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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  • Cheng-Ti Judy Dai oral history 

    Dai, Cheng-Ti Judy (2019-04-14)
    Cheng-Ti Judy Dai was born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1954 after her parents moved there from Mainland China. Her father found a job in the United States and moved their family to America in pursuit of better education for Dai ...
  • Roshni Gurnani oral history and transcript 

    Gurnani, Roshni (2019-09-17)
    Chef Roshni Gurnani was born on August 5th, 1985 in Missasauga, Ontario after her parents immigrated from India. Both her mother and father are of Sindhi Hindu descent, and maintained Sindhi culture during her youth through ...
  • Connie Kwan Wong oral history 

    Wong, Connie Kwan (2019-07-31)
    Connie Kwan Wong is an entrepreneur, magazine publicist, philanthropist, pediatric cardiac sonographer, and a mom among other things. Born in Hong Kong, Wong moved to Australia at the age of eleven. She went on to pursue ...
  • Tram Ho oral history 

    Ho, Tram (2019-04-07)
    Dr. Tram Ho is currently a physician specializing in internal medicine in Houston, Texas. She is originally from Vietnam. When she was young, she escaped from Vietnam with her family, as her father was persecuted by the ...
  • Edmond Gor oral history interview and transcript 

    Gor, Edmond (2019-06-17)
    Edmond Gor was born in Houston, Texas on January 18, 1950. His parents owned a grocery store and he grew up with six siblings. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and started dating his wife during his last year ...
  • Mandy Kao oral history interview and transcript 

    Kao, Mandy (2019-06-20)
    Mandy Kao was born in Hong Kong in 1969. Following the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China, her family migrated to Canada and Mrs. Kao continued her education there until she got married to a real estate developer and moved ...
  • Chitra Divakaruni oral history interview and transcript 

    Divakaruni, Chitra (2019-06-24)
    Dr. Chitra Divakaruni was born in Kolkata, India on July 29, 1956. At age nineteen, shemoved from India to the United States to pursue her master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and she completed her ...
  • Don Wang oral history interview and transcript 

    Wang, Don (2019-06-14)
    Don Wang was born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1944. He grew up there with his two brothers and three sisters. After attending Chung Hsing University, he moved to the United States to attend graduate school at Utah State University ...
  • Leroy Chiao oral history interview and transcript 

    Chiao, Leroy (2019-06-18)
    Leroy Chiao was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1960. He spent most of his childhood in Danville, California with his two sisters and his parents. He was eight years old when he decided he wanted to be an astronaut after ...
  • Meng Yeh oral history interview and transcript 

    Yeh, Meng (2019-06-05)
    Dr. Meng Yeh was born in Hualien, Taiwan in 1961. After earning graduating from college in Taiwan, she came to the States in 1986 for her Master’s and Ph.D degree. She met her husband at UT Austin, started a family, and ...
  • Truong Duy Nong oral history interview and transcript 

    Nong, Truong Duy (2019-03-08)
    Dr. Truong Duy Nong was born in 1958 and grew up in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) during the Vietnam War. At the end of the war in 1975, Dr. Nong’s father (a member of the South Vietnam army) was sent to a “re-education ...
  • Matt Manalo oral history interview and transcript 

    Manalo, Matt (2019-06-12)
    Matt Manalo was born in 1984 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. He always enjoyed doing art as a child. His mother applied for a teaching job while on a vacation to the States, and when she was hired, the family ...
  • Samuel Wu oral history interview and transcript 

    Wu, Samuel (2019-04-14)
    Samuel Wu was born in Beijing China and spent the first 14 years there until his family moved to Hong Kong. He immigrated to the United States for his undergraduate studies, earning majors in Physics and Biophysics from ...
  • Cecil Fong oral history interview and transcript 

    Fong, Cecil (2019-06-08)
    Cecil Fong was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1952. He and his younger brother grew up in Saigon until after the Tet Offensive in 1968, when Cecil joined some of his relatives in Houston. He attended Lamar High School for two ...
  • Gordon Gee oral history interview and transcript 

    Gee, Gordon (2012-09-06)
    Gordon Gee was born in New Orleans and lost his father at an early age. He went back to China and returned to the United States as a teenager. He worked at a Gee family grocery store and later at a Gee-owned restaurant. ...
  • George Chiou oral history interview and transcript 

    Chiou, George (2019-04-05)
    Dr. George Chiou was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan during the Japanese occupation before World War II, one of eleven children in his family. He worked several jobs growing up to support himself and his family. He studied ...
  • Vijay Goradia oral history interview and transcript 

    Goradia, Vijay (2019-02-16)
    Mr. Goradia was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India in 1951. At the age of 17 he started his first factory with the help of his father. In his early twenties, tired of his routine life, Mr. Goradia decided to hitchhike ...
  • Vinod Bhuchar oral history interview and transcript 

    Bhuchar, Vinod (2019-01-27)
    Dr. Vinod Bhuchar is a physician and oncologist with his own private practice in Houston. He was born in Nawanshahr, India, and immigrated to the US to continue his education after graduating from medical school in India. ...
  • Marie Goradia oral history interview and transcript 

    Goradia, Marie (2019-02-23)
    Marie Goradia was born in Bombay in 1951. After earning her doctorate in molecular biology from Bhabha Atomic Research Center, she immigrated to New York for post-doctorate research, where she met her husband. After starting ...
  • Antonia Ingversen oral history interview and transcript 

    Ingversen, Antonia (2018-10-20)
    Judge Antonia Ingversen was born on May 4th, 1946 in Manila Philippine. Her family immigrated to Missouri, United State when she was eight years old. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1968 with a B.A. degree ...

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