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