Chao Center for Asian Studies

The Chao Center for Asian Studies is a research institute attached to a thriving undergraduate major. We support a model of Asian Studies that looks carefully and critically at the complex ways people in ‘Asia’ have been involved with one another and with the rest of the world, not only today, but also in the past. Toward these ends, we work closely with peer organizations in inter-Asia, indeed, in some cases with those whom we study, and in every case collaborating with scholars who pursue similar questions as we do.

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  • Teh Cheong Chang oral history interview and transcript 

    Chang, Teh Cheong (2018-06-08)
    Teh Cheong Chang grew up in mainland China in the 1930s before moving to Taiwan and then America. In America, he built a name for himself as a renowned architect, going on to win national competitions and building the ...
  • Chi-mei Lin oral history interview and transcript 

    Lin, Chi-mei (2018-07-06)
    Chi-mei Lin was born in Xindian, Taiwan and grew up in a military family with her three brothers. She attended First Taipei Girls High School and then studied English and education at National Taiwan University. To broaden ...
  • Ritu Gyawali oral history interview and transcript 

    Gyawali, Ritu (2018-09-14)
    Ritu, a Nepalese native, immigrated to Houston at a young age. After returning to Nepal for a brief period, and then making their way back to the U.S, Ritu and her family developed their lives in the U.S and made Houston ...
  • Yoshio "Willie" Fujimoto oral history interview and transcript 

    Fujimoto, Yoshio "Willie" (2018-07-31)
    Yoshio “Willie” Fujimoto was born in Colorado in 1929. He was raised there with his six siblings by his parents who emigrated from Japan. After farming with his family and graduating from high school during the Great ...
  • Thomas Sung oral history interview and transcript 

    Sung, Thomas (2018-10-11)
    Thomas Sung was born in Shanghai in 1935. He lived in Chongqing during the Resist Japan war, and moved to Hong Kong in 1948. His family briefly stayed in Brazil and eventually immigrated to the United States in 1952. He ...
  • Jia-ling Li oral history interview and transcript 

    Li, Jia-ling (7/9/2018)
    Dr. Jia Ling Li was born in Tianjin, China, the youngest of five children. Growing up closely with her older siblings, Dr. Li studied medicine and agriculture in high school, and was financially supported by her father, ...
  • Urvashi Jain oral history interview 

    Jain, Urvashi (2018-07-25)
    Urvashi Jain was born in Mumbai, India, where she grew up in a Jain community, going to temple daily and practicing Jainism from birth. She first came to the United States in 1987 to Athens, Ohio where her husband completed ...
  • Ming-Jer Tsai oral history interview 

    Tsai, Ming-Jer (2018-08-20)
    Dr. Ming-Jer Tsai is currently a professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He was born in Taichung, Taipei, the third eldest in a family of six children. He studied at the ...
  • Sonia Fujimoto Parker oral history interview 

    Parker, Sonia Fujimoto (2018-10-23)
    Sonia Fujimoto Parker was born in Houston, Texas in 1964. After playing school sports and then working in retail sales in Houston, she joined her older sister at the the University of Texas at Austin to receive her Bachelor’s ...
  • Vu Thanh Thuy oral history interview and transcript 

    Thuy, Vu Thanh (2018-07-02)
    Mrs. Thuy is a very accomplished journalist who served as a war correspondent during the Vietnam War and was awarded with a Silver Star for Valor by the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in 1970 and later received the Best ...
  • Henry S. Gee oral history interview and transcript 

    Gee, Henry S. (2012-09-08)
    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 ...
  • Prabha Bala oral history interview and transcript 

    Bala, Prabha (2018-07-06)
    Prabha Bala was born in 1948 in Shimla, India. She grew up in various parts of India and went to school in Chennai where she developed an interest in the classical Indian arts. She moved to Houston in 1971 with her husband ...
  • Tay Tay Mynt oral history interview and transcript 

    Mynt, Tay Tay (2018-07-24)
    Tay Tay Mynt was born in Burma in 1970 and grew up during the military dictatorship of Burma’s government. She studied International Relations in college, however, her college studies were paused due to the harsh efforts ...
  • Lynn Chou oral history interview and transcript 

    Chou, Lynn (2018-06-25)
    Lynn Chou was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1958 where she grew up as a self-proclaimed tomboy in a middle-class family. She came to America after undergraduate school to be a graduate at the University of Houston after receiving ...
  • Peter Chang oral history interview and transcript 

    Chang, Peter (2018-06-20)
    Dr. Peter Chang is a cardiologist based in Houston, Texas. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan but moved frequently to various countries including Peru and the Philippines due to his father's career as a diplomat. Dr. Chang ...
  • Guo Liang Shen oral history interview and transcript 

    Shen, Guo Liang (2018-07-09)
    Dr. Guo Liang Shen was born in the Jiangsu province of China in 1942. His hometown was destroyed when the Japan invaded in 1937 and his family became refugees as a result. Despite a difficult childhood, Dr. Shen excelled ...
  • Huynh Cong Tu oral history interview and transcript 

    Huynh, Tu Cong (2018-07-07)
    Huynh Cong Tu was born in Can Tho, Vietnam, the second oldest of 8 children in his family. Growing up, he practiced the Phat Giao Hoa Hao religion and he worked various jobs to earn money and support his family. And, in ...
  • Cin-Ty Lee oral history interview and transcript 

    Lee, Cin-Ty (2018-06-25)
    Professor Cin-Ty Lee is a professor of geology in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Rice University. Professor Lee was born in Taiwan, but quickly moved to Riverside, California, a rural ...
  • Rose Pu oral history interview and transcript 

    Pu, Rose (2018-06-08)
    Mrs. Rose Pu was born in Beijing in 1927 and lived in the Forbidden City with her family. She moved to Shanghai when she was two, and experienced the Japanese bombing of the city during World War II. She came to America ...
  • Rachna Khare oral history interview and transcript 

    Khare, Rachna (2018-06-06)
    Since August 2016, Rachna Khare has been the executive director of Daya, an organization based in Houston, Texas focused on helping South Asian women, children, and families who are victims of domestic abuse. In this ...

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