The Chinese American Citizens Alliance records contain documents and artifacts relating to the CACA, at the national and Houston levels, as well as personal papers of Edward K.T. Chen and other various papers on Asian and Chinese Americans.
Permission to publish material from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance is an organization created in 1895 in San Francisco, California by a group of Chinese Americans who wished to celebrate their heritage and fight against the prejudice they were facing at the time. The Alliance’s purpose was to provide support for the Chinese American community, as well as other Asian American groups, by linking the traditions and culture of their homeland with the ideals and customs of America. They also fought to represent the rights of Chinese Americans and were instrumental in improving the legal status of Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans across the country.
The Alliance’s first name, “Native Sons of the Golden State,” was replaced in 1915 for the “Chinese American Citizens Alliance” due to increased national interest. The San Francisco site became the Grand Lodge and acts as the governing body of the Alliance, with 18 existing Lodges across the country.
The Houston Lodge was established in 1954 with Edward K.T. Chen as the founding President. Along with providing a close relationship with the Chinese American community of Houston, the Houston Lodge has presented the Miss Chinatown Houston Scholarship Pageant every year since 1971.
This collection contains correspondence, programs, and other papers regarding or created by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), related to the national organization or to the Houston Lodge specifically, as well as personal papers of Edward K.T. Chen. It also contains a variety of materials about Asian-Americans and Chinese-Americans. (3 boxes)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Dr. Edward C.M. Chen on September 26, 2012 and Mrs. Linda Wu in November, 2015, and Mrs. Judy Lee, in 2021.
Additional materials may be acquired for this collection.
Houston Asian American Archives oral history interviews, 1980-2015, MS 573
Edward C.M. Chen Family Collection, MS 561
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University 6100 Main St.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance records, 1953-2015, MS 606,
Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/531 Accessed January 19, 2022.