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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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    Gee, Shelton; Chong, Judy Gee (2012-11-17)
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    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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    Lin, Jimmy (2014-11-15)
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    Javed, Shahid (2014-11-25)
    Shahid Javed was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1967. Today, 47 year-old Shahid lives in Houston with his wife and two daughters. He is currently employed at BP in Houston, but the journey that brought him here is a fascinating ...
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    Baterina, Gloria Ferrer (2014-10-26)
    Gloria Baterina was born in 1949 in Bago City, Philippines where her parents raised her along with her seven brothers and sisters. She attended college for two years and then took three years of nursing school in the ...

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