Jack Joe oral history interview and transcript
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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.
Jack Joe was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1942. His father had immigrated by means of the “paper son” method and his mother, as a mail order bride. He grew up in a nearby town called Rolling Fork, Mississippi. Along with his parents and three brothers, he lived in a large store that they called a supermarket. For college, he moved to Houston and attended the University of Houston. However, during his time as a student there, he was drafted for the military. Upon return from his service, he began work at Texas Commerce Bank (now JP Morgan Chase Bank) to support his wife and newborn daughter. He was employed there until he retired at the age of 57. Currently he is involved in a number of community organizations such as the Chinese Professional Club, Chinese American Citizens Alliance Houston Lodge, Houston Taipei Society, and Texas Asian Republican Club.