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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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  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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