Chinese American Citizens Alliance

National Board

Chinese American Citizens Alliance Congratulates
Rose Li — 2015 Miss Chinatown USA

Rose LiSAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Chinese American Citizens Alliance congratulates Houston’s Rose Li on being crowned the 2015 Miss Chinatown USA at the Palace of Fine Arts on Saturday, February 28. A 19 year old freshman majoring in business marketing at New York University (NYU), Rose becomes the second consecutive Miss Chinatown Houston to be named Miss Chinatown USA, following the footsteps of 2014’s Karen Li, a Houstonian now attending Harvard University.

With Houston Lodge Pageant Coordinators Tammy Su, Betty Gee and husband, Dr. Kim Gee and Houston members, Dorothy and Larry Yee in the audience, Rose proudly represented Houston with an outstanding display of beauty, elegance, poise and eloquence that has become a trademark of recent Houston contestants. For the talent portion of the contest, she performed a traditional Chinese dance, “Butterfly Lovers.” Among the week's activities following the Pageant will be a luncheon hosted by the San Francisco Lodge for the Miss Chinatown Court and a presentation to Rose of a traditional “gum pai,” as well as the highly anticipated Coronation Ball attended by numerous dignitaries and the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade. No doubt proud parents, Charles Li and Lucy Lu will make their way to the Bay Area soon to join in the festivities.

On behalf of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Lodge and San Francisco Lodge, National President Ed Gor, Executive Vice-President Davace Chin and San Francisco President Warren Seeto congratulate Rose Li for her dedication to excellence and extend our sincerest best wishes for continued success as the 2015 Miss Chinatown USA. Congratulation, Rose!

In Observance of Veterans Day — 2014

Take Time to Thank Our Veterans Every Day

The call to duty to serve in our nation's military is a special one that beckons only the bravest, the strongest and the most determined to defend and protect the freedoms and rights by which we live as a society. Those who answer bring their individual skills and talents to serve alongside others the utmost of honor and distinction. On this Veterans Day of 2014, we as a nation, still with embroiled in conflict and uncertainty in the Middle East and parts of Asia, should and must respectfully salute and thank all members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy for answering the high call to secure, preserve and protect our freedom. Read more...

2014 National Essay Contest Winners Announced

Students Comment on How Mainstream Media Views Chinese In America

The National Education Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 National Essay Contest sponsored by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Conducted March 1, 2014 and open to all students enrolled in high school (grades 9-12), participants are given up to two hours to compose an essay in English, not to exceed 500 words, on a contemporary topic concerning the Chinese and Asian American communities.

Immigrants Building America Exhibit in Houston

Whether you're Chinese or not and you're looking for a way to generate interest in your family, community organization or youth group's fundamental knowledge of the impact of Chinese immigrants upon our great nation, spend an afternoon at the Culture Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston, Texas to read the stories and sacrifices of the Chinese from the early transcontinental railroad workers to breakthrough contributors in science, medicine, technology, arts, sports and politics. As beautifully documented in an impressive multi-panel display, the exhibit documents the rich and varied examples of the dedication of individuals and groups to rise above the challenges of discrimination, stereotyping and social injustices to take advantage of opportunities to build the nation.

In Observance of Memorial Day 2014

This Memorial Day truly provides a needed pause to reflect on this most solemn occasion as the more than a decade old wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has seen over 7,000 American men and women sacrifice their lives are added to the more than one million Americans who gave their all so that other 99.5% of us may live in freedom, exercise our basic civil rights and strive to reach our personal dreams. Yes, less than 0.5% of our fellow Americans have volunteered to devote their energies and sacrifice their lives to the continuous fight to preserve our liberty, freedoms and rights in our United States of America.

Official Texas Historical Marker Dedicated to Chinese Texans and Civil Rights

Houston, TX, May 23, 2014—Buoyed by a large gathering of bipartisan elected officials and members of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Houston Lodge, Houston Chinese Community Historian and Past Houston Lodge President Dr. Edward C.M. Chen and his family formally unveiled the long-awaited historical marker dedicated to Chinese Texans and Civil Rights. The marker dedication, held on April 5, 2014 at the Bayland Park Community Center, signified the arrival of Chinese to the state of Texas in the 1870s and notes the similar struggles endured by all Chinese during the years to attain the same rights to citizenship, political and economic opportunities afforded to all who live in the United States.

Alliance Loses Another Community Leader in Houston

Past Houston Lodge President William Der Bing, Sr passed away on May 8, 2014 at Clear Lake Hospital, Webster, Harris County, Texas, while holding the hand of his beloved wife, Eleanor, of 67 years. Survived by his 3 children, William, Jr., Diana and Deborah, 4 grandsons and his expectant granddaughter-in-law, his sister and brother, he and Eleanor were were graciously humble, generously supportive and actively engaged in most every fact of civic, spiritual and community involvement imaginable.

2014 C. A. C. A. National Essay Contest (updated)

Since its beginning thousands of high school students across the nation have participated in the Alliance’s National Essay Contest. The essay contest is intended to foster creative thinking and self-expression and encourage an awareness of current local and world events. Top placing finishers receive cash scholarship towards their education endeavors.

This annual contest is open to any student enrolled in senior high school (grades 9-12). No entry fee required. Participants are to compose an essay in English not to exceed 500 words on a contemporary topic concerning the Chinese and Asian American communities. The essay topic is given at the time of the contest.

This year’s contest will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014, commencing at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 12:00 p.m. (local time). Please contact your nearest host representative for additional information and/or to register. Please check back on this website if your nearest location and contact information has not been announced. Deadline date to register is February 24, 2014.

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