2016 TARA Lunar New Year

Texas Asian Republican Club of Houston was honored to assist our parent organization, Texas Asian Republican Assembly, in hosting Governor Greg Abbott here in Houston on March 10, 2016. We entertained fellow Asians and Republican friends with over 25 tables at Kim Son! The governor joined us and delivered an uplifting remark on the values of the Republican Party: service, family, and opportunity. We thank the governor for taking the time to support the growth of the Party and the Asian community here in Houston.

To all our friends who attended the evening, we thank you for your attendance and your continual support.

Please see pictures from the night at the Texas Asian Republican Assembly website. 

– Texas Asian Republican Club

TARC co-hosts GOP Debate Watch with other Houston-area GOP clubs

February 25, 2016
Doors open at 6:00 pm!
National Republican Party Chairman Reince Preibus
will be stopping by at 6:30 PM!

 Rebels Honky Tonk
5002 Washington Ave, Houston TX 77006

Join the Harris County Republican Party and leading area Republican groups as the 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates debate in Houston. Share in the excitement of this historic election with fellow Republicans at Rebels. Doors open for the watch party at 7PM. Limited food and drink will be provided.

TARC Board Member Martha Wong helped cut ribbon on new Hogg Middle School library

Please note: this blog post is an extensive quotation of the original article and is not written by an officer or representative of TARC. The original article appeared in Houston ISD blog on 01/26/2016.

New principal plus new librarian equals new library for Hogg MS students. When Angela Sugarek took the helm at Hogg Middle School in the summer of 2015, one of her priorities was to continue the work of her predecessor. Her goal: to have a fully functioning library, complete with its own certified librarian.

That dream became a reality recently, when the campus celebrated the complete renovation of its library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 21. The library at Hogg is now state-of-the-art, with warm wood accents, rolling shelves filled with tempting and informative titles, and a presentation area that invites students and teachers to linger while they learn.

“We are excited to be giving our students a newly renovated library managed by our amazing full-time certified librarian,” said Sugarek. “We believe in the power of reading to change students’ lives and we know that strong library programs support literacy.”

Announcement: January Board & General Meeting

Please join TARC Houston for our very first meeting of 2016. Fort Bend County GOP Chairman, Mike Gibson, and Harris County GOP Chairman, Paul Simpson, among other local candidates and elected officials will be in attendance to provide updates on what is going on in the coming months as we all gear up for the March Primary, State Convention, and electing more Republicans into office in 2016!

If you’re a TARC board member or officer, please plan on being there at 6pm for the board meeting.

We welcome general membership and guests to join us at 7pm.

TARC Executive Board

Message from the President: Merry Christmas

Dear Friends,

​In a spirit of gratitude for what we’ve been able to achieve together over the past years, the Texas Asian Republican Club warmly wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to all that we can achieve together in the new year. 2016 is going to be exciting as we push forward our agenda of engaging the Asian community into the mainstream political process.

May God bless Texas, and particularly our brave men and women in the military and their families. Let us hope for peace and prosperity in 2016.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Loan Davis

Santa, Dumplings, Karaoke: Oh TARC Christmas

The Texas Asian Republican Club of Houston (TARC) recently capped off another successful year with its annual fun-filled Christmas Party. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing and catching up with many of our closest friends and supporters. Harris County GOP Chair Paul Simpson, Fort Bend County GOP Chair Mike Gibson, State Represenative Rick Miller, Alief ISD Board of Trustees, Nghi Ho and Lily Truong, and newly elected and TARC endorsed Houston City Council members Dr. Steve Le and Mike Knox joined us with more than 70 Asian American friends in celebrating the holiday season. Our guests enjoyed a smorgasbord of deliciousness that ranged from honey-glazed ham to pork dumplings. Dozens of toys were donated at the event for Toys for Tots. AND…we had a very special guest from North Pole who crashed our party to entertain the kids! Yep you know the one…

At the gathering, Dr. Martha Wong, our current President for Texas Asian Republican Assembly (TARA), the umbrella statewide organization for TARC – Houston, spoke about the vision of TARA and the importance of engaging Asian Americans. Newly elected TARC Vice President, JJ Clemence, led TARC officer and advisory board members in wishing all attendees happy holidays. State Republican Executive Committee member, Tina Gibson, who chairs the Auxiliaries and Coalitions Committee for the State GOP and is a loyal friend of TARC, provided words of praise and encouragement for the club’s consistent engagement and Asian American outreach. Both Harris and Fort Bend County GOP chairmen gave updates on their respective counties. Long-time TARC board member, Bill Wong, welcomed candidates for office to introduce themselves, many of whom we hope to see again in the future.

Not only did we have Santa, we also had our very own Christmas-themed Karaoke station! If you’re saying, “oh man, how did I miss that?” Well, put a reminder on your calendar NOW for next year! We would love to have you.

TARC wants to sincerely thank all attendees who made the time to come out and celebrate the season with us. We truly appreciate your support and friendship. We look forward to seeing y’all back with us in 2016 re-energized and ready to engage!

From all of us at TARC, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

P.S. We have a new officer board for 2016. E-meet them here and in person at our next gathering.

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Regional Leadership Academy & Training

This weekend a couple of folks from our board attended the APAICS two-day Regional Leadership Academy & Training at BP Headquarters in Houston. It was a great networking and mentorship program that put interested candidates in touch with elected officials.

There are several spots up for re-election in 2015 for the Houston City Council and in 2016 for State Representative. It’s good to see lots of qualified Asian American conservatives interested in running.

As always, there were some feisty debates on why Republican ideals and values should appeal more so to the Asian American community than Democratic notions.

In attendance from TARC were Nghi Ho, Alief School Board Trustee; Harish Jajoo, Sugar Land City Council Member; Loan Davis, Grace Huang, Shandon Phan, Mai Duong; and former TARC President Victoria Bryant.

Photo Credit: Grace Huang.

Jessica Vu
President, Texas Asian Republican Club

President’s Message for 2015

2015 promises to be a big year for TARC. We plan to target outreach among younger voters, strengthen our ties with local community organizations, and register more newly minted citizens. With the Houston City Council race kicking into high gear next month, we will be working closely with candidates on endorsements, block walking, and phone banking. Our goal is to draw more Asian Americans into the conservative coalition and above all, #KEEPTEXASRED.

Jessica Vu
President, Texas Asian Republican Club