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  • Thu, May 21, 2020 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    In observation of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, ABC13 reporter Miya Shay will moderate a discussion highlighting the strain experienced by Asian-owned businesses, a marked increase in harassment and racism-related incidents against Asian people in Texas, and positive impacts the community is making in the fight against the coronavirus.

    Panelists for the town hall include:

    • Debbie Chen, Houston restaurateur and Executive Director of OCA-Greater Houston, a civil rights organization advocating for the AAPI community
    • Chloe Dao, fashion designer and television personality
    • Paul Gor, Asian Chamber of Commerce Houston director of community services
    • Mustafa Tameez, president and founder of Outreach Strategists

    Submit questions ahead of time:

    Event details from ABC13:

  • Mon, May 18, 2020 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    Today, May 18, 2020, marks the second annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) National Day Against Bullying and Hate, led by AAPI anti-bullying nonprofit Act To Change. AAPIs have long faced violence, hate, and bullying, and now the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked rising numbers of anti-Asian hate crimes. Advocates, celebrities, and elected officials are rallying together today to call for communities to stand united against violence, xenophobia, and racism. The organization will also host a live virtual event, UNITED WE STAND, featuring a line-up of AAPI influencers, leaders, and allies. 

    Fast Facts:

    • About 1 in 5 students report being bullied during the school year
    • 50% of Asian American students report bias-based harassment
    • Two-thirds of Sikh American students report being bullied
    • Half of Muslim American students report being bullied due to their religion
    • Founded in March in response to a rising surge of anti-Asian hate crimes, STOP AAPI HATE has received more than 1,900 reports of hate crimes 
    • Anti-Muslim, anti-Sikh, and anti-immigrant hate crimes have seen dramatic increases in the past 4 years

    AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate is observed during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and on May 18, the birthday of Vincent Chin, who was murdered in an anti-Asian hate crime in 1982. This year would have been his 65th birthday. Nearly 200 organizations and more than a dozen cities and states across the country are joining in this day, including:

    • Los Angeles
    • New York City
    • Chicago
    • San Francisco
    • Washington DC
    • Boston
    • Phoenix
    • Seattle
    • Dallas
    • Houston
    • Atlanta
    • Jersey City
    • Des Moines
    • St. Louis County, Missouri
    • Irvine, California
    • Buena Park, California
    • Burlington, New Jersey
    • Torrance, California
    • State of Illinois
    • State of Delaware
    • State of New Jersey
    • The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
    • The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
    • Asian Americans Advancing Justice
    • Japanese American Citizens League
    • Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
    • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    • Teach For America
    • Human Rights Campaign
    • GLSEN
    • GLAAD
    • The Trevor Project
    • Hispanic Federation 
    • League of United Latin American Citizens

    To view the full list of partners and more details, visit

    To join the conversation on social media, use #DayAgainstBullying and #ActToChange. Through its website, Act To Change offers anti-bullying and anti-hate resources including in multiple Asian languages.

  • Fri, April 24, 2020 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    In an unexpected side effect of the coronavirus crisis, Asian Americans are becoming the victims of discrimination. One Asian advocacy group [OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates] said they’ve received more than 1,500 reports of COVID-related hate incidents since mid-January. NBC investigative and consumer correspondent Vicky Nguyen reports for TODAY.

  • Fri, March 27, 2020 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Chinatown/Asiatown is hurting now more than ever. So today we’re launching a #ChinatownToGo Challenge! From now through April 11, order-to-go or pick up from any Chinatown OR Asiatown area establishment and post it on your page with the hashtag #ChinatownToGo. (Make sure to also tag OCA Greater Houston)

    The top 5 posts under the hashtag #Chinatowntogo at the end of the challenge period wilL EACH win a $100 gift CARD to a Chinatown-area restaurant or grocery store of your choice. Please tag and share it with your friends! 

    #supportchinatown #supportlocal #chinatown #houstontx #houston #htx #helpingothers #savechinatown #helpeachother #foodie #foodstagram#foodmovement

    (MAKE SURE TO TAG @OCAGREATERHOUSTON and Mai Pham @femme_foodie so that we see your posts).

    The top 5 posts under the hashtag #Chinatowntogo at the end of the challenge period will EACH win a $100 gift CARD to a Chinatown-area restaurant or grocery store of your choice. 


    Visit our COVID-19 Resources page for information everyone can tap into

  • Mon, March 23, 2020 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    OCA Greater Houston's HAAPIFEST Committee is happy to announce the selected films for the 16th Annual Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival. Thirty-five documentary & narrative features and shorts have made it into the coveted lineup.

    #HAAPIFEST, taking place this summer, highlights and celebrates the diversity of AAPI creatives in the visual arts and the stories they bring to life on the screen.

    Information about the festival will be posted on

  • Fri, February 21, 2020 11:55 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the Honorable Theresa W. Chang, OCA Greater Houston member and past Chapter President, on the unveiling of her portrait at the Harris County Civil Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom. She is a leader in our community and is being recognized for her service to Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 2.

  • Fri, January 31, 2020 12:14 AM | Anonymous

    OCA-Greater Houston hosted the first #HAAPIHour of 2020 at Toros HTX. Guests learned about our upcoming HAAPIFEST as they networked and were treated to a screening of a 2018 Audience Favorite film - Nguyening: The Lee Nguyen Story.

    Do you love to watch films? Join our committee and make a direct impact on HAAPIFEST 2020.

    We are looking for committee members to help watch films, recruit volunteers, event coordinating and other opportunities.

    For more information send an email to

  • Fri, August 09, 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous



    OCA-Greater Houston is collaborating with researchers from the University of Houston and Texas Southern University in a study on resident involvement in our community, and how it has been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Participants will engage in conversation about these issues with fellow community members and the study team.


    August 7 & 12: 7-9 pm - Urdu language
    August 10: 9-10:30 am & 10:30 am-12 pm - Chinese language
    August 14: 7-9 pm - Vietnamese language
    August 15: 11am-1 pm - Vietnamese language

    *Discussions will be 1.5hr
    **Participants will receive a $50 gift card

  • Thu, August 31, 2017 8:11 PM | Anonymous

    Save the Date: 2017 OCA National Corporate Achievement Awards

    October 27, 2017

    Marriott Georgetown | Washington, DC 

    OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates | 202-223-5500 |

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