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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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  • 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 ...
  • Lawrence Chan oral history interview and transcript 

    Chan, Lawrence (2018-09-21)
    Dr. Lawrence Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1942, a month within the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. The youngest of six children, Dr. Chan excelled in his studies and studied medicine at the University of Hong Kong. He ...
  • Michael Wong oral history interview and transcript 

    Wong, Michael (2018-12-07)
    Dr. Michael Wong was born in Quebec City, Canada to Chinese immigrant parents. As a young child, he moved to California, assimilating into American culture and becoming a US citizen with his siblings and parents. From high ...
  • Ching-Hwa Kiang oral history interview and transcript 

    Kiang, Ching-Hwa (2019-02-08)
    Dr. Ching-Hwa Kiang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up celebrating Chinese traditions and eating food from various regional influences in China and Taiwan. She was active in her school band playing the cornet at Taiwan’s ...
  • Thieu Dang oral history interview and transcript 

    Dang, Thieu (2018-10-26)
    Thieu Dang was born in Nam Định, Vietnam. As a child, he moved to Saigon, South Vietnam to live with his aunt and uncle amidst conflicts the First Indochina War and later on the Vietnam War. Dr. Dang studied agriculture ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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