奧斯汀中華联誼会正式成立於1996年五月。它的創始成員張其棟和陳虎曜發起成立奧斯汀中華联誼会 (Chinese Society of Austin), 並推選姚東權為首任會長, 陳笑如為副會長。各種登記宣告俱全, 延續至今。張其棟和陳虎曜直到今天仍然在CSA董事會非常活躍。陳笑如也一直不斷服務於CSA,目前是財務主管.
1975 – 1979 奧斯汀華人联誼社(Chinese Professional Association)
1975 年 5 月, 張其棟, 劉亦寧, 葉長綠三人, 發起成立華人联誼社, 並在各級政府登記。除了UT 的社團, 這也是奥斯汀第一個亞裔組織。張其棟是首任服務滿任期的會長。
1979 – 1992 奧斯汀華人協会 (Austin Chinese Association)
1979 年黄均適担任社長, 他改名華人協会。原意很好, 但完全沒有在政府換名. 到了1991 年, 以前的所有登記已經失效。實際上 ”Chinese Association” 各地有重複, 根夲無法登記。所以我們决定於1996年用CSA 重新開始。
1992 - 1996 (中斷。奧斯汀經濟衰退房價格下降50%。許多華人離開。CSA此時也失去了所有登記。)
1996 – now 奧斯汀中華联誼会 (Chinese Society of Austin) 正式成立
1.每年的假期慶祝節日，包括中國新年和中秋節這些慶祝活動是向所有人開放的，並設有道地的民族食品，節目演出，並提供嘉賓與市議會議員，來自各種商會組織，地方行業協會和台北經濟文化中心在休斯敦文化代表的交流機會。每年必有大型聚會, 最盛的一次有1200 嘉賓。
在奧斯汀市政府的補助和資助下，CSA經常帶頭許多社區服務活動，幫助弱勢社群的移民善用社會資源。CSA協助成立亞裔工作小組, 協肋警局, 成功破獲亞裔犯罪集團 (1991年) 。市議會議員更是每一個CSA活動的常客。
THE HISTORY OF CSA
The Chinese Society of Austin (CSA) was formally established in May 1996. Its founding members, George Chang and Paul Chen, brought together key resources and talents to form the CSA, and both are still active members of the CSA Board of Directors. The first President was Steve Yao. Millie Chu was the first Vice President and she has continually served the CSA, most currently as Treasurer.
The history of the CSA can be traced back 40 years. Prior to its formal establishment in 1996, there had been several predecessor entities serving the Chinese American community under different organization names.
PREDECESSOR ORGANIZATIONS TIME LINE
1975 – 1979 Chinese Professional Association (CPA)
The Chinese Professional Association (CPA) was formally registered in Austin in May 1975. The CPA and the Asian Student Association from the University of Texas at Austin were the only two recognized Asian American associations in the 70’s. George Chang was the first full-term President.
1979 – 1992 Austin Chinese Association
The CPA was renamed “Austin Chinese Association” in 1979 with the same missions of serving Chinese Americans in Austin. This name, however was never formally registered.
1992 – 1996 (Gap years. The Austin local economy went through major downturns and many Chinese Americans left Austin at that time.)
1996 – Present Chinese Society of Austin (CSA)
CSA COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS
Throughout its history, the CSA has been dedicated to serving Chinese Americans in Austin with a mission to unite Chinese Americans from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and promote their interaction with the mainstream American community socially, economically and culturally. Its key contributions include –
1. Annual holiday celebration festivals including Chinese New Year and Mid Autumn Festival.
These events are open to all and feature authentic ethnic food, festive performances and a great networking opportunity with guests such as City Council Members, members from various Chamber Commerce organizations, local trade associations and cultural attaches from Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Houston. At one time, 1,200 guests attended CSA’s Chinese New Year celebration!
2. One of the founding members of the Network of Asian American Organizations (NAAO).
Established in 1996, the Network of Asian American Organizations (NAAO) is the leading service and information network that unites and promotes the Pan Asian American community through educational, cultural, social events, and business.
3. Close partnership with the City of Austin
The CSA has been active in various social works with grants and funding from the City of Austin. The CSA has spearheaded many community service activities and helped under-privileged immigrants tap into social resources. The CSA has also been instrumental in helping law enforcement in Austin crack down on crimes by ethnic groups. Many City Council members are regulars at all major CSA events.
4. A Resource center with news updates and information benefiting Chinese Americans. Via its website, email announcements and social media, the CSA provides updated information and links to resources such as government agencies, local job postings and upcoming events. The CSA is also the publisher of CSA Directory and key contributor to Texas Capital News, a local newsletter with 25 years of history.
In a town hall meeting addressed to the Asian American community in September 2016, Austin major Steve Adler stated that Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group in Austin, the fastest growing metropolitan city in the United States. With more than 40 years of history, the CSA is well positioned to grow with and serve the thriving Chinese American population in Austin.