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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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  • 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 ...
  • Faye Chin oral history interview and transcript 

    Chin, Faye (2018-05-12)
    Faye Chin was one of the first members of the Sunday School at Chinese Baptist Church, which started as a mission of First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. She grew up in the church, which was composed of key members that ...
  • Daniel Ho oral history interview and transcript 

    Ho, Daniel (2018-02-10)
    Pastor Daniel Ho is the Senior Pastor at Chinese Baptist Church (CBC). To add to the Chinese Baptist Church research project, Pastor Dan was interviewed on his life story, from being born in Hong Kong to moving to New York ...
  • Tha Aung oral history interview and transcript 

    Aung, Tha (2017-06-21)
    Tha Aung was born in Thailand to a Burmese father and Karen mother, and grew up in a small village in Burma. At around age 14, his mother took him, his brother, and his sister to the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand to ...
  • Tairong Zheng oral history interview and transcript 

    Zheng, Tairong (2017-06-08)
    Tairong Zheng (郑泰榕) was born in Nanjing in 1974 to schoolteacher parents, and grew up in China under the effects of the end of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. She met her Chinese-American husband at 25 and followed him back to ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mary Ann Gee Young oral history interview and transcript 

    Young, Mary Ann Gee (2017-10-02)
  • Koon Hong Gor Lee oral history interview and transcript 

    Lee, Koon Hong Gor (2017-12-02)

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