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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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  • 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 ...
  • Guo Liang Shen oral history interview and transcript 

    Shen, Guo Liang (2018-07-09)
    Dr. Guo Liang Shen was born in the Jiangsu province of China in 1942. His hometown was destroyed when the Japan invaded in 1937 and his family became refugees as a result. Despite a difficult childhood, Dr. Shen excelled ...
  • Huynh Cong Tu oral history interview and transcript 

    Huynh, Tu Cong (2018-07-07)
    Huynh Cong Tu was born in Can Tho, Vietnam, the second oldest of 8 children in his family. Growing up, he practiced the Phat Giao Hoa Hao religion and he worked various jobs to earn money and support his family. And, in ...
  • Cin-Ty Lee oral history interview and transcript 

    Lee, Cin-Ty (2018-06-25)
    Professor Cin-Ty Lee is a professor of geology in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Rice University. Professor Lee was born in Taiwan, but quickly moved to Riverside, California, a rural ...
  • Rose Pu oral history interview and transcript 

    Pu, Rose (2018-06-08)
    Mrs. Rose Pu was born in Beijing in 1927 and lived in the Forbidden City with her family. She moved to Shanghai when she was two, and experienced the Japanese bombing of the city during World War II. She came to America ...
  • Rachna Khare oral history interview and transcript 

    Khare, Rachna (2018-06-06)
    Since August 2016, Rachna Khare has been the executive director of Daya, an organization based in Houston, Texas focused on helping South Asian women, children, and families who are victims of domestic abuse. In this ...
  • Meghna Goswami oral history interview and transcript 

    Goswami, Meghna (2018-05-25)
    Meghna Goswami was born in Shalang, India and moved to Houston in 2003 with her husband. Due to her immigration status, she was not able to work, and instead volunteered her time working with Houston Area Women’s Shelter ...
  • Manish Wani oral history interview and transcript 

    Wani, Manish (2018-04-04)
    Dr. Manish Wani was born in Vadodara, India, in 1968. He and his family immigrated to Arlington, TX when he was 2 for his father to earn his post-doctoral degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. ...
  • Devinder Mahajan oral history interview and transcript 

    Mahajan, Devinder (2018-03-12)
    Devinder Mahajan was born in Sialkot, Pakistan on March 15, 1936 (at the time, Sialkot was part of Indian territory). He worked as an engineer in India after graduating college. He immigrated to the United States in 1960 ...
  • Bao-Long Chu oral history interview and transcript 

    Chu, Bao-Long (2018-04-20)
    Bao-Long Chu was born in 1967 in Saigon, Vietnam. He, his parents, and his siblings left Vietnam just prior to the Fall of Saigon in April 1975. His family briefly lived in Miami before settling in Galveston in 1976. Since ...
  • Nusrat Ameen oral history interview and transcript 

    Ameen, Nusrat (2018-05-29)
    Dr. Nusrat Ameen is originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and moved to Houston in 2006 where she worked as a visiting scholar at Rice University. Ultimately, by following her passion to help victims of abuse and her scholarly ...
  • Riya Mehta oral history interview and transcript 

    Mehta, Riya (2016-03-01)
    Riya Mehta is a second generation Indian-American who was born and raised in Wisconsin. Her father emigrated from India for graduate school and her mother for medical residency. Riya is currently a freshman student at ...
  • Cathy Phan oral history interview and transcript 

    Phan, Cathy (2017-06-21)
    Cathy Phan grew up in Houston in the 1990’s, with parents who immigrated from Vietnam. She attended college at the University of Texas, where she obtained a degree in human biology with a concentration of human impact on ...
  • Shane Chen oral history interview and transcript 

    Chen, Shane (2017-06-23)
    Shane Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan and immigrated to Houston, US with her family at the age of six. She graduated from University of Texas with a psychology major and advertising minor. She briefly worked in the marketing ...
  • Sesh Bala oral history interview and transcript 

    Bala, Sesh (2018-04-23)
    Sesh Bala was the president of Daya from 2016-2017, an organization based in Houston, Texas focused on helping South Asian women, children, and families who are victims of domestic abuse. He had previously been interviewed ...
  • Vibhuti Shah oral history interview and transcript 

    Shah, Vibhuti (2018-06-11)
    Mrs. Vibhuti Shah was born in Bombay, India in 1945. In India she received her Masters in Microbiology and Biochemistry, and after coming to America in 1970 she started using her medical technology degree to work in a lab. ...
  • Marguerite Gee Royse oral history interview and transcript 

    Royse, Marguerite Gee (2018-03-05)
    Marguerite Gee Royse was born in 1944 in Houston, Texas as the youngest in a family of 12 children. As one of the early Chinese families in Houston, her father opened up multiple grocery stores in Houston, serving mainly ...
  • Viola Chan and Pastor Daniel Ho oral history interview and transcript 

    Chan, Viola; Ho, Daniel (2018-02-10)
    To investigate the history of Chinese Baptist Church, we sought to interview Viola Chan, known to have knowledge of CBC’s early years, and Pastor Daniel Ho, the senior pastor at CBC. They provided historical background to ...
  • Dolly Brenneman (Nguyen-Son Le-Hang) oral history interview and transcript 

    Brenneman, Dolly (Nguyen-Son Le-Hang) (2018-03-20)
    Dolly Brenneman was born with the name Nguyen-Son Le-Hang in Bien Hoa, Vietnam in 1952. She spent her childhood in Vietnam and Paris where she attended American schools. She first came to the United States for college in ...

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