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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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  • Atul Kothari oral history interview and transcript 

    Kothari, Atul (2018-02-08)
    Mr. Atul Kothari left India for New York in 1974 and finally ended up in Houston in 1976 where he has lived ever since. He holds an MBA as well as a B. Tech. and MS in Chemical Engineering. He has owned his own public ...
  • Anonymous Daya client oral history interview and transcript 

    Daya Client (Anonymous) (2012-06-18)
    This interviewee was born in India where her family remains today. She, however, came to North America after graduating from pharmacy school and six months after her arranged marriage with her husband. She and her husband ...
  • Denka Wangdi oral history interview and transcript 

    Wangdi, Denka (2017-11-01)
    Denka Wangdi is the daughter of Tibetan-Indian diplomats. Her father worked in embassies around the world, in the process meeting important figures such as Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama. She was born in Denmark, and ...
  • Eleanor der Bing oral history interview and transcript 

    der Bing, Eleanor (2017-06-15)
    Eleanor der Bing was born in 1922 in Sacramento, California. Her parents immigrated from Canton, China to the United States and his father passed away when she was 2 years old. They lived in a neighborhood with all Chinese ...
  • Natalie Ong oral history interview and transcript 

    Ong, Natalie (2017-11-16)
    Kayo Natalie Hayashida Ong (Natalie Ong) was born in 1941 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, a small agricultural island close to Seattle. She is a third-generation Japanese-American; her grandparents immigrated from Japan ...

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