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dc.creatorQin, Yang
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-16T21:21:30Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-16T21:21:30Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03-22
dc.identifier.citation Qin, Yang, interview by Wu, Michael and Johnson, McKenzie. March 22, 2014. Houston Asian American Archives oral history interviews, MS 573, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/76246.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/76246
dc.description 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.
dc.description.abstract Yang Qin was born in Shanghai, China in 1955. When he was only 18, he, along with 20 million other youths, was sent to the countryside as part of the Cultural Revolution in China. This was done in order to “reeducate” them and teach them what life was like in the country. These youths were called zhiqing (知青). For five years, Yang Qin worked in the countryside of Guangyuan County, Sichuan (四川省廣元縣,,今廣元市 modern-day Guangyuan City) alongside other zhiqing, as well as farmers. This was an integral period in his life that profoundly shaped his later life experiences and instilled in him the importance of helping and supporting one another. After the college entrance exams reopened, he was admitted at Sichuan University in China in 1978. After obtaining a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, he was assigned a job working at the Chemical Ministry of China. After working for a number of years, Yang Qin applied for graduate school and was accepted at the University of Houston. In 1990, he left China for the U.S. and, five years later, received a PhD in Physical Chemistry. Yang Qin currently lives in Houston with his wife and two daughters and, as of 2014, is working at Air Liquide America Specialty Gases in La Porte, Texas as Chief Chemist. He has written stories for a book about the zhiqing experience, titled Zhiqing: Stories from China’s Special Generation that is scheduled to be published in June 2014. He has also been involved in the Houston Zhiqing Association, serving as its president for one year, as well as in the Overseas Chinese Education Foundation, where his role is currently to mentor and lead Chinese-American youths in giving back to local, disadvantaged public schools.
dc.format.extent 1:37:06
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Rice University
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dc.rightsPermission to examine physical and digital collection items does not imply permission for publication. Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center / Special Collections has made these materials available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any uses beyond the spirit of Fair Use require permission from owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See http://library.rice.edu/guides/publishing-wrc-materials
dc.subjectcommunity involvement
cultural revolution
education
language barriers
dc.title Yang Qin oral history interview and transcript
dc.digitization.specifications This oral history material was born digital, with audio masters in wav format and derivatives in mp3 format, transcript text in Word format converted to PDF. In some cases audio masters are not provided, only an mp3 access file.
dc.date.digital 2014
dc.subject.locallanguage
social activities
dc.source.collection Houston Asian American Archives oral history interviews, MS 573, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
dc.identifier.digital wrc04713
dc.type.genre oral histories (document genres)
dc.type.dcmi Sound
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.interviewer Wu, Michael
dc.contributor.interviewer Johnson, McKenzie
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