Houston’s First Chinese Families

Volunteers searched through part of Houston’s Asian Archive, a collection of Rice University’s Chao Center, for a book project. HAA is housed at Rice University’s Fondren Library. The proposed book project is about the first Toison and Cantonese immigrant families who settled in Houston from the mid-1900’s through 1965, the businesses they started and how they became part of Houston life.

If you wish to submit photos and historical information about your submission for the book project, contact Edmond Gor at ejgor @comcast.net or Rogene Gee Calvert at rg-calvert@sbcglobal.net.

—-Rogene Gee Calvert 

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SPACEX Launch Successful

Photos Courtesy: Elon Musk, Spacex, Twitter

Elon Musk tweeted there’s a car orbiting the earth.  Spacex successfully launched the Falcon Heavy, the company’s most powerful rocket with boosters at 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. On board was CEO’s Musk’s red-cherry Tesla with “Starman” in the driver’s seat.  Today’s launch was unmanned with the goal to reach Mars.  The Orlando Sentinel reports  two of the reusable booster rockets returned and landed upright on pads (landing zones 1 & 2) as they were designed to do.

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Bicycle Suspects Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Woman Waiting in Car


D’Marquis Boone                                  Jermia Guillory

Photos courtesy: Houston Police Department

Updated February 9, 2018: 

” Jermia Guillory, 20, and D’Marquis Boone, 24, have charges of capital murder pending against them. Guillory is seen in surveillance video wearing the red top and is accused of shooting Kiesha Price. Boone is seen on surveillance wearing the black top.” Houston Police and Chief Art Acevedo tweeted Thursday, February 8, 2018.  Both men are being held without bond in this capital murder case that involved the fatal shooting of the 31-year-old Price at 11249 Bissonnet on Monday, February 5, 2018.


Posted February 6, 2018

Surveillance Photos Courtesy: Houston Police Department

Houston Police are looking for these 2 suspects who shot and killed a woman waiting in the car at a convenience store at  11249 Bissonnet. The fatal shooting happened around 11:35 a.m. Monday, February 5th.  Houston Police describe the suspects as two black males.

The victim was in the backseat of the car while her boyfriend and his uncle went inside the convenience store.  The two suspects rode up on BMX-style bicycles and tried to get inside. During a struggle with both suspects, the woman was shot.  The suspects fled.  The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital.

If you know where and who these suspects are, you are urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Super Bowl Sunday 2018

It’s not always about football on Super Bowl Sunday. On their way to church services and Sunday School classes this morning, hundreds of Houston Astros fans and visitors got a chance to see the Astros World Series Championship Trophy in the lobby of Houston’s First Baptist Church. The year-long trophy tour is free and open to the public.

If you missed today’s sermon, “Courage in the Storm,” visit http://www.houstonsfirst.org and click on “Watch Live.”

It’s also an unofficial day to enjoy Super Bowl food, even if you don’t follow sports. According to the National Chicken Council,  some 1.35 billion chicken wings will be eaten this weekend as the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots play tonight for the championship Lombardi Trophy in Minneapolis.

Here’s an adaptation of the Takeout Fried Chicken Wings recipe from the Woks of Life food blog. 

6-8 whole chicken wings

1/4 teaspoon each of black pepper, white pepper and garlic powder

1.5 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine, cooking sherry or rice wine

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 egg

1 chopped stalk green onions

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons flour

Frying Oil

Except for the oil, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl so that the wings are coated in batter.   Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

When ready to fry, take out batter-coated wings and let sit for 15-20 minutes at room temperature.

Dredge each chicken wing in a mixture of 1 tablespoon flour and 1 teaspoon cornstarch.

Fry 2-3 wings at a time in a pan or wok over medium to low heat for 5 minutes. Cover during frying.  Remove and drain on paper towels.

Re-fry all wings for 3 minutes.  Cover during frying over low to medium heat.  Drain on paper towels before serving.

Serve with favorite sauce.   Above, we mixed equal amounts of catsup, mustard and honey for our wings dipping sauce.  Add hot sauce for spicier flavor.

Enjoy and Blessings!



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Mandarin Café Houston

Large proportions are served at the Mandarin Café in the Spring Branch area of northwest Houston.  The cozy Christian family-owned restaurant offers Korean and Chinese dishes, noodle soups and appetizers.  Weekday lunch specials with a can of soda and egg/spring roll are $7.99 – $10. Soups come in small, medium and large bowls priced according to size. A medium bowl of won ton soup is $7.99.  There also are traditional Chinese and Korean dishes ($12-$13) on the menu–all large enough to share or take home left-overs.

Mandarin Café is located at 9486 Long Point Road in a Korean/Hispanic strip shopping center near Blalock. For more information, visit http://www.mandarincafehouston.com

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Missing Houston Teenager Found

Update:  Wilson Stratton has been found safe.  

Posted earlier today:

Houston Police and Equusearch volunteers are looking for 17-year-old Wilson Stratton missing since last Friday.

On Monday, January 29th, a full active search is underway for the teenager. The staging area is at E. Briar Hollow Drive, just north of 4200 block of San Felipe Street in west Houston. Equusearch says volunteers on foot and ATVs are needed.

Photo courtesy: EquuSearch

It’s not known if Wilson Stratton was abducted. Stratton was last seen on Friday, January 19th in the area of Westheimer Road and Willowick Road.

Stratton  was wearing a green and white Magellan fishing shirt, gray gym shorts and white tennis shoes.

Stratton is a white male with short brown hair. He is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. Stratton also has light facial acne, a fair complexion and does not have any tattoos or distinguishable marks.

If you have seen Wilson Stratton since his disappearance, know where he is or have any information to help searchers find him, please call the Houston Police Department at 823-394-1840, call Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500 or email info@TexasEquuSearch.org.



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Flu Season in Texas 2018

Flu remains high and widespread in Texas. During week 3 of January, 13 influenza-like- illnesses or influenza associated outbreaks were reported in Texas. State health officials also report other respiratory viruses and the rhinovirus/enterovirus also were detected during the third week in January.

The current flu season began in October 2017. It’s unclear if the flu season has peaked in Texas, according to the state public health website.  One pediatric death in Texas from the flu was reported in January.  It’s also not too late to get a flu shot now to protect yourself and minimize the flu’s symptoms, if you get it.

For updates, click on link below and follow links to  “Current Activity Report.”


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