close to 14,000 Asian American voters, in 11 Asian languages, at 91 poll sites in 14 states – California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia – and Washington, DC about their voting encounters in the nation’s largest nonpartisan multilingual exit poll. Poll sites were selected based on voter registration files, census data, interviews with local election officials and community leaders, and a history of voting problems. Approximately 950 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers were stationed at poll sites throughout the day, generally between 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Surveys were written in English and 11 Asian languages, and volunteers were conversant in Asian languages and dialects. The Asian American Exit Poll provides critical information about the Asian American electorate, including limited English proficiency rates, lack of language assistance, and other barriers, such as voters being required to prove their citizenship, remove their religious headscarves, or provide ID because of their race or appearance. The exit poll reveals vital information about Asian American voting patterns that is often overlooked in mainstream voter surveys.

    At this presentation comparative information will be given about the Asian American vote in the Presidential election, concerns about key issues, first-time voters, and profiles of the Asian American vote by ethnicity, nativity, party enrollment, age, and English proficiency.

    Jerry Vattamala, Program Director, Democracy Program

    Jerry Vattamala is Program Director of the Democracy Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the nationally‐recognized expert on Asian American voting issues. Jerry has been a leader in organizing the Asian American community for New York State’s redistricting ‐‐ the once‐in‐a‐decade redrawing of political lines. He collaborated with voting rights experts in the black and Latino communities to create the Unity Map, a joint redistricting proposal that made significant advances toward achieving fair representation for the city’s communities of color. Jerry also served as AALDEF’s lead attorney on New York’s Favors v. Cuomo federal redistricting litigation. As a result of his advocacy, the number of Asian American majority senate and assembly districts both increased in New York, and for

    the first time there is a New York Congressional district that is 40% Asian American. Jerry has also testified on behalf of the Asian American community at redistricting hearings throughout the Northeast, and observed elections for compliance with state and federal voting laws across the country. He is regularly invited to make television and radio appearances, including NPR and New York One, and to speak on voting rights panels, including at Harvard Law School, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, among others. Jerry has submitted numerous briefs to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Asian American community on recent voting rights cases including Shelby County v. Holder and Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. Jerry litigates cases concerning violations of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act and regularly meets with Boards of Elections across the country to ensure full compliance with federal and local language assistance provisions and the Help America Vote Act. Prior to joining AALDEF, Jerry worked as a commercial litigator at Proskauer Rose LLP. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Binghamton University and is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law.

    • Fri, May 05, 2017
    • Sun, May 07, 2017
    • TBA

    Leadership Summit for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

    Representatives from NQAPIA’s federation members will come together in New Orleans for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s (NQAPIA) Leadership Summit.

    • Sat, May 13, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBA

    MAAP will cultivate the next generation of Asian Pacific American professional leaders through mentoring, skills building, and networking. The program pairs professionals with experienced leaders in their field. As part of the mentoring process, participants will create a personal strategic plan allowing them to identify ways to achieve their professional as well as personal goals.

    apply at: http://bit.ly/Houston2017MAAP

    • Sat, May 13, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Houston Community College - West Loop Center, 5601 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77081

    Citizenship assistance

    • Wed, May 17, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, Texas 77098

    OCA-GH’s TEA Talks seeks to bring together a diverse group of APAs and allies for fellowship and education raising awareness about issues affecting the APA community. Our vision for TEA Talks is to build an intentional community of APA advocates, informed about issues that affect APAs both locally and nationally and grounded in strong relationships that enable effective action, powerful advocacy, and change for our communities. 


    3rd Wednesdays | 6:30pm—8:30pm, |Red Cross Building, 2700 Southwest Fwy

    • Sat, May 20, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • TBA

    Book talk and afternoon tea with Dr. Madeline Hsu latest book, "Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction".

    • Thu, June 01, 2017
    • Sat, June 03, 2017
    • Harmony Public Schools, 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77099

    Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival

    • Thu, June 01, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Harmony Public Schools, 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77099

    Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival Kickoff & VIP Reception!

    • Fri, June 09, 2017
    • Sat, June 10, 2017
    • Harmony Public Schools, 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77099

    Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival

    • Sat, June 10, 2017
    • Harmony Public Schools, 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77099

    HAAPIFF Arts Night

    • Sat, June 10, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBA

    MAAP will cultivate the next generation of Asian Pacific American professional leaders through mentoring, skills building, and networking. The program pairs professionals with experienced leaders in their field. As part of the mentoring process, participants will create a personal strategic plan allowing them to identify ways to achieve their professional as well as personal goals.

    apply at: http://bit.ly/Houston2017MAAP

    • Sat, June 10, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TBA

    Film festival with OCA-Greater Houston's HAAPIFF

    • Tue, July 04, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr, Houston, TX 77036

    CARE Coalition 4th of July Festival at CCC Building 

    In the Gym

    Join Us for this free community festival with live cultural performances. 

    C.A.R.E. is an alliance of over 20 Chinese American civic, faith-based, business and other nonprofit entities. Its mission is to promote unity within the Chinese American community and enhance communications and harmony between ethnic groups in the Greater Houston area by helping the underprivileged. Since its inception in 1993, CAREs efforts have benefited over 16,000 families. 

    • Thu, August 03, 2017
    • Sun, August 06, 2017
    • Sacramento, CA

    2017 OCA National Convention

    • Fri, August 18, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, Texas 77007

    OCA Greater Houston is hosting its 6th Annual Build-Breakthrough-Believe (B3) Asian-American Leadership Forum on Friday, August 18, 2016. The event will provide young and mid-career professionals & university students opportunities to:

    • Learn from senior professionals representing diverse industries 
    • Connect and network with other aspiring professionals and students
    • Enhance your leadership and professional skills
    • Complimentary career coaching sessions 

    Industry panels include: Law, Engineering, Healthcare, Public Service & Media/Film/Arts, Entrepreneurship, Business, and Mid-Career Advancement

    • Fri, September 22, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Ocean Palace Restaurant, 11215 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072

    6:00pm Awards Dinner

    8:30pm Charity Casino & Silent Auction


    • Fri, November 03, 2017
    • Washington, DC

    The Annual National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards are dedicated to celebrating and recognizing APAs in the corporate sector who exemplify not only excellence in their profession, but also leadership and commitment in their respective communities, and to the existing corporate culture of diversity.

    • Tue, November 07, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Houston, TX

    Election Day | Tue. 11/7 | 7am—7pm |Early Voting starts 10/23

Past events

Tue, April 18, 2017 March HAAPI Hour
Tue, April 18, 2017 HAAPI Hour
Sat, April 01, 2017 MAAP (Mentoring Asian American Professionals)
Wed, March 15, 2017 OCA-GH TEA Talks
Tue, February 21, 2017 HAAPI Hour
Sat, February 11, 2017 JA Trade Fair
Tue, January 31, 2017 Rice Paper Launch Party
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
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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