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This is a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University (1980, 2010-2015). The collection includes interview recordings with Asian Americans of Houston and Texas, in many cases also including transcripts and photographs. The interviews are in English and in some cases, Chinese.

Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA) interviews by Chao Center for Asian Studies staff, 1980 and 2010-2015 There are 133 audio interviews in this collection, mostly in the English, with new interviews to be added annually. Interviews from 1980 were a gift of Dr. Edward C.M. Chen who participated in many of those interviews. Learn more about the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University.

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  • Sulekh Jain oral history interview and transcript 

    Jain, Sulekh (2017-02-20)
    Sulekh Jain was born in 1937, in a small village in India. He was raised in a Jain household, and to this day Jainism remains a major part of his life. He attended college in India, where he earned a B.S. and M.Tech. in ...
  • William Orchard oral history interview 

    Orchard, William (2011-02-11)
  • Violeta Panis oral history interview and transcript 

    Panis, Violeta (2016-07-27)
    Violeta Panis was born in Agoo, La Union, Philippines. The oldest of six siblings, she lived with her grandmother from age nine through high school. She completed her nursing training in the Philippines and worked for a ...
  • Shelton Gee and Judy Gee Chong 

    Gee, Shelton; Chong, Judy Gee (2012-11-17)
    Shelton Gee is a successful businessman who owned many grocery stores and retired at the age of 50.
  • Raymond Gee oral history interview and transcript 

    Gee, Raymond (2012-09-07)
    Mr. Raymond Gee is a successful self-made businessman. He was born in China and immigrated to the US when he was about ten years old. He was in San Francisco for about three years, and then came to Houston to work in his ...

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