Henry S. Gee oral history interview and transcript
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AuthorGee, Henry S.
This recording and transcript form part of a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. This collection includes audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with Asian Americans native to or living in Houston.
Henry Gee came to American as a teenager and lived with his grandparents in Louisiana. He later moved to Mississippi but could not attend school with the whites. Therefore, Henry came to Houston, attended school in Houston with the whites. Meanwhile he worked in Harry Gee Sr.'s restaurant and lived with Harry Gee Sr. After high school, he went into the US merchant marine, and then the Navy. After his military service, Henry attended UT Austin on a GI bill. Upon graduation he was hired by Texas Highway Department. He started the first Chinese school in Houston, called the Institute of Chinese Culture, with a group of other people. He was president of the school.