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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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  • James Tang oral history interview and transcript 

    Tang, James (2019-10-11)
    Dr. James Tang was born in Canton (Guangzhou), China in 1948. He immigrated to Houston when he was three or four years old when his father attended Rice University as a graduate student. He attended the Kinkaid School on ...
  • James Tang oral history interview and transcript 

    Tang, James (2019-10-11)
    Dr. James Tang was born in Canton (Guangzhou), China in 1948. He immigrated to Houston when he was three or four years old when his father attended Rice University as a graduate student. He attended the Kinkaid School on ...
  • Le Phu Nhuan oral history interview and transcript 

    Nhuan, Le Phu (2019-06-28)
    Mr. Le Phu Nhuan, born in Saigon, led a harsh early life which involved a lot of running and hiding from the war fires throughout the two back-to-back war periods in Vietnam: the French colonial operation and the Vietnam ...
  • Arshad Matin oral history interview and transcript 

    Matin, Arshad (2019-07-23)
    Arshad Matin was born in Raipur, India, and grew up in Bhopal, India amongst other families who also had members who worked for the government. Mr. Matin performed well in school and completed university in India for ...
  • Isabel Cuenca oral history interview and transcript 

    Cuenca, Isabel (2019-04-20)
    Isabel Cuenca was born on a small island in the Philippines and moved with her parents to the United States when she was fifteen years old. After about a year and a half in America, Cuenca’s family moved to Houston, Texas. ...
  • Kenneth Li oral history 

    Li, Kenneth (2019-09-25)
    Kenneth Li was born in 1957 in Taipei, Taiwan where he grew up before moving to Hong Kong at the age of 14. After completing his high school in Hong Kong, he arrived to Houston in 1981 to study at Houston Baptist University. ...
  • Angel On oral history 

    On, Angel (2019-08-04)
    Angel On is a young successful business woman who has made a name for herself in the financial world. However, on the side, she also runs a popular food Instagram account. As such, she explores the food scene everywhere ...
  • Yuriko Kajiya oral history 

    Kajiya, Yuriko (2019-09-16)
    Yuriko Kajiya is a principal dancer at the Houston Ballet. Born in Japan in 1984, she started ballet training at the Shanghai Dance School until she competed in the Prix de Lausanne during her last year at the school. ...
  • Anhlan Nguyen oral history 

    Nguyen, Anhlan (2019-02-16)
    Anhlan lived through the Vietnam war as a young child, and later, after many attempts, escaped to Canada with her family, where she went on to obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Computer Science from the University ...
  • Sockalingam (Sam) Kannappan oral history 

    Kannappan, Sockalingam (Sam) (2018-07-27)
    Mr. Sockalingam (Sam) Kannappan was born in Nattarasankottai in southern Tamil Nadu, India. He grew up in a small community and. learned to follow what the elderly say, among other Indian traditions he was raised with. He ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lawrence Chan oral history 

    Chan, Lawrence (2019-02-11)
    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 ...
  • Cheng-Ti Judy Dai oral history 

    Dai, Cheng-Ti Judy (2019-04-14)
    Cheng-Ti Judy Dai was born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1954 after her parents moved there from Mainland China. Her father found a job in the United States and moved their family to America in pursuit of better education for Dai ...
  • Connie Kwan Wong oral history 

    Wong, Connie Kwan (2019-07-31)
    Connie Kwan Wong is an entrepreneur, magazine publicist, philanthropist, pediatric cardiac sonographer, and a mom among other things. Born in Hong Kong, Wong moved to Australia at the age of eleven. She went on to pursue ...
  • Tram Ho oral history 

    Ho, Tram (2019-04-07)
    Dr. Tram Ho is currently a physician specializing in internal medicine in Houston, Texas. She is originally from Vietnam. When she was young, she escaped from Vietnam with her family, as her father was persecuted by the ...
  • Edmond Gor oral history interview and transcript 

    Gor, Edmond (2019-06-17)
    Edmond Gor was born in Houston, Texas on January 18, 1950. His parents owned a grocery store and he grew up with six siblings. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and started dating his wife during his last year ...
  • Mandy Kao oral history interview and transcript 

    Kao, Mandy (2019-06-20)
    Mandy Kao was born in Hong Kong in 1969. Following the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China, her family migrated to Canada and Mrs. Kao continued her education there until she got married to a real estate developer and moved ...
  • Meng Yeh oral history interview and transcript 

    Yeh, Meng (2019-06-05)
    Dr. Meng Yeh was born in Hualien, Taiwan in 1961. After earning graduating from college in Taiwan, she came to the States in 1986 for her Master’s and Ph.D degree. She met her husband at UT Austin, started a family, and ...
  • Don Wang oral history interview and transcript 

    Wang, Don (2019-06-14)
    Don Wang was born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1944. He grew up there with his two brothers and three sisters. After attending Chung Hsing University, he moved to the United States to attend graduate school at Utah State University ...
  • Leroy Chiao oral history interview and transcript 

    Chiao, Leroy (2019-06-18)
    Leroy Chiao was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1960. He spent most of his childhood in Danville, California with his two sisters and his parents. He was eight years old when he decided he wanted to be an astronaut after ...

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