Introduction of the Overseas Compatriot Community in the Southern United States
The Culture Center takes care of overseas community affairs under the supervision of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, offering services to overseas communities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Around 450,000 overseas compatriots live in the Southern United States, including early immigrants from Mainland China and those arriving after 1949 from Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. They often live in main cities, such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma city, Tulsa, Little Rock, Jackson, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans.
In the Southern United States, there are about 350 overseas community associations, with around 200 in greater Houston, 60 in Fort Worth-Dallas, and the rest in other major cities. Most of them are established by recent immigrants. Their types range from social club, chamber of commerce, family organization, alumni association to charity and senior services. Among the most active are Taiwanese Association of America, Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce, Joint Chinese College Alumni Association, Federation of Chinese Organizations of America in Houston, and Dallas Compatriot Social Club.
Mandarin Education and Cultural Events
There are 32 overseas compatriot schools in the Southern United States: 2 in Oklahoma, 2 in Louisiana, and the rest in Texas. Those in Houston and Dallas respectively established Overseas Compatriot School Association to facilitate large-scale cultural events and instruction training workshops. The schools in other areas hold small-scale cultural activities besides Mandarin lessons from time to time.
The recent immigrants mainly engage in trade, real estate, banking, hotel and computer businesses, while earlier ones generally run restaurants. Immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos mostly conduct businesses in fruits, seafood and grocery wholesale.