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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.

Recent Submissions

  • Dr. Nusrat Ameen oral history interview reflecting on Covid-19 pandemic 

    Ameen, Dr. Nusrat (2020-06-01)
    The special oral history collection is created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The special oral history collection is created in response to COVID-19 that started in February 2020. Dr. Nusrat Ameen is the Senior ...
  • Matt Manalo oral history interview reflecting on Covid-19 pandemic 

    Manalo, Matt (2020-06-12)
    The special oral history collection is created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Matt Manalo was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to Houston in 2004. He studied Computer Engineering before graduating ...
  • Sherry Cheng and Wei Jiang oral history interview reflecting on Covid-19 pandemic 

    Cheng, Sherry||Jiang, Wei (2020-05-23)
    The special oral history collection is created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sherry Cheng and Wei Jiang, who were previously interviewed by HAAA in April, was invited back to speak about their lives during the ...
  • Amy Kan oral history interview reflecting on Covid-19 pandemic 

    Kan, Amy (2020-07-23)
    The special oral history collection is created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Amy Kan is a Rice University Research staff who serves as the Co-Director of the Brine Chemistry Consortium, the Co-Director of ...
  • Helen Chou oral history interview reflecting on Covid-19 pandemic 

    Chou, Helen (2020-06-14)
    The special oral history collection is created in response to COVID-19 that started in February 2020. Helen Chou, the Senior Manager of International Services at the Houston Public Library, talked about how the pandemic ...
  • Kenneth Li oral history interview reflecting on Covid-19 pandemic 

    Li, Kenneth (2020-05-27)
    The special oral history collection is created in response to COVID-19 that started in February 2020. Kenneth Li was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1957. At the age of 14, he moved to Hong Kong with his uncle and later moved ...
  • Sixto Wagan oral history interview and transcript 

    Wagan, Sixto (2020-04-14)
    Sixto Wagan was born in Missouri in 1971 as the youngest of three siblings. He grew up with his family’s Filipino culture as well as influences from Catholic school. In high school, his skills in self-expressing blossomed ...
  • Richard Yan oral history interview and transcript 

    Yan, Richard (2020-07-31)
    Richard Yan was born in Wuhan, China in 1984 as the elder of a pair of twins. The family of four moved to Shenzhen at the call of the Open Door Policy, as the parents pursued opportunities there. He and his brother, Robbie ...
  • Hannah Lee oral history interview and transcript 

    Lee, Hannah (2020-07-04)
    Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hannah Lee spent her early childhood in Indonesia until she was five. She moved to Houston with her family in 1985. After high school, she pursued her higher education at Boston University and ...
  • Jeff Pan oral history interview and transcript 

    Pan, Jeff (2020-05-23)
    Dr. Jeff Gee-shang Pan is a Chinese-American geophysicist with extensive experience in the petroleum industry. He was born in Taiwan and left for the US to pursue his doctoral degree in Geophysics at Princeton University. ...
  • Melanie Pang oral history interview and transcript 

    Pang, Melanie (2020-06-25)
    Melanie Pang, who was born in Missouri City, TX in 1986, is the Director of Advocacy at the Houston Food Bank. She was the inaugural co-chair of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBTQ Board of Advisory for a two-year term. She ...
  • Stephen Wong oral history interview and transcript 

    Wong, Stephen (2020-01-30)
    Dr. Stephen Wong was born in Hong Kong. After attending a Catholic secondary school, he spent a year backpacking Philippines before went on to study electrical engineering at the University of Western Australia in Australia ...
  • Nghi Nguyen and Nha Tu oral history interview and transcript 

    Nguyen, Nghi; Tu, Nha (2020-04-22)
    Nghi Nguyen and Nha Tu is a Vietnamese Americans couple in the LGBTQ community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they donated to the Houston Food Bank, which was funded through the sales of their designed, hand-crafted masks. ...
  • Kevin Nguyen oral history interview and transcript 

    Nguyen, Kevin (2020-05-11)
    Kevin Nguyen was born in Clearlake, Texas in 1985, to Vietnamese parents who immigrated to the US during the Vietnam War. He went to elementary school in Katy, but then moved to New Jersey with his parents, and eventually ...
  • Shashank Karvé oral history interview and transcript 

    Karvé, Shashank (2020-05-04)
    Shashank Karvé was born in Pune, India, and grew up in Mumbai. From a young age, he enjoyed working with his hands and building objects, and ultimately went to India Institute for Technology in Kharagpur to study Naval ...
  • Andy Lin oral history interview and transcript 

    Lin, Andy (2020-02-10)
    Andy Lin was born in Kaoshiung City, Taiwan in 1984. He started playing music at a young age, picking up many instruments throughout his childhood. He moved to the United States to continue his music education at 13 years ...
  • Jenah Maravilla oral history interview and transcript 

    Maravilla, Jenah (2019-03-28)
    Jenah Maravilla was born in Manila, Philippines in 1992. She moved to Eagle Pass, TX with her parents and younger brother when she was just two years old. After living in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston throughout her ...
  • Maryl Lou Cabrio oral history interview and transcript 

    Cabio, Meryl Lou (2020-03-11)
    Meryl Lou Cabio was born in the Philippines in 1985. She briefly lived in Saudi Arabia with her family and then they immigrated to the U.S. when she was nine years old. In the U.S. she worked different jobs and is currently ...
  • Angela Cheng oral history interview and transcript 

    Cheng, Angela (2020-06-05)
    Angela is a Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker who spent her childhood performing Chinese stand up comedy in Houston, Texas. Since then, she's traded the stage for writing and directing movies. She spends most of her life ...
  • Donna Chang oral history interview and transcript 

    Chang, Donna (2020-06-02)
    Donna Chang was born in Daegu, South Korea and moved to Mississauga, Ontario, Canada at the age of 1. Her family then moved to Bethesda, Maryland where she attended high school, but she returned to Canada to go to college ...

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